Photonics Research Centre University of Malaya

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Prof. Dr. Harith Ahmad received bis B.Sc (Hons.) in Physics with First Class Honors in 1979 from the University of Malaya. He then continued his studies in the United Kingdom, and received his M.Sc and Ph.D degrees from the University of South Wales in 1980 and 1983 respectively. Upon his return to Malaysia, he began his academic career with the University of Malaya’s Laser Research Group. His work initially focused on bulk laser systems, and among his key contributions was to initiate the virtually non-existent field of solid-state lasers, where laser systems such the High Power Nd:YAG lasers were designed and fabricated. In 1993, the Laser Research Laboratory extended its area of studies and specialization to Photonics, whereby optical fiber technologies now became the focus of research and development. Dr. Harith has contributed significantly to this field during his career, and has led many national level programs, such as the IRPA Top-Down Development Plan for Photonics to push forward the development of photonics in Malaysia. He is the author of more than 350 internationally recognized papers, as well as presented his work at numerous conferences and also authored many books and book chapters. He has guided and mentored many young scientists throughout the years, and most of his students have now become leaders in their own right, establishing research groups and centers in universities around Malaysia. He is also well versed in commercialization, with 10 patents to his name, and a track record of commercializing research work for local industries. He enjoys close ties with Telekom Malaysia and Petronas, as well as various government bodies and NGOs such as MiGHT and MIDA. He work has been recognized by his peers, with various awards such as the MTSF Award in 2007 and more recently, the Merdeka Award for Scholastic Achievement in 2010.

 

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Prof. Dr. Sulaiman Wadi Harun received his Bachelors of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from the Nagoya University of Technology in 1996. He then continued to pursue his studies in the University of Malaya where he obtained his Masters of Science in Optical Communications in 2001 and a Doctor of Philosophy in the field of photonics in 2004. He has published more than 290 research papers in notable peer-reviewed journals in the field of photonics and optical devices, with an total citation of 1510 and an ISI H-index of 20. He has also been invited to present in various national and international conferences on the subject of photonics and optical devices. His current research include Yb-doped fiber laser, high power EYD Fibre Lasers (EDYFL), Thulium-doped fiber amplifier, S-band EDFA, Nonlinear Optics  (SBS, FWM, Raman), EYDFA and compact amplifier, SOA based devices and fiber sensors, Optical Fiber Sensors, Microfibers and 2 micron fiber lasers and most recently, Graphene-based optoelectronic devices. He is also the reviewer for IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, Journal of Lightwave Technology, Optics and Laser Technology, Optics Express, PIER journals and many other journals. He has been a lecturer in the Engineering Department in the University of Malaya for more than 5 years, mainly lecturing on topics related to optics and photonics. In this period, he has also supervised more than 20 MSc and PhD students in various topics related to photonics and optical. For his contributions in the field of photonics and optical devices, he was awarded the 2005 URSI Young Scientist Award and the 2008 Malaysian Brain Gain Fellowship.

 

 

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Dr. Chong Wu Yi received his Bachelors of Science degree in Physics from the University of Malaya in 2003. He completed his post-graduate studies by obtaining a Masters in Science degree in 2007 in photonics and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 2011, with a dissertaion entitled “Using Selective Area Doping Method to fabricate Rare-earth doped Waveguide Laser” and both done at the Photonics Research Centre, University of Malaya. He has published more than 10 research papers in peer-reviewed journals as well as several conference research papers primarily in fibre optics sensors and devices. He has also been involved in the research of fibre amplifiers and planar lightwave circuit fabrication. His current research interests include direct laser writing on optical fibres, optical waveguide sensing as well as integrated optics. He has been instrumental in the development of the Fibre-To-The-Home system, a work done in collaboration with Telecom Malaysia to expand their fibre optics communications system. He also has had experience in consultation work with Petronas Research and FibeTech on the use of fibre optics devices, mainly Fibre Bragg Gratings, in sensing applications. During his post-graduate studies, he has also mentored more than 5 Masters and PhD students in the fabrication of planar waveguides and Fibre Bragg Gratings as well as fibre ring lasers. Dr. Chong has also been given the responsibility to teach optics courses as well as supervise undergraduate laboratory work on fibre optic lasers.

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Dr Lim Chin Hong went to Durham University in the UK to pursuit his Master of Engineering (MEng) in General Engineering in 2002. After he completed his MEng degree in July 2006, he jointed Cummins Generator Technologies Co. Ltd in Stamford, UK as a research engineer and part-time doing his PhD study at Durham University. His research area is in thermal modelling of the axial flux permanent magnet generators. He completed his PhD in 2010 with two publications in Quartile 1 ISI journals and joint Romax Ltd in Nottingham, UK as a offshore wind turbine condition monitoring and instrumentation engineer. He came back to Malaysia in July 2011 and joint Accenture Malaysia as a business consultant. He was involved in the implementation of category management and SAP ERP system in MAS. He obtained the Lean-Six Sigma greenbelt certification at Accenture management School in June 2012. He joint Photonics Research Centre at University of Malaya (PRCUM) in July 2012 as a technical consultant and was in involved in the research of FBG sensors and solution-doped waveguide. He also spearhead the commercialisation unit in the PRCUM.