Dr. Tang Fu Ee

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Dr. Tang Fu Ee
PhD, B Eng (Hons.)
Senior Lecturer
Civil & Construction Engineering
Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching
 
Contact Details
Telephone: + 60 85 443939 Extn: 2497
Fax: +60 85 443837
Location: Skylark 3 (SK3) Room 419
 
Background
Dr Tang joined Curtin Sarawak in 2005. He obtained his Bachelors and PhD degrees from Victoria University of Manchester. His PhD was focussed on pollutant dispersion in coastal flows near a headland. Dr Tang’s other research interests include treatment of septage and wastewater with engineered wetlands. He has also been involved with consultancy projects such as staff training in the area of Environmental Engineering, and others. Dr Tang is currently the Head of the Civil and Construction Engineering department, having served as Head and Coordinator for the Engineering First Year programme from 2006 – 2011.
 
Academic History
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons.) Civil Engineering, Victoria University of Manchester, 2000
  • PhD Civil Engineering, Victoria University of Manchester, 2004
  • Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching, Curtin University, 2008

Academic Appointment

  • 2008- present Senior Lecturer
    Department of Civil and Construction Engineering, Curtin University of Technology Sarawak Campus
  • 2006-present Academic Coordinator
    Engineering First Year Programme, School of Engineering and Science, Curtin University of Technology Sarawak Campus
  • 2005- 2007 Lecturer
    Department of Civil and Construction Engineering, Curtin University of Technology, Sarawak Campus
  • 2003 Demonstrator
    Manchester Computing, Victoria University of Manchester
  • 2001 Demonstrator and Student Mentor
    School of Engineering, Victoria University of Manchester

Other Positions

  1. Member of various committees in the Faculty of Engineering and Science such as the Teaching and Learning Committee, and others within the University.
  2. PhD Co-supervisor for Ms Khor Ee Huey (Completed), “Optimization of Cross-Flow Membrane Filtration for Produced Water Treatment”; Ms Valerie Jong (Completed), “Treatment of Septage with Engineered Wetlands”; Ms. Carrie Ho (Ongoing), “Regionalization of Hydrological Parameters for Estimation of Low Flows in Ungauged Catchments in Sarawak’
  3. PhD Main Supervisor for Mr. Tan Yee Yong (Ongoing), “A Mechanistic Model for Nitrogen Transformation in Septage Treatment with Vertical Subsurface Flow Engineered Wetland” (Completed); Ms. Jenney Ngu (Ongoing), “Treatment of Glue Wastewater using a Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR)-based biodegradation method.
  4. External PhD and MEng theses examiner
  5. Chairman, Young Engineers Section, Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) Miri Branch 2006 – 2008
  6. Member of Local Agenda 21 for River maintenance and management, Miri

Professional Contributions to Educational Development

Active Teaching and Learning (T&L) researcher:

  • Undertaking research on conceptual and procedural learning, and learning practices
  • Presented research at ICEED 2010, and Enhancing Learning: Teaching and Learning 2011 Conferences
  • Presented a report of the current status of the Engineering First Year (EFY) Students’ performance tracking during the Curtin Sarawak T&L Forum 2009
  • Awarded CSTIP fund proposal worth RM 2,000 on “Engineering Students’ Learning Practices in Curtin Sarawak”

 Participated in Curriculum Review:

  • Worked as a team with the Civil and Construction Engineering (C&C)department and Curtin Bentley staff members to prepare curriculum review under Curriculum 2010
  • Prepared reviews and made recommendations on several  C&C units
  • Scrutinized the final C2010 review for C&C and EFY units as EFY Coordinator

Course development:

  • Developed the Environmental Engineering course for Curtin Sarawak. Prepared the business case and justification, drafted and mapped Programme Outcomes (POs) and Unit Learning Outcomes (ULOs), and created tuition and assessment patterns
  • Preparing the Environmental Engineering course for submission of provisional accreditation to Engineers Australia (as of 2016)

