Professor Sapuan Salit
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Malaysia
Title: Advancement in natural fibre reinforced synthetic/bio polymer composites for engineering application
S.M. Sapuan is a professor of composite materials at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). He earned his B.Eng degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Newcastle, Australia in 1990, MSc from Loughborough University, UK in 1994 and Ph.D from De Montfort University, UK in 1998. He is currently Head of Advanced Engineering Materials and Composites Research Centre, UPM. His research interests include natural fiber composites, materials selection, biobased packaging and concurrent engineering. To date he has authored or co-authored more than 1300 publications in international journals (over 700 papers), books (17), edited books (15), chapters in books (110) and conference proceedings/seminars (over 600 papers). S.M. Sapuan received Rotary Research Gold Medal Award, Alumni Award, University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia, 5 Star Role Model Supervisor, UPM and Khwarizmi International Award (KIA). S.M. Sapuan was recognized as the first Malaysian to be conferred Fellowship by the US-based Society of Automotive Engineers International (FSAE). In 2019 statistics based on the number of citations and h-index by SCOPUS, he is ranked the first from among UPM professors. His current h-index is 65. He was awarded National Book Award, SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair award, The Best Journal Paper Award, UPM, Outstanding Technical Paper Award, Society of Automotive Engineers International, Malaysia, and Outstanding Researcher Award, UPM. He also received Citation of Excellence Award from Emerald, UK, IEEE/TMU Endeavour Research Promotion Award, Best Paper Award, Chinese Defence Ordnance, Professor of Eminence Award, AMU, India, Distinguished Researcher Award, INTROP, UPM, Malaysia’s Research Star Award (MRSA), and Top Research Scientists Malaysia Award from Academy of Science Malaysia.