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The Making of an Expert Engineer - Malaysia

Date From: 08 March 2016
Location: Malaysia
Description: Evening meeting in Kuala Lumpur, with presentation by Catherine Morar (Technip), organised by IChemE's Oil and Natural Gas Special Interest Group in Malaysia.
Event Type: Special Interest Groups
Venue: University of Nottingham Teaching Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Book Event

Special evening event, as it is international women’s day, we are presenting a talk by a successful lady engineer, Catherine Morar (Technip). There will also be time for networking over refreshments. Registration from 18:00; the event will commence at 18:30 and close at 20:30.

This event is open to all. To encourage more participants and members, attendance at the event is free of charge and open to all. Bring along your colleagues working in the upstream oil and gas industry in Malaysia, and introduce them to the Oil & Natural Gas Special Interest Group (SONG) and to IChemE.

Advance booking is essential. Register now >>


Often feel like you spend more of your time doing ‘not real engineering’ or ‘non-technical’ work?

Find that University did not really prepare you for the challenges of the work force? Or not sure what to expect in the Real Engineering world?

Twelve years of research by a team of 25 people working in four countries has culminated in the recent publishing of The Making of an Expert Engineer by, Professor James Trevelyan from University of WA. This research has also shown that the greater part of what engineers do every day, the part that many engineers describe as ‘not real engineering’ and often see as ‘non-technical’ is actually specialised technical collaboration work - in other words engineering practice.

Collaboration and social interactions lie at the core of even the most technically specialised practice. Expert engineers have mastered this technical collaboration work and that is how they create so much more value for their clients.

Come along to learn tips to take you on the road to being an Expert Engineer, no matter where you sit in your organisation from Graduate to Principal.

Discuss as a group how we can use these skills to help with the challenges facing the Oil and Gas Industry in Malaysia.

In honour of International Women’s Day discuss how changing our own perceptions and communication about engineering, we can possibly attract and retain more women into the engineering professions.

We all know the challenges facing the world and we need the best and the brightest from all walks of life to help solve the problems!


Catherine MorarCatherine Morar, is a Charted Chemical Engineer, with over 10 years experience in the downstream Oil and Gas Industry. Catherine, an Australian, is in Malaysia working as a Senior Process Safety Engineer for Technip on the PETRONAS Refinery and Petrochemical Plant Integrated Developed (RAPID) in Johor.

The author of the book, Pr. James Trevelyan, is a long time family friend and engineering mentor to Catherine. Catherine’s father, a Leading Civil/Construction engineer in Australia, spent many hours discussing and reviewing the contents of the book as well as mentoring Catherine. In honor of her late father, would like to share the knowledge she has learnt from two great engineers and the amazing book by Professor Trevelyan and his research team.

Catherine started her career working for BP at an oil Refinery in Brisbane, developing skills in technical operations, design, commercial and logistics. After 7 years in various roles with BP, Catherine moved into consulting taking both Senior Process Engineer and Senior Process Safety roles on the British Gas and Origin Energy- Coal Seam Gas to LNG projects in Queensland. Choosing to focus on Process Safety Catherine moved to Kuala Lumpur to her current role where she is responsible for overseeing the effective implementation of Hazards and Effects Management across the entire RAPID project.
She is also passionate about Process Safety and mentoring our Younger Engineers to solve the energy needs of today and tomorrow, safely and efficiently.

Catherine graduated with Bachelor (Hons) of Chemical Engineering and Bachelor of Arts (History) at the University of Queensland. Catherine is a HAZOP and LOPA facilitator and a holds her functional safety certificate with TUV.


The event will take place at the
University of Nottingham Teaching Centre,
Level 2, Chulan Tower,
No 3 Jalan Conlay,
Kuala Lumpur 50450, Malaysia.
Map and directions >>


IChemE gratefully acknowledges:

University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham's sponsorship of SONG events through provision of its venue facilities free of charge. 

MMI logo

MMI Engineering, for sponsoring the refreshments at this event.


This event is free of charge and open to all. Advance booking is essential.
Register now >>

Get involved

Would you like to give a talk at a SONG event in Kuala Lumpur, or online to a wider audience of chemical engineers in the Asia Pacific region? We'd like to hear from you. Please contact Robert Bruce or specialinterestgroups@icheme.org with details about yourself and your proposed presentation. 

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