Research Interests

  • Pollutant dispersion at coastal areas
  • Constructed wetlands for septage treatment
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Drainage and Hydrology
  • Teaching and learning in Engineering
  • Engineering students’ learning habits and styles
Journal Publications
  1. Chen, D., Tang, F.E., and Chen, C. (2005) “Pollutant Trapping at a Coastal Headland”. Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, Vol. 131, No.3, May 1, 2005
  2. Chen, D., Chen, C., Tang, F.E., Stansby, P.K., Li, M. (2007) “Boundary Layer Structure of Oscillatory Open Channel Shallow Flows over Smooth and Rough Bed” Experiment of Fluids, Vol. 42, 2007
  3. Oon, Y.W.; Law, P.L.; Ting, S.N.; Tang, F.E. (2013). A 3-Stage Treatment System for Domestic Wastewater: Part I. Development.  UNIMAS e-Journal of Civil Engineering (UJCE), Vol. 4, Issue 1, pp. 13-25.
  4. Oon, Y.W.; Law, P.L.; Ting, S.N. and Tang, F.E. (2013). A 3-Stage Treatment System for Domestic Wastewater: Part II. Performance Evaluation. UNIMAS e-Journal of Civil Engineering (UJCE), Vol. 4, Issue 1, pp. 26-33
  5. Jong, V. S. W., Tang, F. E. (2014) Organic matters and nitrogen removal at planted wetlands treating domestic septage with varying operational strategies. Water Science and Technology, Vol. 70, Issue 2
  6. Jong, V. S. W., Tang, F. E., (2015) The use of palm kernel shell (PKS) as substrate material in vertical-flow engineered wetlands for septage treatment in Malaysia. Water Science and Technology, Vol. 72, No. 1
  7. Jong, V. S. W., Tang, F. E. (2014) Construction and Performance of a Pilot Vertical-Flow Engineered Wetlands (VFEWs) System for Treatment of Septage in Miri, Sarawak. Pertanika Journal of Science and Technology, Vol. 22, No. 2, pp 613 – 625
  8. Tan, Y. Y., Tang, F. E., Saptoro, A., Khor, E. H. (2015) Septage treatment using vertical flow engineered wetlands (VFEWs): A critical review. Chemical Engineering Transactions, Vol 45
  9. Jong, V. S. W., Tang, F. E. (2016) Contaminants removal in septage treatment with vertical-flow engineered wetlands operated under batch flow conditions, Water Science and Technology. Vol. 73, No. 4, pp. 909 – 915
Selected Conference Publications
  1. Tan, A.H., Tang, F.E., and Ho, C.L.I., (2007) “A Study into a Viable Wastewater Treatment System for A Commercial Site in Sarawak”. Proceedings of the 3rd World Engineering Congress, Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM), Penang 2007
  2. Tang, F.E., Tan, A.H., and Ho, C.L.I, (2007) “Wastewater Treatment Systems for Small Sites in Sarawak”, Conference on Sustainable Building South East Asia, Ministry of Energy, Water and Communication, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, 2007
  3. Tang, F.E., Ho, C.L.I, Tan, A.H., (2007) “A Comparison of Wastewater Treatment Systems for Small Sites in Sarawak”, The 1st Engineering Conference: Energy and Environment, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Kuching, 2007
  4. Tang, F.E., (2008) “Engineered Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment in Sarawak: Viable and Sustainable”, International Conference on Environment 2008: Environmental Management and Technologies towards Sustainable Development, Dec 2008
  5. Tang, F.E., (2009) “Engineered Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment in Sarawak”, International Conference on Water Resources (ICWR) 2009, Langkawi, May 2009
  6. Tang F.E., (2009) “Visualization of Flow at the Headland-generated Recirculation Zone”, International Conference on Water Resources (ICWR) 2009, Langkawi, May 2009
  7. Tang, F.E., (2009) “Pollutant Dispersion around the Perimeter of a Coastal Headland”, Coastal Dynamics 2009, Tokyo, Sept 2009
  8. Tang, F.E. (2009) Engineering First Year students’ performance in mathematics, T&L Open Forum 2009, Curtin Sarawak, Miri, Malaysia
  9. Tang F.E., (2010) “Visualisation of tidal flow near a coastal headland”, Marine Waste Water Discharge (MWWD) 2010, 25 – 29 Sept 2010, Langkawi, Malaysia
  10. Tang F.E., (2010) “Characteristics of pollutant dispersion in steady flow in the headland-generated recirculation zone”, Marine Waste Water Discharge (MWWD) 2010, 25 – 29 Sept 2010, Langkawi, Malaysia
