EITD Transformation – Science and Engineering Research Centre
The strength of the Engineering Campus is proven through its research. Engineering Campus is known for its conducive research environment, innovative researchers and state of the art research facilities. The university envisions the need for this Campus and has planned to create a one-stop centre to empower the research team in the Campus in the 9th Malaysian Plan. This is manifested by the construction of the RM18 million Integrated Research Lab (Makmal Penyelidikan Bersepadu) to achieve excellence through integrated and trans-disciplinary concepts. Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research and Innovation is confident of Engineering and Technology Department’s (EnTeRP) ability to manage Makmal Penyelidikan Bersepadu (MPB).
Rebranding of EITD is a transformation aimed at achieving excellence in research, specifically at the Engineering Campus. The rebranding of EnTeRP includes:
1. The concept of establishing MPB for:
>Research in a larger scope including fundamental, disciplinary, inter-disciplinary or trans-disciplinary research and application.
>shared facility and shared services
2. Operation of EnTeRP and EITD
>In brief, it encompasses the aspect of management and administration, technology, consultation and service, human capital, laboratory and technical accreditation.
With the consent of the Jawatankuasa Pengurusan Universiti (JKPU) in December 2012, EITD was renamed as Pusat Penyelidikan Sains dan Kejuruteraan or Science and Engineering Research Centre (SERC). SERC, a joint-research centre, is the first to apply the concept of shared facility and shared services in USM. It is expected to give a higher impact on research in the Engineering Campus specifically and in USM as a whole.
The choice of the name has strength in itself and will be realised through its concept, role, function and objective.
The integration concept in all aspects of administration includes:
>Sharing facilities, integrating expertise between academic and technical staff, transfer of information and technology between university – industry – human capital.
>Implementing the concept of shared facilities and shared services to generate effective, efficient interaction and communication, and to provide a conducive environment for research
>Creating synergy and integration between engineering and science for multi-disciplinary, inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary research.
>Integration of human capital increases the sense of belonging and ownership.
>Continuous improvement in all aspects to ensure better yield and quality of work, knowledge and skill, interaction and communication, creativity and innovation as well as healthy competition.
>Creating an open friendly community and always striving for excellence in personality, work, output and interaction.
iii. Management and administration
>Put forth facilities, laboratories and services that meet the requirements of ISO 17025, GLP and GMP.
>Ensure the infrastructure owned is up to date, effective and efficient.
>Create a high quality, high-tech, efficient, and effective governance system through continuous improvement.
Science and Engineering Research Centre (SERC)
SERC is a two-story building which covers an area of 6,178.23 square meters. Various research laboratories, equipment rooms, and facilities available are as listed below:
Research Rooms/ Laboratories and Research Tools Room at SERC
|No||Lab/Research Room||Area (m2)|
|1.||Dry Lab Working Area – double volume||554|
|2.||Sample Preparation Lab||60|
|4.||Universal Testing Machine Lab||120|
|5.||Raman Spectrometer Room||80|
|6.||Wet Lab Working Area – double volume||613|
|10.||Sample Preparation Lab – double volume||374.50|
|11.||Wet Chemistry Lab||275|
|13.||Field Emission Transmission Electron Microscope (FE-TEM) & SEM||30.40|
|14.||Digital Microscope Room||15.20|
|15.||Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)||15.20|
|16.||X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscope (XPS)/XRD/XRF||45.60|
|No.||Lab/Research Room||Area (m2)|
|2.||Temperature Control Room – Cool Room||22|
|3.||Temperature Control Room - Microbiology||22|
|4.||Temperature Control Room - BOD||22|
|5.||Temperature Control Room – COD||22|
|6.||Particle Analyzer/Surface Absorption Instrument||30.4|
|10.||Thermal Equipment Room||15.20|
SERC also provides other facilities such as:
>Seminar Room (200m2)
>3 meeting rooms
>Integration space for staff
>Integration space for students
>Men’s and Women’s Prayer Room
>Control room for announcement and CCTV room
Institute of Post Graduate Studies (IPS) at Engineering Campus also operates at the SERC building. IPS at the SERC also provides a centralised viva room.
1. To ensure multi and trans disciplinary fundamental and applied research executed actively and holistically
2. To ensure research facilities (laboratories and equipments) usage is optimize which align with the concept of shared facilities and shared services.
3. To manage, supervise and monitor research facilities effectively and efficiency
4. To generate world class research and high impact research journals through state-of-the-art research instruments
5. To realize University agenda in acculturate shared concept specially in research to increase productivity and reduce cost.