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Superb State of the Art Laser Technology - One Stop Laser Solution

I have came across a very amazing laser technology business last year which is called Northeast Laser & Electropolish. This is without doubt a really impressive company, the one which has one stop solution for all laser related technology. It can easily solve your laser welding, laser marking, laser cutting and laser engraving. I must admit that my favourite part when viewing the video below is how simple and cool the laser engraving process was carried on. Oh...I wish I can have own or be part of this fantastic company here in my country, perhaps opening a Northeast Laser & Electropolish branch here in Malaysia. Will that be super cool stuff?

Maybe this is not really directly related to Chemical Engineering, but if we want to be a rich chemical engineer, I strongly believe, we must have the desire and start our very own business (anything from small manufacturing product up to becoming a consultant or expert in some technical areas). A laser related business may require a high capital but I believe, our technical engineering knowledge can cope well with the laser industry. Despite of this is a laser tech business, we still can apply some of our chemical engineering skill and knowledge such as the environmental, safety and health, technical drawing an calculation etc.

Common, check out the video below. Tell me if this is cool or not... :)

If you are interested to explore further about the technical and business stuffs that Northeast Laser & Electropolish offering, check out their official site at:www.northeastlaser.com.

Regarding the recent survey...
Ops...If you have not answered the short survey that I published few days ago, here is the link. I hope you can kindly assist me answer just 10 simple very basic question in my quest to prepare a good Professional Engineer guide. I can't say how thankful I am for your sincere help. Thanks...

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posted by zaki yamani @ 10:28 PM, , links to this post

I've attained the Profesional Engineer Status + Short Survey

I have not able to post about this story last week. Well, last Friday, I received a letter from the Board Of Engineers, Malaysia (BEM) stating that I have been appointed as a Professional Engineer, a status I believe is equal to Chartered Engineer from United Kingdom (that I received several weeks ago).

After 4 years of effort, finally I managed to be a Professional Engineer which allows me the title "Ir." in front of my name and also "PEng" after my name. This is an achievement that I'm very glad to received. It's not just the privilege of having the title but it also impies that I have to carry more responsibilities. As a professional engineer in the discipline of Chemical Engineering, I need to show good professional engineer example, promote ethical engineering practice, help and guide those who want to be professional engineer and many other roles. The society and community will be looking and referring to us on certain matters. A professional engineer also need to contribute as much as humanly possible to the engineering society.

As a first step towards helping others to attain professional engineer or chartered engineer status, I have thought of preparing a short report of my experience on my journey to be both professional and chartered engineer. I am wondering whether there will be a demand for this report? What do you think? Should I prepare such experience sharing report?

In order to have better comprehension of the situation, I have prepared a short 10 question simple survey for you to answer. The answers will help me understand and hopefully prepare a good comprehensive guide on how to assist you in getting Professional Engineer or Chartered Engineer status. Please help me answer the survey >>> HERE <<<.

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My Ph.D Progress so far... Oct 2011 Updates

I'm now in my 5th semester and I must admit that I'm very worried with my own performance as a Ph.D student. I have basically 8 months more to complete my studies (I was given 3 years for a my full time Ph.D). Otherwise I will have to extend my study to another semester.

I am now midway in my experiments. I am also preparing several technical papers to be published in index journals. It's really not easy. The mood and motivation are always against me. Let's see today's example...

I tried to work on my technical paper draft in my office room. After several minutes I felt sleepy (I did not sleep late at night). Then, I experienced some headache. Both of this elements (sleepy + headache) makes a perfect combination to demotivate me from pursuing my work. I tried to fight the negativity. I relaxed for 2-3 minutes. Then, I thought myself...maybe I should do other work that still can contribute towards my study. I then decided to learn a new optimization method from youtube since I am going to include them in my study. So, I decided to stop working on the technical paper draft for a while and studied this new optimization method. It works... I felt energized to learn a new stuff. This is indeed a good technique which I personally discovered (maybe this is not new to you guys). I have the option of perhaps give up, rest, sleep, relax, chit-chat with my friends, drink some coffee, watch some movie in my laptop but instead I decided to work on something else which still contributes towards accomplishing and perfecting my thesis. I'm really glad to do that.

At the same time, to keep up my spirit and assure continuous momentum, I changed my desktop wall paper. It has a message that I should complete my study in the allocated time. This constantly reminds me that I have an unsettle business to complete (the Ph.D off course!!!). This is the final major hurdle that I need to conquer after the other 2 big projects which is to be a professional engineer and chartered engineer, all within a space of 3 years. Fuhhh.... it's really tough but I'm glad I managed to complete the other two.

Enough rambling for now. I'm going to continue with my work. Need to work on something... If you have any motivational quote for me, I really welcome and appreciate them very much. Thanks in advance.

p/s- The photo above shows the Thermal Gravimetric Analysis (TGA) equipment with its PC. The PC is very old. It still uses the 3.5" floppy disc. Although it is old, it is still very useful and important for me because it provide one part of my catalyst analysis. The TGA is still in good shape as it is regularly maintained.

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posted by zaki yamani @ 8:08 PM, , links to this post

The Author


I’m Zaki. I used to be a project, process and chemical engineer. Few years ago I successfully became a Chartered Engineer (IChemE) and Professional Engineer (BEM). I'm now employed as a chemical engineering educator/researcher/consultant. Hope you like reading my blog. I welcome any feedback from you. My email: zaki.yz[alias]gmail.com. TQ!

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