The following are details of the Malaysian grantees currently pursuing their studies and research work in universities across the United States. This much coveted Fulbright scholarship is awarded to deserving Malaysian scholars who have displayed exemplary skills and knowledge in their respective fields and area of study.
If you would like to be a part of the Fulbright experience, the scholarship will be made available and will be announced on the website from March to October each year.
2017-2018 FULBRIGHT MALAYSIAN GRADUATE STUDY AND RESEARCH PROGRAM
Ee Vien graduated from Universiti Sains Malaysia in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy (Hons). She started her career with the civil service, as a hospital pharmacist in Queen Elizabeth, Sabah in 2006, and subsequently pursued her Master of Health Economics in The University of Queensland, Australia with a Federal Government Scholarship, Ministry of Health Malaysia in 2012. After completing her Masters degree, she was transferred to the headquarters in Ministry of Health as a Principal Assistant Director in the Pharmaceutical Services Division, Ministry of Health (MOH) Malaysia. At The University of Houston, she will pursue her doctoral degree in Pharmaceutical Health outcomes and Policy. She hopes to share with her classmates in Houston her stories on the wonderful places and people of the land she calls home- Malaysia Truly Asia.
Nur Faiza graduated from Universiti Teknologi Petronas in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. She joined Intel Technology Sdn Bhd as Facilities Engineer at Kulim site for two years shortly after graduated and was involved in many energy conservation projects at site. Throughout her role as Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Facilities engineer, she has developed an interest towards energy engineering and realized how important it is to conserve and manage energy in a proper way for the sake of future’s generations. At University of Dayton, she will pursue studies in M.S Renewable and Clean Energy which ultimately focus on design of energy efficient buildings, renewable energy systems and sustainable energy systems. Looking forward, she hopes to learn and gain skills to drive more renewable and green energy projects in Malaysia that will help to conserve more energy. On top of that, she is excited to be a part of Fulbright program and looking forward to share Malaysia’s unique cultures and heritage with other Fulbright fellows.
Hafidzi graduated from International Islamic University Malaysia with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons.). He was formerly of Malaysia’s largest law firm where he was trained in both corporate and dispute resolution practices. While at the firm, he had also worked closely with the Attorney-General’s Chambers in the preliminary works for the revision of a Government-to-Government dispute at the International Court of Justice. Hafidzi was also involved pro bono with a Queen’s Counsel to seek relief for the death of innocent civilians during British occupation in 1939 of the then Malaya. In his free time, Hafidzi dedicates his time towards youth advocacy and empowerment through his positions as the Youth Coordinator for United Nations Association of Malaysia—which is concurrent to his sitting on the Youth Advisory Council of World Federation of United Nations Associations. Attending Penn Law as its Dean’s scholar, Hafidzi seeks to understand the intricacies of mega-trade deals, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and how these deals can impact domestic market competitiveness, as well as legal and regulatory liberalization.
Pearly Wong graduated from University of Malaya in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science. She then traveled on a working holiday journey across Europe, Northern Africa and South East Asia, during which she discovered her passion in human societies and development studies. In 2013, she became a master graduate in Sustainability, Development and Peace from the United Nations University. She subsequently worked with UN agencies and grassroots organizations in projects of non-formal education, sustainable housing and climate change adaptation with communities in Nepal, Cameroon and Indonesia. She is interested in a wide range of global issues but especially intrigued by community development in the context of globalization. At the Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies, she will focus on the practicing and relevance of community development in addressing sustainability issues in rural Asia. She believes in making a difference through the combined efforts of education, research and advocacy. She is also an avid traveller with experiences in 40 countries. She loves to read and write on different subjects from personal experience to topics of her interest.
Chin Chin graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) from Universiti Sains Malaysia in 2009. She has 8 years total experience in primary healthcare and clinical research under the Ministry of Health in Malaysia. While with the Clinical Research Centre, she discovered her passion in research methodologies and biostatistical analyses. Chin Chin is also interested in writing and editorial work and was a freelance writer for a local magazine. At Brown, she will continue to pursue her interests in public health research in the field of epidemiology and biostatistics. Through her Masters of Public Health, she hopes to bring forward the quality and impact of researches in Malaysia. Chin Chin is also an enthusiastic traveller and storyteller and as a Fulbright scholar she is excited to be meeting new people and exchanging experiences and affecting, life-changing stories.
