Engineers Without Borders – Malaysia

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Engineers Without Borders Malaysia (EWBM)

was co-founded by three young aspiring individuals, Latifah Hamzah, Lim Sze Wei and Sanjiv Indran in 2012 – and officially registered as a charity NGO under Malaysian Law (Societies Act) in March 2013.

Engineers Without Borders Malaysia (EWBM) is a non-profit organisation that aims to harness the expertise of engineering students and professionals in Malaysia for engineering projects that benefit local, underprivileged communities with an emphasis on environmental sustainability and community empowerment.

We are affiliated with Engineers Without Borders – International, a globally recognised international federation of national Engineers Without Borders/Ingenieurs Sans Frontier (EWB-ISF) Members Associations.

We aim to improve the quality of life of underprivileged communities through the design and implementation of simple, sustainable engineering solutions.

Our vision is for all inhabitants in Malaysia (and the world in general) to have access to the six primary basic needs, which are namely; water, food, shelter, energy, education and healthcare.

Our mission is to provide feasible assistance to all communities in need, as well as to connect, inspire and educate like-minded individuals. We are a social platform to encourage Experiential Learning, Appropriate Technology and Community Empowerment.

We are proud to be a part of a global network of other EWB groups through EWB International.

The Borderless Initiative: Accelerating Climate Action through Community Development

The degree to which people contribute to climate change, how they experience its impacts, and how they are able to cope with and adapt to these impacts is determined largely by variables of gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, age, and physical ability. It is with these variables that we can establish people’s access to and control over resources, power and knowledge. In particular, socially constructed differences between men and women that determine responsibilities assigned, activities undertaken, access to and control over resources, and decision-making opportunities contribute to the different ways in which they experience and respond to climate action, which can exacerbate gender inequality.

The aim of this initiative is to produce pragmatic approaches to facilitate the scaling and financing of socially-transformative climate action projects. Hopefully, the completion of such projects would strengthen climate resilience and enhance the livelihoods of the most vulnerable communities in Malaysia, based upon the principles of the United Nations Sustainable Agenda and the Malaysia National Climate Change (NCC) policies and action plans. 

The focus of our initiative will be on the following three themes, which together can fill in some of the existing knowledge gaps in climate research that contributes to social equity:

Experiential Learning

To study and understand Malaysia’s social norms, and to create a platform that launches a socially-aware environment for all levels of society. To promote community campaigns that contribute to policies and actions that reduces social inequality, build and strengthen the adaptive capacities of vulnerable groups, and increase their resilience to climate change. Through social media, we aim to publish our findings and bring tested solutions to scale through private and public financing campaigns. It is also a platform, where we are able to produce socially equitable linking of other NGOs, academic institutions, and communities to climate information and services.

Appropriate Technology

To research and explore socially equitable access to innovative, clean and renewable energy services and to energy-based technologies. Based upon the climate conditions of Malaysia, technology projects that target both climate mitigation and adaptation in the energy field will be prioritized. Before implementation, a feasibility study will be conducted based on the analyses of the complex and interrelated social, cultural, economic, institutional and political factors, with a specific view to better integrating gender and social equity. After implementation, analyses of the social norms, attitudes, behaviors and socio-economic effects upon the community will be studied to suggest adaptation strategies that includes mitigation co-benefits (such as emission reduction through improved land use, land and soil restoration, energy efficiency or other sectoral processes).

Community Empowerment

During the implementation phase of projects, we will lead on-the ground changes that enable women, ethnic minorities, indigenous people or youth to contribute to climate resilience, increased energy security and become positive agents of transformation. These sorts of empowerment would entail towards an examination of how climate change puts additional pressures or provides additional avenues for existing human mobility patterns, impact on social and gender dimensions, and its implication on the job market and trade. We will also examine how social protection and economic empowerment can be improved among rural communities in order to encourage socio-preneurship or entrepreneurship opportunities, while preserving the environment based on their cultural link with Nature.

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What do we stand for?

Vision

To inspire future generations for the betterment of mankind by:

Mission

Core Values

To inspire future generations for the betterment of mankind by:

Steering Team

Engineers, Academicians, Professionals, Students, Change-Makers – You don’t have to be an Engineer to engineer our future!

Sanjiv

Sanjiv

President
Andrew

Andrew

Vice-President
Ch'n-Yao

Ch'n-Yao

Secretary

Latifah

Treasurer

CL Heng

Committee Member

Francis

Committee Member

Diane

Committee Member

Arfah

Committee Member

Shen

Committee Member

Lisa

Committee Member

Jonathan

Committee Member

Faizul

EWBM Sarawak

Sanjiv

An avid traveller, naturalist, cinephile, bookworm, soundtrack enthusiast and life-long Star Wars Geek, Sanjiv Indran is the founding Treasurer and current President of Engineers without Borders Malaysia. During his college days in California, he acquired Associate’s Degrees in Engineering, Physics and Mathematics – minoring in Astronomy. He then pursued his Bachelor’s, Masters and Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nottingham – primarily focusing on Aerospace Structures, Heat Transfer and Computational Fluid Dynamics. Out of the classroom, he started his career as a Mechanical Engineer at an M&E Consulting Firm. He then branched out as a Data Scientist, and now serves as a Principal Consultant at a boutique Management Consulting Firm. When he finds the time, he works towards becoming a Chartered Engineer.

