CAO

Professor Dr. Mohd Nazri Mohd Noor

Position
Chief Academic Officer

Professor Mohd Nazri received his Ph.D. in Management and MBA in Multimedia Marketing from Multimedia University. He was the recipient of full-fledged scholarship from the Public Service Department and the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia. He recently obtained a Certificate of Digital Marketing Analytics from
the University of Illinois, USA and attended the Executive Development Programme and Design Thinking Skill at the
University of California, Stanford University and Silicon Valley, USA.

He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Malaysia, an affiliate member of the Association of Plantation Alumni, UiTM Malaysia, a Certified Trainer for Entrepreneurship Development Programme by the Ministry of Education and the Malaysian Academy of SME & Entrepreneurship Development, and a Certified Trainer or HRDC programmes.

Prior to joining UoSM, he was the Senior Management of Open University Malaysia and held important positions such as the CEO of MLSB, Registrar, Director of the Institute of Quality Management and the Director of OUM PhD Programme. Professor Mohd Nazri was entrusted by the management to hold various positions during his service with Multimedia University, University Teknologi MARA, Employees Provident Fund and the Malaysian Timber Industry Board. He is also a Senior Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) Assessor. He is very active in consultation activities and self-development programmes in both locally and abroad. Since 1991, he has shared his skills and knowledge in more than 500 workshops and seminars.

He received more than 10 awards throughout his career. His network of contact is excellent as many agencies have appointed him as a principal consultant for the strategic management and planning such as Melaka State Government, Pahang State Government, Telekom Malaysia, Ministry of Education, Petronas, Etiqa Takaful, UiTM, RISDA, FELDA, and the Malay Chamber of Commerce.

He has published and reviewed a number of international journals, conference papers, books and frequently appear in newspapers, TV and radio programmes. Having an extensive working experience with the private and public sectors, he was awarded a research grant to study the socio-economic development of populations in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam in 2015.

Professor Mohd Nazri is very concerned about the environment. For that reason, he is currently focusing his research interest in the area of green marketing and consumerism.

Professor Dr. Jo-Han Ng

Professor

Associate Professor Dr. Jo-Han Ng

Position
Director of Research

Dr Jo-Han Ng is currently the Director of Research at the University of Southampton Malaysia, after relinquishing his previous duties as the Head of Academic Quality & Innovation and Director of the Foundation Programme & Head of Quality Assurance. He is a Green Engineer (or Greengineer as he would like to call it) with research interests on green technologies.

He obtained his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) with First-Class classification in 2007 from the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus and was offered a fully-paid research scholarship to conduct his PhD research in the same university. The nature of his PhD led him to conduct research work in the trans-disciplinary field of mechanical/automotive and chemical (kinetics) engineering.

His research interest lies in the field of renewable energy with particular interest in biodiesel lubricity, renewable fuel productions, chemical kinetics of transesterification reaction, combustion reaction mechanisms, CFD simulation of diesel engines, experimental studies on performance and emissions characteristics of biodiesel fuelled diesel engines. His collaborations have also led him to be a visiting researcher at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 2014-2015. He is also currently an Associate Research Fellow at UTM-Centre for Low Carbon Transportation in cooperation with Imperial College (LoCARTic). In 2023, he founded the Carbon Neutrality Research Group, leading a group of scientists to battle climate change.

He also serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Society of Automotive Engineers Malaysia (JSAEM) and Carbon Neutrality (Springer). He was also part of the team that won the Japanese TORAY (Malaysia) Science Education Award six times in 2015-2022 for their contribution in innovating science education, and won the UoS’ ILIAD PCAP award 2015. He has obtained his Fellowship under the United Kingdom Higher Education Academy and serves the faculty by providing training to other new academics as the USMC Leader of Postgraduate Certificate for Academic Practice. He is also a Fellow of the Advance Higher Education Academy (UK).

Dr Ng has published around 100 original peer-reviewed research articles, involved in 20 research grant/industrial projects and has won awards from SEAMEO (ASEAN), Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), World Federation of Scientists (Switzerland), Falling Walls (Malaysia/Germany), Autoliv (Sweden/USA), PILC (China), Al-Dabbagh (Saudi Arabia), TORAY Foundation (Malaysia) and Elsevier. In 2022, he also won the Best Award Energy Cluster in PECIPTA ’22.

Dr Jo-Han’s research primarily revolves around both technical and pedagogical research.

A) Technical Research

His primary research interest revolves around:

  • Sustainable biofuels (biodiesel, biojet fuels, pyrolysis oil, and syngas)
  • Energy-water-food (EWF) nexus
  • Life cycle assessments (LCA)
  • Design of Experiments (DOE) and advanced Statistical Analysis methods
  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) of reactive flows
  • Combustion of engines and swirling flow studies
  • Microwave-assisted chemical reactions (including transesterification)

Prospective PhD students and collaborators are encouraged to discuss about potential research by dropping a line to J.Ng@soton.ac.uk. Funding is available for selected projects.