  11. Tang, F.E., Lee, V.Z., (2010) “A study of coastal areas in Miri”, World Engineering Congress (WEC) 2010, 2 – 5 Aug 2010 Kuching, Malaysia
    Tang F.E., (2010) “Design of a constructed wetland-based wastewater treatment system”, World Engineering Congress (WEC) 2010, 2 – 5 Aug 2010 Kuching, Malaysia
  12. Tang F.E., (2010) “Characterization of wastewater for small sites”, World Engineering Congress (WEC) 2010, 2 – 5 Aug 2010 Kuching, Malaysia
    Tang, F.E. (2010) Engineering students’ learning practices in Curtin Sarawak, International Congress on Engineering Education (ICEED) 2010, 8 – 9 Dec 2010, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  13. Lee, C. H. M., Sudweeks, F., Cheng, Y. W., Tang, F. E. (2010) The role of unit evaluation, learning and culture dimensions related to student cognitive style in hypermedia learning, Proceedings of the Conference on Cultural Attitudes towards Communications and Technology 2010, 15 – 18 June 2010, Vancouver, Canada
  14. Tang, F. E., Ngu, V. J., (2011) “A study of performance of wastewater treatment systems in small sites”, International Conference on Environmental Science and Engineering (ICESE) 2011, 21 – 23 Dec 2011, Phuket, Thailand
  15. Tang, F. E., Tong, C. W., (2011) “A study of the garbage enzymes effects in domestic wastewater”, International Conference on Environmental Science and Engineering (ICESE) 2011, 21 – 23 Dec 2011, Phuket, Thailand
  16. Tang, F. E., Lau, H.H., Ho, C. L. I. (2011) Civil and construction engineering students’ learning practices in Curtin Sarawak, Enhancing Learning: Teaching and Learning Conference 2011, 25 – 26 Nov 2011, Miri, Malaysia
  17. Tang, F. E., Wong, C. S. Y., A land-based vs. floating structure: environmental assessment with life cycle analysis. International Conference on Steel and Aluminium Structures (ICSAS) 2011, 13 – 15 July 2011, Kuching, Malaysia
  18. Tang, F. E., An energy consumption study for a Malaysian university, the International Conference on Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, 28 – 29 Aug 2012, Kuala Lumpur
  19. Tang, F. E., Wastewater nutrient removal with garbage enzyme, the International Conference on Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, 28 – 29 Aug 2012, Kuala Lumpur
  20. Tang, F. E., A study of water consumption in two Malaysian resorts, the International Conference on Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, 28 – 29 Aug 2012, Kuala Lumpur
  21. Jong, V. S. W., Tang, F. E., Construction and Performance of a pilot vertical-flow engineered wetlands system for treatment of septage, the 7th Curtin University Technology, Science and Engineering (CUTSE) Conference, 6 – 7 Nov 2012, Miri, Sarawak
  22. Jong, V.S.W., Tang, F. E., Septage treatment by a two-stage vertical-flow engineered wetland system: Effects of plant presence and plant type , the 11th IWA Conference on Small Water and Wastewater Systems and Sludge Management, 28 – 30 October 2013, Harbin, China.
  23. Jong, V.S. W., Tang, F. E., Septage treatment by a two-stage vertical-flow engineered wetland system: Organic matters and nutrient removal by varying operational strategies, the 11th IWA Conference on Small Water and Wastewater Systems and Sludge Management, 28 – 30 October 2013, Harbin, China.
  24. Tan, Y. Y., Tang, F. E., Jong, V. S. W. (2014) A conceptual model for simulating the variably-saturated flow of a vertical-flow engineered wetland- based septage treatment system. The 14th International Conference on Wetland Systems for Water Pollution Control, Shanghai, China. 20 -23 October 2014
  25. Jong, V. S. W., Tang, F. E. (2014) The use of palm kernel shell (PKS) as substrate material in vertical-flow engineered wetlands for septage treatment in Malaysia. The 14th International Conference on Wetland Systems for Water Pollution Control, Shanghai, China. 20 -23 October 2014
  26. Ho, P. L., Goh, C. L., Lew, T. Y., Tang, F. E., Ho, C. L. I., (2015) Stakeholder response to Say No to Plastic Bags campaign in reducing plastic bag use in Miri, Malaysia, Proceedings of the Pan Pacific Conference XXXII: Innovation in SOEs in the Digital Age, June 1 – 3 2015, Hanoi, Vietnam