2017-2018 FULBRIGHT-MCMC GRADUATE STUDY GRANT
Fatin Nabiha Ab Aziz
Home Institution: Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)
Host Institution: Rochester Institute Technology (RIT), New York
Field of Study: Computing Security (Masters)
Fatin Nabiha graduated from Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science majoring in Artificial Intelligent. In the last semester of her Bachelor’s degree, she underwent her internship in Information Security and Risk Management of Petronas ICT. Due to her interest in security field, she has been accepted to work with Network Security Management Department of MCMC. Over the past three years of working with MCMC, she has obtained many professional certifications such as ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security Management system (ISMS) Lead Auditor, ISO/IEC 27001 Lead Implementer, ISO/IEC 27001 Internal Audit, ISO/IEC 27005 Risk Management and a Certified IS Engineer. At RIT, Fatin will specialize in the Computing Security. She hopes to further develop her skills and knowledge in security field and gain exposure to a wide range of security issues such as cyber security, network security and information security. Looking forward, Fatin aspires to design an effective and convenient methods to evaluate and measure security level in organizations. Besides security, Fatin is also very passionate about Malaysian culture especially Malaysian Festivals and food and she is very excited to share the culture with her fellow friends in the United States.
Alicia graduated on the Dean’s List from Monash University with a degree in Accounting and Finance. She has over 3 years of corporate experience in the banking and broadcasting industry where she specialized in strategical and analytical roles. Her passion in data and aspiration to move society forward, however, has led her on an exciting journey of a social entrepreneur – where she works with her ASEAN counterpart to address the region’s high youth unemployment rate. Alicia is also active in advocating for education and environmental issues particularly via the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) network. Through her Master of Science in Analytics, she hopes to leverage big data to accelerate social change in the region. As a Fulbright scholar, Alicia stands as a global citizen and acknowledges the importance of fostering collaborations between nations.
2017-2018 HUBERT H. HUMPHREY PROGRAM
Tan Wee Hoe
Home Institution: Sultan Idris Education University, Malaysia
Host Institution: College of Education, Pennsylvania State University
Field of Study: Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
Wee Hoe graduated from Multimedia University, Malaysia in 2003 with a Bachelor of Multimedia (Honors) in Film and Animation. He worked as a 3D animator in a Canadian computer-animated science fiction comedy television series, titled Tripping the Rift. Then he was appointed as a specialist at the Malaysian Institute of Information Technology, Kuala Lumpur University (UniKL), where he taught courses in the Diploma in Animation program until he received a Master of Multimedia (e-Learning Technologies) from Multimedia University in 2007. In 2008, Wee Hoe received a scholarship from the Malaysia Government to pursue a PhD in Education with University of Warwick, UK. Upon returning to Malaysia with a PhD, he continued his career path in the academia with Sultan Idris Education University. He is currently conducting research into educational game design, development and validation. Apart from being an Associate Professor in Creative Multimedia Department, he is also a Fellow at the UPSI Education Research Laboratory. At the College of Education in Penn State University (PSU), Wee Hoe will specialize in the administration of education research projects, particularly those related to game-based learning and gamification technology. He hopes to further develop his validation skills for educational games and gain exposure to issues and challenges of conducting and managing research projects. Wee Hoe looks forward to engage colleagues in PSU for exchanging knowledge and skills in administrating education resear
2017-2018 FULBRIGHT VISITING SCHOLAR PROGRAM
Prof Dr. Ramesh T Subramaniam is a material scientist experienced in preparation, development and characterization of polymer and polymer electrolytes as a source of energy for use in various electrochemical devices. The novelty of his research was the successful invention of highly adhesive polymer membranes, environmentally friendly polymer electrolytes and techniques in the fabrication of green electrochemical devices. The many international awards bestowed on Prof Dr. S. Ramesh have opened new doors for his research through collaborations and consultation. He was selected as a ‘TWAS Young Affiliate Fellow’ in 2009 by The World Academy of Sciences – one of the five from the South & Southeast Asia and Pacific region. He also received the UTAR Annual Research Excellence Award in 2009. In 2010, he received the Pacifichem Young Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society and in 2011, the Young Scientist Award from IUPAC. In 2012, he received the IAP Young Scientist Award. In 2013, he was selected as a Young Scientist of the Global Young Academy (GYA). In 2014 he was selected as one of the Top Research Scientists Malaysia (TRSM). In 2016 he was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) and in the same year he received the “International Association of Advanced Materials Scientist Medal (IAAM Scientist medal) for the year 2016” from the International Association of Advanced Materials. He is also good teacher. In 2017, he was conferred the “Established Scientist Award” by Royal Society. He has won awards in several innovation exhibitions such as ITEX, BioMalaysia, MTE and PECIPTA. He walked away with the BEST of the BEST Award during PECIPTA 2013 which gained him interviews in MHI, Galeri Nasional and several newspapers. He also won the “Best Award” during Malaysia Technology Expo 2016. His major contribution is through the service and knowledge as a Young Scientist of the Global Young Academy.
