Prof Ir Dr Sharifah Rafidah Wan Alwi, CEng, MIChemE, MIEM, is the Director of Process Systems Engineering Centre (PROSPECT) of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).  Sharifah has been involved in 39 research projects (worth RM3.67Million), 23 industrial based projects for various companies and government agencies and has trained engineers from more than 100 companies in the field of sustainable engineering design and management.   She specialises in process systems engineering with emphasis on resource conservation.  She has more than 140 publications, and a H-index of 16.   The 2014 Elsevier’s Scival Spotlight has ranked her in the ninth place among the list of global experts under the competency of “heat exchangers, retrofitting and design” and in the fifth place under the competency of “optimisation, cost and water”.


Dr Sharifah is currently the Subject Editor for Journal of Cleaner Production (Impact Factor of 3.844, Q1), Editorial Board member for Applied Thermal Engineering Journal (Impact Factor of 2.739, Q1) and International Journal of Higher Education and Sustainability, and International Member of European Committee for the Use of Computers in Chemical Engineering Education (EURECHA).  She has been serving as the Guest Editor for Journal of Cleaner Production (Impact factor of 3.844, Q1), Asia-Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering (Impact factor of 0.789, Q3) and PERINTIS e-Journal.  She is a frequent reviewer for 16 international journals and has been appointed as international scientific and technical committee for several international conferences.


Dr Sharifah has filed for 9 patents, 11 copyrights and developed 5 software products. She is a co-founder of Optimal Systems Engineering Sdn Bhd (OPTIMISE), a UTM Spin-off company where she is serving as one of the Board of Directors to commercialise their products and solutions.


Sharifah received her PhD at the age of 26 from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), making her one of the two youngest PhD holders in Malaysia at that time. She was awarded the Maal Hijrah 2008 (New Year of 2008) Award – Glorious Achievement by the Sarawak state government and the Excellent Service Award by UTM.  Her PhD work on water minimisation won the 2008 Prince Sultan Abdul Aziz International Water Award, Urban Water Demand Management Category. She has won numerous international and national awards since then such as Green Talents 2009 award from the Federal Ministry of Research Germany for her excellence in environmental research, Global Top 5 shortlisted candidates for IChemE Young Engineer Award 2009, Highly Commended Sir Frederick Warner Prize 2011 from IChemE UK, “Computers and Chemical Engineering most downloaded paper (2013)”, ASEAN Young Scientist and Technologist Award (AYSTA 2014) and PhosAgro/UNESCO/IUPAC Research Grant in Green Chemistry 2014. Just recently, she was awarded the National Young Scientist Award 2015 from Malaysia Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) and Most Exalted Order of the Star of Sarawak – Officer Rank (P.B.S.).


Sharifah is currently the Chairman for Malaysia Institution of Chemical Engineers’ (IChemE) Young Engineer Group (YEG) and is a member of Young Scientist Network, Academy of Sciences Malaysia (YSN-ASM) and Persatuan Saintis Muslim Malaysia (PERINTIS). She is a Certified Trainer of Energy Managers under the ASEAN Energy Management Scheme (AEMAS), and is a Registered Electrical Energy Manager under Malaysia Energy Commission.  She chaired the 1st Global Process Systems and Safety Conference (PSSE2016) and co-chaired the 18th International Conference Process Integration, Modelling and Optimisation for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction (PRES 2015), a prestigious international conference which has been organised in Europe and North America since 1998.