B) Education Research

Jo-Han also works on pedagogical research covering themes such as:

  • Science-themed Escape Rooms through the Creative and Playful Learning (CPL) pedagogical approach.
  • Game-based learning through Minecraft (He was also the first Malaysian to be a Microsoft Minecraft Global Mentor in 2017.)
  • Gamification of education through the use of phone app. (Quizona Chemistry)

He encourages fellow educators at all levels (K-12 to university) to collaborate on modern pedagogical techniques in reaching out effectively to students from the digital native generation.

Dr Jo-Han Ng has authored around a hundred scientific publications. A complete list of his publication can be found on:

He has also authored five books, including Elsevier’s Biojet Fuel in Aviation Appplication (ISBN: 9780128228548)

Presently teaching the following modules:

  • FEEG1003 Thermofluids
  • SESM2017 Thermodynamics
  • SESM1016 Mechanical Systems Analysis
  • MATH1054 Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment

Previously taught the following modules:

  • SESG1005 Fluid Mechanics
  • SESM1015 Professional Engineering and Functional Materials
  • FEEG2006 Engineering Management and Law
  • MATH1055 Mathematics for Electronic and Electrical Engineering
  • PGCAP-Prep UoSM

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jo-Han Ng

Head of Research, Research Management Centre,

University of Southampton Malaysia,

C0301, C0302, C0401, Block C Eko Galleria,

Jalan Eko Botani 3,

Taman Eko Botani,

79100 Iskandar Puteri, Johor,

Malaysia

Email: J.Ng@soton.ac.uk

Phone: +607-5602462

Room Number : UoSM 3L011

Personal Website: Online CV

Dr. Sagaya Amalathas

Associate Professor Dr. Sagaya Amalathas

Position
Head of Computer Science Programme

Dr Sagaya Amalathas is an Associate Professor and the Head of the Computer Science Programme at the University of Southampton, Malaysia.

She obtained her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. During her PhD candidature, she was awarded the Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship and Asia Pacific Society of Computers in Education (APSCE) merit award. She has also attained a Certificate in Big Data and Business Analytics from Harvard Business School.

Dr Sagaya has extensive experience not only in academia and research but also in the computing industry. She has played vital roles in research, design, development, and implementation of applications that are widely used in the agriculture technology, medical and telecommunication industries in Malaysia. She was a Senior Researcher in Artificial Intelligence at MIMOS, Malaysia's national applied research and development centre under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI). She has also successfully managed software projects in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Philippines.

Prior to joining University of Southampton, she held academic leadership roles at UNITAR International University and Taylor’s University Malaysia. She has a strong passion for curriculum innovation. She is committed towards achieving growth and innovation in Computer Science education in Malaysia and the wider region of South East Asia through academic excellence, industry engagement and research.

Current Research Focus:

  • Artificial Intelligence technologies
  • Big Data Analytics, and Internet of Things (IoT)

Topics of interest:

  • Artificial intelligence techniques for plant disease and nutrient deficiency detection
  • Retail analytics using Big Data Analytics
  • Diagnostic and predictive analytics for software error
  • Text analytics and sentiment analysis
  • Intelligent and contextualised learning techniques.   
Associate Professor Dr. Suan Hui Pu

Associate Professor Dr. Suan Hui Pu

Position
Head of School (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

Suan Hui Pu received the MEng (First Class Honours) and PhD degrees from Imperial College London in 2006 and 2010, respectively. He is currently Associate Professor and Head of School (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering) at the University of Southampton Malaysia (UoSM). Prior to joining UoSM, he was working with Infineon Technologies as a semiconductor manufacturing engineer.

Dr Pu is the leader of the newly established Smart Manufacturing and Systems Research Group (SMSRG) at UoSM. He has successfully completed more than ten research grant projects as either principal investigator or co-investigator and examples of funding bodies include the Ministry of Higher Education (Malaysia), Collaborative Research in Engineering Science and Technology Centre (CREST), and the National Research Foundation (NRF, Singapore). His current research interests include printed electronics and sensors, wearable sensors for health monitoring, MEMS sensors and actuators, and energy harvesting.

Between September and December 2023, Dr Pu was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a visiting academic staff in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton, UK. His current research collaborations are with UTM and MIMOS in Malaysia, A*STAR SIMTech in Singapore and MIT in the USA. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and he has served as a reviewer for leading journals, including IOP Smart Materials and Structures, IEEE Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, Sensors and Actuators A and IOP Flexible and Printed Electronics, amongst others.

Dr Pu has extensive experience in senior academic leadership especially in the context of transnational education. He has led various undergraduate and PhD programmes in engineering. He has chaired several institution committees, including the Academic Advisory Board and the Special Considerations Board. As a committed educator, he is a Fellow of AdvanceHE UK (FHEA) and he supports the university's Quality, Monitoring and Enhancement Framework.

