The Regional Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Conference (RCEUC) is an annual student run conference organized under the auspices of the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Malaya and supported by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). Due to the unique circumstances surronding the covid-19 pandemic, RCEUC 2020 was successfully organized as a virtual conference on 8th-9th September 2020.
With the tagline of "Connecting Industry with Academia", RCEUC 2020 recorded a participation of over 90 attendees from 6 countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Of note, RCEUC 2020 also saw its first delegates from India and Egypt. Over 80 papers were presented and submitted under both the Online Presentation and Paper Writing Competitions.
Being set in the middle of a chilling pandemic, RCEUC's keynote and forum sessions catered to the needs and worries of young chemical engineers during these challenging times. Peter Godfrey, Managing Director (Asia Pacific) of the Energy Institute delivered the first Keynote Speech about the future of energy and advised fresh graduates on future opportunities in the energy industry. Our second Keynote Speaker, Hong Wai Onn, Business Manager of Novozymes, delivered an interactive session regarding the next industrial revolution which is washing over us and how fresh graduates can equip themselves with the skills required to weather the next revolution.
RCEUC's Plenary Forum touched on an apt topic on the minds of many fresh engineers: "Achieving Career Success: Attitude, Certification and Skills". The esteemed invited speakers included Tawana J. P. Muchatuta, Founder and CEO of HelloGold; Voon Jye Yng, Senior Partner - Safety Service, ERM; and Murrali Raj Jeyagapal, Assistant Manager (Process & Engineering), Bunge Loders Croklaan. The session was moderated by Ir. Dr. Jegalakshimi Jewaratnam, who is the Conference Chair and a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Malaya. The speakers talked at length and advised on always having a positive attitude and a strong will to learn, to constantly brush up on your soft skills, and also encouraged young engineers to go for Professional Engineer or Chartered certification if desired.
We welcome any and all collaboration or partnership opportunities for RCEUC 2021. Interested parties or organizations are invited to drop an email to the Conference Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org.