Research Resource Funding

Position Project Title Total Amount
No of years
Funding Source
Chief Investigator
(2007 – 2008) 
An investigation of engineered
wetlands as waste and stormwater
treatment in Sarawak
RM 10,000
Two years
Curtin Sarawak Research Fund
Chief Investigator
(2008 – 2010)
Floating Structure in Sensitive Watercourse Tourist Destinations: Life-Cycle Analysis of a Waterborne WWF Visitor-Centre for the Kinabatangan River RM 10,000
Two years
Curtin Sarawak Research Fund
Co-investigator
(2010 – 2011)
A pilot study of pollutant dispersion around a coastal headland using Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) RM 10,000
One year
Curtin Sarawak Research Fund
Co-investigator
(2010 – 2011)
Stormwater runoff quantity and quality modeling for an urban residential catchment RM 10,000
One year
Curtin Sarawak Research Fund
Co-investigator (2012- 2013) The effectiveness of the “Say No to Plastic Bags” campaign RM30,000
Three months
Miri City Council
Co-investigator (2013) Developing inquiry-based water and environmental laboratory in the civil engineering course in Curtin Sarawak RM 2,000
One year
Curtin Sarawak Teaching Innovation Project (CSTIP)
Co-investigator
(2015 – 2018)
“The Development of a Sustainable Industrialized Building System Using Cold-Formed Structural Steel” RM 300,000
3 years
Curtin Sarawak Research Institute Flagship grant (CSRI)
Co-investigator
(2014 – 2015)
Developing Informal Learning Space Evaluation for the Problem Based Learning in Curtin Sarawak Engineering Building RM 2,000
One year
Curtin Sarawak Teaching Innovation Project (CSTIP)

Consulting Records

Traffic Volume and Urban Runoff study (2016 – 2017), Bintulu Development Authority (BDA)

  • Conduct traffic volume and urban runoff investigation for urban areas in Bintulu
  • This consultancy project is worth RM 250,000

Professional Development Training for Bintulu Development Authority (BDA), 2011

  • Conducted training in Urban Runoff Management and Drainage Design for a total of 20 participants

Manpower Requirement Training for Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), 2009

  • Proposed Environmental Engineering training module as a team
  • Obtained funding worth RM3.7 million with team members for proposal.
  • Led training in Environmental Engineering for a total of 75 participants in August, October and November 2009

Spearhead project on Miri river remediation and beautification with GHD Consultants, 2009

  • Prepare detailed proposal on study stage for the project, working as a team with GHD

Professional Development Training for Bintulu Development Authority (BDA), 2006

  • Led training in Environmental Engineering for a total of 20 participants

Other Professional Development Activities

  • Immediate Past Chairman of Young Engineers Section (YES) of IEM Miri Branch, leading and facilitating several social and charitable initiatives
  • Establish and promote linkages between IEM YES, for instance promoting the Earthquake Design Seminar, organized by IEM YES Sabah Branch in SOES
  • Member of Local Agenda 21

Professional Association

  • Registered with Board of Engineers, Malaysia (BEM)
  • Graduate member of the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) Miri branch.

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