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Harvesting Success - APU Team Bags Merit Award at Singaporean Energy Innovation Challenge (EIC)

Here comes another award in our bag!

We are delighted to share that our APU team of students from the School of Engineering (SoE) achieved outstanding results in the recently concluded Energy Innovation Challenge (EIC), that was held in Toa Payoh, Singapore in the last week of July.

The challenge was jointly organised by the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) and Science Centre Singapore with the support of the Ministry of Education, the Energy Market Authority (EMA) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) Singapore. It is an annual event held in conjunction with the National Engineers Day (NED); this year, the challenge saw participation from 24 teams around the world, including 3 teams from Malaysia.


APU team, comprising Ngie Kok Sin, John Lim Hong Aun, Naqibullah Mohammadullah & Wong Xi Jun, emerged as the only Malaysian team who won an award. They attained the 4th place and the Merit Award by proposing an innovative energy solution, titled “Kinetic Energy Harvester on Bicycle”. The team worked on the project under the guidance of their academic mentors, Ms. Vickneswari Durairajah and Mr. Suresh Gobee from the School of Engineering (SoE).

Just like how the Malaysian athletes make us proud at the Olympic Games, our APU students made us proud at the international arena as well! Congratulations and thumbs up to the team and their mentors for their effort!

Materials Lecture Champion - APU Student to Represent Malaysia at Material Lecture Competition Finals in Brazil

With great pride, we would like to share that our student, Hoy Chan Wai from School of Engineering (SoE), was crowned champion at the national finals of the Materials Lecture Competition that was held in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) last week.

The competition saw participation from undergraduate and postgraduate students who came from Malaysian private and public universities. Since 2013, APU students have taken part in the Materials Lecture Competition and had qualified into the National Finals every year. This year, despite the strong competition from other contestants, Chun Wai’s outstanding presentation skills and technical content stood above the rest. Apart from being crowned as the champion of Malaysia’s Material Lecture Competition, Chun Wai was also nominated to represent Malaysia at the Young Persons’ World Lecture Competition (YPWLC) organised by The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), which will take place in Brazil in October.


We are indeed very proud of Chun Wai’s achievement; good job and thumbs up to his mentors, Dr Lai Nai Shyan, Brian Lim Siong Chung, Jacqueline Lukose and Dr Lau Chee Yong, who had assisted and prepared Chun Wai in various areas, such as public speaking, material content and coordination with the Institute of Materials Malaysia (IMM).
In addition to the achievement, we are also glad to announce that APU had won the bid to host the 2017 Malaysia IMM MLC Semifinals and Finals at our new campus. It will take place in February 2017 and May 2017 respectively, and will be chaired by Brian Lim Siong Chung from School of Engineering.

Triple The Joy - APU Bags 3 Awards at the International Invention, Innovation & Technology Exhibition (ITEX) 2016!

We are delighted to announce that the two teams of students from School of Engineering (SoE) have achieved outstanding results in the recently concluded 27th International Invention, Innovation and Technology Exhibition (ITEX), which was held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).  In the event, the teams have successfully attained Gold and Silver award.  In addition, the team led by Mr. Alvin Yap Chee Wei has won the special award of the Best Green Invention 2016 Award.  The award aims to recognize the supreme contribution in the field of renewable energy and environmental sustainability, and is awarded to a single invention from over 1,000 local and international participating teams.

The two teams who represented APU at ITEX 2016:

Team No.1 – Gold Award and Best Green Invention 2016 Award
Project Title: ‘Electricity Generation from the Resulting Winds of Passing Trains’
Academic Mentor: Alvin Yap Chee Wei, Pang Jia Yew, Prof Ir Dr Vinesh Thiruchelvam
Team Member: Bryan Ooi Joon Kit

Team No.2 – Silver Award
Project Title: ‘Design and Develop Low Cost Finger Exoskeleton for Rehabilitation of Stroke Patient’
Academic Mentor: Vickneswari Durairajah, Suresh Gobee 
Team Members: Waleed Rauf, Ngie Kok Sin, John Lim Hong Aun, Naqibullah Mohammad Ullah 

Our performance has improved on year to year basis at ITEX.  In 2015, two teams were sent to the competition, where Gold and Bronze medal were attained.  The achievement this year proves that our student’s work has improved in facing the challenge of the innovation industry.

It was indeed a great achievement and this has once again proven that our students possess qualities that are able to meet industry expectations and standards. Do join us in congratulating the students for their success and thumbs up to their mentors for the guidance!

Third Achievement in a Row

For the third time in a row, APU’s student is awarded the prestigious Institute of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) Award. Andrew Teh Boon Kheng received the award in conjunction with the 57th IEM Annual Dinner, which was held on Saturday, 16 April 2016. The Gold Medal from IEM is awarded to the best overall final year Engineering student in a local institution of higher learning.