Research Interests:

Printed electronics and sensors, Wearable sensors for health monitoring, MEMS/NEMS sensors and actuators, Energy harvesting

Grants:

  • PI, MOHE Malaysia, FRGS/1/2022/TK10/USMC/02/1
  • PI, UoSM/SDG2022/4
  • Co-I, MOHE Malaysia, FRGS/1/2021/TK0/USMC/03/4
  • Co-I, MOE Malaysia, FRGS/1/2018/TK10/USMC/03/1
  • Co-PI, Essilor Amera Pte Ltd, Singapore, 2016
  • Co-PI, NRF Singapore, NRF2014NRF-POC002-035, 2014 to 2016
  • PI, CREST Grant, Malaysia, 2014, PC01C2-14
  • PI, MOHE Malaysia, FRGS/2/2014/TK03/USMC/02/1
  • Co-I, MOHE Malaysia, FRGS/1/2014/TK01/USMC//1
  • PI, UoS Internationalisation Fund Award, 2012
  • PI, MOHE Malaysia, FRGS/1/2012/TK02/USMC/03/2

Research project(s):

  • Wearable technology for sensing human dehydration
  • Printed sensors for wearable health monitoring
  • Triboelectric nanogenerators for energy harvesting
  • Wearable technology for myopia prevention

PhD Supervision:

  • Ishant Patil (2027) – Inkjet printed sensor materials
  • Rou Xuan Goh (2026) – Laser-induced graphene
  • Xue Chen (2025) – Smart composite materials
  • Deborah Carey (2025) – Wearable technology for health applications

I am actively seeking qualified candidates to work on a PhD project along my research interests. Funding is available for outstanding candidates.

Consultancy:

  • Printed/flexible sensor development
  • MEMS fabrication process development
  • MEMS/NEMS modelling and design
•FEEG1201 Introduction to Engineering Design
•FEEG1002 Mechanics, Structures and Materials
•SESM1016 Mechanical Systems Analysis
•MATH1054/MATH1055 Mathematics
Dr. Siow Yong Low

Associate Professor Dr. Siow Yong Low

Position
Head of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Programme

Dr. Siow Yong Low is an Associate Professor and Head of the Electrical and Electronic (EEE) Programme at the University of Southampton Malaysia. He was funded by Australian based scholarships for both his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Curtin University WA Australia. From 2005 – 2010, he held a variety of post-doctoral and research engineer posts in WA Australia before moving to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Curtin University, Sarawak campus as a Senior Lecturer. He has taught broadly on the EEE curriculum, in particular teaching electrical systems, circuits, signals and systems, microprocessors and software technology. As an electronics and communications engineer, Siow Yong applies his research in signal processing into making assistive listening devices and hearing aids more responsive and seamless for the hearing impaired.

Siow Yong’s research is in the broad area of acoustics signal processing. In simple terms, his research involves the electronic manipulation of acoustic signals. One example is speech enhancement application in assistive listening devices or hearing aids, where noisy speech signals can be processed in such a way that the noise signal is reduced and the overall speech intelligibility is increased. Currently, he is looking into the demarcation capability of the modulation space in noisy settings and to establish key speech modulation features most relevant to speech intelligibility. In addition to academic teaching and research, he has provided consultancy work for the industry. For instance, his forensic work with the Northam Police Department in Western Australia, which involved the forensic audio analyses of some emergency calls for a homicide investigation. The police wanted an enhanced version of the background noise as they believed there were some noisy and faint background conversations in the recorded call, which could potentially reveal foul play. The challenge was to suppress the speech (the caller and the operator) and to enhance the background noise. An “inverse” algorithm was created to help the extraction process and the favourable results actually led to a similar consultancy work with the Organised Crime Squad in Perth, Western Australia.

Speech and hearing are the two fundamental blocks in verbal human communication. It takes two to tango and if either one fails, verbal communication collapses. For instance, conversations will be difficult if there is background noise or there is some form of hearing loss from the persons involved. For people with normal hearing capability, tackling the noise will not be a problem. In fact, with good ears, our brains are capable of filtering out the speech from the noise to a certain extent. But the big challenge here is when you have hearing impairment and environmental noise at the same time. We live in a noisy world, so the aim is to electronically reduce the environmental noise and simultaneously compensate or amplify the speech signals according to one’s hearing profile. Naturally, the processed signal must be seamless, intelligible and void of electronic artefacts. That way, people with hearing impairments will have no issues with conversations in noisy settings.

Specific areas of Siow Yong’s research interest are signal processing for acoustic applications, compressive speech enhancement, blind signal extraction, sensor array networks. His full list of publications can be found at https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=flF2umAAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao 

  • Electronic Circuits
  • Electronic Systems
  • Mathematics