UTP'S Success in Innova Eureka Exhibition, Brussels (13 - 15 Nov 2008) PDF Print E-mail


Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) has marked another international triumph by winning a total of 3 gold and 1 silver medals in the INNOVA EUREKA EXHIBITION through its 4 research projects. The exhibition was held in Brussels, Belgium from 13 - 15 November 2008.


Assoc. Prof. Dr Nasir Shafiq through one of his two inventions submitted in the competition entitled ‘HARSH-Concrete’ won 1 Gold with Special Mention. This PhD project on microwave incinerated rice ash concrete which was supervised by Assoc. Prof. Ir Dr Muhd Fadhil Nuruddin and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nasir Shafiq, was also conferred 2 special awards namely Special Award for Sustainable Development by INNOVA 2008 and Prize of Dirk Van Mechelen, Ministry of the Flamish Government for Finance and Budget.


ECO PLAST, a project led by Prof Dr Ramiah Jegatheesan also won gold for his invention on disposable plastic bags whilst another UTP gold was grabbed by Dr Mohd Naufal Mohd Saad for his invention C-TRACK, a real-time children monitoring system that combines the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) technology. Assoc. Prof. Dr Nasir Shafiq added another medal for UTP by winning silver on his 2nd project on used lubricants concrete called ULUBE-Concrete.



This is UTP’s second participation at this exhibition, alongside six other Malaysian universities and research institutions namely Universiti Malaysia Perlis, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia and MARDI. It is also heartening to note that UTP scored the highest percentage of gold awards (75%) as compared to other Malaysian participants.  


Innova Eureka Exhibition attracts more than 600 inventions from more than 30 countries every year. This year alone, there were 80 companies and 30 universities and research institutions participating in the exhibition including those from Belgium, Poland, Romania, United Kingdom, Morocco and China. This merit-based competition offers rewards in terms of medals, certificates and prizes for the winners. This was the 57th edition of the competition, which makes it one of the oldest invention competitions in the world.



It is hoped that by participating in this exhibition, UTP will strengthen its human capital development in R & D and encourage more creativity across the university community. This exhibition also provides a platform for the research fraternity to showcase their new inventions, ideas and products, and contribute towards our journey in becoming a university that is recognised internationally as a partner for industries and a respected member of the scientific communities.