UTAR researcher is TWAS young affiliate

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Associate Professor Dr Chong Kok Keong was appointed on 4 August 2011 as one of the five TWAS young affiliates from the South and Southeast Asia and the Pacific region.

TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world, is an autonomous international organisation, founded in 1983 in Trieste, Italy, by a distinguished group of scientists from the South under the leadership of the late Nobel laureate Abdus Salam of Pakistan. It was officially launched by the secretary-general of the United Nations in 1985.

The programme, which began in 2007, seeks to identify the best young scientists in the developing world and provide them with opportunities to network with one another, with TWAS fellows, and to attend international conferences and other events for young scientists. Every year, the five TWAS regional offices in Brazil, China, Egypt, India and Kenya, each select up to five scientists under the age of 40 from its region to be the TWAS young affiliates for a period of five years. The candidates must live and work in a developing country and have authored at least 10 international publications. During their five-year tenure, TWAS young affiliates are invited to participate in five yearly TWAS general meetings and other conferences.

Dr Chong from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering and Science was selected by TWAS regional office at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China as one of the five TWAS young affiliates for the Pacific Asia region. He has been actively publishing about his research works which include areas such as concentrating solar power, high concentration photovoltaic system, sun-tracking system, solar thermal energy, non-imaging optics, and laser optics.

Dr Chong with his Solar Energy Project


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