PROFESSOR DATO DR NOR AIENI MOHKTAR
Honorary Fellow 2017
- 2017 – Honorary Fellow and Doctor of Science
- 2015 – Honorary Captain, Royal Malaysian Navy and Rescue Unit
- 2015 – Vice Chancellor and President, University Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia
- Fellow: RINA-InMAREST, American Society of Physics, Academy of Science Malaysia
Nor Aieni Mokhtar joined the Faculty of Science at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in 1980 as an assistant lecturer, and in 1982, she obtained an MSc degree in Ionisation Physics from what was then the University College of Swansea. She carried out her research related to Laser Technology Applications in Fluid Flows in UTM and obtained her PhD in Physics in 1992, joining the newly formed Coastal and Offshore Engineering Institute in the Department of Hydraulics and Hydrology at UTM. Professor Dr Nor Aieni was promoted to Professor at the Faculty of Civil Engineering at UTM in 2000. She was appointed as a member of the UTM Senate from 2001 until 2007.
In 2008, she was appointed Under-Secretary and Director of the National Oceanography Directorate (NOD) at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. She had been instrumental in the establishment of NOD, being one of its key founding members, strategizing the niche areas in research and development for the maritime industry. In 2015, she was appointed by the Right Honourable Deputy Prime Minister of Education to the position of Vice-Chancellor at the University Malaysia Terengganu. In her current position, she has introduced flexible education with the special E-learning team from the University, including the University’s Massive Open Line Course on Sustainable Marine Development. She is also chairing the research cluster Special Interest Group (SIG) for coastal and island studies and Special Task Force on coastal erosion and coastal engineering solutions and Marine Renewable Energy.
Nor Aieni has also won several national and international awards for her research and innovation: Gold medals in the Geneva International Exhibition, including for Best Woman Inventor; the Khwarizmi International Award; the National Inventor Award; the IPTA invention; and the UTM Discovery and Innovation Award. She is a Fellow of RINA-InMAREST, an Associate Fellow to the Academy of Science Malaysia and a member of the National Professors Council (Environment). She has patented a product, namely a system developed as a solution to coastal erosion. This award-winning contribution to society is a coastal protection system called “Sine Slab”. An R&D product for commercialization, the system was installed and was proven to work successfully at coastal beaches in Tanjung Keling, Melaka, Butterworth, Penang and Miri, Sarawak.