Professor Ir Dr Zainuddin Abdul Manan
Zainuddin A. Manan is a professor of chemical engineering and the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academics and International of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). He is the founding director of UTM Process Systems Engineering Centre (PROSPECT) and the founding Dean of UTM Faculty of Chemical and Energy Engineering. He started his career as an process engineer and has since then been an academic leader, educator, researcher, consultant and professional coach for more than 25 years. As the UTM Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and International), Prof Zain founded the UTM Synergy 4.0 transformation program to advance the mission of widening access to UTM quality engineering education. UTM Synergy 4.0 involved the historic consolidation of 18 UTM subdiscipline-based faculties into 7 faculties based on UTM key thrust areas; advancing flexible & 4IR-ready curriculum, future-ready educators and life-ready graduates; and providing access to UTM lifelong education programs delivered through various digital and distance learning modes such as MOOCS, blended, fully online as well as remote supervision, apart from residential modes. Zain has been the chair of global/regional committees such as the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Global Award for Computer Aided Process Design, the Board of judges for ASEAN Energy Awards for commercial and industrial sectors, and the Chair of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act Drafting committee under the Malaysian Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources. He has delivered over 400 invited talks in professional courses, conferences and seminars across the world and has coached professionals from more than 500 national and multi-national companies.