Professor Ir. Dr. Nor Aishah Saidina Amin (Prof NASA)
Professor Of Chemical Engineering Department, PEng, MIEM, CEng, FICheme (UK), Senior MAIChe (USA),
Head of Chemical Reaction Engineering Group (CREG)
School of Chemical and Energy Engineering
Faculty of Engineering
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
81310 UTM Skudai,
Professor Ir. Dr. Nor Aishah Saidina Amin is more affectionately known as Prof NASA has been with the Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Chemical and Natural Resources Engineering since 1986. Her main research interests are in catalytic reaction engineering and modeling of chemical reaction systems. She teaches graduate Advanced Chemical Reaction Engineering and for the undergraduates she teaches Chemical Reaction Engineering and Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics.
Prof NASA has keen interests in conducting research related to catalytic processes and reactor modeling. Her main research projects involve conversions of methane, palm oil and more recently biomass to important chemicals such as hydrogen, syngas, C2+ and liquid fuels. Her involvement with these projects includes experimental and modeling work. Her lab is equipped with catalyst synthesis equipments, custom built reactors for catalyst testing and also on/off-line analytical equipments for both gas and liquid phases. Her modeling work uses software packages such as Statistica for Design of Experiments, Matlab, Polymath and more recently Chemkin. She also uses Artificial Neural Network (ANN) as a tool in her modeling work.
Prof NASA has won many national and international awards for her research on methane and palm oil conversions. Together with her research group, the Chemical Reaction Engineering Group (CREG), she has written many articles in international refereed journals and has also been appointed as reviewer to several international and national journals. She has also been invited as speakers on several occasions. Prof NASA has also been appointed as external and internal examiners for postgraduate theses. She has supervised more than ten Ph.D and M.Sc students and many more undergraduate research and design projects. She has also filed two patents pertaining to methane conversion (gas to liquids, GTL).
Prof NASA is the leader of the Chemical and Biotechnology Cluster, RMC UTM before appointed as Deputy Dean for Research and Post Graduate Study at FKKKSA UTM. The cluster comprises of lecturers and researchers whose major research areas are in the chemical and biological systems. She obtained her Ph.D from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, USA in 1996.