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NEWSLETTER

JULY - DECEMBER

2017

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CAFEO 34 AT AN ISLAND PARADISE Prepared by Ir. Dr Leong Wai Yie, IEM Women Engineers Section (WES) and Mr. KokJing Shun.

Asean handshake at the AFEO Board Meeting and after Palawan Declaration Signing Ceremony

The annual Conference of ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisation (CAFEO 34) was organised by the Philippine Technological Council (PTC) and held at a hotel in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, in the Philippines from 2124 November 2016. Palawan is an archipelagic province of the Philippines, located in the Mimaropa region. The theme was “ASEAN Community: Engineering Shining Through”. The Philippines held the chair of AFEO for 2016 until the conclusion of CAFEO 34. CAFEO 34 attracted more than 1,000 delegates from ASEAN and the Asia Pacific region, the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO), ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology (AAET) and The Federation of Engineering Institutions of Asia and the Pacific (FEIAP).

PRE-CONFERENCE ACTIVITIES (20 NOVEMBER 2016, SUNDAY)

On the eve of CAFEO 34, some of the delegates played friendly games of golf in the early morning. However, the 9-hole golf course was not suitable for a competitive event.

Underground River Tour

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CAFEO 34 AT AN ISLAND PARADISE

CAFEO, WEAFEO and YEA F EO d e le gat e s embraced a greener lifestyle while learning more about the natural environment of the tourism island of Palawan. WEAFEO and YEAFEO delegations joined the Underground River Tour, and explored the magnificent Underground River and its natural wonders; this was Underground River Tour the winner of The 2011 New 7 Wonders of Nature in the World. Some CAFEO delegates joined a day-trip to Honda Bay Islands on island hopping tours that visited Lu-li, Starfish & Cowrie islands.

MEETINGS IN SESSION (21 NOVEMBER 2016, MONDAY)

During the conference, the hotel was buzzing with working groups, workshops, technical seminars, country reports, discussions and forums taking place in parallel sessions. IEM (Malaysia) chaired the Energy Work Group while Environment Work Group was chaired by PUJA (Brunei), Education and Capacity Building by IES (Singapore), Transportation & Logistics and Disaster Support by EIT (Thailand), Smart and Sustainable Cities Work Group by IES (Singapore) and Adhoc Committee Mobility of Engineers in ASEAN by PTC (Philippines). Women engineer issues within the ASEAN countries were also discussed. The day ended with the ASEAN Engineers Register Commission Meeting in the evening.

WELCOMING RECEPTION & ASEAN ENGINEERING REGISTER CONFERMENT (21 NOVEMBER 2016, MONDAY)

The Welcoming Reception, held a day before the opening ceremony, allowed more than 1,000 delegates from ASEAN and Asia Pacific countries to meet, network and get to know each other. It was well attended with plenty of local cuisine and drinks for everyone. The Organising Chairman of CAFEO 34 and PTC Vice President for External Affairs, Engr. Cezar S. de la Cruz, welcomed the participants, and said they should put the spirit of friendship, co-operation and harmony in their hearts and minds to make the event a fruitful experience for everyone. It was PTC’s hope that the delegates could learn from the technical and plenary sessions and establish networks for the benefit of the ASEAN Economic Community. In his speech, the Chairman of AFEO and President of PTC, Hon. AFEO Federico A. Monsada, said that the theme of CAFEO 34 spoke well of the direction AFEO should be heading and that engineering professionals should continue to pave the path and move forward into the global market. AER NEWSLETTER • June - December 2017

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CAFEO 34 AT AN ISLAND PARADISE

In the bigger Integrated ASEAN community, engineering is challenged to surpass its own performances which traditionally, had been limited by national boundaries. AFEO and its partners, such as FEIAP, have continued engineering’s prominence and leadership, thereby sustaining their contributions to the peace and prosperity objectives of the ASEAN. The ASEAN Engineering Register was the highlight of the evening’s event, with AER certification being presented to 412 ASEAN Engineers, Technologists, Technicians and related Associates.

