Kuala Lumpur, 21 July, 2012 - It was another significant milestone for UCSI University when Dr CEng Rozita Teymourzadeh edged out three other shortlisted candidates to clinch the Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award 2012 at the recent Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) – Young Professionals Section (YPS) Annual Dinner.
Conferred to successful female engineers who made positive contributions to the industry, the award effectively sets its winners apart as role models to aspiring female engineers.
Dr Rozita, Chairman of the Faculty of Teaching and Learning and IDP Programme Coordinator under the University's Faculty of Engineering, Technology & Built Environment, received a certificate and plaque from IET UK for her feat. She will participate in numerous campaigns such as media interviews, school talks and career conventions, among others.
As one of the selected candidates, Dr Rozita was interviewed by an adjudication panel comprising three key industry practitioners, namely, Ir Khalidah Haron, Managing Director of TNB Integrated Learning Solution (ILSAS), Alan Foley, Vice Chairman of IET Malaysia and Dr Edwin Tan, Head of Research at Monash University.
Prior to working in Malaysia, Dr Rozita was a design engineer for ABB, a global leader in power and automation technologies, and she was involved in the tender process for a high voltage substation project – a project financially backed by the Government.
Dr Rozita said that she learned a lot about the plug and switch system (PASS) and switchgears from the project and the knowledge benefited her professionally and personally.
"It was a very tough challenge back then as engineering is a male-dominated industry," she said. "However, I taught myself to continually persevere despite setbacks and disappointments."
On the local front, Dr Rozita has cooperated with MIMOS Berhad and Silterra on a digital signal processing system, a processor for electronic devices.
Dr Rozita also opined that all published research should be distributed widely to reach a global audience to maximise its potential.
She strongly emphasised the importance of knowledge sharing and that there were many free tools available for this purpose.
Presently, Dr Rozita is a Chartered Engineer recognised by the Engineering Council of United Kingdom, and is a member of Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and IET.
Apart from the Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award 2012, three undergraduate students – namely, Ang Ming Joo, Low Chern Yee and Tan Ying Hua – did the Faculty proud when each was also awarded with the IET Student Chapter Leadership Award.
FETBE Senior Lecturer Engr Rodney Tan Hean Gay, among other prominent IET committee members, was also present at the dinner.