Lim Wee Teck, Secretary

Lim Wee Teck, Secretary


CREST 2017 Semiconductor & Optoelectronics Cluster Bootcamp Summary

Onsite Infineon factory visit which hosted by JS Sim (first squad down from right) from Infineon Technologies

IEEE/EPS (CPMT) M’sia chapter was invited to engage in the Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science & Technology (CREST) Semiconductor & Optoelectronics Cluster Bootcamp that was held at SAINS@USM on 10th to 12th Aug 2017. The IEEE/EPS engaged events began with JS Sim (Infineon Technologies, Kulim) hosted a batch of 38 students for an onsite Infineon factory visit. 5 of luckier students were allowed to further visit to the clean room fab facility while the rest had dialogue-chat sessions with experienced engineers on electronic industry life and experience sharing. Overall, the participants gotten a better idea of the needs of industry and what they need to do (on top of their academic performance) to prepare for good and challenging working life.

The IEEE/EPS engaged event continue with a special dialogue session “Researchers@Work” on 11th Aug evening. Shaw Fong Wong (from EPS) together with 2 young engineers from Intel Technology conducted an experience sharing as well as motivation discussion with approximately 90+ undergraduates. The sharing topics including their past industry life as well as the learning curves while starting to engage as a researcher (R&D) working environment. The sharing session was well received and there were many good questions discussed with the participants.

A good and interactive dialogue session about “Researchers@Work and “wefie” with all the participants at the end of the event

On 12th Aug, an hour long motivation talk with the title of “Mismatch between Academia and Industry: Prepare Yourself to Fill Up THESE Gaps”, was delivered by Prof. Cheong Kuan Yew. It was participated by approximately seventy undergraduates from various local universities. The Speaker provided an overview of semiconductor and optoelectronic industries in Malaysia and elaborated the needs of green technology, nanotechnology, artificial intelligent (AI) and automation in assisting industrial revolution 4.0 to drive internet of things, big data analysis and storage via clouds. With the evolution in industries, huge challenges that may be encountered by future fresh graduates have been highlighted. In order for them to survive, essential survival skills that must be equipped to face the real world have been discussed.

Snap shot of Prof. Cheong’s movitation talk with the participants

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