Dr. Nor Azazi Bin Zakaria
Prof. Dr. Nor Azazi Zakaria has served in University Sains Malaysia since 1994 and received his MSc. in 1990 and PhD. in December 1994. He then established the River Engineering and Urban Drainage Research Centre (REDAC) in 2001 and has since remained as the Director. Under the leadership of Professor Dr. Nor Azazi, REDAC acts as a Self-Sustaining Centre as expected by USM in this corporatization era. REDAC is the first research centre at the USM Engineering Campus and was awarded the 1st Higher Institution Centre of Excellence (HICoE) in Service Thrust in USM as well as in Malaysia in October 2014 and received a special grant from the Ministry of Education (MOE) amounting RM9 million for 3 years with a niche area on Stormwater Management.
REDAC is also the first Centre in Engineering Campus to be established from the Bottom Up which is not easy to sustain as shown by many others. REDAC has been dominant in research and consultancy projects on Sustainable Urban Stormwater Management since 1999. Before granted HICoE status, REDAC has received more than RM20 million grants for the last ten years to conduct research and innovation.
Professor Dr. Nor Azazi was not only involved in the academic and research field but also active in various projects in Joint Venture University – Community program collaborating with the public and private sectors. Furthermore, he has been actively organizing short courses, seminars, briefings, exhibitions, acting as a guest and invited speaker and actively delivering keynotes at International Conferences in the area related to Sustainable Urban Drainage Management and Green Technology.
Currently, he supervising 9 postgraduate students. Has more than 80 high impact factor publications both nationally and internationally. He also delivered Keynotes and invited speakers to various high impact international conferences and involved in various national and international NGO’s related to Water and Food Security. He also involved at National Level in preparing solutions for 2014 Flood Disaster in Malaysia and in the distribution of 20 million grant On Flood Disaster in Malaysia from the Ministry of Education (MOE). He is directly involved in organizing USM researchers to obtain 50 research grants amounting more than RM4.3 million.