WORKING GROUPS AND MEETINGS (21-23 NOVEMBER 2016)

The Working Groups met to look into various issues affecting the ASEAN countries. 1. Sustainable Cities - chaired by The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES), discussed the integration of city-wide systemic responses to innovate and optimise existing resources, to harness the potentialities of the sustainable future and to steer the emerging futures of the cities to a sustainable, prosperous path. 2. Mobility of Engineers Forum – chaired by Philippines Technological Council (PTC) emphasised on the AFEO/AER database and directory for engineering expertise, education system, common engineering terms and engineering practices and standards. 3. Energy – chaired by The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) highlighted the ASEAN Green Energy white paper, AFEO Energy Technical Visit, energy expert directory and AEI guidelines on electrical installation. 4. Environmental Engineering – chaired by Pertubuhan Ukur, Jurutera dan Akitek, Brunei (PUJA), touched on generating energy from waste as well as transboundary haze and pollution issues. 5. Education and Capacity Building – chaired by The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) looked into the collection of information on education systems in ASEAN countries and CPD implementation. 6. Transportation and Logistic – chaired by The Engineering Institute of Thailand (EIT) discussed the collaboration with MIROS and ARSC. Reports on the ASEAN transportation structure maintenance culture and best practices were also presented. 7. Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Management – chaired by The Engineering Institute of Thailand (EIT) touched on disasters that struck ASEAN countries in 2016 as well as the impact and emergency preparedness. It was generally opined that most ASEAN countries were not prepared for disasters but would take good remedial action in time of disasters.

DAY 2 (22 NOVEMBER, 2016, TUESDAY)

YEAFEO (Young Engineers of the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations): The Young Engineers attended the YEAFEO meeting with young engineers of other non AFEO countries as well. The representative of each country gave a short country briefing, focusing on the development of students and graduate engineers. This year, young engineers from Taiwan and Japan also participated in YEAFEO. The meeting was a success and there were many discussions on continuing to help the development of young engineers in the region.

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On the third day of CAFEO 34 (23 November), representatives from the Philippines organised a team building event at the swimming pool area, attended by some 40 delegates.

WEAFEO (WOMEN ENGINEERS OF THE ASEAN FEDERATION OF ENGINEERING ORGANISATIONS)

Members from ASEAN countries discussed regional collaboration, research funding and future networking. All country representatives presented their annual activity reports and plans. There were many discussions on enhancing the mobility of women engineers in ASEAN. Women engineers will continue to be involved in the 3rd WEAFEO Summit in Thailand next year. Malaysia will be bidding for the International Conference on Women in Engineering and Science in 2020. The Philippines would be hosting the 2nd Women Summit 2017, while Singapore was encouraged to help ASEAN women engineers host International Women Day in March. WEAFEO delegates were invited to the 2nd Women Engineers Summit to highlight outstanding achievements of WEAFEO in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The invited keynote addresses were presented by Ir. Dr Leong Wai Yie (Malaysia), Dr May Rose C. Imperial (Philippines), Dr Evelyn Dofredo (Philippines) and Engr. Lea. N. Delfinado (Philippines). The moderator was Engr. Estrellita Bordallo from PTC.

ASEAN AWARD MEETING

This event was chaired by the Deputy President of The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM). The Awards Committee nominates and recognises outstanding projects and associated engineers from the region. This year, there were a total of 14 nominees for the Engineering Achievement Project Award, 4 for the Engineering Achievement Individual Award, 1 for Honorary Patron, 7 for Distinguished Honorary Fellow, 34 for Honorary Fellows and 42 for Honorary Members.

OPENING CEREMONY (22 NOVEMBER 2016, TUESDAY)

The Mayor of Puerto Princesa, Mr. Lucilo R Bayron, officiated at the Grand Opening Ceremony. He welcomed the delegates to Palawan and hoped that the conference would open an avenue to lead the engineering profession to champion professionalism and academic excellence. Through the exchange of information, AFEO would discover novel ideas, solutions and knowledge that could reinforce the current capacity to design and build efficient infrastructures in the fields of construction, transportation and logistics. Following the opening ceremony, country reports from each of the AFEO member organisations were presented by the respective Presidents or Heads of member organisations.

