Samsuzana Abd Aziz, an associate professor at the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), is the first runner-up for the 2018 Asean-US Science Prize for Women.
The Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Ministry said in a statement yesterday that Samsuzana received the award and a prize of US$5,000 (RM20,797) in Cebu recently.
Samsuzana’s research focuses on computer science and electronics in agriculture, particularly in precision agriculture applications.
The Asean-US Science Prize for Women identifies and recognises women in Asean who are using science, technology and innovation to address relevant challenges in the region.
The prize is awarded by the United States government in partnership with the Asean and Underwriters Laboratories.
In a separate statement, the ministry said the newly launched Asean Young Scientists Network was announced as one of the top 15 project proposals to receive funding from the Asean STI Fund (ASTIF) worth US$28,800 (RM119,793).
The Asean Young Scientists Network was launched at the Asean Young Leaders Forum, co-hosted by the Young Scientists Network-Academy of Sciences Malaysia (YSN-ASM) and the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) on Oct 18, as part of the value-adding side events in conjunction with the 10th Informal Asean Ministerial Meeting on Science and Technology (IAMMST-10).
A Malaysian-led project by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) on the modelling transmission and molecular surveillance of malaria in the region received funding worth US$34,020 (RM141,505).
Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment Deputy Minister Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis led the Malaysian delegation to the IAMMST-10 in Cebu.