Engineers Without Borders – Malaysia

About Us

Welcome!

We’re glad you found us.

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 students, educators, academics 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.

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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

Latifah

Treasurer

CL Heng

Committee Member

Francis

Committee Member

Diane

Committee Member

Arfah

Committee Member
Shen

Shen

Committee Member

Lisa

Committee Member

Jonathan

Committee Member

Faizul

EWBM Sarawak

WATER4OMADAL PROJECT team

Team #1 Rainwater Harvesting

Noresh

Noresh

Team Member

Aidan Low

Team Member

Heng Yen Fern

Team Member

Team #2 Water Filtration & Quality

Manesha

Team Member

John

Team Member

Nurzahidah Rasidi

Team Member
Chai Yee Ho

Chai Yee Ho

Team Member

Team #3 Waste Management & Water Supply

Hamza Alihussein Noorbhai

Team Member

Yuvenn Ganese

Team Member
Faisal

Faisal

Team Member

Services and Fields of Expertise

Autumn Is a Second Spring

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Look Deep Into Nature

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Study Nature, Love Nature

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Just Let It Rain

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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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Tan 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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Lisa

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Aiden Low

Aidan is a graduate from the University of Nottingham with a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a strong passion for learning. Currently working as an IT consultant, he aims to explore new areas and understand the technological landscape of today while maintaining his roots as an engineer. Intrigued by emerging technology, artificial intelligence and the fourth industrial revolution, he has a strong belief in the ability to innovate and invent for the betterment of society by integrating his IT expertise with his engineering knowledge. Occasionally, Aidan can be seen tossing frisbees or climbing rocks, oftentimes daydreaming of travelling the world one day. He also likes to eat, a lot.

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Heng Yen Fern

Fern is a graduate with a MEng in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Nottingham, currently working as a Mechanical Engineer in the Buildings Department. She’s also just started her journey to be a part of the sustainability team. As a strong believer of the saying “a little goes a long way”, she hopes her involvement in community engagement events and fundraisers can help to improve the lives of underdeveloped communities one way or another. In her spare time, you can find her in spin classes or trying to make something from scratch (from fruit enzyme to pulled noodles and loaves of bread, they may or may not be success stories).

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Heng Yen Fern
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John

After graduating with a BEng (Hons) in Chemical Engineering, Chin Seng started a 4 years stint with Petronas. In between, he had worked in a gas processing plant and then a wastewater plant. With the dumb but ideal thinking that “we should save the world, not to further damage it!”, he left his job and spent a year doing working holiday in the faraway dreamland New Zealand. No doubt. Best time of his life. Returning to Malaysia, he is now pursuing his MSc/PhD in more sustainable processes, particularly in treating sewage sludge (gross!). When he is not found in front of his laptop, he is most likely doing some workout in the park. He enjoys ascending onto mountains, descending into the sea, and try out all kinds of adventurous activities. Somehow, in nature, he feels peaceful and alive.

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Liew Chin Seng
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Hamza Alihussein Noorbhai

As quoted by the person:
My name is Hamza Alihussein. I am a Kenyan student and aspiring Civil Engineering, currently in my second year of studying at University of Nottingham Malaysia. I came to Malaysia in the hopes of meeting new people, seeing a different culture, learning new things and to have fun in the process, and I was not disappointed. I hope to graduate and apply what I have learnt to benefit everyone around me in the best way possible.

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Hamza Alihussein Noorbhai
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Yuvenn Ganese

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Hi, I’m Yuovendra and I’m a Civil Engineering graduate with from Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN), Malaysia. Currently, I am working as a Project Engineer at Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) in their Grid Development Unit. 

I believe experience is the best source of knowledge and I’m willing to go above and beyond to acquire as much experience as possible in order to be a well rounded engineer. 

On a less serious note, my personality changes according to the tv series I’m currently watching but generally I’m super chill and finally I live on O2, H2O, amazing food, self deprecating humour and feel good music.

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Yuvenn Ganese
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