Lai Zhenyue


Lai Zhenyue
MPhil, Post-grad Dip. (Edu), BSc
Foundation in Engineering and Science

Contact Details
Telephone: +60 85 443939 Extn: 2526
Location: Skylark 3 (SK3).L2.358


Academic History

  • Master of Philosophy (Mechanical Engineering), Curtin University
  • Postgraduate Diploma (Education) in Physics and Mathematics, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore
  • BSc. (Applied Mathematics), National University of Singapore (NUS)


  • Curtin University Sarawak – Students’ Choice Award (2009, 2012-2015)
  • Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award Citation for Approaches to Support Learning, 2013
  • Bintulu Development Authority Best Postgraduate Research Paper Award, 2014
  • Curtin Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award – Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, 2014

Research Interests

  • Gasification/Pelletisation of Agricultural waste
  • Mechanical properties of materials
  • Flipped Classroom
  • Approaches to support and engage learners


  • Lai Z.Y. (2017, July 11). The flipped classroom: To flip or not to flip? Borneo Post
  • Lai Z.Y., Mohamad K., Pang P.K. (2015, November). Enhancing student engagement and learning through the flipped approach. Paper presented in 3rd International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Conference 2015, Miri, Sarawak
  • Lai Z.Y., Goh S.M. 2015. Mechanical strength of binary oil palm kernel shell and HZSM-5 zeolite fuel pellets. Fuel, 150, 378 – 385
  • Lai Z.Y. (2014, June 17). Making a difference in students’ learning. Borneo Post
  • Lai Z.Y., Chua H.B., Goh S.M. (2013, September). Binary Biomass Fuel Pellets for Gasification. 2nd International Materials Symposium cum 4th Regional Materials and Technology Conference & Exhibition, Miri, Sarawak
  • Lai Z.Y., Chua H.B., Goh S.M. 2013. Influence of process parameters on the strength of oil palm kernel shell pellets. Journal of Materials Science, 48 (4), 1448 – 1456
  • Mohamad K., Giridharan B., Lai Z.Y., Mohamad Zain N.H. (2011, November). Implementing Industry Site Visits in Physics & Chemistry Units – Foundation Engineering Course. Paper presented in Teaching and Learning Conference 2011, Miri, Sarawak
  • Lai Z.Y., Goh S.M. (2011, April). Factors Affecting Compressive and Tensile Strength of Oil Palm Kernel Shell Pellets. Poster presented in 3rd Regional Materials and Technology Conference, Miri, Sarawak

Research Resource Funding

  • CSTIP Grant (2017): Co-Investigator – Project title: Exposing students to community service through creative Foundation Engineering Physics projects
  • CSTIP Grant (2017): Co-Investigator – Project title: Impact of Real Time Student Response Systems (Clickers) on Active Learning Performances
  • CSTIP Grant (2016): Chief Investigator – Project title: A study on student motivation and performance in a flipped classroom
  • CSTIP Grant (2014): Chief Investigator – Project title: Use of Flipped Learning Approach in a Foundation Engineering Physics Unit
  • CSCR Grant (2011-2013): Project Leader – Project title: Pelleting Oil Palm Waste for Efficient Syngas Production
  • CSRCF Grant (2010-2011): Co-Investigator – Project title: Implementing Industry Site Visits in Physics & Chemistry Units – Foundation Engineering Course

Professional Associations

  • Member of International Association of Engineers (IAENG)

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