MIT-UTM MSCP Scholars 2015/2016
1. Dr. Abdul-Azeez Isiaka Adeyemi is an urban planning scholar whose research activities focus on low carbon society, emission reduction from energy use and sustainable campus development. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Modibbo Adama University of Technology in Yola, Nigeria. Dr. Abdul-Azeez earned his PhD in Urban & Regional Planning from UTM in 2012 and holds a Master in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is a Member of Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (MNITP), and a Corporate Member of the Nigerian Town Planning Registration Council. He obtained his Higher National Diploma from Ramat Polytechnic, Maiduguri, Nigeria, where he subsequently lectured until 2006.
2. Dr. Nor Aishah Saidina Amin is a Professor of Chemical Engineering. Her expertise includes applied catalyst, reactor and reaction engineering and reactor modeling. She earned her PhD from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago; her Master of Science from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), UK; and her Bachelor of Science from California State University. She is Head of Chemical Reaction Engineering Group at the Faculty of Chemical Engineering, UTM. At UTM, she was appointed as the Head of Chemical and Biotechnology Cluster (2006), and Deputy Dean of Research and Graduate Studies (2007). Dr. Aishah has held visiting professor appointments at Helsinki University of Technology and more recently at EPFL, Switzerland. She has received research grants from several agencies including the Malaysia Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation; Malaysia Ministry of Higher Education; and Exxon-Mobil. She is extensively published and is the recipient of the 2013 Top Research Scientist Malaysia Award.
3. Mr. Carlos de la Torre is a former revenue advisor with the State Government of Madhya Pradesh, India and with the Ministries of Finance of Cambodia and Indonesia. He has led and participated in over 60 advisory assignments supporting central and state government reform initiatives in the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University in Washington, DC and he was a SPURS Research Fellow during the 2014-15 academic year with the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT.
4. Dr. Gurupiah Mursib is an Associate Professor in Department of Architecture in the Faculty of Built Environment, UTM. Dr. “Rubi” obtained her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami. She received her Master in Architecture and PhD in Architecture (2008) from UTM. Her research activities on environmental science and sustainable issues include daylighting, ventilation and thermal comfort. Dr. Rubi’s true passion is in the study of traditional and modern Malaysian architectural heritage. She has participated in various architectural and conservation projects. Her contributions to Malaysian Architectural Heritage Studies led to the founding of the Center for the Study of the Built Environment in the Malay World (KALAM), now home to the largest collection of Malay architectural heritage documentation.
5. Dr. Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira focuses on policy and governance. His scholarship touches on planning, environmental policy, development studies, business and society, public administration, urban studies and governance. He is particularly interested in institution building and policy implementation across different levels, such as the way global institutions link to local governance and action. His work has been based in over 20 countries to date, across all continents. Prior to becoming an MSCP Scholar, Dr. Jose was a Senior Research Fellow at the United Nations University in Tokyo for seven years. He served as Assistant Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Yokohama, Japan between 2009 and 2014. Dr. Jose has worked at the University College London (UK), the Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration of the Getulio Vargas Foundation and at the University of Santiago de Compostela as a European Commission’s Marie Curie Fellow. He has advised and consulted for several organizations including OECD, the World Bank Institute, various state and national governments, nongovernmental organizations as well as small and large firms in the private sector. Dr. Jose holds a degree in Engineering from the Aeronautics Technological Institute, Brazil, a Master of Regional Planning from Hokkaido University, Japan, and a PhD in Planning from the MIT.
6. Dr. Norsidah Ujang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Universiti Putra Malaysia. Her research focuses on place identity, place attachment and livability, urban regeneration, urban image-ability and sustainable pedestrian environments. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami, a Master in Urban Design from Oxford Brookes University and a PhD in Planning and Urban Design Studies from Universiti Putra Malaysia. She serves as a Board Member for the Association of Malaysian Environment-Behavior Researchers and as Group Leader of the Urban Design Research Group in Design and Architecture at UPM.
7. Dr. Reazul Ahsan holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of South Australia, where he also was a research associate before joining the MSCP. He has held faculty and research positions at Khulna University Bangladesh and the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. While at University of South Australia he conducted research on climate migration and urban changes, focusing on developing countries and also worked as a research fellow for designing aging-friendly cities. Dr. Reazul is a Senior Research Fellow at Pathikrit, a national development organization in Bangladesh.
8. Dr. Tej Kumar Karki is an urban planner originally from Nepal, whose research interests range from the politics of planning implementation to climate change and disaster mitigation in cities. Prior to joining the MSCP, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU), Suzhou, China. At XJTLU, he taught sustainable urban planning strategies, planning law and governance. He received his PhD in 2010 from the Law, Policy and Society program at Northeastern University, Boston, and also graduated from the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok. Prior to his doctoral studies, Dr. Tej served as the chief planner at Kathmandu Town Planning Office.
9. Dr. Wesam Ahmed Al Madhoun is Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering at the Islamic University of Gaza in Palestine. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Islamic University of Gaza, and his Master of Science and PhD in Environmental Engineering from Universiti Sains Malaysia. Dr. Wesam’s experience includes working with national and international organizations in the Gaza strip in the field of Environment and Development. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology, UTM.
10. Dr. Yin Soriya is a Senior Lecturer and researcher at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He has taught and researched on public governance, organizational capacity as well as public policy analysis and tourism. He has also worked as a consultant and an advisor for various regional and national organizations in Cambodia. His scholarship and publications focus on civil society organizational capacity development, public organizational capacity, poverty reduction strategies, regional collaboration, tourism and disaster risk reduction. Dr. Soriya earned his Bachelor of the Arts in Education and Master of the Arts in Tourism Development from the Royal University of Phnom Penh and received his PhD in Recreational and Natural Resource Science and Management from the University of Minnesota.