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Prof. Dato' Dr. Mohd Noh Bin Dalimin
Vice Chancellor, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia
PhD - Solid State Physics (Imperial College University of London),
MSc -Solid State Physics (Bedford College University of London),
BSc - Physics  (Universitas Gadjah Mada)

Prof. Mohd Noh started his career as a lecturer in Physics in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 1981 after completing his studies in Imperial College, London. In 1992, he was appointed as Deputy Dean, Faculty of Science and Natural Resources of the same university, before joining as Foundation Dean and Professor of Physics, School of Science and Technology, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, in 1995. Prof Mohd Noh is a Professor of Physics (Energy and Materials), and is also the Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM).

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Prof. Dr. Abdul Latif bin Ahmad
B.Eng, M.Eng, PhD - Chemical Engineering (University of Wales)

Prof. Abdul Latif is an internationally acclaimed award winning researcher and an expert in membrane science and technology.  With more twenty years’ experience in research, he has now become a prominent figure the field of membrane technology related to wastewater treatment, air pollution control and biotechnology.  His enthusiasm and dedication towards his research works have been reflected in his achievements in winning numerous scientific invention awards. To-date, a total of 47 personal achievement awards and 63 research product awards have been won.  He was awarded by Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia with the Malaysia’s Rising Star Award 2015. He was listed by the Thomson Reuters New York as The World Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014 and recently the country has selected him to be one of the recipients of Merdeka Award 2014. Due to his outstanding achievement in research, the Korea Invention News has awarded him with the World Inventor Award for two years in a row (2013 – 2014). In fact, Prof. Latif was bestowed the TWAS Prize in Engineering Sciences 2012 by the renowned The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World and he was appointed as the fellow of the Academy Sciences of Malaysia.  In the same year, he was also received the Rotary Research Gold Medal Award, presented by the Rotary Club of Kuala Lumpur Di Raja. On top of that, the Academy of Science Malaysia has recognized him as one of the recipient of the Top Research Scientist of Malaysia (TRSM) for the year 2012. He was the sole Asian recipient of the Saudi Arabia Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water in year 2006, besides being awarded the 20th Khwarizmi International Award from Iran. His active participation in scientific research has also been exhibited by being the recipient of multiple research grants in various disciplines sponsored by government and non-government bodies, with a cumulative value of more than RM 27.7 million.  His capability in carrying out quality research work of international standard has been further supported by publication of more than 290 articles in high impact factor international refereed journals, with current cumulative citation number of 6808 and h-index of 41. As a tenacious educator, he showed dedication towards the supervision of postgraduate students, by successfully graduating 30 PhD and 57 master students.  With his persevering attitude, he is veritably a source of inspiration to hundreds of his former students spread throughout the globe. His vision is that one day membrane research will serve as the niche area of Malaysia’s research. 

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Dr. Gabriel Walter
B.S, M.S, Ph.D. - Electrical engineering (University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign (UIUC))

Dr. Gabriel Walter hails from Sarawak, Malaysia and is part of the ethnic minority group of Kelabit. He received his B.S, M.S, and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign (UIUC), Urbana, IL, in 1998, 2001, and 2003, respectively. He spent a total of 17 years in Illinois and Wisconsin, USA before permanently returning to Malaysia in 2013.

He is currently, the Group Chairman, CEO and major shareholder of Quantum Electro Opto Systems (QEOS) Sdn. Bhd., a Malaysian technology company which he co-founded in 2008 with Prof. Nick Holonyak Jr, the inventor of the Light Emitting Diode (LED) and Prof. Milton Feng.

In 2015, QEOS have successfully acquired controlling interest in MEPCON Sdn. Bhd., a profitable, RM50 million revenue Mechanical and Electrical company. MEPCON, which is renamed QESTRON will be QEOS arm for commercial and infrastructure level IoT implementation. QEOS also successfully launched a consumer IoT product brand ANGEL (Advance Next Generation Electronics) in 2015, to introduce perfectly connected, high performance and affordable “things”. In 2014, QEOS acquired millimeter wave and wired technology portfolio via the acquisition of Centric Inc. assets, to complete QEOS technology portfolio in connectivity technology. To date, QEOS have successfully raised more than RM50 million in funding and controls more than 100 patents worldwide on high impact connectivity technology for fiber optic, millimeter wave and wired communication. QEOS is expected to generate RM85 million in revenue in 2015.

Since 2010, Dr. Gabriel Walter is also appointed as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Electrical Engineering department. From 2003 to 2009, he is also a Senior Research Scientist at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. His academic research interest includes III-V light emitters, sensors and efficient, high bandwidth communications systems. In 2008, Dr. Walter with others demonstrated 7 GHz operation of a Light Emitting Diode (LED), breaking 40 years of scientific norm that efficient LEDs for operations larger than 1 GHz was not feasible. In 2004, he co-invented the world’s first transistor laser making possible, new opportunities in high-speed optoelectronics and integrated circuits. From 2000-2003, he co-developed the quantum-dot-coupled-to-quantum-well lasers to demonstrate the first room temperature operation of single quantum dot layer laser at both the visible (600 to 670 nm) and infrared wavelengths (960 to 1100 nm).

From 2004 to 2008, Dr. Gabriel Walter also worked as a Senior Research Engineer with Trace Photonics, Inc (USA) where he developed radioisotope power sources. Together, they are the first to demonstrate stable energy conversion efficiencies in excess of 20%.

His work has resulted in more than 50 peer-reviewed journal papers, 14 conference papers and more that 80 patents awarded and pending.

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