CONFERMENT OF AFEO DISTINGUISHED HONORARY PATRON AND DISTINGUISHED HONORARY FELLOW The AFEO Distinguished Honorary Patron, the most prestigious and highest AFEO award, was conferred on the former President of the Philippines, His Excellency Fidel V. Ramos. AER NEWSLETTER • June - December 2017

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AFEO Board Meeting in Session

The following received the Distinguished Honorary fellows: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Malaysia Datuk Ir. Dr Wee Ka Siong, Minister of Public Works and Housing, Republic of Indonesia Dr Ir. Mohamad Basoeki Hadimoeljono, Cabinet Secretary (Minister) Department of Energy of Philipines Zenaida Ygnacio Monsada, Cabinet Secretary (Minister) Department of Science and Technology (DOST) of Philippines Fortunato Tanseco de la Peña, Union Minister, Ministry of Construction, The Republic of the Union of Myanmar and Patron of Myanmar Engineering Council HE U Win Khaing, Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Cambodia HE Tram Iv Tek, Executive Director, Operation Director and Chairman of Technical Committee on Distance Education via Satellite Foundation of Thailand and Director of National Space Policy Committee of Thailand Assoc Prof Dr Suthi Aksornkitti.

TECHNICAL SESSIONS OF THE CONFERENCE

CAFEO 34 provided the opportunity to share and exchange experiences and expertise as well as to create awareness and understanding of recent developments and trends in the field of engineering and technology in ASEAN. In total, there were 33 technical papers, including papers from keynote speakers and invited speakers.

FEIAP EXCO MEETING

Besides the conference sessions, the working group meetings and ASEAN Engineering Register Commission meeting, the Federation of Engineering Institution of Asia and the Pacific (FEIAP) also held its Exco meetings in conjunction with CAFEO 34. The Young Engineers of AFEO (YEAFEO) and Woman Engineers of AFEO (WE-AFEO) meetings also went on as scheduled. All findings and proposals from the meetings were presented to the AFEO Governing Board which summed up the activities on 23 November 2016. The Board members then signed the Palawan Declaration after the Board meeting, followed by the exchange of tokens of appreciation and photography sessions.

AFEO BOARD MEETING (23 NOVEMBER 2016)

The AFEO Board meeting discussed reports by AFEO Awards Committee, AER Head Commissioner, AFEO Working Groups, YEAFEO, WEAFEO, AFEO 2017 budget and Election of Chairman and Vice Chairman of AFEO Governing Board 2017.

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CLOSING CEREMONY (23 NOVEMBER 2016)

The CAFEO 34 Closing Banquet was attended by over 1,200 delegates, fellow engineers, distinguished local guests and those fr o m ASEAN a nd ASEAN Handshake Arrival of Guests of Honour other parts of the Accompanied by Heads of Delegates world. There were activities such as the presentation of AFEO Engineering Achievement Awards for best engineering projects, feats and well-known or eminent individuals from ASEAN countries. Outstanding engineers and eminent personalities were also conferred honorary titles. These were followed by cultural performances, singing and dancing, with special performances by CAFEO delegates, women engineers and young engineers from the various countries. The handover ceremony was also held during the Grand Gala Dinner. By rotation, after the Philippines, it now falls on Thailand to hold the AFEO Chair and to host CAFEO 35 in 2017. To mark the end of CAFEO 34, PTC President Engr. Fred Monsada handed the AFEO flag to the Engineering Institute of Thailand (EIT), which was represented by Assoc Prof. Dr Suttisak Soralump, the Head of EIT delegation and Organising Chairman for CAFEO 35. The event carried on with lots of singing and dancing, marking the end of a whole week activities and also celebrating yet another successful conference.

EXHIBITION BOOTHS AND MINI BAZAAR

Break times provided respite from the serious business of the day and gave delegates time to network and catch up with colleagues and peers. The exhibition booths and a mini-bazaar added interaction and allowed spouses and delegates to go on a shopping spree.