Home Institution: University of Malaya
Host Institution: University of California – Santa Barbara
Field of Study: Solid State Physics
Azzuliani Supangat is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Physics, University of Malaya, where she has been since 2012. She received a BSc from Universiti Putra Malaysia in 2002, and MSc in Applied Physics from University of Malaya. She received her PhD from The University of Newcastle, Australia in 2012. Her research interests span both the nanostructured organic and inorganic materials. Much of her work has been on improving the properties of nanostructured materials for the electronic applications through the low-cost fabrication technique. She has given numerous invited talks at the international conference. As of 2017, Dr. Azzuliani Supangat is the author of over 20 scientific papers on nanostructured materials. Google Scholar reports over 90 citations to her work. Her awards include the UM-SLAI Fellowship 2007; UI-RESOLV Visiting Researcher Program 2015 and Fulbright Scholar Program 2017. In addition, Dr. Azzuliani Supangat has received approximately RM500,000 of internal and external grants (Principal Investigator) from University of Malaya, Ministry of Higher Education and COMSTECH. Dr. Azzuliani Supangat is interested in exploring the fabrication technologies used in producing the optoelectronics devices, in which has been well established at Solid State Lighting & Energy Electronics Center, UCSB. She would like to enhance her fundamental knowledge on the area of Solid State Physics apart of understanding the underlying mechanism of the fabrication technique.
Rafiziana obtained her PhD from University of Leeds, in 2009, majoring in Vented gas explosion. Her research passions are focused on fire engineering, gas and dust explosion, and fire and explosion modelling. She has published more than 70 journals and conference articles to date. At present, she holds position as Head of Energy Engineering Department, Faculty of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Through her experiences and expertise in Fire and Explosion engineering, Rafiziana has the opportunity to participate as speaker in a variety of related courses, conferences and workshops and was invited as keynote speakers on 3rd Renewable Energy and Green Technology International Conference 2016 in Jakarta. Besides teaching and research, she served as technical reviewer to prestige international journals that has allowed for a broad resource base on which to build her career as educator and researcher.Her stay at University of Maryland will focus on investigating the emission of toxic refrigerant to public health and safety assessment in case of fire and explosion. The assessment of fire and explosion risks will build collaborative culture between USA and Malaysia, whereby scientific exchange of ideas underpins the cultural exchange. This research collaboration is not only about prevention and mitigation technologies, but also about finding solutions for practitioners and industries.
2017-2018 FULBRIGHT U.S.-ASEAN VISITING SCHOLAR PROGRAM
Dr. Fakhrul Hazman Yusoff
Home Institution: Faculty of Computer & Mathematical Sciences, UITM
Host Institution: Southern University and A & M College, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Field of Study: Visiting Scholar in Localization of Info. Dissemination for Economic Activity
Dr. Fakhrul Hazman Yusoff is a senior lecturer in Faculty of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, Unversiti Teknologi MARA. He graduated with B.Sc. (Management – Information System) from Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, USA (1998). He earned his M.Sc. (Information Technology) from Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia (2001) and obtained his Ph.D in Computer Graphics (2010) also from Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia. His Ph.D work was “Modelling of head movement during facial expression”. His research interest includes computer graphics, gamification and game development. He is currently a fellow at Institute of Leadership and Development, UiTM. The institute is responsible in conducting training and grooming future leaders for the university. He leads an entity known as Spatial Visual Analytics Group (SVAG). The group focuses on enriching life via graphics and multimedia. Among the projects he initiated include “The Enjoyment Design of Augmented Reality Based Gamification for Learning Environment” (current PhD student grant), “Sound Visualization as a tool for anxiety alleviation during Waiting Room environment” (2015), “Quranic-Based Sound-Induced Visualization” (2013) and “Emotional Conditioning Sound-Induced Visualization” (2013). Overall he is always on the look-out to leverage the knowledge he acquired through-out his 17 years of working experiences for the betterment of society in general.
