Professor Ir. Ts. Dr. Sharifah Rafidah Wan Alwi
Professor Ir. Ts. Dr. Sharifah Rafidah Wan Alwi is a Professor in the School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. She previously helmed as the Director of Process Systems Engineering Centre for ten years (2011 to 2021). She is an expert resource minimisation consultant for multiple industries and is among the leading researchers in resource integration technique development. Prof Sharifah is also the co-founder and Director of Optimal Systems Engineering Sdn Bhd, a UTM Spin-off company. She has been extensively involved in 80 research projects, 17 industrial based projects for various companies and government agencies and has trained engineers from more than 300 companies in the field of sustainable engineering design and management. Together with her team, they have developed 7 resource minimisation software. Sharifah has won various international and national awards such as Green Talents 2009 (Germany), IChemE Highly Commended Sir Frederick Warner Prize 2011 (UK), ASEAN Young Scientist and Technologist Award 2014, National Young Scientist Award 2015, ASEAN-US Science Prize for Women 2016 in Energy Sustainability, Malaysia Research Star Award 2016, 2018, 2019, Top Research Scientists Malaysia 2018 and Sarawak State – International Women Award 2021. She was listed as ‘Asian Scientist 100’ in 2017 and ‘Asia’s Rising Scientists’ in 2020, and ‘8 Women Scientists from Asia You Should Know’ in 2021 by AsianScientist.com. Sharifah is also the Associate Editor for Journal of Cleaner Production and UTM Sustainable Energy Management System advisor. She has also served as the Chair for the Science Leadership Working Group under Young Scientist Network, Academy of Sciences Malaysia (YSN-ASM) and Chair for Malaysia IChemE Young Engineer Group (YEG). Sharifah is also a professional engineer, a professional technologist, a UK/EU chartered engineer, a certified energy manager, a registered electrical energy manager and a certified trainer for ASEAN energy managers.