28th June 2023, JOHOR BAHRU – Postgraduate Student Society of Faculty of Chemical and Energy Engineering (PGSS FCEE) with collaboration of UTM SPS has held our 4th structured course with the title of “HOW TO DEFEND YOUR PHD PROPOSAL LIKE A PRO”. This course aims to share ideas, techniques/strategies for writing high-impact publications and to advise students on how to tackle issues they may likely encounter during/before publications.

We are truly honored to have Prof. Dr. Mohd Hafiz Dzarfan Othman, an experienced Doctor in FCEE to be the speaker of our sharing session. Prof. Dr. Mohd Hafiz Dzarfan Othman is currently a professor in the Department of Energy Engineering, Faculty of Chemical And Energy Engineering, UTM. He is also the chair of Frontier Material Research Alliance (FMRA), UTM, a distinguished fellow of AMTEC, UTM and the Board of Director of Filt Us Sdn. Bhd., a UTM Spin Off Company. He received his Bachelor and Master degrees from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, and his PhD from Imperial College London, United Kingdom.

Prof. Mohd Hafiz is an active researcher in the areas of Ceramics and Polymeric Membranes for Fluid Separation, Fuel Cell. Until now, he has garnered more than 150 publications and boasted a high number of citations with an outstanding h-Index of 49. Besides, Prof. Hafiz Dzarfan has supervised 8 research fellows, 59 PhD Students, 30 Master students and 26 Bachelor students.

In this program, Prof. Dr. Mohd Hafiz has mentioned the importance of Graduate On Time (GOT), and the important key elements to be included in the PhD proposal. Regarding proposal defense, Prof has provided advice on the preparation and etiquettes of proposal defense and exposed us to the mistakes to be avoided during proposal defense. He also talked about the tips to excel in PhD study, which are believed to be a good takeaway for all participants.

In short, PGSS FCEE would like to thank Prof. Dr. Mohd Hafiz for the wonderful sharing, and we hope all participants will garner helpful insights to excel in PhD proposals and throughout their PhD study. We are grateful for your support and hope all participants will support us for our future interesting events.