Ir. Dr. Nazrul Anuar Nayan (MCKK’s Mohd Shah House) was born in Chemor, Perak. He is an Associate Professor  and researcher at the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Systems Engineering, Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Bangi Selangor. He is an IEEE Member (96930894) and teaches in the area of biomedical signal processing and microelectronics. He  was the former Director of the Centre for Alumni Relations UKM.

He obtained his Bachelor of Engineering in Information & Communication Engineering, from The University of Tokyo in 1998, Master of Engineering in Electrical & Electronics, and Doctor of Philosophy in Electronics and Information Systems Engineering from Gifu University, Japan in 2008 and 2011, respectively. In addition, he has also gone for a-two year (2014-2016) post-doctoral research programme at The Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of Oxford, United Kingdom. He was a Research Member of Common Room, Kellogg College, Univ. of Oxford from 2015-2016. In 2013, he received his Professional Engineer with Practicing Certificate (Electronic: C115815) from the Board of Engineers, Malaysia.

Prior to entering academe, he worked as a design engineer for  Hitachi Limited, Tochigi, Japan (1998-2000), then continued as a Test Engineer at Unisem Malaysia Berhad (2001-2003), Senior R&D Engineer at STATSChipPAC Malaysia (2003-2005) and as an Academic Researcher at Mimos Berhad, Kuala Lumpur (2012). He has received several awards such as Japan’s Monbukagakusho Scholarship Awards (2005-2011), Student Research Award, IEICE, Tokai Division, Japan (2010), Academic Excellence Award, Gifu University (2011) and Excellent Service Award, UKM (2014, 2018). In 2019, he was chosen as one of 50 ‘Gems of the East’ in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the Alumni Look East Policy Students (Aleps).

He has published scholarly work in the areas of big data in healthcare, digital integrated circuit design and wireless communications. He has received 8 research grants as the project leader and 12 as a research team member. He has published 27 research articles in international journals; 16 of them are indexed by Web of Science (WOS). He has also presented his papers at 21 international conferences from 29 proceeding papers that he has published. He has also supervised 10 PhD and 3 Masters students. Besides English and Malay, he is fluent in Japanese.  Dr Nazrul is a Certified HRDF Trainer, Licensed NLP Practitioner and Certified Good Clinical Practitioner. Despite his academic achievement, he is also a MCOBA’s volleyball team member who loves to swim, hike and travel. He was the founder of IDNA Training & Consulting.


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