Insight 2023: Building connection with industry players

The mascot of Insight 2023

The annual event, Insight 2023, finally made its much-awaited comeback. Organised by the Department of Chemical Engineering of UTAR Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science (LKC FES), the event took place at UTAR Sungai Long Campus.

Bearing the theme ‘The Voyage’, Insight 2023 was meticulously planned for a span of four days. The first day of the event, which fell on 20 July 2023, was dedicated to the Exhibition. On the second day, 21 July 2023, the focus shifted to the Process Plant Design and Case Study Competition, where participants demonstrated their skills and creativity. The third day (22 July 2023) was filled with excitement as Carnival Journival took centre stage, offering an array of fun games and activities. An Appreciation Dinner was hosted on the fourth day, concluding the event on a high note with recognition and gratitude for all the involved parties.

The opening ceremony was held on 20 July 2023 at the Multipurpose Hall (MPH) of Sungai Long Campus. Present were LKC FES Dean Assoc Prof Ts Dr Yap Wun She, Department of Chemical Engineering Head Dr Mah Shee Keat, LKC FES academic Dr Ng Yee Sern, Sincerely Dyeing & Finishing Sdn Bhd HR and Admin Assistant Manager Kong Siew Hoi and Insight 2023 Chairperson Tiew Cheng Siang.

From left: Tiew, Dr Mah, Dr Yap, Kong and Dr Ng

Dr Yap, in his welcome speech, said, “Insight 2023 is not just another event; it is a platform where innovations, collaborations and the pursuit of knowledge come together to shape the future of the engineering industry. This gathering signifies the tremendous progress and milestones we have achieved in the field of chemical engineering, and we are privileged to have a number of exhibitors from the engineering industry. Your presence today highlights your commitment to nurturing and developing our next generation of engineers, empowering them to think critically and creatively to tackle the complex challenges of the future.”

Dr Yap delivering his welcome speech

Tiew said, “This marks a remarkable new beginning for all of us. Insight 2023 provides a good platform for chemical engineering students to stimulate creative talk, discover new talent, and learn various soft skills. The objective of organising Insight 2023 is to provide an opportunity for students to explore the industry and encourage awareness of the current industry advancements.”

Tiew welcoming participants to join the event

Front row, from left: Dr Ng, Kong, Dr Yap, Dr Mah and Tiew with staff and students

After the opening ceremony, an exhibition was held for all the attendees. A total of thirteen companies were present at the venue. Fresh graduates and students were seen thronging the booths with their resumes to inquire about potential job opportunities.

Dr Yap (right) and Dr Mah (middle) having conversation with one of the exhibitors

UTAR students getting information from the exhibitors

Two exciting competitions took place on the second day of Insight 2023. The first competition was called Process Plant Design Competition, which was held in the morning. It was followed by the Case Study Competition, which took place in the evening.

The Process Plant Design Competition required participants to form groups and display their creativity by selecting a topic and constructing an impressive plant model on a 60 cm x 60 cm base. Before the event, they had to submit a Process Flow Diagram (PFD) along with a captivating photo booklet. On the day of the competition, the teams presented their plant models and posters, and prepared engaging PPT slides for the judges’ evaluation. The Case Study Competition saw participants conducting comprehensive studies on assigned topics. They brainstormed and devised innovative technical solutions to overcome similar incidents. Their insightful findings were presented to the esteemed judges through well-prepared PPT presentations.


Participants presenting their design works to the judges

Participants presenting their ideas to the judges

The stakes were high, as the Champion of each competition received an impressive prize package, which included cash rewards (RM1,000 for the Process Plant Design Competition and RM700 for the Case Study Competition), tickets to the Insight Appreciation dinner, delightful goodies bags, and prestigious award certificates.

A total of six teams participated in the Process Plant Design Competition. One team came from Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Campus, another from UCSI, and four from UTAR. Likewise, six teams participated in the Case Study Competition, with two from UCSI and four from UTAR. After an intense day of competition, the results were as follows:

Process Plant Design Competition







1st Runner-up


Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Campus

2nd Runner-up








Group photo of Process Plant Design Competition winners during the Appreciation Dinner

Case Study Competition







1st Runner-up

We Tried


2nd  Runner-up

Team Pretty Savage








Group photo of Case Study Competition winners during the Appreciation Dinner

The excitement of Insight 2023 continued on the third day with an exhilarating Carnival Journival taking place at MPH, Sungai Long Campus. The vibrant event featured a wide array of fun games, including Four in A Row, Tic Tac Toe, and more. Participants enthusiastically immersed themselves in the lively atmosphere, creating unforgettable memories along the way.

Students immersed in joy and laughter at the thrilling carnival

The last day of Insight 2023 concluded with a grand Appreciation Dinner, adorned with the enchanting theme of ‘Secret Garden’ and served in a delightful buffet style. LKC FES Deputy Dean for Student Development and Industrial Training Assoc Prof Ts Dr Lee Kim Yee delivered the closing speech at the event. It was followed by speeches from the representatives of Sincerely Dyeing & Finishing Sdn Bhd and INTCO Malaysia Sdn Bhd, and the Insight 2023 chairperson Tiew Cheng Siang. The attendees were then treated to a captivating Insight 2023 summary video. The evening came alive with mesmerizing performances, including the Chinese Orchestra, Diabolo, Chinese Traditional Dance and live band.

An Alumni Sharing Session was also organised during the Appreciation Dinner, allowing students to gain valuable insights and experiences from the esteemed alumni. The prize-giving ceremony for the competitions was also held on that day, which added to the excitement.

As the closing ceremony drew near, the atmosphere was filled with joy and appreciation for the unforgettable moments shared during Insight 2023. The event concluded on a high note, leaving everyone in high spirits and eagerly anticipating its return next year.

Insight 2023 was sponsored by Sincerely Dyeing & Finishing Sdn Bhd, INTCO Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Techkem Group and JPE Production.


An enchanting evening of brilliance and inspiration at Insight 2023 Appreciation Dinner

A group photo to mark the end of Insight 2023

“Insight” serves as a platform to provide valuable industrial exposure to students and strengthens the bond among UTAR Chemical Engineering students. It is the perfect opportunity to learn, grow, and connect with like-minded individuals in the community.

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