The Murdoch University contingent at the UNIMAS International Festival of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEMfest) has been generating quite a buzz in the Malaysian media this week.
In fact, their good work drew the attention of several media outlets, with the School of Engineering and Information Technology’s Dr Nik Thompson landing on the front pages of Utusan Sarawak, the Malaysian Star and the Borneo Post.
“The big launch on Monday far exceeded our expectations and we received a lot of interest and a large number of visitors to our booth,” Dr Thompson said.
“Later in the afternoon it ramped up even further when the press people asked me to explain the display, including our robot demonstration, to the Chief Minister of Sarawak, Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.
“It was a bit stressful, but the festival has been absolutely amazing. We’re meeting some fantastic people and making a lot of connections to industry and potential future collaborators.”
The Malaysian media weren’t the only ones impressed with the Murdoch delegation (Drs Thompson, David Parlevliet, Duncan Farrow, Samuel Gyamfi and Ms Nisha Naseer), as WA Chief Scientist Professor Lyn Beazley praised their contributions in her Twitter feed.
Held in Kuching from September 29 to October 5, STEMfest features representatives from over 40 countries, including many of the world’s science industry leaders, taking part in seven international conferences and meetings, social events, seminars and workshops.
The theme of the 2013 STEMfest is ‘Smart Economic Development – Aligning Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education to a State's Future Human Resource Needs’.