Engineering Technology: Towards Innovative and Sustainable Development

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Science and Engineering Technology National Conference 2015 (SETNC 2015) is the 2nd edition of SETNC conference series organized by Universiti Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia France Institute. With the theme “Engineering Technology: Towards Innovative and Sustainable Development, SETNC 2015 will provide a platform for academicians and industries personnel to share on latest scientific findings and innovation. Through this sharing platform, more innovations on sustainable technology are expected to come, which will accelerate sustainable nation development.

The objectives of SETNC 2015 are as follows;

  • To bring together engineering technology enthusiasts; industry professionals, academicians, and government sectors, to share and discuss the latest scientific findings and innovations.
  • To encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and networking amongst participants from the academia, the industry, government agencies and practitioners of engineering technology.
  • To cultivate and intensify research culture amongst academicians, university students and engineering technology practitioners.

To guide SETNC 2015 participants and authors in writing relevant research papers to suit the themes and objectives of this conference please find below brief essential information on the key themes;


Innovation is a concept with diverse applications depending on its domains and basically deals with the successful exploitation of new ideas. It involves the activity of people and organizations in change themselves, the processes that they go through, the tools that they utilize and the environment. This requires breaking common routines and ways of thinking by introducing new things and behaviours as well as by exploring new standards. Innovation arises from dissatisfaction with the current condition, by leveraging on scientific and technological platforms and new opportunities. It also involves exploratory and complex development of discoveries (eg. new physical laws) and inventions (eg. new machinery) brought in the business and social environment (eg. introduced to the market) which lead to adoption and usage by new users. During the usage process; improvements to the idea and implementation often require further innovation. Successful innovations will be imitated by other players in the same industry or adapted in other industries.

The Engineering Technology Field and Its Profession

Engineering Technology (henceforth ET) is a field revolving on the application of scientific engineering knowledge and methods combined with technical skills in support of engineering activities. ET deals with the same topics as engineering, but the knowledge is more applied, compared to theoretical knowledge. ET education is a broad specialized and applied engineering education where the mathematics, sciences and technical courses are taught with more application based examples. The courses generally have labs and workshops associated with required hands-on applications of the topics. Engineering Technologist as a profession lies in the middle of the occupational spectrum between a craftsman and an engineer whereby the knowledge of mathematics and sciences gained by higher education, experience, and practice is devoted primarily to the implementation and extension of existing technology for the benefit of humanity. As such, engineering technologists are specialists dedicated to the development, design, and implementation of engineering and technology who often work as entry-level engineers for manufacturing firms, product improvement, design and construction by applying engineering principles and technical skills. They may also assume senior management positions in industry or become entrepreneurs.

The Framework of Sustainability and Sustainable Development

The concept of sustainability which is central to the theme of SETNC 2015 refers to the process and activities of sustaining and keeping things to be in good condition, to prolong the resources so that they remains usable and beneficial. Sustainability improves human life as they live within the capacity of supporting eco-systems by creating and maintaining good conditions where humans and nature can exist in productive harmony via effective methods of harvesting or using resources so that they are not depleted or permanently damaged.

From a technical manufacturing context, sustainability deals with the creation of goods and services using processes and systems that are non-polluting; energy conserving and natural resources and systems that are non-polluting; energy conserving and natural resources and economic efficient. Products are appropriately designed to be durable, repairable, readily recycled, compostable, or easily biodegradable where they are produced and packaged using the minimal amount of material and energy possible. Within the sustainability framework; scientific engineering technology processes are designed and operated such that wastes and ecologically incompatible by-products are reduced, eliminated or recycled on-site. Chemical substances or physical agents and conditions that present hazards to human health or the environment are eliminated while conserving energy and materials.

Sustainability framework also encompasses social and community elements where workers are valued and their work is organized to conserve and enhance their efficiency and creativity. Workers’ talents and capacities are continuously developed and their input and participation in business processes are openly accepted. It socially ensures the safety and health for workers, communities, and consumers and creatively rewards all working people. The forms of energy and materials are appropriately used for the job tasks and the work spaces are designed to minimize or eliminate chemical, ergonomic and physical hazard. Communities related to any stage of the product lifecycle (from production of raw materials through manufacture, use and disposal of the final product) are respected and enhanced economically, socially, culturally and physically. Ultimately, continued economic viability does not depend on ever-increasing (i.e., unsustainable) consumption of materials and energy.

SETNC 2015 committee are welcoming your research papers that are related to the conference tracks as listed below. Major tracks of interest include, but not limited to the following:

  • Technology Innovation in Manufacturing

  • Technology Innovation in Electrical and Electronics

  • Technology Innovation in Fabrication and Joining Technology

  • Technology Innovation in Energy

  • Technology Innovation in Information Technology

  • Technology Innovation in Mechanics and Materials

  • Technology Innovation in Social Science

  • Technology Innovation in Technopreneurship

  • Technology Innovation in Transportation

Read more about this year’s theme and sub-themes here






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