Professor Dr. Omar Yaakob
Professor Omar completed a Masters Degree in Marine Technology and a Ph.D. at the University of Newcastle, United Kingdom. He started his career at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) as an Assistant Lecturer in August 1983. He was appointed an Associate Professor in 2000 and a Professor in 2011. Professor Omar is currently a Research Fellow at Marine Technology Centre, UTM. He was a member of the UTM Board of Directors and a member of the UTM Senate. At the national level, he has been appointed as a member of the National Task Force on Marine Environment, Ministry of Transport, Founding Member of the Technical Advisory and Consultative Committee, Ship Classification Malaysia, Member of Technical Committee of Malaysian Ship Owners Association (MASA), and member of the Malaysian Government Expert Group for International Maritime Organisation Gas Emission Control. At the international level, he is a member of the Marine Environment Committee of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects. He is Fellow of the Academy of Professors Malaysia. He has represented Malaysia in many meetings at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) dealing with shipping energy efficiency and the environment. He is one of the founding member of South East Asia Collaboration on Ocean Renewable Energy (SEAcORE), a member of IOC-Westpac Working Group on Marine Renewable Energy as well as a permanent member of the Organising Committee of Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference series (AWTEC).