Zawati Harun is a Professor at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), Johor, Malaysia. She studied and obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Universiti Sains Malaysia in Materials Engineering from 1993-1998. Zawati was appointed as a lecturer at UTHM in 1998. She obtained her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Swansea University, Wales United Kingdom, in 2007.
Currently, she is a Principal Researcher at Advanced Manufacturing & Materials Center (AMMC) under the Centre of Excellence (COE) at the Institute for Integrated Engineering in UTHM and has been appointed as the Head of Advanced Manufacturing & Materials Center (AMMC) previously. Prior to this research position, she had been experienced to hold a few positions as head of the department, head of panel and programmes, and head of laboratory in the Faculty of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.
She started to develop her carrier as a researcher when she was appointed as principal Researcher at AMMC, UTHM in 2013. During this appointment, she took the challenge to develop her research career and succeeded in securing several big grants such as LRGS, TRGS, FRGS, MDR, and other grants with good linkages with other university partners. This achievement had driven her to be actively engaged in writing and publication activities as well as postgraduate student supervision. In 2016, she had been awarded the Best Supervisor Award 2016 and also won the Award for Master Supervision. Her determination and passion for writing papers had driven her to publish in many high-impact and Scopus journals.
Her research interests focus on advanced materials mainly in the separation process. She has conducted many developments on polymer and ceramic membranes during her engagement in the LRGS project with UTM and her appointment as an affiliated researcher at HiCOE Advanced Membrane Technology Research Centre (AMTEC), UTM. Her passion and strong interest in materials advancement also inspired her to carry out more research in green synthesis of additive particles such as zeolite, zinc oxide, titanium oxide, etc. Through these research works, she also managed to win several national and international awards from Malaysia Technology Expo (MTE), The International Invention, Innovation, and Technology Exhibition (ITEX), International Conference and Exposition on Inventions by Institutions of Higher Learning (PECIPTA), Seoul International Invention Fair (SIIF) and Bio Innovative Solutions (BIS).
Professor Dr. Zawati Harun
Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM)