Prof. Omar Yaakob
C. Eng, FRINA
Research Fellow
UTM, Malaysia

Prof. Omar Yaakob<br>C. Eng, FRINA<br>Research Fellow<br>UTM, Malaysia

Prof. Omar bin Yaakob completed a Master Degree in Marine Technology and a Ph.D. at the University of Newcastle, United Kingdom. He started his career at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) as an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Thermal Fluids, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in August 1983. He was appointed an Associate Professor in 2000 and a Professor in 2011.

 

In the early stages of his career at UTM, Professor Omar focussed on teaching and R&D in the fields of naval architecture, ship design, hydrodynamics, marine transportation, management and operation.

 

In the early 2000s, he moved on to pioneer a new field in Malaysia: ocean renewable energy and marine environment. His acknowledged experience and expertise in this field led to an invitation to represent Malaysia in a forum on ocean renewable energy at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York in 2012. He has also represented Malaysia several times at meetings of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) on marine environment protection since 2010.

 

His main areas of expertise are Ocean Engineering, Marine Environment and Ocean Renewable Energy. The Royal Institution of Naval Architects appointed him as a Fellow in 2010 and the UK Engineering Council accorded him a Chartered Engineer status in the same year.

 

He was appointed as a member of the Marine Environment Committee of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects. In addition, he was also appointed as an Associate of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia.

 

He is one of the founding member of South East Asia Collaboration on Ocean Renewable Energy (SEAcORE), a member of IOC-Westpac Working Group on Marine Renewable Energy as well as a permanent member of the Organising Committee of Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference series (AWTEC).

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