Prof. Faisal Rafiq Mahamd Adikan is currently serving his second term as University of Malaya's Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of development. His first term was from 2013 to 2016. The spin off company he founded – Flexilicate Sdn. Bhd. – was the Best ASEAN University Startup during the inaugural Rice Bowl Startup Awards 2015. Prof. Rafiq specializes in glass-based integrated optical devices for use in telecommunication and sensing applications. Flexilicate, which means flexible silicate (or glass), offers fibre fabrication services and fibre based dosimeters.
Prof. Rafiq received his PhD from the Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton in 2007. He was the recipient of the Section Prize for the Best Engineering Research during Presentations at the House of Common (British Parliament) in 2006 and the Best Paper for Photonic Category during an international conference in 2003. His PhD work on Flat Fibres produced an international patent.
In 2013, Prof. Rafiq was promoted as a full professor. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers on optics and engineering education. His Integrated Lightwave Research Group currently runs an optical fibre fabrication tower. His Flat Fibre patent was the winner of the Gold Award, The Best for Physical Sciences and Engineering, and The Best of the Best (Top Prize) during University of Malaya Research, Invention and Innovation Expo 2009 (UM EKSPO 2009). His research work on corrosion sensing appeared in the March 2013 issue of a reputable international technical magazine called Optics and Photonics News. His group also picked up the top prize – Akademi Sains Malaysia’s Innovation Award during the 5th Exposition on Islamic Innovation i-INOVA 2014. His group's collaborative research on dengue detection with the University of Ottawa was featured in reputable high impact journals and media, including Nature, Science, and Laser Focus World.
In June 2016, Flexilicate and its collaborator - the University of Southampton - won the prestigious Dengue Tech Challenge grant amounting to RM1.9mil. The grant supports collaborative projects that bring together experts from Malaysia and the United Kingdom and was jointly organized and supported by Newton-Ungku Omar Fund, British Council, PlatCOM Ventures Sdn. Bhd., SME Corp and Agensi Inovasi Malaysia.
Prof. Rafiq served in numerous national level committees, including that of the Economic Planning Unit (EPU). He has been a speaker and panelist in numerous platforms, including those organized by Akademi Kepimpinan Pendidikan Tinggi (AKepT) under Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE). He is also a reviewer to several international journals which include IEEE Photonics Journal and the Journal of Lightwave Technology.
Prof. Rafiq received an award for Best in Teaching during University of Malaya’s Excellence Awards 2011. In 2012, he picked up University of Malaya’s Best Administrator (Dean) award for a second consecutive year. He received the Excellence in Services award and certificate numerous times, the latest was in 2016. In October 2015, Prof. Rafiq was appointed as Executive Director of UM Holdings Sdn Bhd - University of Malaya's business and investment arm, making him UM Holding's first Executive Director (while still holding a Deputy Vice-Chancellor position).
Apart from his academic and management responsibilities, Prof. Rafiq was also in the first eleven for the University of Malaya Veteran football team. He received the University of Malaya Sports Icon Award in 2015 for his contribution in upgrading the University’s sport facilities and his role in encouraging better sportsmanship. Prof. Rafiq is a proud product of the MRSM education system.
PROF. DR. FAISAL RAFIQ BIN MAHAMD ADIKAN
DEPUTY VICE-CHANCELLOR ( DEVELOPMENT)
UNIVERSITY OF MALAYA