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MELAKA, May 3 -- Former Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) Advanced Manufacturing Centre (AMC) director Prof Dr Ghazali Omar has been appointed the university’s Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) effective April 19.
UTeM said in a statement that his appointment is effective for three years till April 18, 2024 and had been approved by the Higher Education Ministry. The appointment was to fill the vacant position formerly held by Prof Dr Zulkifilie Ibrahim, who was appointed UTeM Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and International).
The university added that Prof Dr Ghazali had extensive expertise and experience of over 21 years and has contributed to the success of 51 technology-based research and development projects, as well as sharing his expertise through professional consultations with 73 companies throughout the world. He has also received the Prime Minister’s Award as the Malaysian Best Employee of the Year (2002).
Prof Dr Ghazali was the founder and principal consultant for EFGO Scientific Sdn Bhd, Kulim Avenue from 2009 to 2014, which provided semiconductor and microelectronic consultant services. He earned a bachelor’s degree with honours in mechanical engineering from Victoria University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia in 1989, followed by a master’s degree in material science in 1995 and a doctorate in physics from Universiti Malaya in 2004.
He began his career in UTeM as a professor in the mechanical engineering faculty in 2015 and was also appointed as the manager of Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Advanced Research on Energy (CARe), followed by UTeM AMC director in July 2020.
He previously worked at several multinational companies, including National Semiconductor (1990-1997), ON Semiconductor (1997-2005) and Infineon Technologies (2005- 2012), rising as high as Senior Manager.