Ir. Professor Academician Dato’ Dr. Chuah Hean Teik

AAET President (2016 until now)

Dr. Chuah Hean Teik graduated with a BEng (First Class Honours), MEngSc and PhD in electrical engineering, all from University of Malaya, Malaysia, in 1986, 1988 and 1992, respectively. From July 1988-April 1997, he was on the faculty of the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Malaya. From March-Nov 1994, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the Wave Scattering Research Centre, University of Texas at Arlington, USA.  From May 1997 – Jan 2008, Dr Chuah was  a Senior Professor at the Multimedia University, during which he held various posts as Vice President (R&D and Academic Development), Dean of Engineering, and Director of Research. From June 2001-Jan 2008, he also assumed the duty of the Penang State Government Professor of ICT in MMU. Since April 2008, he has been appointed as President of Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) in Malaysia.

His research interests include microwave remote sensing, applied electromagnetics, and wave propagation for indoor and outdoor communications. He has authored/co-authored more than 230 papers in international journals and conferences. Dr. Chuah has received many awards, locally and internationally. Among them include the Professor Chin Fung Kee Gold Medal for Engineering Management subject in 1986, the inaugural Young Engineer Award by the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia in 1991; the 1990 Young Scientist Award at the 23rd General Assembly of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI) at Prague, Czechoslovakia;  the 1993 Young Scientist Award at the 24th General Assembly of URSI at Kyoto, Japan; the 1995 Young Scientist Award (Industrial Sector) by the Malaysian Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment; the 1999 Malaysian Toray Science Foundation Science and Technology Award for his contributions in the area of microwave remote sensing; the 2002 Sterling Award from the Sterling Group of Universities (research-based universities in UK with engineering faculties) for his services to promotion of engineering profession; 2011 IET Malaysia Outstanding Achievement Award; and Rotary Charity Foundation of Kuala Lumpur Research Gold Medal 2012 for excellence in original research and significant achievement in the field of electrical engineering. In collaboration with Malaysian Centre for Remote Sensing, his research team working on “Paddy Monitoring and Yield Prediction System using Remote Sensing and GIS Technologies” won a Gold Medal at the 2003 Malaysian Science and Technology Expo, and a Gold Medal at the 32nd International Exhibition of Inventions at Geneva in 2004. In recognition of his valuable services, the Governor of the State of Penang Malaysia conferred upon him an Order of Chivalry, Darjah Setia Pangkuan Negeri, which carries the title “Dato”, in July 2005. For his significant contribution in engineering profession, he was awarded Honorary Doctor of Engineering by Multimedia University in August 2013.


Dr. Chuah is an eminent technical leader and is very active in professional bodies. He is the Immediate Past President  of the Federation of Engineeering Institutions of Asia and the Pacific (FEIAP). Dr. Chuah was the President of the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (2009-2011) and Council Member of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (2007-2011). He is a Senior Fellow of the Academy of Sciences, Malaysia; Hon. Fellow of the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations and the Institution of Engineers Malaysia; a Founding Fellow of the ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology; Fellow of the Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry Society, UK; the Institution of Engineering and Technology, UK; the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, USA; and the Electromagnetics Academy, USA. He is also a Professional Engineer in Malaysia, a Chartered Engineer registered with the Engineering Council, UK; an APEC, EMF and ASEAN Engineer; Hon. Member of the Golden Key International Honour Society; and Hon. Member of Myanmar Engineering Society. Dr. Chuah serves as reviewer for technical papers submitted to international journals such as Progress in Electromagnetics Research (PIER) Journal, and IEEE Trans. Geoscience and Remote Sensing. He is a member of the Disciplinary Committee Panel under the Advocates and Solicitors’ Disciplinary Board, Malaysia, and was a Council Member of the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (2008-2012). He also serves in Technical Committee or Advisory Committee of a few regional and international conferences and symposia.

Updated 15 March 2018