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Water Resources & Environmental System (WRES)

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DESCRIPTION OF DIVISION

In line with the emphasis placed by the country in developing and managing the water resources sustainably and caring for the environment, the Division of Water Resources and Environmental Systems (WRES) of the Civil Engineering Faculty, Universiti Teknologi MARA has assumed significant role and responsibility since its establishment. The instruction and research by this division address the development and application of the mathematical concepts, scientific principles, economic theories and impact assessments to the management and planning of water resources and environmental systems.


The division has put concerted efforts in developing new knowledge in the frontier of science through active participation and partnering in researches, intra and inter-disciplinary, locally and abroad. In the future the division hopes to have research collaboration with new partners. A mutual agreement with future partners will foresee a more outstanding and excellent contribution to the field of water resources and environmental engineering.  At present, the faculty members in this division have been very active in conducting funded research projects from several research grants agencies including MOSTI (e-science fund), MOHE (FRGS), UiTM Internal Fund, CIDB, NAHRIM and the local industries.  The achievement and recognition received by the leading experts of the division have greatly marked the division’s achievement in the international arena. Currently, the division is supported by 34 faculty members in various field of expertise headed by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wardah Tahir. Their undivided commitment and serious effort in pursuing a remarkable level of achievement will promise an outstanding future in academic excellence.

Laboratories and Facilities

The laboratories under the division of Water Resources and Enviromental Systems are Hydrology, Environmental (1) and (II), Environmental (Research), Fluid Mechanic, and Hydraulic Laboratories.  All laboratories are fully equipped with advanced teaching and research equipments. These include a wave basin, open channel flumes, waterhammer and surge tank, rainfall simulators, hydrology apparatus, model sedimentation apparatus, pneumatic membrane casting, ion and gas chromatograph, autoclave, shaker bath, fume bath, and water quality apparatus and equipments. The software available to carry out numerical modeling and simulation studies includes ARC-GIS, Infoworks River Simulation (RS), Water Supply (WS) and Collection System (CS)

Courses Offered

The division is responsible towards teaching undergraduate courses such as Fluid Mechanics, Hydraulics, Hydrology, Water Supply, Wastewater Engineering, Groundwater, Hydraulics Structures, and Coastal Engineering.  Inputs from the panel of advisors and industries are strongly referred to, in the development of the undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Ideas from public policy and law, social sciences and humanities are often employed in conjunction with the engineering principles and the practical aspects, to develop a better understanding of the role of engineering in the solution of water and environmental problems. Among the courses offered in the master degree program are Environmental Management, Water Resources Planning and Management, Flood Management and Mitigation, Advanced Water Supply, Solid Waste Management, Erosion and Sedimentation, Groundwater Engineering, Computational Fluid Dynamic, Hazadous and Industrial Waste, Risk and Hazard Assessment, Environmental Management of Coastal Areas, and Air Pollution.

Research Undertaken

Research projects undertaken by the researchers of the division include anoxic process in sewer, anoxic and anaerobic process of leacheate treatment, biodegradation of polycylic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), bioadsorption of heavy metal using fungi, membrane technology, river sediment modeling, flood modeling and simulation, hydro-meteorological flood forecasting, remote sensing techniques using radar and geostationary meteorological satellite in quantitative precipitation forecast, intelligent flood warning system and inundation model, river pollution, groundwater contaminant modeling and remediation optimization, statistical analysis of hydrologic processes, water supply systems management, non-revenue water analysis, water quality planning, risk analysis, river basin management, systems planning and operation, ecological systems management, sustainable development, and computer graphics-oriented decision support systems. 
The Flood-Marine Excellence Centre has been established by the leading experts from this division headed by Prof. Ir. Dr. Junaidah Ariffin. Members of the centre includes Prof. Ir. Sr. Dr. Suhaimi Abdul Talib, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wardah Tahir and  from different disciplines such as Dr. Ahmed Hafeez, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Azlinah Mohamed and Assoc. Prof. Zaidah Ibrahim. The group has successfully secured more than RM0.75 million worth of research grant over the last 2 years from several fund providers including the MOSTI, MOHE and CIDB. Over 250 journal, professional and conference papers have been published and presented by the group members and more than 15 research awards have been received by the members in national and international invention, innovation and research exhibitions.  Among the research awards are the Vice Chancellor Award, Gold with Congratulation from the jury (Geneva), Korea Invention Promotion Award, Special Award by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and INPEX Excellence Award (USA).
{tab=Other Contributions} Not only active in research and publication, members of this division have also been highly recognized for their professional contributions. Among others to note are Prof. Ir. Dr. Ruslan Hassan who is the IEM vice-president, COSTAM deputy president and CREAM board of trustee and Assoc. Prof. Ir. Dr. Aminuddin Baki who is the head of IEM Water Resources Division and IEM journal editor. In addition, the divison has also successfully organized the International Seminar of Civil and Infrastructure Engineering 2008, under the leadership of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ramlah Mohd Tajuddin.

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