Organisers and participants: (back, from left) Liu Chin Chin, Dr Loo Joo Ling, Chuah Yea Dat, Tang Keng Yuan, Prof Dr Goi Bok Min, Gaoura Kishora, Dr Lee Jer Vui, Yap Wun She, (front, from left) Koh Yang Mun, Lim Li Xin (in black), Lee Hui Shin (in white), Neo Jin Ming, Woo Jia Tong, Ting Hie Ying, Lee Ching Yee, Soong Wen Ying, and Ong Way Seong
To expose its students to the latest developments in the healthcare support industry, UTAR Faculty of Engineering Science (FES) Department of Mechatronics and Biomedical Engineering (DMBE), in collaboration with Johnson Medical International Sdn Bhd, had organised a series of talks from 17 July to 7 August 2013, where experts from the industry were invited to share their experience.
Ir Yaacod presenting his talk
First to speak in the series was Jurutera Perunding Technique Sdn Bhd Director Ir Yaacod Ali, who has more than 35 years of experience in designing mechanical services for many hospitals in Malaysia. He shared his role as a Biomedical Engineer during the planning, construction and operational stages of a hospital in two talks titled 'Installation and Maintenance of Hospital Facilities' and 'Air-Conditioning and Mechanical Ventilation System in Healthcare Environment'.
FES Deputy Dean Prof Dr Goi presenting a souvenir to Ir Yaacob
IED Sdn Bhd Managing Director Ir Lim Kim Ten, an active member of the Malaysian standards writing committee in SIRIM, presented on 'Electrical Power Supply: Requirements, Standards and Regulations'. He had created greater awareness among the student participants on the importance of standards and regulations for safety.
Ir Lim (left) receiving souvenirs from Head of DMBE Chuah Yea Dat
The last talk of this series, 'Principle of Safety and Risk Management', was delivered by Johnson Medical International Sdn Bhd Senior Quality Assurance Manager Tang Keng Yuan, who is involved in the medical equipment and risk assessment industry for nearly 30 years. He shared his experience with the students on how to identify, manage and prevent risks in a healthcare environment. He had touched on areas such as risk quantification methods including estimation of risks due to bad facility management, indoor air quality standards and monitoring, and clinical waste disposal.
Tang (left) receiving souvenirs from Prof Dr Goi
The student participants were enlightened by the industry experts and participated actively during the Q&A sessions. They have benefited from the talks and have a better understanding now on the actual practices in the industry and its expectations towards a Biomedical Engineer. They are better prepared to serve and contribute to the healthcare industry, community, and society.
Tang with the organisers from DMBE (from left) Dr Loo Joo Ling, Chuah, and Tan Yin Qing
The success of this series of talks has motivated the Department of Mechatronics and Biomedical Engineering to organise more such activities in future to foster closer ties with the industry. The students involved now have a stronger sense of professional ethics and social responsibility in a rapidly changing and technological oriented healthcare industry.
Published in UTAR, Corporate News website, Thu, 12 September 2013