Friday September 21, 2012
Engineer gets the gold and the girl
By CHRISTOPHER TAN
ONE thing’s for sure. Engineer Loong Keng Fai has given his fiancee Law Poh Ling the best gift she could have ever imagined — a Gold Medal — at the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) 46th convocation.
Besides giving him a peck on the cheek, Law, 25, will celebrate his success with a sumptuous dinner.
“I’m very proud of him. We plan to tie the knot either next year or in 2014,’’ the AirAsia flight attendant said.
Loong, also 25, who has been with Agilent Technologies for the past two and a half years, scored 4.00 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) at the end of his Master of Science (Electronic System Design Engineering) course.
“I would like to thank my employer for providing me with the facilities to do my research throughout my course of study,” he told reporters during the ceremony at Dewan Tunku Syed Putra in USM yesterday.
USM School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering dean Prof Mohd Zaid Abdullah said the 17 graduates were the pioneer batch taking the mixed mode programme.
“The 17 graduates were from industrial firms and had been working before they registered for the course in September last year.
“The pioneer industry players were from Intel, Altera, Motorola and Agilent,” he said.
“The 27 students in the second batch are currently studying for the course and are expected to graduate by September next year,” he said.
Five pioneer graduates from the Master of Science (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) programme also graduated.
“The five graduates were selected by Intel to undergo the programme before they are hired by the company.
“The Master of Science (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) is a two-year programme by research only,” Prof Mohd Zaid said.
USM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Omar Osman said the two programmes were designed as a form of collaboration between the university and the industry.
He said the programmes were success-fully designed via a collaboration involving USM, Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science and Technology Centre, industry players and Northern Corridor Implementation Authority.
Also present was USM pro-chancellor Tan Sri Razali Ismail.
A total of 1,346 Master and Bachelor Degree graduates received their scrolls at the third and fourth sessions of the convocation.