The Student Final Year Research Project (FYRP) Conference was started in the year 2015. The FYRP conference is usually held in the final week of a semester, twice a year. The event provides an opportunity for the university to explore further collaboration and strengthen ties with industry partners.
For the second semester this year, the event was held virtually on 2 December 2021. This is the third online conference held since 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The virtual conference was an exciting showcase of the final year students’ year-long research projects, which are essential for their professional career preparation.
The conference started at 9:00 am on Microsoft Teams (MS Teams) with the Dean’s Opening Address by Professor Su Hieng Tiong, the Dean of Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Science (FECS), Swinburne Sarawak, followed by the Plenary Session on “Digital Academy & Exploration and Production (E&P) Training Programmes in Oil and Gas” by the Centre of Technical Excellence Sdn Bhd (CENTEX, Sarawak) before the commencement of the students’ oral presentations and the showcase of their projects.
A total of 127 individual student projects were presented from various disciplines, including Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Robotic and Mechatronics Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Science (Biotechnology). Industrial guests from across West Malaysia and East Malaysia were invited to participate in the conference and the students’ presentations. There were approximately 20 representatives from local companies such as the Centre of Technical Excellence Sdn. Bhd., Maltimur Resource Sdn.Bhd, X-FAB Sarawak Sdn. Bhd, Sarawak Energy Berhad, Epsilon Jurutera Perunding Sarawak Sdn. Bhd., GBU Consultant, Taiyo Yuden, Public Works Department, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, PTV Asia-Pacific Pte Ltd., and James Dyson Foundations (Johor), who attended the conference. In total, more than 250 Swinburne Sarawak students, staff and industrial guests attended this virtual conference across multiple parallel presentation sessions by various disciplines.
The presence of industry representatives and their feedback on the students’ projects provided insights and served as a motivation to the aspiring engineers who are about to embark upon their professional careers.