LKC FES welcomes alumni with Homecoming Day

UTAR Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science (LKC FES) organised the Alumni Homecoming Day on 26 August 2023 at Sungai Long Campus. Co-organised by UTAR IEEE Student Branch and ASHRAE Student Branch, the event saw the participation of alumni, industry partners, faculty staff and students. The objectives of the event were to foster the relationship between alumni, existing students and lecturers and provide a platform for all the participants to share their experiences while looking out for future collaboration opportunities.

LKC FES Dean Assoc Prof Ts Dr Yap Wun She, in his speech, said, “We hope that UTAR will have a strong alumni association in the future. Hopefully, more alumni will join us next year. This Alumni Homecoming Day presents a great opportunity to launch the alumni-mentor programme. We hope that the existing students can greatly benefit from the valuable advice and suggestions provided by these experienced alumni.” Dr Yap also took the opportunity to thank the sponsors for their contributions. The sponsors included Finexus Group, Greatech Technology Bhd, Econcos Consultants Sdn Bhd, Auto Count Sdn Bhd, Sepakat Setia Perunding Sdn Bhd and JA Project Consultant Sdn Bhd.

Dr Yap delivering his speech

A round-table discussion themed ‘Industry 4.0 – 4IR” was also carried out at the event. The discussion was led by Rider Levett Bucknall Sdn Bhd Director Sr Martin Lai, LinkUp Smart Solutions Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Jerry Chong and GoAutomate Sdn Bhd Managing Director Mr Tan Wei Qiang. Moderating the session was LKC FES academic Ir Dr Danny Ng Wee Kiat.

The round-table discussion revolved around the core components of Industry 4.0 and their impact on traditional industries. The session also saw participants highlighting the significance of IoT, big data analytics, and AI in reshaping operational processes. Businesses were advised to effectively integrate these technologies for real-time data utilisation, informed decision-making, and process automation. Concerns about the job market prompted discussions on upskilling and reskilling to address potential job displacement. The consensus underscored the importance of adaptability and continuous learning. Alumni and students were encouraged to equip themselves with multidisciplinary skills to thrive in the Industry 4.0 era.

From left: Jerry Chong, Sr Martin Lai, Dr Yap, Dr Danny and Mr Tan

The event also witnessed another round-table discussion led by JA Project Consultant Sdn Bhd Director Ir Ts Dr Ashita S Pereira, Didian Sdn Bhd Head of Engineering Ching Yaw Hao and Go Terra Property Management Services Sdn Bhd Director Ts Fong Yit Meng. Themed ‘Artificial Intelligence’, the discussion was moderated by LKC FES Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Computing Applications Chairperson Prof Ts Dr Yau Kok Lim.

The discussion revolved around AI’s pivotal role in driving transformation and innovation across industries. Besides elaborating on integrating AI effectively into operations and decision-making for enhanced efficiency, the speakers also discussed its ethical aspects and challenges, emphasising responsible AI practices. The conversation extended to guiding students and alumni for AI careers, focusing on in-demand skills and learning resources.

From left: Ts Fong, Dr Yap, Dr Ashita, Mr Ching and Prof Yau

The participants were seen enjoying their networking session during the event. They were treated to breakfast and lunch.

Participants enjoying their food

Participants enjoying themselves during the event

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