Malaysia Structural Steel Association
||Topic: Competency Challenges for the Future Industry – A Future Fast Forward
Speaker: Professor Ir Dr Mohd Shahir Liew
Date: 13 April 2017
Venue: Hospitality lounge 1
Professor Ir Dr Shahir Liew obtained his BSc and PhD in Civil Engineering from Texas specializing initially in stochastic processes and random vibration in 1983 and 1987, respectively. He spent 8 years in the USA as professional consulting engineer serving projects with the Department of Defense, onshore projects and offshore projects in Texas. Most of the projects were focused on research, design, and management. He returned to Malaysia to continue serving the engineering consulting industry for the Asean region. Having held several key positions ranging from project engineer, project director, country manager and managing director of several consulting outfit locally and with multi-national companies, he continued his career on capital and developmental projects as well as on research consultancy with several local landmarks to his credit as the professional engineer. He is passionate in training local professional engineers as well as engineers from the Asian countries and have been doing so since 1996 with several non-profit organization. After 23 years in the industries, he joined the academics in 2009 to share his knowledge with the students and staff and to develop himself further in research as well.
Currently serving as the Dean of the Faculty of Geosciences and Petroleum Engineering, he is also the Head of Offshore Engineering Center, a spin-off from earlier initiative developed with SKG11 of PETRONAS since 2011. He has authored and co-authored over 250 publications and have completed over dozens of research grants from the ministry, oil and gas outfits, public works department, and consulting industry. A strong advocate in transfer of knowledge, he is also actively pursuing training and up-skilling of local engineers. He has held several exco positions, nationally and internationally with the NGOs and is instrumental in developing young engineers and researchers in accelerating their career paths. With his key interest in the industry networking and linkages, he is committed to ensure the relevance of research and its application for the benefit of the industry.
Currently, in many workplaces, the work forces are comprised of individuals from baby boomer, generation x, generation y, and soon to be, the millennia. As they “trespassed” each other territory, the issues of blaming take place in the common workplace today. This generation gap has been recognized since the day of Rasul S.A.W and will continue to evolve. As the demand in the industry changes, we will expect this gap to be further widened unless the industry recognizes this trend and make effort to close the competency gap. This topic discusses the strength and competency of various generations and at the same seek to address issue which may affect the industry in the future through mitigation and redressing this gap.
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