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By Nor Hasmaliana Abdul Manas

Welcoming speech from Director of Bioprocess and Polymer Engineering Program, Dr. Dayang Norulfairuz Abang Zaidel

JOHOR BAHRU, 28th February 2019 – A Pilot Plant Day was organized by Department of Bioprocess and Polymer Engineering (DBPE) in collaboration with Institute of Bioproduct Development (IBD) today. The program was initiated by DBPE Bioreactor Analysis and Design team, led by Dr. Muhd Nazrul Hisham Zainal Alam, Dr. Daniel Joe Dailin, Dr. Nor Hasmaliana Abdul Manas and Dr. Nur Izyan Wan Azelee. This was the second of its series after the first one, successfully conducted on April last year. The program acquired full support from School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, UTM.

The program aimed to give exposure to the final-year undergraduate students of Bioprocess Engineering Program about bioreactor operation from upstream to downstream processes. This program provided students with understanding regarding process scale-up and exposed them how pilot-scale unit operations are operated. It was intended to make students experienced something beyond the classroom and laboratory environment in this program.

Welcoming speech from Director of Bioprocess and Polymer Engineering Program, Dr. Dayang Norulfairuz Abang Zaidel

The program started with a welcoming speech from Director of Bioprocess and Polymer Engineering Program, Dr. Dayang Norulfairuz Abang Zaidel and Director of Institute of Bioproduct Development, Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Hesham A. El Enshasy. Then, the students were brought to the pilot plant facilities in IBD. During the tour, students were exclusively briefed by IBD officers, Mrs. Roslinda Malek, Mr. Solleh Ramli and Mr. Mohamad Saat, from the upstream process, production process until the downstream process. Post-tour, students did some activities to test their critical thinking. The program was closed by a small gift-giving ceremony to the winner group and closing speech by IBD Director.

The final-year undergraduate students of Bioprocess Engineering Program touring the IBD pilot plant facilities.

 

Students with IBD director and the team (front row from left; Dr. Daniel Joe Dailin, Dr. Muhd Nazrul Hisham Zainal Alam, Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Hesham A. El Enshasy, Dr. Nur Izyan Wan Azelee and Dr. Nor Hasmaliana Abdul Manas).

As the students are now conducting their Plant Design capstone project, this kind of exposure is very useful in helping them visualize the real process in the industry. Students get to observe how the in-class theories were translated into real-world applications, and how things really work in the industry. This program is also one of the team initiatives to improvise teaching and learning activity, in-line with the university and to meet the requirement of accreditation board for the outcome-based education implementation. It is hoped that this program series will continue to get full support in the future.