CAFEO 35 IN BANGKOK, THAILAND

The President of PTC, Hon. AFEO Federico A. Monsada, thanked all AFEO heads of delegation for their enthusiastic participation. He also expressed his gratitude to the generous sponsors, without whom CAFEO 34 would not have achieved such great success. “Thank you very much and see you all at CAFEO 35 in Bangkok, Thailand,” he said in closing. As had been the practice for a while now, CAFEO 34 also afforded priority to young engineers and women engineers from the region, providing them with a platform for establishing rapport for future engineering activities and collaborations.

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A Talk by The Head Commisioner AER to Puja Brunei Prepared by Ir. Ellias Saidin, Head Commisioner, AER At the invitation by Pertubuhan Ukur, Jurutera dan Akitek (PUJA) Engineering Division, Brunei Darussalam, the Head Commissioner of the ASEAN Engineers Register (AER), Ir. Ellias Saidin flew to Brunei on the 20 May 2017. The talk was one of three topics held in the morning session at the Ministry of Development Training Center, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. Ir. Ellias presented the topic “The Challenges on the Mobility of Engineers in ASEAN and Beyond” which was followed by a talk on the “Challenges in Construction of the Ulu Tutong Dam” by Guests of Honor, President of PUJA Haji Mohd Nazri Mohd Yusof and a talk on “Sustainable Construction: Use of Bamboo” by Vice President/Chairman of Engineering Division, Haji Md. Zin Hj. Salleh

The morning opening was officiated by Yang Mulia Dr Dayang Nor Imtihan Binti Hj. Abdul Razak, the Permanent Secretary (Technical and Professional), Ministry of Development, Brunei. There were more than 100 persons in the Auditorium with a mix of some architects and surveyors as PUJA is a body comprising of a combination of the Engineers, Architects and Surveyors professions. In his presentation the AER Head Commissioner gave some background on the formation of ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organizations (AFEO) and the AER and shared information on the potential of business just amongst the ASEAN member nations which has a total of 600million population; the 3rd largest population grouping in the world after China and India. Then the current international accords and agreements on the accreditation and competency was presented describing some of the commonality and also differences between the requirements and prerequisites of the groupings. In particular, the two major groupings that needed to reach a common benchmark on accreditation were the internationally acceptable qualification for engineers are the standards set by (1) IEA’s Washington Accord (WA) accredited degree and the (2) ENAEE’s European Accredited Engineer (EUR-ACE) degree.

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A Talk by The Head Commisioner AER to Puja Brunei

Ir. Ellias was introduced to enjoy some local delicacies by ED Committee Members the evening before the talk.

In the standardization of competency, which will lead to the mobility of engineers across international borders, the major organizations leading the way are (1) The International Engineering Alliance (IEA) and (2) The European Federation of National Engineering Associations (FEANI). Within ASEAN the engineering regulatory bodies of member countries are not common in the membership of the accords described above and mobility within the context of the ASEAN MUTUAL RECOGNITION ARRANGEMENT ON ENGINEERING SERVICES signed in Kuala Lumpur on 9th December 2005 may pose some challenges. The AFEO Governing Board at their meeting in Manila, Philippines on 23 November 1998, agreed on the formation of the ASEAN Engineers Register (AER) with the AER Secretariat set up on 3 September 2002. Among the objectives of the AER is to promote recognition of ASEAN engineering team, safeguard and promote the professional interest of engineers, engineering technologists and technicians, promote cultural and professional links among members of the engineering profession within ASEAN, enhance wealth of ASEAN countries, provide sufficient data regarding the formation of an individual engineers, engineering technologists and technicians for the benefit of prospective employers, and to encourage a continuous updating of the quality of engineers, engineering technologists and technicians by setting, monitoring and reviewing standards. The reception by the host was extremely cordial starting with the reception committee at the airport followed by a sumptuous dinner at the airport mall with a group of PUJA Engineers led by Dyg Alice Lim SK. The send off lunch at the airport restaurant was honorably graced by the attendance of Permanent Secretary, Yang Mulia Dr Dayang Nor Imtihan together with PUJA ED committee members. Congratulations and thank to PUJA.

