SPEECH FROM THE HEAD OF DEPARTMENT
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Roslina Rashid
Head of Department of Bioprocess Engineering
Bioprocess Engineering is one of the three departments that make up the Faculty of Chemical Engineering in UTM Johor Bahru campus. It was initially established in 1990 at Jalan Semarak UTM campus in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. The department offers undergraduate program leading to B.Eng. in Chemical-Bioprocess Engineering and postgraduate programs Master and Ph.D. in Bioprocess Engineering by coursework and research. Presently there are 22 academic staffs for over 150 undergraduates, teaching and learning on different aspects of bioprocess engineering. The motivation behind the establishment of this department is due to the growing importance of biotechnology. The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity defines biotechnology as:
"Any technological application that uses biological systems, living organisms, or derivatives thereof, to make or modify products or processes for specific use."
Biotechnology draws on the pure biological sciences (genetics, microbiology, animal cell culture, molecular biology, biochemistry, embryology, cell biology) and in many instances is dependent on knowledge and methods from outside the sphere of biology (such as chemical engineering, bioprocess engineering and information technology). As contrast to other biological science disciplines, the curriculum of bioprocess engineering was especially designed to include chemical engineering subjects as the 'core', and biological-associated subjects as 'specialization' areas. Therefore, potential students that enter the job market will not only be well equipped with biological-based knowledge, but also recognized as qualified chemical engineers.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 30 January 2013 10:10)