The Institute of Systems Engineering of the School of Engineering recently signed an agreement with Universiti Teknologi MARA in Malaysia. After an initial joint project followed by the co-authoring of a scientific article, the two partners decided to apply for research project funding through SPIRIT – the Swiss Programme for International Research by Scientific Investigation Teams.
Haifa Sallem, professor and researcher at the School of Engineering, and Yupiter HP Manurung, professor and Director of the Smart Manufacturing Research Institute (SMRI) of the Universiti Teknologi MARA, first met during a webinar on metal 3D printing. This technology is gradually becoming a key technology in the field of advanced manufacturing and is central to major shifts happening now in the fields of energy, digital tech, medicine and space. Given the overlap between their research specializations, Professor Manurung expressed an interest in partnering with the Institute of Systems Engineering’s Powder Technologies and Advanced Materials research group.
From the technical perspective, this agreement will promote diversification in metal 3D printing technology and the development of new approaches designed to boost efficiency and to improve the monitoring and our understanding of the complex phenomena associated with these technologies.
From a strategic point of view, this partnership will be particularly useful in enabling knowledge exchange between researchers, expanding the circle of international partners of the HES-SO Valais-Wallis and creating opportunities for young researchers in both countries.
On 18th July, Professor Haifa Sallem and Professor Samuel Rey-Mermet welcomed 8 researchers from three major Malaysian universities (Universiti Teknologi MARA, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTEM) and Universiti MALAYA). They visited the Energypolis campus and the laboratories of the School of Engineering. This meeting was marked by the signing of a Non-Disclosure Agreement between the two partners and discussions about the potential for a bilateral agreement (MoU) aimed at facilitating student exchanges.