Dr. Nur Hafizah Abd Khalid embarked on her educational journey by pursuing a degree in civil engineering from 2002 to 2008. She then proceeded directly to pursue a master’s degree for 2 years and a PhD for 3 years, successfully completing her studies in 2015. During this period, she achieved notable milestones, including being recognized as a young woman scientist and receiving awards from MAPWIST and YWS in Korea. She also served as an Inviting Researcher at Hanyang University, Korea in 2014. During her time at Hanyang University, she gained exposure to microstructure analysis of materials using sophisticated equipment. At this stage, she has been awarded as the Best Postgraduate Student 2016 and awarded with Chancellor’s Award 2016 in UTM 56th Convocation (She gave a speech during 1st UTM Hooding ceremony)
In 2016 till recent, she get appointed as senior lecturer at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. A research member of Construction Material Research Group and Waste Technology and Carbonation Research. Following her job confirmation, she spent approximately 1 year at Hunan University as a Young Scientist under the Chinese Government’s Talented Young Scientist Program (TYSP) from 2019 to 2020. During her tenure at Hunan University, she learned deep knowledge in foam material development and Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) technologies, collaborating closely with Professor Tung Chai Ling.
In 2020, Dr. Nur Hafizah received the prestigious Next Innovator 2020 award from the Korean Government, specifically from the Republic of Korea (ROK)-ASEAN partnership, earning her a prize of USD 12,000. Subsequently, in 2021, she earned approximately USD 8,000 through the University’s UTMShine award. Utilizing the funds earned, she developed her CCUS equipment setup.
In 2023, she was honoured with the prestigious MINDS Young Woman Scientist 2023 award by the Malaysian Innovation and Design Society. This remarkable journey has been instrumental in shaping her career trajectory and expertise, particularly in the fields of microstructure analysis for materials and CCUS technology, with a special focus on construction materials.
Her research interest focuses on advanced concrete technology (green concrete and fibrous concrete), any civil engineering materials, polymer composites, composites and bio-composites. Her bigger interest is turn potential waste into civil engineering materials. Microstructure analysis under spectroscopy testing is part her expertise and interest. Recently, she also focuses in CCUS Technology for advanced construction materials.
She very interested to give a talk “How to Write Fast” by using Auto-Generated Thesis Writing Techniques with Mentor-Mentee approach. She very proactive conducting this workshop and currently more than 30 workshops have been conducted for UTM students at UTM Johor Bahru and Kuala Lumpur. The participation of participants were from different field, faculty and universities.