New VP at the Helm

Prof Ts Dr Faidz bin Abd Rahman commenced his position as the new UTAR Vice President of R&D and Commercialisation (RDC) of Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman effective 1 September 2018.

Prof Faidz received his B.Sc. (Hons.) and MSc degrees from the Department of Physics, University of Malaya in 1994 and 1996 respectively and his PhD from the Faculty of Engineering, Multimedia University (MMU) in 2002. From 1998 to 2008 he was with the Faculty of Engineering, MMU and was appointed to various posts with the last appointment being the Dean for the Institute of Postgraduate Studies at MMU. He was appointed Adjunct Professor at MMU (2008-2009) and was a Research Fellow at Telekom Malaysia Research and Development Sdn Bhd (2003-2005).

Prof Faidz joined UTAR in November 2008 as a Professor at the Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science. With his immense experience and knowledge, Prof Faidz was appointed as Deputy Dean of the Faculty in 2009 and then the Director for the Institute of Postgraduate Studies and Research in 2010 where he was tasked to lead the development of postgraduate programmes and research activities in UTAR until his current promotion as the Vice President of R & D and Commercialisation.

Prof Faidz received much recognition when he was appointed as an Exco member cum Honorary Secretary in the Institute of Physics Malaysia (2013-2019). He was the Chairman of the Centre for Photonics and Advanced Materials Research in UTAR (2009-2014) and a committee member for IEEE LEOS Malaysia (2005 – 2006). He has contributed in various capacities in Malaysian agencies such as the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and the Ministry of Higher Education to look into R&D policies and proposals (2003-present). He has also served as chair and committee for various international and local conferences such as PERFIK 2003, ASIL 2007, PIERS 2012, ISMOT 2013, CIE 2014, PERFIK 2014 and more.

His current research interests are on optical fibre sensors, acousto-optic fibre filters, EDFA, fibre lasers and fibre micro lenses. Prof Faidz has published many papers and conducted joint researches over the years. For his contributions to research and his knowledge in the field, Prof Faidz was elected as Fellow to the Academy of Science Malaysia, ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Physics Malaysia.

UTAR warmly welcomes Prof Faidz as the Vice President of R&D and Commercialisation and looks forward to his service and contribution in leading the university to greater heights and achievements. 


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