THE research projects of three Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten) students won the Best Thesis Awards in Water Resources and Hydrology 2017 at the World Water Day commemoration organised by the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry.
The three award recipients were Master’s degree student Mohd Nazmi Ahmad, who won gold; Bachelor’s degree student Andy Ngiew Qi Ying, who won silver, and PhD student Dr Nor Azlina Alias, who got bronze. They received medals, certificates and cash prizes.
All of their projects were under the supervision of Prof Datin Dr Lariyah Mohd Sidek, Uniten’s assistant vice-chancellor for research.
The awards were presented by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at Dataran Sri Kemang in Port Dickson, Negri Sembilan. Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar was also present at the ceremony.
The competition was open to all local university students, and had three categories; PhD, Masters and Bachelor Degrees.
“I never expected to be nominated, let alone win! This achievement has boosted my confidence in pursuing my goals in the academic and research field,” said Mohd Nazmi.
His research, titled “Empirical Rainfall Model Based on Urban Heat Island Related Parameters: Case Study - Sg. Penchala, Malaysia” uses an empirical model to forecast and predict the amount of rainfall affected by air pollution in urban areas. This research aids the development of green cities.
Ngiew’s project used the tank model to forecast water flow and can be used as an early warning system for Kelantan’s rivers.
For Dr Nor Azlina’s “An Integrated Numerical Hydrodynamic Shallow Flow Model for Urban Areas” project, she developed a one-dimensional empirical model.
“These days, there are many commercial models available but they are (foreign-made). Local engineers have yet to create their own models and often use (foreign-made) models,” she said.
Prof Lariyah said her students fully deserve the awards.
“Along the way, they have encountered multiple challenges such as illness, but no matter what, the thing that matters the most is that you must finish (your thesis),” she added.
World Water Day is observed every March 22. This year’s theme focuses on ways to reduce and reuse wastewater as over 80% of wastewater is insufficiently treated, and end up polluting the environment.