2017-2018 FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM
Home Institution: Universiti Malaysia Sabah
Host Institution: Department of Applied and Interdisciplinary Studies, Marylhurst University
Field of Study: Statelessness of the Bajau Laut of East Coast Sabah, Malaysia: A Socio-Political Dilemma (Research/Lecture)
Sanen Marshall graduated with a PhD in Politics from the University of Nottingham, UK. Based in Malaysian state of Sabah, Sanen has had the opportunity study an ethnic group known as the Bajau Laut, a maritime community whose political status is often characterized as statelessness. He has presented papers on this subject at a number of UNCHR-organized conferences. Sanen has been in employment of the Centre for the Promotion of Knowledge and Language Learning, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, where he currently teaches in the Liberal Arts Cluster. It is in fact because of the 2014-2015 sister-city initiative involving Kota Kinabalu and Portland that Sanen took an interest in studying and lecturing in Portland, Oregon (USA). He is hoping that the experience of living in the city of Portland, Oregon will enlighten him on the successes and challenges pertaining to municipal administration of the urban environment. Sanen joins Marylhurst University in Oregon for the first quarter of the 2017-2018 academic year hoping to be able to share first-hand through teaching and research his experience of working with the Bajau Laut, about their joys and their sorrows. Sanen looks forward to the day when every stateless person, old or young, male or female, will have access to healthcare and education.
2017-2018 FULBRIGHT MALAYSIAN SCHOLAR PROGRAM
Moniza Waheed is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Communication, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia. She obtained her Bachelors Degree in Communication specializing in Corporate Communication in 2004 from Universiti Putra Malaysia. In 2008, she graduated with an M.A. in Communication from Western Illinois University, and received her PhD in Political Communication from the University of Amsterdam in 2013. Till date she believes that the most exhilarating time of her life were her student years – where she was able to achieve some of her childhood dreams. One of which, was to visit the United Nations Head Quarters in New York. In 2010, she managed to intern and collect data for her PhD thesis at the UNHQ. Her other childhood dream was to travel the world. She was able to visit all inhabited continents by sharing her research findings at conferences by 2012. These experiences sparked her interest in other facets of political communication such as intercultural communication, political talk, journalism, and public opinion formation. Through her observations, she believes that these areas play a central role in peoples lives in all societies. At the Valenti School of Communication, she will be conducting research on the “Role Conceptions and Professional Practices of Journalists from Malaysia with those from other Countries around the Globe”. She hopes that her publications (to come) will be beneficial for Malaysian and American journalists, educators as well as the general public. During her time in Texas, Moniza hopes to learn more on the interesting cultures there. Perhaps the experience will lead to more interesting research ideas that can benefit society in the future.
2017-2018 FULBRIGHT MALAYSIAN PROFESSIONAL EXCHANGE PROGAM
Dr. Salmaan Hussain Inayat-Hussain
Home Institution: Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS)
Host Institution: Yale School of Public Health, Yale University
Field of Study: Toxicology and Product Stewardship
Salmaan Inayat-Hussain is currently the Head, Global Toxicology Department, Group Health, Safety, Security and Environment at Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS). He has previously held senior governmental positions including Professor of Toxicology & Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Director, Melaka Biotechnology Corporation. He obtained a PhD in Biochemical Toxicology from the MRC Toxicology Unit, University of Leicester, England in 1997. Salmaan is an American Board Certified Toxicologist, Eurotox Registered Toxicologist and a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences, Malaysia. He has more than 24 years of research and teaching experience from various organizations including University of Colorado, Karolinska Institutet, University of Osaka, King’s College London and Kyoto University. As a Toxicologist, Salmaan has represented Malaysia as an Advisor to WHO on the Development of Chemical Risk Assessment Toolkit and currently serves on the Expert Panel of the Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues. Furthermore, Salmaan is the current Chair for the IPIECA GHS Task Force and Director of the International Union of Toxicology (IUTOX) Executive Committee.
At Yale, Salmaan will be working on a systematic risk-based approach for managing reproductive toxicants in petrochemical industries. Together with colleagues at Yale, he aspires to establish a database on reproductive toxicants and produce a practical approach for industrial management of these chemicals. In addition, Salmaan hopes to be an ambassador of Malaysia and PETRONAS and share exciting experiences from the oil and gas industry with students and faculty members at Yale.