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Malton Hosts Study Tour for Trisakti University Students Prepared by Ms. Irene Ang August 24 2017 - Malton Berhad hosted a study tour for 37 students from the Civil Engineering Department of Trisakti University, Jakarta, at the Bukit Jalil City site. Organised by The Institution of Engineer Malaysia (IEM), this Public Relation Study Excursion 2017 was led by Ms. Julia, lecturer in Trisakti University and Ms. Ooi, the General Manager of IEM. Mr. Felix Jong presented the technical aspects of this large scale integrated development while Ir. Choo Chee Whye took various questions from the floor. As safety is top of mind for Malton, all students were briefed on the safety rules before visiting the site. The entire programme took about 3 hours and students were extremely happy to have had the opportunity to walk around the actual project site. Project Director, Ir. C W Choo and his team had put in great efforts in making this study tour a success. IEM and Trisakti University thanked Malton for hosting this tour with great hospitality extended to them. This demonstrates Malton’s social responsibility towards the community in the area of education.

Malton staff welcoming Ms. Julia and students.

Mr. Felix presenting an overview of Bukit Jalil City development

Students visiting the scale model and show unit, led by the Project Director Mr. Choo.

A site safety briefing by the Safety Officer, Captain Ooi.

Led by Mr. Felix Jong and Mr. Soh, students enjoying the real experience at the construction site.

Ms. Julia presenting a momento to Mr. Choo as a token of appreciation. Trisakti University students posing for group photo before bidding farewell.

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BEC Activities of the National Monitoring Committee (NMC)

The Board of Engineers, Cambodia initiated the formation of 2 new grades for the ASEAN Engineering  Register  namely ASEAN Engineering Technologist (AET) and ASEAN Technician (AT). The Board of Engineers, Cambodia had written to its  Royal Government of Cambodia for approval to operationalise these two grades of engineering for the Register. The most important task of its NMC is to provide additional training to all their registered members to improve their professional competence and to encourage new members to register and join this Register. With the assistance from AFEO member organisations, several short trainings courses were conducted every year. So far BEC had conducted at least 6 training courses for its members.

A Training Course held in Phnom Penh with 100 trainees

AEI Steering Committee on Electrical Installation would be organizing the Roadshow for AFEO Member Organisation in 2018 to brief on the purpose of the AEI efforts.

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BIEN 2017 Women Scientists and Engineers- Shaping the Future Prepared by Ir. Tan Loo Yen and Pn. Najiha Bt. Nadzru

KWSE/ APNN YWS Scientist Camp & Smart Sister Tour to Palace.

Biotechnology (BT), Information Technology (IT), Environment and Energy Technology (ET), as well as Nanatechnology (NT) have been called “BIEN” since 2003. BIEN has been striving to promote academic collaboration and leadership to illustrate capability amongst women scientists and engineers around the world. The 2017 KWSE/APNN International Young Woman Scientist (YWS) Camp and Smart Sister (SS) Workshop, held in conjunction with BIEN 2017, have lectures by prominent speakers, oral and poster presentations, discussions on global issues related to research major, and group mentoring session. These events were expected to give the next generation of woman scientists and engineers opportunities to expand and have networking among the world’s most renowned woman scientists and engineers in each field, and to enhance their global research and leadership capabilities. From 31 August to 2 September 2017, two lady engineers from Malaysia, Ir. Tan Loo Yen (Electrical) and Pn. Najiha Binti Nadzru (Civil) were selected by the IEM Women Engineers Section to represent them as invited by KWSE for their APNN International Young Woman Scientist Camp (YWS) and were fully sponsored by KWSE under the BIEN 2017.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

The conference program consists of 3 plenary sessions. 5 scientific sessions on Bio, Information, Environment/Energy/Earth, Nano and Space Technologies. 3 Special Sessions on future society, leadership and women in industry 2017 were conducted for the International Young Women Scientist Camp and policy forum. Meeting of Asia and Pacific Women in Science and Technology (MAPWist) was also held during this period.

