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Highest honours in Engineering Field (UK)

Imperial College London

Green tech engineers and data science leader elected as new Fellows

by Caroline Brogan18 September 2018

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Professor Ricardo Martinez-Botas

Three Imperial academics have been elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Professors Timothy GreenYi-ke Guo, and Ricardo Martinez-Botas from Imperial College London were among 50 new Fellows admitted to the Academy this week.

“I am delighted and deeply honoured to have been elected to the Academy.”Professor Yi-Ke GuoData Science Institute

They will join nearly 1,600 other world-leading engineers from both industry and academia.

Becoming a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering is one of the highest honours that an engineer can receive in the UK. It recognises outstanding and continuing contributions to the profession.

Professor Nigel Brandon, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, said: “The Fellows of the Royal Academy represent the nation’s leading engineering researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs, and it is a great honour to have the contributions of three of our academic staff recognised in this way. Congratulations to Tim, Yi-Ke and Ricardo for this fantastic achievement.”

The announcement brings the total number of Imperial Fellows at the Academy to 87.

Professor Timothy Green

Professor Green is co-director of Imperial’s Energy Futures Lab, our cross-disciplinary energy institute. It develops strategies that tackle the broad range of energy challenges that the world faces.

He has led the Lab since 2014. He also works to integrate low-carbon

technologies in electricity supply networks such as interfaces for renewable generators and electric vehicle charging.

Professor Green said: “I’ve always been proud to call myself an engineer; solving problems and creating products is very rewarding personally but it’s also how we tackle the problems facing the world. For me it’s about finding ways to harness power electronics to help decarbonise the electricity system.

“To have my work recognised by the Royal Academy is a thrill. I also want to say that I’ve had the pleasure of working with some very talented students and researchers over the years and they’ve played a big part in any successes I’ve had.”

Professor Yi-Ke Guo

Professor Guo, of Imperial’s Department of Computing, is Director of Imperial’s Data Science Institute, a leading institute in big data management, data mining, machine learning, modelling, simulation and

visualisation. Its work has broad impacts on data driven scientific research at Imperial, including astrophysics, particle physics, biology, meteorology, environment, medicine, finance healthcare and social sciences.

Professor Guo’s main research focuses on developing technologies for knowledge discovery, data mining and large-scale data management for data driven scientific research.

He said: “I am delighted and deeply honoured to have been elected as a Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering. I have been working at Imperial for more than 30 years, during which time my work has benefitted greatly from the College’s culture of interdisciplinary research.

“Data science is inherently multidisciplinary and I would not have been able to get to where I am today without the support and collaboration I have received from colleagues, and for this I am extremely grateful.”

Professor Ricardo Martinez-Botas

Professor Martinez-Botas, of Imperial’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, works towards making turbochargers environmentally

friendlier. He has helped design and build new turbines with better performance and fuel economy.

He said: “I am excited to be elected, and feel privileged to have such a great team at Imperial. Together we have advanced our understanding of exhaust turbochargers for cleaner engines and energy recovery. It has enabled us to create new concepts that are a making huge impact with our industrial partners.”

Professor Dame Ann Dowling, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said she was “delighted to welcome all our new Fellows to the Academy – together they epitomise the very best of UK engineering. Representing the country’s most innovative and creative minds from both academia and industry, the achievements of our new Fellows highlight the critical role engineering has in addressing major societal challenges and ensuring our readiness for the future.”

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Life outside research (PhD 2013-2017)



Do the stuff that you love. For me cycling, football and hanging out with friends are remarkably well to reduce stress of work, handle your stress and do not let it covers your life.

P.S : A bit of stress is good to push you further, but make sure the degree of stress is controllable

Dependency on Oil

Too much relying on oil will eat us slowly, this is the real case for Venezuela.

Football football everyday!!


Got many ticket for me and my friends

Lain kaler je..haha


Conducting research at Imperial College is tough, quite demanding. I always put 100% effort when doing work because you need to question yourself if you’ve failed to deliver because you’re studying at the one of the best university in the world, so put no excuses. Well, if you need to blow of some steam, head north to Manchester with the Ducaners Red Devil squad to enjoy some matches at the Theater of Dream (it is truly a dream come true for me) and enjoy Jazeera afterwards.


