UNIVERSITI Tunku Abdul Rahman’s (Utar) Professor Dr Ewe Hong Tat has been elected as an Academy of Science Malaysia Fellow for his contributions in the field microwave remote sensing of the environment.
Prof Ewe, who is Utar’s Internationalisation and Academic Development vice-president, is a well-known researcher in the area.
Among his contributions is the development of microwave remote sensing models for vegetation, and development of applications to provide prediction of rice yields, and monitoring of oil palm growth.
He has also been involved in microwave sensing research in Antarctica where he worked on theoretical development and sea-ice thickness retrieval models.
Prof Ewe said, in earth science, remote sensing refers to the ability of airborne or spaceborne sensors to detect electromagnetic radiation or scattered energy from subjects on the Earth’s surface.
“Microwaves have the ability to penetrate through cloud or fog and are suitable to be used for remote sensing of terrain by remote sensing satellites.
“In addition, for active remote sensing sensors, it can operate at any time and is independent from the sun as an illumination source,” he added.
Besides his research, Prof Ewe has worked with JobStreet.com on the development of an intelligent job matching algorithm to serve users in Malaysia and other countries. He has also been a consultant and adviser for several listed companies and startups.
Some of his achievements include, winning a gold medal at the Science and Technology Expo 2003, Research Innovation Award in 2004, Young Scientist Award in 1996.
Prof Ewe also won a gold medal at the 32nd International Exhibition of Inventions 2004 in Geneva, The Outstanding Young Malaysian Award 2005, and the Toray Science and Technology Award in 2011.
He is also the MIT Club of Malaysia president, Educational Counselor of MIT, and Malaysian Qualification Agency Council Member.