1ST DAY OF CONFERENCE, 31ST AUGUST 2017

The 1st day of the conference started in the morning with registration by the participants and visit to APNN exhibition. Malaysia representatives showcased Malaysian snacks, culture and also related engineering associations that had been set up in Malaysia (Fig.1). There were also other participants from Young Women Scientists (YWS) of various countries setting up their countries’ booth such as Mongolia, Taiwan, Myanmar, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, New Zealand, and Africa. It was a very interactive moment whereby a lot of interested delegates came over to the IEM’s booth to enquire about Malaysia, its culture and also women engineers’ progress in our country. Our Malaysian

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snacks and “Cuti-cuti Malaysia” brochures were also a hit and all quickly snapped up by interested delegates who wished to know more about Malaysia. The official opening ceremony started with a short speech by the President of KWSE, Prof. Haryoung Poo and followed by Minister from Ministry of Science and ICT, Mr. Young-Min You. The programme included the Plenary Session I and APNN Country exhibition, Plenary Session II and Poster Session I. In the Plenary Session, topics on “Zika Virus and Brain Defects in Babies” by Jae Ung Jung, Distinguished Professor and Chair, University of Southern California, USA and “Socially Fig 1: APNN Country Exhibition Aware Artificial Intelligence: Women Changing the Future of Computer Science” by Justine Cassell, Professor and Associate Dean, Carnegie Mellon University, USA, were some interesting papers that were presented for the day. In the evening, a Welcome Reception Banquet was held with servings of magnificent fusion Korean-western food and also traditional singing performance by Yoon Joo Hee’s Microcosmic Ensemble which really gave an overwhelming and pleasant experience for the delegates. Another highlight of the dinner was the introduction of traditional costumes by the YWS participants (Fig.2) and Malaysians representative showed our multiculturalism with Baju Kurung batik and also Cheongsam. We received heartiest applause as we spoke and introduced ourselves in Korean with “Annyeong haseyo” its meaning is “Hello” in English. The day’s event finished at 9.30 p.m. and we headed back to our rooms at nearby Dongdaemun Plaza (DDP) soon after.

2ND DAY OF CONFERENCE, 1ST SEPTEMBER 2017

Fig 2:Traditional costume night

A special Cultural Tour to Gyeongbokgung Palace, 20 minutes drive away from our hotel had been arranged by KWSE for YWS participants in the early morning. Gyeongbokgung Palace built in 1395, was the main royal palace of the  Joseon Dynasty and served as the home of Kings of the Joseon Dynasty and its household. It was quite an experience looking at the royal traditional architecture of the past and the history of the royals in Korea before it became a republic country it is now.

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At noon, we had a traditional Korean lunch of bibimbap at Gogung Restaurant located at Myeondong, a 1 star Michelin restaurant. Next, we were sent back to Plaza Hotel for the YWS poster presentation at 1.00 p.m. The Malaysians representative Ir. Tan Loo Yen presentation was on “Arc Flash Containment” while Pn. Najiha presented her Fig 4: Poster presentation paper on “Behavior of Deep Excavation using Earth Retaining Structures with Auxiliary Measures in Bangkok Subsoils” (Fig.4).

3RD DAY OF CONFERENCE, 2ND SEPTEMBER 2017

The MAPWiST (Meeting of Asia & Pacific Women in Science and Technology) was the last event of the conference. This policy forum is a gathering of APNN members (Asia & Pacific National Network) for information sharing, discussions and co-operative plan to build the “Policy Development Roadmap” for women in STEM. The 2017 MAPWiST comprises of lectures and panel discussions on the balanced development of young women in science and technology not only addressing issues on the future changes of society, gender policy in higher education, but also highlight awareness of gender inequality in the Asia-Pacific region. The forum intended to lay the foundation for a “SHE Figures”-like evidence base for women in STEM in Asia and the Pacific. (Fig.5)

Fig 5: MAPWiST Policy Forum

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IEEE Women In Engineering International Leadership Summit 2017

