Lai Zhenyue


Lai Zhenyue
MPhil, Post-grad Dip. (Edu), BSc
Mechanical Engineering

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

Research ProfilesScopusResearchGate

Research Interests: Flipped Classroom, Blended learning, Technology-enhanced learning, Educational technology, eLearning, Gasification/Pelletisation of Agricultural waste, Mechanical properties of materials

Lai is a Physics and Engineering Mechanics lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering and Science. She has been working in the education sector in Singapore and Malaysia for more than 10 years. Lai is a recipient of the Curtin Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award for the development and implementation of active and innovative learning strategies that enhance student learning in Foundation Engineering Physics. She is awarded the prestigious Higher Education Academy (HEA) Senior Fellowship by the United Kingdom-based Advance Higher Education (Advance HE) for her key contributions to high quality student learning and impact on influencing staff in teaching and supporting learning. Lai is the initiative champion for the Flipped Classroom Community of Practice (FCCoP) that drives Flipped Classroom methodology among academics with the aim to improve student engagement and outcomes. Besides making learning engaging for her students, she enjoys coaching staff to integrate technology with teaching pedagogies. She believes that it is important to adopt 21st century teaching for 21st century learners. Her research interest includes educational technology, blended learning and engagement of learners.

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)

Professional Experience

  • Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Curtin University Malaysia (2009 – Till date)

Fellowships, Awards, Certifications, Achievements and Appointments

  • Senior Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), since 2018
  • Curtin Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award – Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, 2014
  • Bintulu Development Authority Best Postgraduate Research Paper Award, 2014
  • Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award Citation for Approaches to Support Learning, 2013
  • Curtin University Malaysia – Students’ Choice Award (2009, 2012-2015)
  • Ministry of Education (Singapore) Teaching award (2001-2004)

Professional Affiliation

  • Member of International Association of Engineers (IAENG)

Subjects Taught

  • Engineering Mechanics (Ongoing Semester)
  • Foundation Engineering Physics 061 (Ongoing Semester)
  • Foundation Engineering Physics 062 (Ongoing Semester)

Research Supervision

  • 3 UG (Completed) 



  1. 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
  2. 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


  1. Lai Z.Y., Vincent Lee C.C. (2018, December). Supporting first-year engineering mechanics students through blended learning. Presented in Co-Constructing Excellence: Recognising, Scaffolding and Building Excellence in University Learning and Teaching Conference, Hong Kong
  2. Lai Z.Y., Kwan N.F., Loh W.N. (2018, October). Components of a flipped classroom influencing student motivation in a pre-university Physics course. Paper presented in 6th Global Higher Education Forum 2018
  3. Lai Z.Y., Loh W.N., Kwan N.F. (2017, February). A study on student motivation level and performance in a flipped classroom. Presented in Western Australia (WA) Teaching and Learning (T&L) Forum 2017
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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

Press Publications

  • Lai Z.Y. (2017, July 11). The flipped classroom: To flip or not to flip? Borneo Post
  • Lai Z.Y. (2014, June 17). Making a difference in students’ learning. Borneo Post

Research Grants and Consultancy Projects

  • CMTIP Grant (2018): Project Leader – A blended learning approach to teach Engineering Mechanics
  • 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): Project Leader – Project title: A study on student motivation and performance in a flipped classroom
  • CSTIP Grant (2014): Project Leader – 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

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