Kuching hosts young engineers summit

Summit participants taking part in a team-building activity.

KUCHING: The state capital played host to 105 delegates from around the country for the Institution of Engineers Malaysia Young Engineers Section (IEM YES) National Summit 2016.

Themed “Inform, Involve, Influence”, the annual summit was a platform for young engineers and engineering students to meet, connect and network among themselves.

It was also an opportunity for IEM YES branches to share their experience on activities organised and the way forward in promoting the engineering profession.

During the summit, delegates visited the Sejingkat Power Corp, one of the main power stations in Kuching, where they were briefed on its history and shown its major equipment and systems.

The delegates also went to Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus for inter-branch meetings of the graduate and student sections.

In addition, there were teambuilding activities at Permai Beach Resort for the delegates to learn leadership by example and build friendships with one another.

At the closing dinner, Padawan Municipal Council chairman Lo Khere Chiang reminded the delegates that engineers were leaders.

He also spoke about how he chose engineering as a career path, his memorable projects and his views on 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,” Lo said.

IEM president Tan Yean Chin said graduate members should be the main force behind the rejuvenation of the institution for long-term sustainability.

“IEM should encourage our graduate members to be more active by giving them bigger and more important roles to play,” he said.

During the dinner, IEM Sarawak branch bagged the most outstanding awards through its Young Engineers Section and Swinburne Sarawak Student Section.

Other recipients of the Outstanding IEM Young Engineers Section were IEM Penang branch and IEM Perak branch. For the student section, IEM Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, and IEM Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Johor, also received awards.

Organising chairman Jason Yeo said this was the 10th national summit held by IEM YES after the first one in Kota Kinabalu in 2006. The last time it was hosted by the 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,” he said.

IEM YES Sarawak branch welcomes graduate and student engineers to join them in cultivating and exposing young engineers into the professional engineering world.

For more information, go to www.iemsarawak.org or the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/iemyessarawak.

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