Dr Melanie Ooi Po-Leen, who is with Monash University Malaysia’s School of Engineering, was presented with the Outstanding Young Engineer Award.
She received the award at the 2015 IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) International Instrumentation and Measurement (I & M) Technology Conference in Pisa, Italy.
The highly-coveted international Outstanding Young Engineer Award is granted to only one recipient annually.
This award recognises excellent young I&M members who have distinguished themselves through outstanding early career professional achievements.
This is the first time a Southeast Asian candidate has received the award.
The award was given to Dr Ooi in recognition of her leadership and innovation in industry-focused engineering education, as well as research in electronic test technology.
With more than 426,000 members in more than 160 countries, the IEEE is one of the world’s largest professional associations, dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.
IEEE and its members inspire a global community through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities.
Dr Ooi obtained her bachelor’s and master’s in engineering and doctorate from Monash University.
Her research focus is in electronics, computer engineering and instrumentation.
Dr Ooi’s particular strength lies in her work done in close collaboration with leading multinationals.
The extensive industry engagement has led to high-impact research results and excellent work readiness of her graduates.
Despite being an early career researcher, she has led and contributed to numerous national research projects.
Dr Ooi is also a strong proponent of the growing role of women in engineering.
Her excellent results in education and research have also been acknowledged by a number of universities, professional organisations and national awards.