Happy New Year 2016

2015 was one of the greatest year in my personal, family and career development. To put into context, my 2014 was aimed at targeting local schools, academic-based NGOs and companies to disseminate the wealth of knowledge in DIY mechatronics, while in 2015 was geared towards presenting the outcomes through international workshops, national seminars and getting a glimpse of how internationalization works.

Although from year to year great endeavours were achieved, I never had new year’s resolutions written on a rock. My new year’s plan were normally very vague and simple, e.g. I want to contribute more in university (UMT), and as the year progresses, everything just fall into place. I always keep an open mind and adapt to the needs. People come and go pitching new ideas, where most of the project received “yes” responses from me, however sometimes I gave “no” as well, depending on the technical feasibility of the organization/function that I’m responsible to.

Forrest Gump put it nicely in 1994, “Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get”. With that, I’ll stay like this; pursuing happiness, keep an open mind, and try to adapt to the changing needs in my life. Life is dynamic, and don’t let it pass a day by without realizing that you have achieved something great.

Goodbye 2015, and welcome 2016.

August-September Recap

I enjoy working with people who inspire me. A lot of them I discovered while taking university-related assignments. I consider that as one of the perks of working in the university.

Outcome-Based Education (OBE) Task Force

Recently as you have probably know, I was assigned by the current Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dato’ Dr. Noraeini Mokhtar to work under a task force which responsible for the implementation of Outcome Based Education (OBE) and iCGPA in Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. Most of the preparation works were done in July and August which concluded in September with a two phases of roadshow across the schools in UMT.

8th National Technical Seminar on Underwater System Technology (NUSYS 2015)

Soaring Upwards @ NUSYS 2015
8th National Technical Seminar on Underwater System Technology (NUSYS 2015)

At the same period of time, my mentor (Prof. Dr. Rizal Arshad) from USM encouraged me to be the convener/champion for the 8th National Technical Seminar on Underwater System Technology (NUSYS 2015). I jumped here and there which include Dean’s and VC’s offices to make this happen. I’ve learned a lot, especially on the protocol side of things, not because it was written somewhere, but through lots of mistakes. But anyway, the national seminar went very well. Surprisingly we received a lot of great guests from Petronas Carigali, UNISZA, UNIKL-MIMET, Subsea Explore Services, UTM and much more. We managed to get Dato Hj Abdul Halim Jusoh, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Shahir Liew, Dr. Norhazilan, Dr. Jaswar Koto and Prof. Dr. Khalid Samo on the stage. The Dean (Prof. Ir. Dr. Ahmad Jusoh) and the VC was very happy. As a young lecturer, I’m so glad that I survived that one. I had to thank a lot of people who helped to make the seminar a reality which include Prof. Dr. Wan Norsani Wan Nik, Dr. Hairil, Dr. Asamudin, Dr. Anuar, Dr. Salisa, Dr. Suriani, Dr. Wan Mariam, Mr. Izham, Mr. Ruhaifi, Mdm. Suzilawati, Mr. Wan Azhar, Mdm. Fazirawani, Mdm. Zuhaini and Mr. Razman.

Massively Open Online Course (MOOC @UMT)

Massively Open Online Course (MOOC @UMT)

One more thing, the recording and material preparation for the Massively Open Online Course (MOOC @UMT) is still in progress. I hope I shall survive this one as well. I have to mention Prof. Dr. Noraini Hj Ali, for she was the one who nominate this task to me 🙂

Quadcopter @ INES-P Imtiaz Yayasan Terengganu & UMT

Quadcopter @ INES-P Imtiaz Yayasan Terengganu & UMT
Quadcopter @ INES-P Imtiaz Yayasan Terengganu & UMT

I love dealing with school kids. On September I manage to slot in a quadcopter class for 2 hours in INES-P programme with the students of Imtiaz Yayasan Terengganu. They were bright students, I must tell you.

Bachelor of Applied Science (Naval Architecture and Marine System)

Naval Architecture and Marine Systems UMT Delegates
Naval Architecture and Marine Systems UMT Delegates

The new programme, as we named it Bachelor of Applied Science (Naval Architecture and Marine System) was approved in preliminary level by the Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi. Thanks to a lot of my mentors for patiently guiding me through the process. As an inexperienced person handling a task on that magnitude, I felt very humbled and happy at the same time. We are aiming for 2017 to offer the course in UMT.

I have to give an enourmous thank you to my wife, Dr. Siti Nor Khadijah Addis a lot, for the unrelenting perpetual support that she has given me troughout my journey 🙂

Nak beli Apple Watch (2015)? Relax dulu.

Apple Watch (2015) vs iPhones
Apple Watch (2015) vs iPhones

Warning. This post is long. I’m commenting as a person teaching and doing research in engineering design 🙂

Tahun ni adalah tahun Apple Watch being released in the public. I’ve been a big fan of how Johnny Ive and Steve Jobs executed their vision in design. However, I’ll not be paying Apple for Apple Watch V1 this year 🙂

Why? This is why this is a quite long post 😀

Shown in the figure uploaded here is the Apple Watch on the left side, compared against several generations of iPhones on the right side, from below; iPhone (1), iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and lastly iPhone 6.

As shown in the figure, the Apple Watch is basically akin to iPhone (1), expect some awesomeness as the Apple Watch stacked to the next version in the future. But at the moment, hold your horses, some of the earlier users of Apple Watch noted that the user interface/user experience (UI/UX) is not up to the notch, and not-so-good battery life. You need to charge it once a day.

Okay, that happened to iPhone (1) as well, but design improves over time. Look at iPhone 6/6 Plus. With occasional emails, some Whatsapp and social apps, I don’t have to charge it for almost a day and a half.

In design, there is something that we call ‘evolution in design’. While design is not just the aesthetics (aesthetics tu rupa luaran), a proper design comes from the core purpose of the product. Which means, a watch that is able to track health (akin to my Vivofit 2) should be having long term battery life, should be light, ideal thickness and intuitive. But, I reckon that the Apple Watch hasn’t come up to that level yet.

So, if you have RM 1400 to RM 3000 to spare, masukkan dalam ASB dulu, tak pun Tabung Haji untuk lagi 2 tahun. Tak rugi invest kat sana 😀

The Power to Innovate, as written by Alexander Grothendieck

“In our knowledge of the things of the universe (whether mathematical or otherwise), the power to innovate that lies within us is really nothing but innocence. It is the original innocence that we were all endowed with at birth, that lives inside all of us, but is often the object of our contempt and of our most secret fears. This innocence is what brings together the humility and the audacity that make it possible for us to get to the heart of things, but also allows things to deeply affect us and get under our skin so that they leave a lasting imprint on our minds and souls.”


If you want to make a well-designed product, give it some love


At the center of any good product design is a whole lot of heart. Mladen Barbaric, the founder and CEO of Pearl Studios, explained at Gigaom’s Roadmap conference Wednesday why design is a “deeply human and profoundly emotional” process, and design projects created with love have a better chance to resonate with the general populace.

“I think that creating brands and products is something that requires us to reach deep inside and it’s a very emotional endeavor,” said Barbaric.

During his session, Barbaric interwove tales from his childhood with examples about how the specific lessons he learned over the years could be seen in some of the companies his design firm works with.

As a kid, Barbaric’s love for art drove him to draw all over the place–including the walls and ceilings of his house, much to his father’s chagrin. When Barbaric’s mom showed she was impressed with how he…

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