He co-founded EWBM in the hopes of inspiring and empowering the next generation to help build a sustainable future for us all. Volunteering and Giving Back to the Community are his core tenets – hence he also somehow finds time to concurrently serve as the President of the Star Wars Malaysia Fan Club (self-explanatory) and Commanding Officer of the Rebel Legion Malaysia Base (an international Star Wars costuming charity organization). He believes that all anyone really needs to know can be learned from watching Star Trek.

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Sanjiv Indran

Andrew

An engineer (surprise!) who as a kid loved watching Bill Nye on TV and building Lego sets. This spurred a lifelong curiosity with the world (physics especially), which lead to a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Nottingham and a recreational scuba diving licence. He can currently be found watching Bill Nye on Netflix and building Lego sets. Also an avid car nerd, who much prefers three pedals over two. Willing to stay up at ungodly hours to watch Formula 1 or football. Sometimes spends too much time reading obscure Wikipedia articles. Has used EWB as a good excuse to buy expensive hiking shoes.

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Andrew Fernandes
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Ch'n-Yao

Tan Ch’n-Yao is a mechanical engineering graduate currently working as an Assistant Manager, R&D for Truckquip Sdn Bhd. The job scope includes the design and manufacturing of buses both for local and international markets. He has been with the company, which is a subsidiary of Tan Chong Motor Holdings Berhad, since 2012. In what remains of his free time, Tan also dabbles in some hobbies such as volunteering with EWB as well as the Star Wars Malaysia Fan Club, and writing extremely boring, humble profiles of himself way past their due dates. Oh, and he likes to collect Lego. Everything to him is Awesome.

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Ta Ch'n-Yao
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Latifah

Latifah Hani Hamzah is the Founding President and Current Treasurer of EWB-Malaysia. She graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT with minors in Energy Studies and Music, as well as a concentration in French. When she returned home, she co-founded EWB-M as a way to give back to her fellow Malaysians and to bring simple, sustainable solutions to communities in need. When work took her to Amsterdam, in addition to continuing to be involved in EWB-M projects, she enrolled and obtained a B.Mus in Classical Violin from Codarts Rotterdam, fulfilling a personal ambition. She is currently pursuing her MS/PhD at Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering, where she is the Graduate Sustainability Fellow at Roble Hall. She is also a Team Lead for Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) at Stanford. Last year, the team designed an automated QA/QC unit for solar suitcases distributed in areas with unreliable access to electricity. Yeap, the genius of the team.

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Latifah Hani Hamzah
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CL Heng

CL Heng here is an engineering management professional who has the desire to make the world a more sustainable place. He had a stint as a Field service engineer for the maintenance, repair & overhaul business in Thailand. This led to him developing the end-to-end implementation process of water screening systems, while having experience in managing a project and after sales department. Heng is an author of the novel “What I Saw on the Hibiscus Airship”- a novel that combines faraway fantasy with emotional immediacy. When he tries not to cry his heart out on paper or attempt to remember his Thai, Heng travels and photographs.

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CL Heng (Heng Cheng Liank)​
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Francis

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Francis

Diane

Diane is a Senior EHS Executive for a real estate developer in Singapore. Although she has yet to pursue a conventional engineering career, she finds ways to apply her skills and knowledge during her consulting stint in a Big 4 Firm and before that with in the Environment, Health and Safety Department of an MNC. She is constantly looking for ways to create efficiencies in her everyday life through research and analysis. This includes conducting a thorough analysis on how to effectively drink wine with her cat.

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Diane Christine Albeper
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Arfah

Ungku Arfah Nabilah is a final year student in Bsc. Quantity Surveying at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia. She is currently the Vice President of the EWB student chapter in her university. She is interested in outdoor adventures and in knowing the latest trends of the crazy fashion world. To protect her small self from the big world, she picked up taekwondo and earned a black belt to strangle her enemies with.

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Ungku Arfah Ungku Fadzil
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Shen

Interestingly, Shen likes people to call him Energy Efficiency, and he likes to play a game called Clean Energy while rocking to the song of Solar Energy. Basically, he is a hippie who wants to live in a sustainable nation and we don’t judge him. He works as a sales engineer and understands that Energy efficiency is the next big thing to tackle. With a certification from SEDA, he can sign off any projects involving Solar PV systems. His hobby is to help Malaysia achieve sustainable nation status. He has travelled far and wide with Raleigh International and Raleigh Kuala Lumpur for youth development activities. Obviously, we are dealing with an outdoorsy kind of guy who loves personal growth and experience.

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Shen Quang Loo
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