Sharifah Rafidah Binti WAN ALWI, PhD in Chemical Engineering (Malaysia)

Rafidah Wan Alwi

Sharifah holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from UTM. Her latest research focuses on process integration, pinch technology, resource conservation and process systems engineering. For her PhD, she researched cost-effective reduction of water consumption using a specific network design.

Current position: Director of Process Systems Engineering Centre (PROSPECT) at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Malaysia

Research focus: Process integration, pinch technology, resource conservation and process systems engineering

Following on from this she became senior lecturer at UTM and is currently Director of the Process Systems Engineering Centre.

In 2009 Sharifah was awarded a Green Talent. During her academic career she has been involved in 39 research projects, 23 industrial based projects, published over 140 publications and trained engineers from more than 100 companies in the field of sustainable engineering design and management. She has also filed 9 patents, 11 copyrights and developed 5 software products. Sharifah is currently the Subject Editor for the Journal of Cleaner Production.

2015 National Young Scientist Award
2014 ASEAN Young Scientist and Technologist Award


CV as submitted for the Green Talents award (2009):

Technological University of Malaysia

Research focus: System analysis

For her Ph.D., Malaysian researcher Sharifah Rafidah Binti Wan Alwi conducted research on the cost-effective reduction of water consumption by means of a specific water network design. She did this work at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), where she currently works as a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Chemical and Natural Resources Engineering.

For her PhD, Malaysian researcher Sharifah Rafidah Binti Wan Alwi conducted research on the cost-effective reduction of water consumption by means of a specific water network design. She did this work at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), where she currently works as a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Chemical and Natural Resources Engineering. Specifically, Wan Alwi proposed water minimization strategies for the university mosque, which resulted in savings of up to 90 percent. Wan Alwi has research expertise in a wide variety of areas and has won numerous grants and sponsorships as well as awards for her work, which she has presented at several international conferences. Wan Alwi has been involved in seven consulting projects and has been active as a marketing and planning development officer in two commercialization grants.

She frequently works as a consultant and advisor for Pusat Tenaga Malaysia, a national energy research center administered by the Malaysian Ministry of Energy, Communications and Multimedia (MECM). At the moment, she is working on the development of a software program for energy audits.It was this multifaceted professional activity in the environmental field, ranging from teaching, consulting and training to the preparation of the launch of her own company for the marketing of a software program for resource preservation, which was particularly recognized by the jury. In Germany, Wan Alwi is hoping to network with other scientists in order to familiarize herself with new technologies which could be applied in Malaysia.