EDS Mini Colloquium: Distinguished Lecture

1. Mini-Colloquium : Distinguished Lecture at the National University of Malaysia (UKM) 2019

A Mini Colloquium: Distinguished Lecture was conducted on 9th April 2019 at Meeting Room, Level 4, Administrative Building FKAB, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) Bangi, Selangor. The event was co-organized by IMEN, UKM and IEEE EDS UKM Student Branch. The event commenced with a welcoming speech by the EDS Malaysia chapter advisor, Professor Dato’ Dr Burhanuddin Yeop Majlis and the Vice President of IEEE Electron Devices Society, Dr M.K.Radhakrishnan.  Dr. Radhakrishnan had also presented the EDS Malaysian Chapter with the IEEE Electron Devices Society 2018 Region 10 Chapter of the Year Award.

The lectures were delivered by Distinguished Lecturers; Professor Dr. Lawrence L. Kazmerski, an IEEE fellow and an Emeritus Research Staff Member from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Colorado and a research professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, with the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) with his talk on Photovoltaics History, Technology, and Progress: The Future is Now…; Professor Dr. Anil Kottantharayilfrom the Centre of Research in Nanotechnology and Science, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay with his talk on PV Module Performance Loss due to Degradation and Soiling; and Professor Dr. Vikram Dalal, an IEEE fellow and Distinguished Professor from the Electrical and Computer Engineering, Iowa State University USA with his talk on Perovskite solar cell: The new frontier for photovoltaic device. Four esteemed local academics, Associate Professor Dr Azrul Azlan Hamzah, Professor Dr Norhayati Soin, Professor Nawshad Amin and Associate Professor Dr Mohd Nizar Hamidon were also invited to give their talk. All speakers shared their research expertise on applications of photovoltaics and nanoelectronics. A total of 66 participants attended the MQ. Research posters by participants were also being exhibited during the event. EDS Malaysia had also a IEEE membership drive booth to promote membership sign-up. 5 lucky participants were gifted free 1-year membership under the 1-year Membership Free Subsidy Program (MSFP).

In the evening, all the DLs were brought sightseeing around Malaysia’scapital city, Putrajaya. Subsequent to the event, the organizers had conducted a survey to obtain feedback from the participants.  Through the survey, 76% of the participants were extremely satisfied by the talk given while the remaining finds the talk satisfactory. Some of the suggestions given by the participants for future improvements are to have a networking session between the participants and the DLs to initiate collaboration possibilities and to increase the time for the DLs to give their talk. Participants had also suggested on possible future talks in relating to other areas of renewable energy and energy harvesting.