The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) was established in 1959 and its primary function is to promote and advance the science and profession of engineering in any or all of its disciplines and to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas related to engineering. Membership of IEM is currently about 28,000, making it one of the largest professional organization in the country. 
Andrew is currently employed as an Sales & Application Engineer at KEYENCE Sdn Bhd. KEYENCE is an innovative leader in the development and manufacturing of industrial automation and inspection equipment worldwide. Their products consist of code readers, laser markers, machine vision systems, measuring systems, microscopes, sensors, and static eliminators.
Having achieved this award 3 years running is a result from the strength of the engineering curriculum offered and the dedication of the academicians who have constantly delivered sound technical knowledge to all APU engineering students. We look forward to hear more success storied from our students and from the industry. Keep up the good work!

Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with ERL Maintenance and Support Sdn Bhd

We are pleased to announce that APU had signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with ERL Maintenance and Support Sdn. Bhd. (E-MAS).  E-MAS is a subsidiary of YTL Corporation, in which its main role is to provide engineering and maintenance support to the existing high-speed-train (HST) KLIA Ekspres.  The HST provides transportation to thousands of passengers every day, linking KL Sentral to KLIA and KLIA 2.

The MOA is the result of multiple meetings involving Head of School of Engineering, Dr. Thang Ka Fei, Dean of Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Technology, Prof. Ir. Dr. Vinesh Thiruchelvam, Director of Environmental Investments at YTL, Mr. Ralph Dixon, and CEO of E-MAS Mr. Thomas Baake.  In addition, simulation and feasibility studies are conducted as an ongoing process to determine the optimum mechanism to harvest wind energy at the field.    


Under the MOA, School of Engineering student, Bryan Ooi Joon Kit will complete the final year project (FYP) under the supervision of Mr. Alvin Yap Chee Wei, with the title of “Electricity Generation From Train Movement on KLIA Ekspres”. Phase I of the project has been completed and the student is currently undergoing Phase II of the project for testing and completion.  The MOA was signed on 22nd January 2016, by Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ron Edwards representing the University and CEO Mr. Thomas Baake representing E-MAS. The ceremony was witnessed by the Head of School of Engineering, Dr. Thang Ka Fei.

Through this collaboration, our students contribute by applying the knowledge to develop sustainability solution to real world problems, while building industry network and preparing to enter the workforce.  The research is one-of-a-kind in the world and when completed, and it propels YTL – APU to the forefront of wind energy research on HST. 

Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Signal Transmission (M) Sdn Bhd

We are pleased to announce that our university has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Signal Transmission (M) Sdn. Bhd.  Signal Transmission (M) specializes in delivering automation solution to the farming and fishing industries.  In the need of expansion, the company employs our internship students and provide funding to our students for final year projects (FYP).  Under the MOA, the student will complete the project under the supervision of Alvin Yap Chee Wei, with title “Design and Development of Intelligent Fertigation System with the Integration of Modulating Control Valve with PID Feedback Loop and SCADA Monitoring and Control.” 

The MOA was signed on 16th October 2015, by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof Ron Edwards representing the University and CEO Mr. Tan Beng Kee representing Signal Transmission (M) Sdn. Bhd. The ceremony was witnessed by the Dean of Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Technology (FCET), Prof. Dr. Ir. Vinesh Thiruchelvam and Head of School, Dr. Thang Ka Fei.

The company is the 63rd industry partner addition to the existing board of members.  In these collaborations, the industry partners offer valuable advice to the University for Curriculum Development, while providing internship and FYP opportunities to our students.  Through the industry partnerships, our students benefit by applying their knowledge to solve real world problems, while building industry network and preparing to enter the workforce.

APU Shines at International Arena

It is with great pride we announce that APU students from the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Technology (FCET) excelled in the International Energy Innovation Competition (EiC), which was organised by the Institute of Engineers Singapore (IES). 3 of our APU teams qualified as the finalists of the competition; and stood above the rest, as all three teams were placed the First Runner Up, 4th Place and Finalist respectively. 

Held in Suntec Exhibition Centre in parallel with the 2015 World Engineers Summit, the Energy Innovation Challenge attracted participation of teams from Singapore, China, Australia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. Despite having stiff competition from their fellow competitors, the APU teams impressed the judges with their innovative ideas and outstanding presentation. APU Team A, which comprised Cleopatra Musa and Syed Abdullah, integrated fitness with eco-friendly technology to produce the “Eco-Friendly Weight Lifting Machine”. Their innovative prototype outstood other teams; as they bagged the First Runner Up position and walked away with a cash prize of S$ 5,000 and a trophy! 

Whether in a team or individually, our students performed marvelously, as Jasmine Kaur, who fought alone with strong determination in Team C, walked away as the 4th Place winner, with her innovative solution – “Eco-Friendly Ceiling Fan as an Alternative Approach to Air-Conditioners”. On the other hand, Breena Theseira and Choon Yun Lim, who were from Team B, qualified into the grand finals with their project, “Infinite Loop”.


All 3 teams were mentored by Prof Dr Ir Vinesh Thiruchelvam, Dean of Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Technology (FCET). These achievements have proven that our students are able to perform astonishing results, both locally and internationally. It was a great platform for the students to showcase their talents at the international level; moreover, they had the honourable opportunity to receive the prizes from Singaporean Minister for Education, Mr Heng Swee Keat!