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Adriana Lai

BS (Microelectronics & Physics) (Campbell Uni., US), MEng (Electronics) (Unimas)

School of Foundation Studies

Office No:+60 82 260 640
Fax No:+60 82 260 813
Email: alai@swinburne.edu.my


Adriana received her BS in Microelectronics and Physics from Campbell University, US in 1993. She received her M.Eng in Electronics from the University Malaysia Sarawak in 2009. Prior to joining Swinburne Sarawak, Adriana was teaching mathematics, electronics and physics in various institutions of higher learning in Kuching and worked as a training executive and manufacturing supervisory engineering in a multination company. Adriana joined the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Science, Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus (SUTS) as a Lecturer in 2001. Subsequently, she was appointed the Foundation Engineering/ Science Program Coordinator in 2003 to 2004 and 2008 to 2011. In 2011, she assumed the Executive role in the Policy, Planning and Quality Unit (PPQU), and was the Assistant Manager of the PPQU in 2012 -2013. Adriana was the Associate Dean for Prepatory Studies from February 2016 to February 2018. In February 2018, she was reassigned to the School of Foundation Studies.

Her research interests include approaches to teaching and learning of mathematics and physics, energy harvesting and mathematical modeling.

Research Interests

  • Approaches to teaching and learning of mathematics and physics;
  • Mathematical modelling;
  • Energy harvesting;
  • Publications


  • Journal paper W. K.-S. Pao, W.H.-S. Wong, and A. M.-K. Lai, “An explicit drive algorithm for aiding the design of firing sequence in side-drive micromotor,”Communications in Numerical Methods in Engineering, Wiley Interscience, vol. 24, Issue 12 , 2007, pp. 2131-2136.
  • Conference paper Lai, A.M.-K., Rahman, A. A. & Wong, W.S.H (2007, Dec) Quasi-static Model of Microelectromechanical Cantilever. Proceedings of Asia Pacific Conference on Applied Electromagnetics, IEEE AP/MTT/EMC Chapter Malaysia, UTem, UTM, UiTM,UTHM,UNISEL, Malacca, Malaysia
  • Conference paper Lai, A.M.-K, Wong, W.S.H & Rahman, A.A. (2007, Nov) Finite Element Simulation of Pull-in Effect using A Quasi-Static electromechanical Model.Proceedings of Regional Seminar on Computational and Experimental Mechanics (CEM) 2007, in conjunction with Regional Conference on Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanics, Manufacturing and Architecture (EM3ARC), UKM, Bangi, Malaysia
  • Conference paper Pao, W.K.S., Wong, W.S.H. & Lai, A.M.-K. (2005, May). Finite Element Modelling of Electrostatic Side-Drive MEMS Micromotor. Proceedings of National Seminar on Computational & Experimental Mechanics (CEM 2005), UKM, Bangi, Malaysia, ISBN 983-2975-41-7, pp. 373-380
  • Conference paper Lai, A.M.-K., Ting, G.C.-W. & Phan, R.C.-W. (2004, August). Towards a Better Learning Experience in Undergraduate Mathematics. Proceedings of the EduCATE 2004 Conference, Kuching, Malaysia.