Palm Oil Processing

IChemE Student Chapter Festival 2023

IChemE Student Chapter Festival 2023
  • Date From 26th March 2023
  • Date To 1st April 2023
  • Price From MYR15
  • Location Auditorium 1, Block U, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malayisa


IChemE Student Chapter Festival 2023 is a national get-together event that involves engineering undergraduates from various public and private universities. The two-day event is organised by Universiti Malaya IChemE Student Chapter (UM-IChemE SC), in collaboration with UCSI IChemE Student Chapter.

This event is also listed as one of the POPSIG Palm Oil Educational Roadshow. It is supported by POPSIG in conjunction with MPOC.

The theme of the 2023 Festival is “Engineering Fundamentals of Manufacturing: Create, Enhance & Sustain”. It will serve as a preparation stage to let the students complete and leverage their personal skills prior to stepping into the real world of chemical engineering. The theme of POPSIG Roundtable Discussion is "Improving Sustainability in the Palm Oil Industry".


IChemE Student Chapter Festival

  1. To foster a strong connection between IChemE Student Chapters and with industrial companies.
  2. To understand the processing and manufacturing industry.
  3. To expose participants towards the tasks and responsibilities of a chemical engineer.
  4. To be a platform of exchanging knowledge, ideas and experiences among participants.

POPSIG Roundtable Discussion

  1. To understand the manufacturing process in palm oil industry.
  2. To understand the contributions of palm oil industry to the UN SDGs.
  3. To identify the ESG challenges, opportunities and contributions from the Malaysian palm oil industry.
  4. To provide a platform to exchange views and suggestions between the students and the professionals.


Professor DDr Lam Hon Loong, Professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering and Director in the Centre of Excellent for Green Technology, University of Nottingham Malaysia

Professor Dr Lam received his first PhD in Chemical Engineering, 2010 from University of Maribor, Slovenia and the second PhD in Information Technology, 2011 from University of Pannonia, Hungary. Professor Lam's research focused on Computer Aided Chemical Engineering such as Process Integration, biomass utilisation and green supply chain synthesis. His work is highly recognised and being invited for book chapters, plenary session and keynote presentation at international level. He appointed as Editor for international journals, namely ENERGY (Elsevier), Energy, Sustainability and Society (Elsevier), Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy (Springer), Process Integration and Optimisation for Sustainability (Springer).


YBrs Professor Ir Dr Denny K S Ng, Chair of Academic Research on Palm Oil Sustainability (ARPOS); Dean and Professor, School of Engineering and Technology, Sunway University Malaysia

Professor Ir. Dr. Denny K. S. Ng is the Chair of Academic Research on Palm Oil Sustainability (ARPOS). He is also serving as the Dean and Professor, School of Engineering and Technology at Sunway University. Prof Ng is well published over 220 papers with an h-index of 41. His areas of specialisation include net zero optimisation, optimisation of sustainable value chain of palm oil industry, energy management, resource conservation via process integration techniques, synthesis and analysis of biomass processing and integrated bio refineries. He is active in various professional bodies, which include IChemE, Young Scientist Network - Academy of Sciences Malaysia, etc. He is fellow of IChemE, UK; fellow of The Higher Education Academy, UK; Chartered Engineer, Engineering Council, UK; Professional Engineer, Board of Engineers, Malaysia; ASEAN Professional Engineer; Member, Institution of Engineers, Malaysia; Secretary General of Young Scientist Network - Academy of Sciences Malaysia, etc. With his excellence contributions, he received various international and national recognitions.

Dennis Tang Boon Yong, Consultant, Bio to Business Sdn Bhd

Dennis is the Consultant at Bio to Business Sdn Bhd, and holds BSc in Chemical Engineering and MBA. He has 18 years of experience in Oils and Fats Industry, and more than 10 years of direct and hands-on involvement in Biodiesel sector. He has covered various technical-oriented position from maintenance, project, process engineer, and eventually transition to operation, sales and management role. Dennis’s expertise includes to built, retrofit, debottleneck, process optimisation, and repurpose various process plant (mainly on biodiesel plant). He is currently involve in HVO feedstock pre-treatment process and supply chain operation.

Hee Chen Siang, Manager of Process Department, JJ-Lurgi Engineering Sdn Bhd

Chen Siang is in charge of the Process Engineering department at JJ-Lurgi, a leading technology solutions provider for the oil and fats industry. The core technologies at JJ-Lurgi include oleochemicals, edible oil refining, and biofuels. Chen Siang’s background is in Chemical Engineering. He graduated from Monash University in 2011. He started his career at JJ-Lurgi right after his tertiary education, when he started as an assistant process engineer. Throughout his career at JJ-Lurgi, he has been involved in and completed projects across multiple technologies globally. Some of the notable projects he has worked on include the largest edible oil refinery plant in Indonesia, the largest biodiesel plant in Indonesia, a fatty acid plant in Pakistan, and various edible oil refinery plants in China and South America.

Closing speech

Saw Xukai, President, IChemE-UM Student Chapter 2022/2023

Mr Saw Xukai is currently a Year 3 Chemical Engineering student as well as the president of IChemE-UM SC. He is active in various university clubs and events especially in the chemical engineering field. For the past semesters in 2022, he had become the director of National Chemical Engineering Exposure Camp (NCEEC) 2022 which was an event to introduce Chemical Engineering courses to the pre-university students nationwide. He also led the ChemEng Evolution: Recognising Chemical Engineering’s Greatest Gifts which was an event to celebrate the work of IChemE’s volunteer community whilst encouraging newly elected members to meet and network with others in 2022.


  • Day 1 (26 March 2023): 09:00—18:00 MYT
  • Day 2 (1 April 2023): 09:00—12:30 MYT


Day 1 (Physical: Universiti Malaya)

  • 09:00—09:30 

  • 09:30—10:30 
    Opening ceremony

  • 10:30—12:00 

  • 12:00—13:05
    Lunch break 

  • 13:05—14:10
    Bonding session

  • 14:10—15:30
    POPSIG session (Industrial talk & roundtable discussion)

  • 15:30—17:30
    Group Competition

  • 17:30—18:00 
    Prize-giving ceremony

  • 17:15—17:30 
    End of Day 1

Day 2 (Online: Zoom)

  • 09:30—09:40 
    Welcoming speech

  • 09:40—10:50
    Virtual industrial visit

  • 10:50—11:00

  • 11:00—12:00 
    Industrial talk

  • 12:00—12:30 
    Closing ceremony


The organiser and POPSIG proudly acknowledge the support provided by Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) on the Palm Oil Educational Roadshow. POPSIG has collaborated with MPOC on Palm Oil Educational Roadshow since 2019. MPOC is a corporate body with a mission to promote the market expansion of Malaysian palm oil and its product by enhancing the image of palm oil and creating better acceptance through awareness of various technological and economic advantages (techno-economic advantages) and environmental sustainability.

POPSIG gratefully acknowledge the organisation and arrangement made by IChemE-UM SC.


The presentation will be delivered via Zoom.

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