2017-2018 INTERNATIONAL LEADERS IN EDUCATION PROGRAM
Adelyn Chin is currently teaching in SMK Takis,Papar, Sabah, Malaysia and currently is the Head of the English Language Panel. She has been a secondary English teacher for 12 years. She obtained her degree in Business Administration & Finance in 2003 and later 2004 Diploma in English Studies.She was selected to participate in Malaysia – Korea Teachers Exchange Program in 2015 and during the exchange she was posted to teach in Yonghwa Girls’ High School, Seoul Korea for 3 months. Her research interests include 21st century teaching skills and teacher development.
Sarah Rusof has been teaching English at secondary school in Malaysia since 2012. She is currently teaching at SMK Tengku Mizan Zainal Abidin located in the east coast of Malaysia (Terengganu). Sarah graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Education (TESOL) from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. She is pursuing her Master’s degree in Education from The National University of Malaysia (UKM), Bangi, Malaysia at the present time. Her hobbies include travelling and dancing. Sarah’s primary objective for participating in ILEP is to learn and experience technology integration in education to create a more participatory and active classroom environment. She wants to keep up to date with the ever-changing technology to maximise her students’ learning in the classroom. Sarah is also passionate about diversity in cultures and hopes to gain new outlooks and global perspectives on life throughout this program in the US.
Yvonne Ling has been teaching English at secondary school in Malaysia since 2012. She has been teaching in a rural school. She teaches in SMK Beladin, Betong. She is an advisor of the school’s English club. Yvonne received a bachelor’s degree in education from Putra University in 2011 and a master’s degree in education from Sultan Idris University in 2015. Her main objective for participating in ILEP is to learn and explore new methodologies and technology for engaging students in the classroom. She also plans to share Malaysia’s culture to American students.
2017-2018 GLOBAL UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Jonathan Choo is a student at HELP University, currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He is a member of the Psi Chi Charter’s first establishment in Asia. He is also part of the Psi Chi Tutors, an effort of the committee to provide students with peer to peer support in academics. He is interested in the social and cognitive developments of children, particularly into the research on the causes and treatment of socio-cognitive disorders such as Autism and ADHD. He hopes to, one day, pursue a Doctorate in the field of neuropsychology. Recently, he was given a chance to intern at Hils Learning, a center devoted to helping children who learn differently. There, he found his calling in understanding and helping others, especially children, to live with their difficulties and unlock their true potentials. He holds strong in the belief that every child has the potential to change the world, they just need someone to believe in them Aside from academics, Jonathan is a certified bronze medallion lifeguard and currently works as a part time swimming coach. He is also part of Toastmasters, an internationally recognized society for public speaking. Looking forward, he hopes that his experience with this society would give him an edge in the academic world, where he aspires to share his research and knowledge on platforms such as on TEDTalks.
A second year law student at the National University of Malaysia (UKM), Kisantiny hails from Bukit Mertajam, Penang. She enjoys volunteering and has been actively serving the community by way of co-organizing several charity events at her home institution; the thought of strangers coming together for a good cause awed her, thus she has been seeking out opportunities to volunteer which led her to volunteer at the Youth Integrity Debate 2016 organized by Transparency International Malaysia. In 2016, she represented Malaysia at the 2nd Student English Language Speech Competition in South Korea and took part in the Global Student Leadership camp held thereafter. Kisantiny has always been keen to explore the world and build friendships across the ocean which led her to be selected as a facilitator and acted as a student buddy for the New Colombo Plan 2017 program for Australian undergraduates. She hopes that her time in the U.S would equip her with the necessary skills and knowledge as a future decision maker.
Firdaus graduated from Universiti Selangor (UNISEL) in 2013 with a Diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). Afterward he embarked his journey as an educator in a tuition center, and subsequently at a college in his hometown Rawang. In 2015 he decided to further his study in Bachelor of Arts (Leadership) at Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK), hitherto, he has taken a number of responsibilities in the university’s CSR outreach efforts. Among which, he was the program director for a program designated in helping a Rohingya school in Selayang, where he and his team held a day’s event at their university, aiming to expose the Rohingya children to higher-education platform. From his own experience, Firdaus saw the kind of opportunities that education impose upon underprivileged people – empowering communities through their own leadership. At Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), he aims to learn areas of leadership, international politics and economy, and immigration history of the U.S., in which he hopes such experience would mature his insights on possible policies of empowering underprivileged communities through education and leadership. On a different note, Firdaus enjoys listening to Dikir Barat, traditional song originating from the eastern part of Malaysian peninsular, where exotic melodies attuned with valuable life lessons inspired him, and he wish to impart this to his acquaintances during his stay in Florida.
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