THE Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) Southern Branch Young Engineers’ National Summit went online for the first time in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
IEM Young Engineers Section chairman Kenneth Chaw said the three-day virtual summit gave 174 graduate engineers and engineering students nationwide a chance to discuss issues and exchange information related to the field.
The event was supposed to be held last year but was postponed to this year because of the pandemic.
“However, we remain grateful in the face of uncertainties brought on by the pandemic, as it eventually reinforced our resilience and adaptability to situations.
“The uncertainties also accelerated the advancement of digital technology, which is why this year’s summit is themed Virtual Engineering,” he said.
Chaw said technical visits were one of the highlights in previous summits and despite the current situation, participants should not miss out on this aspect of the event.
“As such, we held virtual visits to companies such as Turcomp Bmb Sdn Bhd, Duopharma Biotech Bhd and Top Glove Corporation Bhd.”
He said participants gained knowledge, exposure and insights from industrial leaders through the activities even though they were not able to be at the premises physically.
In addition, participants of the summit attended the mid-term Young Engineers Section of Asean Federation of Engineering Organisation’s board meeting to get updates on the latest issues and development of engineering within the region, he said.
Chaw said a virtual run was also held prior to the summit, where 285 members of the institution participated to achieve a minimum of 45,000 steps in 21 days.
“The aim of the virtual run was to promote work-life balance and health consciousness among engineers and students, especially during the pandemic,” he added.
Meanwhile, IEM southern branch chairman Wong Yee Foong commended the organising committee for the event’s success.
“All of us have to adapt to new norms, especially in the way we communicate and conduct our activities.
“The young engineers have been diligently preparing, learning and adapting to ensure that the summit was organised on a virtual platform successfully,” he said.
The National Summit 2022 will be hosted by the Sabah branch of IEM Young Engineers Section.
The summit is an annual event organised by rotation among the Young Engineers Sections of the respective IEM branches.