Battery at higher voltage

This sort of damage could possibly occur to a lithium ion battery when it operates at higher voltage, typically above its thermodynamics stability voltage range. Charging at low temperature is one of the main factor that will push the 100% SOC voltage to go beyond its safety region. Therefore, the battery management system must be able to track current voltage during charging and enforce the charging to stop when the terminal voltage crosses the 100% SOC voltage value. The movement rate of the battery terminal voltage depends strongly on temperature, hence you will experience different battery usage time from 100% SOC to 0% SOC for discharging and from 0% SOC to 100% SOC for charging.

Caveat of doing a PhD

It is utmost important that an individual’s who wants to pursue the highest degree in academic (namely PhD) needs to consider his/her mental and physical condition. This primarily due to the demand of the PhD itself. Criticism whether it is constructive or destructive will be the part and parcel during the PhD journey. The most important element in PhD is the originality and the contribution to the body of knowledge. This was extensively discussed by (Philips,1993) in which the definition of originality were (which i believe applied to any sort of research) :

  1. Carrying out empirical work that has not been done before
  2. Making a synthesis that has not been made before
  3. Using already known material but with a new interpretation
  4. Trying out something in some local area that has previously only been done at other locations
  5. Taking a particular technique and applying it in a new area
  6. Bringing new evidence to bear on an old issue
  7. Being cross-disciplinary and using different methodologies
  8. Looking at areas that people in the discipline have not looked at before
  9. Adding knowledge in a way that has not been done before

Hope these exhaustive list can be a guidance in reflecting yourself how does a research work fall under a PhD standard

Have a great day!!!

Dr Norhayati was conferred the Top 50 Most Impactful Leaders in Water & Water Management (A Global Listing)

February 25, 2018 by 

Assoc Prof Dr Norhayati Abdullah was conferred the Top 50 Most Impactful Leaders in Water & Water Management (A Global Listing) award during the World CSR Day event held at the Taj Lands End Hotel in Mumbai, India recently.

Assoc Prof Dr Norhayati Abdullah.

The World CSR Day is the largest rendezvous of CSR Leaders gathering 1200 professionals from 133 countries.

The conference aims to provide like-minded leaders a common platform to enhance knowledge, network and engage in meaningful discourse and discussions.

Norhayati was nominated for the award by a team of independent juries representing the water and water management expertise from all over the world.

The conferment of award was ceremoniously done at the end of the 4thWorld Water Leadership Congress & Awards 2018 in which Norhayati delivered a presentation entitled “Wastewater Management: The Future Instincts”.

Norhayati whom active involvement in water programs and activities began during her undergraduate years at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) from 1998-2002, later develops her passion in wastewater treatment processes and engineering during her Master studies at the Newcastle University, England in 2003-2004.

Among her mentors were the late Professor George Kenneth Anderson, whom she consulted for her final year Master dissertation on the assessment of the treatment of acetaminophen-contaminated brewery wastewater by using an anaerobic packed-bed reactor.

Dr Norhayati sharing her experience with participants.

Norhayati obtained her PhD in Biosciences from the Faculty of Biosciences and Medical Engineering (then Faculty of Biosciences and Bioengineering) following a collaborative work on aerobic granulation for the treatment of palm oil mill effluent between UTM and Newcastle University, England in 2012 from which she received the UTM Best Postgraduate Award.

Desperately looking for something to spice up her stultifying PhD routines, she volunteered as the Steering Committee for the Asia Pacific Region under the auspices of the International Water Association (IWA) for two terms between 2010-2014 before being appointed as Chair, from 2014-2016.

Her active participation during her engagement as the young water professional led to her being appointed as the Board of Director and Fellow of the association known for its global membership and world-class events that bring the latest science, technology and best practice to the water sector at large.

Also receiving the Top 50 Most Impactful Leaders in Water & Water Management (A Global Listing) 2018 award for Malaysia was Datuk Ir Abd Kadir Mohd Din, President of The Malaysian Water Association (MWA).

The previous award recipients include prominent names in the water sector such as HE Dr Mahmoud Abu Zeid, President of Arab Water Council Egypt and Samantha Yates, Secretary General of the Global Water Leaders Group.

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