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UPM Won 6 Gold at ITEX 2020

KUALA LUMPUR, 21 November - UPM has won 6 Gold, 2 Silver, and 2 Bronze medals at R&D exhibitions and competitions in conjunction with the 31th International Invention & Innovation Exhibition 2020 (ITEX 2020) through online platform starting from 20 to 21 November 2020.

ITEX, which is the first time organised R&D competition to be held in full online and judging based on the technology video that has been submitted.

According to the Deputy Director (Promotion and Commercialization of Innovation) PSP, Associate Prof. Dr. Wan Nurhayati Wan Ab. Rahman, UPM has sent 10 entries to the ITEX exhibition this time which is also attended by universities, research agencies, higher education institutions, government agencies, companies and schools in and international participants.

"UPM has achieved 100% success in winning medals at ITEX 2020 with more than 500 entries from 15 countries involved," he added.

The opening ceremony of ITEX 2020 was officiated by YB Datuk Seri Dr. Noraini Ahmad, Minister of Higher Education Malaysia.

Congratulations to Prof. Dr Robiah Binti Yunus (Faculty of Engineering) who won 2 Gold medals for technology related to the oil palm industry, Prof. Ir. Ts. Dr. Thariq bin Haji Hameed Sultan (Faculty of Engineering), Ts. Dr. Mohd Shahrizal bin Dolah (Faculty of Design and Architecture), Dr. Ahmad Haniff Jaafar (Faculty of Food Science and Technology) and Dr. Latifah Omar (UPM Bintulu Campus) each won a Gold medal.

Congratulations are also extended to all UPM researchers who have been awarded silver and bronze medals at the winner announcement ceremony held online.

Gold Medal

  1. Prof. Dr Robiah Binti Yunus (Fakulti Kejuruteraan), ROTADISC - Mesocarp And Drupe Nuts Separator For Sustainable Oil Recovery,
  2. Prof. Dr Robiah Binti Yunus (Fakulti Kejuruteraan), Vacuum Assisted Palm Oil Clarifier,
  3. Prof. Ir. Ts. Dr. Thariq bin Haji Hameed Sultan (Fakulti Kejuruteraan), Pineapple Leaves Fiber Extraction Blade for Extractor Machine,
  4. Ts. Dr. Mohd Shahrizal bin Dolah (Fakulti Rekabentuk dan Senibina), MagKlik© - Self Align Magnetic Bicycle Pedal System,
  5. Dr. Ahmad Haniff Jaafar (Fakulti Sains dan Teknologi Makanan), Antioxidant-rich Cosmos Powder: A Promising Adjuvant Theraphy for Diabetes,
  6. Prof. Dr. Osumanu Haruna (UPM Kampus Bintulu), Organic Amendment: A Promising Approach for High Crop Yield and Soil Health Restoration,

Silver Medal

  1. Prof. Ir. Ts. Dr. Thariq bin Haji Hameed Sultan (Fakulti Kejuruteraan), Putra UAV: Novel Bio-Degradable Natural Fiber Composite Material for UAV Body
  2. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zetty Norhana Balia Yusof (Fakulti Bioteknologi dan Sains Biomolekul), Vector VCP_OMPK_ZA1 and Vector VCP_OMPK_ZA2 for genetically modifying Nannochloropsis sp. as a vaccine delivery system,

Bronze Medal

  1. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Siti Salwa Abd Gani (Fakulti Pertanian), Date palm seed coffee, a high performance-enhancing beverage,
  2. Dr. Norhayu Asib (Fakulti Pertanian), Composition for suppressing pest infestation,

According to UPM ITEX Coordinating Officer, Asrizam Esam, Research Officer PSP, the ITEX competition this time is quite challenging where judging is done through video submitted only and UPM researchers have been able to produce high quality and interesting innovative videos.

"Congratulations and well done to UPM researchers, despite the limitations of work and time during the MCO, UPM research team, worked hard to produce a competition video that won the hearts of the jury", he added.

Hopefully, the recognition of this research and innovation will further boost the commercialization of UPM research results towards community progress and national development.


by Nor Azizah Ismail



Date of Input: 26/11/2020 | Updated: 26/11/2020 | asrizam


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