IEM-YES National Summit 2016 sees Sarawak branch winning two awards
The Sarawak branch of Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) Young Engineers Section (YES) bagged two awards in the recent IEM-YES National Summit held here recently.
IEM Sarawak Branch won Outstanding IEM Young Engineers Section while Swinburne University of Technology (Sarawak Campus) took the award for Outstanding IEM Student Section.
Outstanding IEM Young Engineers Section 2016
1. IEM Sarawak Branch
2. IEM Penang Branch
3. IEM Perak Branch
Outstanding IEM Student Section 2016
1. IEM Swinburne University of Technology (Sarawak Campus) Student Section, Sarawak
2. IEM Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman Student Section, Kuala Lumpur
3. IEM Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia Student Section, Johor
Themed ‘Inform, Involve, Influence’, the conclave of young engineers hosted 105 delegates from eight YES branches nationwide including those from Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Pahang, Perak, Johor, Sabah and Miri.
The IEM-YES National Summit which is being held annually around the country is one of the most prestigious events in the YES.
“It is a platform for young engineers and engineering students to gather, to connect and to build networks among each other.
“The national summit is also a stage where all YES branches share their experience and knowledge on activities organised and way forward in promoting science and profession of engineering,” said IEM-YES Chairman Jason Yeo.
During the event, the delegates visited one of the major power stations in Kuching owned and operated by Sarawak Energy Berhad, the Sejingkat Power Corporation.
Sejingkat Power Corporation is a coal-fired power plant, which has been supplying stable and reliable electricity to the state transmission grid, with a generating capacity of 210 MW.
The power plant has won awards including the prestigious Sarawak Chief Minister’s Environmental Award (CMEA) which recognizes the plant’s efforts to incorporate sustainability in its operations emphasizing proper management of both social and environment.
The delegates were first given a safety briefing by operation manager, Chong Kok Hua. Chong then gave a brief introduction towards the history of Sejingkat Power Corporation, how the station gets its coal supply and the process of generating power from coal.
After a brief question and answer session, the delegates were taken on a tour around the power station, where they are shown the major equipment and systems in the power station.
The delegates then proceeded to Swinburne University Sarawak Campus, where the Graduate Sections and the Student Sections held separate inter-branch meetings.
“The purpose of the inter-branch meeting is to share the activities which were organized by each branch and to allow an exchange of ideas between members.
“The inter-branch meeting also allows issues within graduate engineers to be discussed within IEM YES and will then be brought over the council meeting in Kuala Lumpur,” said Yeo.
The host for the next National Summit was also selected, which will be hosted by Miri Branch. The Student Sections also brought up issues which are affecting their operation, and the Graduate Sections have agreed to assist them within their capacity.
The national summit also had a team building activities with the objective of working together as a team through leadership by example, building bonds and friendship between engineers, was held at Permai Beach Resort with a renowned trainer from Mastermind Training International Sdn Bhd, Jackson Ng.
“Engineers are Leaders!” is the astounding message delivered by the guest of honor for the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) Young Engineers Section (YES) National Summit 2016, Lo Khere Chiang, who is also a Batu Kitang state assemblyman and Chairman of Padawan Council.
His speech focused on how he chose engineering as a career path, his most memorable project and his view in leadership.
“Decide on your vision, develop it as you walk on the path, and actively pursue it.
“If it is a proper vision, others will follow,” said Lo.
Also present was the IEM President, Tan Yean Chin, who strongly expressed that the ‘Graduate’ Members should be the main force behind the rejuvenation of the Institution for long term sustainability and IEM should encourage our Graduate Members to be more active by giving them bigger and more important roles to play.
As organising chairman Yeo added that this is the 10th National Summit held by IEM YES and it is special that the branch gets to host.
The first National Summit was held in 2006 in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, whereas the last National Summit hosted by Sarawak Branch was in 2011.
“I am grateful that this National Summit ended on a positive note and that all the delegates brought back good memories.
“It has been many years since Sarawak played host to the National Summit, and I believe we have shown good hospitality, generosity and unity that Sarawakians are most proud of,” added Yeo.
The IEM YES Sarawak Branch welcomes graduate and student engineers to join them in cultivating and exposing young engineers into the professional engineering world.
At the same time, this exposure will enhance their rapport among fellow engineers and acts as a platform for them to embark on a career in engineering.