Dr Sharifah Rafidah Binti WAN ALWI (Malaysia)

Sharifah specialises in process systems engineering with emphasis on resource conservation and is the co-founder of the corporate spin-off from UTM called Optimal Systems Engineering Sdn Bhd (OPTIMISE).

PhD in Chemical Engineering

Current position: Director of Process Systems Engineering Centre (PROSPECT) at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Malaysia

Research focus: process integration, pinch technology, resource conservation, and process systems engineering

For her PhD, Sharifah researched cost-effective reduction of water consumption using a specific network design. She has filed 14 patents, 22 copyrights, and developed 5 software products.

Sharifah has also served as the Chairman for Malaysia IChemE Young Engineer Group (YEG) and is a member of Young Scientist Network, Academy of Sciences Malaysia (YSN-ASM) and Persatuan Saintis Muslim Malaysia (PERINTIS). Sharifah is a certified ASEAN Energy Management Scheme (AEMAS) Energy Manager trainer since 2009 and a Registered Electrical Energy Manager under Malaysia Energy Commissioner. She was one of the committee and energy managers, which aid UTM in securing the AEMAS Energy Management Gold Scheme Award from 1 to 3 Star and also the ASEAN Energy Award 2012.

2018               Top Research Scientists Malaysia
2016 & 2018 Malaysia Research Star Award
2016               ASEAN-US Science Prize for Women in Energy Sustainability
2015               National Young Scientist Award
2014               ASEAN Young Scientist and Technologist Award

CV as submitted for the Green Talents award (2009):

Technological University of Malaysia

Research focus: system analysis

For her PhD, Malaysian researcher Sharifah Rafidah Binti Wan Alwi conducted research on the cost-effective reduction of water consumption by means of a specific water network design. She did this work at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), where she currently works as a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Chemical and Natural Resources Engineering. Specifically, Wan Alwi proposed water minimization strategies for the university mosque, which resulted in savings of up to 90 percent. Wan Alwi has research expertise in a wide variety of areas and has won numerous grants and sponsorships as well as awards for her work, which she has presented at several international conferences. Wan Alwi has been involved in seven consulting projects and has been active as a marketing and planning development officer in two commercialization grants.

She frequently works as a consultant and advisor for Pusat Tenaga Malaysia, a national energy research center administered by the Malaysian Ministry of Energy, Communications and Multimedia (MECM). At the moment, she is working on the development of a software program for energy audits.It was this multifaceted professional activity in the environmental field, ranging from teaching, consulting and training to the preparation of the launch of her own company for the marketing of a software program for resource preservation, which was particularly recognized by the jury. In Germany, Wan Alwi is hoping to network with other scientists in order to familiarize herself with new technologies which could be applied in Malaysia.