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UNM Researcher First Academic from a Private University Conferred Prestigious Title by Royal Malaysian Air Force

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Dr Nafizah Goriman Khan from the University of Nottingham Malaysia’s Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering was recently made Honorary Colonel of the Volunteer Reserve Unit in the Royal Malaysian Air Force.

This is the first time that such an award has been conferred to an academic of a private university thus, giving recognition to the contributions from specialists and experts of private tertiary institutions.

Dr Nafizah was conferred the honorary rank by His Royal Highness Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta'in Billah. Dr Nafizah received the recommendation from the 582nd Military Army Council Meeting that was held on 22 April 2020. His Majesty the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong is the Commander-in-Chief of the Malaysian Armed Forces.

On 1 June 2020, which was the 62nd anniversary of the Royal Malaysian Air Force, Dr Nafizah received the rank insignia from General Dato’ Sri Ackbal bin Hj Abdul Samad, the Chief of the Royal Malaysian Air Force. 

Colonel (H) Dr Nafizah said, “I am most grateful and honoured for this award and appointment. Thank you Royal Malaysian Air Force for this recognition and UNM for making this possible.”

Colonel (H) Dr Nafizah now holds the position of Director of the Specialist Unit for the Volunteer Reserve Unit at the Royal Malaysian Air Force.

Colonel (H) Dr Nafizah has a PhD in Microwave Engineering and an MSc (Eng) in Radio Communications and High Frequency Engineering from the University of Leeds. In addition, she has more than 27 years of experience in the fields of microwave and satellite.

Her field of expertise gained the interest of the Royal Malaysian Air Force as it deals with satellite engineering, cybersecurity, systems integration, cloud computing and data as recognised in the Defence White Papers to face current and future threats.   

Professor Graham Kendall, CEO and Provost of UNM said, “We extend our heartiest congratulations to Dr Nafizah on being conferred this prestigious award. We will encourage her to continue with her research which is beneficial not just academically but also for the safety and well-being of the people of Malaysia.

(Article image caption: Air Force Chief General Dato’ Sri Ackbal bin Hj Abdul Samad pinning the rank of Colonel on Dr Nafizah Goriman Khan)


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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is a research-intensive university with a proud heritage, consistently ranked among the world's top 100. Studying at the University of Nottingham is a life-changing experience and we pride ourselves on unlocking the potential of our 44,000 students - Nottingham was named both Sports and International University of the Year in the 2019 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, was awarded gold in the TEF 2017 and features in the top 20 of all three major UK rankings. We have a pioneering spirit, expressed in the vision of our founder Sir Jesse Boot, which has seen us lead the way in establishing campuses in China and Malaysia - part of a globally connected network of education, research and industrial engagement. We are ranked eighth for research power in the UK according to REF 2014. We have six beacons of research excellence helping to transform lives and change the world; we are also a major employer and industry partner - locally and globally.

Posted on 3rd June 2020

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