ACED Ergonomic Design Awards 2017

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On June 3, 2017, the Motorcycle Engineering Technology Laboratory (METAL) under the Ergonomics & Workstation Assessment Research Interest Group, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam was awarded “Best of Best” award for their product entitled ‘Postura MotergoTM: A Full Scale Ergonomics Motorcycle Simulator’ by the Asian Council on Ergonomics & Design (ACED) during the 1st ACED Ergonomic Design Awards 2017 in Japan. This event was organized in conjunction with the 2nd Asian Conference on Ergonomics & Design 2017 and the 58th Conference of Japan Ergonomics Society that was held at the College of Industrial Technology, Nihon University, Chiba, Japan from 1-4 June 2017. A trophy and a certificate of recognition were given to all award recipients by Professor Dr. Kentaro Kotani, President of the Asian Council on Ergonomics & Design (ACED) and Chairman of the 2nd Asian Conference on Ergonomics & Design 2017, which was accompanied by Professor Dr. Myung Hwan Yun, Chairman of the 1st ACED Ergonomic Design Awards 2017. 

The award ceremony took place during the 2nd Asian Conference on Ergonomics & Design 2017 banquet’s dinner and saw other three award recipients that are two from Korea and one from China. Also attending the ceremony was the President of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA), Dr. Yushi Fujita, Secretary and representative from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Malaysia (HFEM), Mr. Khairul Nazri Abd Wahib and Dr. Ng Yee Guan, and also representatives from other Asian ergonomics societies. 

The METAL’s simulator is part of two PhD candidates’ research project at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering with one of them is a current senior lecturer at the faculty; Mr. Helmi Bin Rashid and a full-time PhD candidate; Mr. Wan Muhammad Syahmi Bin Wan Fauzi. The project is currently supervised by YBhg. Professor Ir. Dr. Hj. Abdul Rahman Bin Omar, J.S.M and co-supervised by Dr. Sukarnur Bin Che Abdullah and Dr. Alias Bin Mohd Saman. The simulator holds two patent pending intellectual properties (IPs) and had received several intentions from local and international parties mainly from Institutes of Higher Learning (IHL) that have shown interest to rent the facility besides to collaborate for future research. This is the first international recognition received by METAL for the simulator facility after receiving previous awards of Gold and Bronze medals during previous IIDEX competitions organized by RIBU, UiTM in 2014 and 2016 respectively. 

The project is funded by several research grants from the Ministry of Higher Learning Malaysia, FRGS (600-RMI/FRGS 5/3 (76/2014)) and Institute of Research Management & Innovation (IRMI), UiTM, CIFI (600-RMI/DANA 5/3/CIFI (5/2013)), LESTARI (600-IRMI/MYRA 5/3/LESTARI (002/2017) & 600- IRMI/MYRA 5/3/LESTARI (0066/2016) and REI (600-IRMI/DANA 5/3/REI (4/2015)).

Credits also go to other METAL Team Members, Assistant Engineers and Industrial Collaborators that
worked together towards this achievement as follows:

1. METAL Team Member, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, UiTM:
 Associate Professor Ismail Nasiruddin Bin Ahmad
 Associate Professor Roseleena Binte Jaafar
 Dr. Zulkifli Bin Mohamed
 Pn. Nursalbiah Binti Nasir

2. METAL Team Member, Faculty of Computer & Mathematical Sciences, UiTM:
 Associate Professor Dr. Hjh. Zamalia Binti Mahmud

3. METAL Team Member, Malaysian Academy of SME & Entrepreneurship Development
 Hj. Shamsury Bin Ab Karim

4. METAL Team Member, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Cyberjaya University College of Medical
Sciences (CUCMS):
 Associate Professor Dr. Hjh. Rohani Binti Haron
5. METAL Team Member, Undergraduate Students:
 Usman Bin Mohd Taib
 Muhammad Arif Bin Sabri

6. METAL Team Member, Graduated Students:
 Muhammad Hafizudin Bin Kamal
 Muhammad Firdaus Bin Azhar
 Mohd Afham Bin Azmi
 Muhammad Adzri Bin Adzman
 Mohamad Hafidz Bin Hamzah
 Shahrool Azree Bin Azlan
 Muhamad Syamim Bin Zainordin
 Mohd Saiful Arif Bin Bakeri

7. Assistant Engineers, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, UiTM:
 Machine Workshop, Level 2
 Welding Workshop, Level 2
 Ergonomic Laboratory
 CADEM Center

8. Industrial Collaborators:
 Summit Features Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia
 Timur Automation Engineering Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia
 Aman Semesta Enterprise, Malaysia
 IASystems, United Kingdom
With this achievement, it is hoped that METAL will continuously expand and pioneer Motorcycle
Ergonomics research towards a safer and better nation in the future.

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