The IEEE Women In Engineering International Leadership Summit 2017 (IEEE WIE ILS 2017) was held on 18-19 September 2017 at Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. The main focus of WIE ILS 2017 is to provide leadingedge professional development for mid-level and senior-level women professionals. Ir. Dr Leong Wai Yie, Ir. Mah Siew Kien and Ir. Tan Loo Yen from Women Engineers Section of The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) attended the 2-Day Summit which provided opportunity for professional women in all disciplines globally to develop intellectual and broadminded community. The ILS 2017 was officiated by Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, Advisor to Women Entrepreneurs and Professional Development, Prime Minister Department. Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Shahrizat had said that a platform had to be provided to help young women excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). “Women are very technical in their thinking but they have no means to unleash their talents and achieve their full potential. We should help them to brush on their talents and channel their contributions directly to the development of our country,” Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Shahrizat said. The Summit brought together female and male leaders who were interested in advancing women in engineering and technology. With the theme, “Empower, Aspire to Inspire”, the Summit had sucessfully inspired all participants through highly interactive sessions. On the first day of the conference, Professor Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, IEEE WIE Global Chair 2017 from University of Kansas delivered the Keynote Address on empowerment. The title of her presentation was “Future Women Leaders in STEM”. Professor Bozenna highlighted the importance of networking as well as the need to build strong communities to make a difference in women’s life. Next, Y.Bhg. Datin Paduka Dr Siti Hamisah Tapsir, Director General, Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) delivered the second Keynote Address on leadership entitled, “Women in Leadership: Inspiring Positive Change”. According to her, many emerging technology breakthroughs such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, 3-D printing and autonomous car would threaten to disrupt society. One example given was Sophia, the humanoid social robot developed by Hanson Robotics. Sophia had been designed to learn and adapt to human behavior and work with humans, and had been interviewed around the world. Y.Bhg. Datin Siti Hamisah also shared the challenges to increase the under-representation of women in engineering. The third Keynote Address was “Empowering AER NEWSLETTER • June - December 2017

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IEEE Women In Engineering International Leadership Summit 2017

Women Leaders in Engineering” by Y.Bhg. Prof. Datin Paduka Dr. Aini Ideris, Vice Chancellor, Universiti Putra Malaysia. There were two invited lectures, one which was very inspirational as the speaker, Dr. Aizan Sofia shared her experiences on surviving cancer and living with disability. Participants were captivating by the second invited lecture by Ms. Rudy Ludinata on how to project a professional women leaders’ image. Ms. Rudy shared the importance of managing our professional image as it is the set of qualities and characteristics that represent perceptions of our competence and character as judged by our clients, superiors, subordinates and colleagues. On the second day of the conference, Y.Bhg. Dato’ Prof. Dr. Noraini Idris, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovations), Sultan Idris Education University, and Chair of National STEM Movement presented the Keynote Address on leadership and innovation. She shared the importance of attracting younger generation into STEM careers. The second Keynote Lecture was on work-life balance by Prof. Dr Azni Zain Ahmed, Assistant Vice Chancellor from Universiti Teknologi MARA. Dr Wan Wardatul Amani Bt Wan Salim, Winner of L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Fellowship, International Islamic University of Malaysia shared her challenges, lessons learned and best practices during her career leading NASA SporeSat in Purdue University. En. Johan Irwan, Director, Leap Leadership Academy led an interactive entrepreneurship lecture on developing blueprint to lead effectively in the 21st century. The conference featured four parallel tracks which were entrepreneurship, leadership, empowerment and inspiration. Ir. Dr Leong Wai Yie from Women Engineers Section shared the risks versus opportunities in the entrepreneurial world on the leadership track. “Perseverance, Determination, Risk-taking, Daring, Integrity and Honesty are all Important Elements to Succeed as an Entrepreneur”, she said. The participants were also treated to handicraft demonstrations by Kraftangan Malaysia. The 2-Day leadership Summit had provided excellent networking opportunities for the participants from all over the world and also inspired many women participants to aspire toward women empowerment.

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