Water Management & Protection Prize (co-winner)


prof_Zain_malysiaDr. Zainuddin Abd Manan (Universiti Teknologi, Malaysia)

Topic: Water Demand Management in Urban Areas

Dr. Manan’s research extends an established chemical engineering technique (pinch analysis) to water demand management.  The research has demonstrated water savings for industries and utilities.


Winner Profile

Professor Zainuddin Abdul Manan is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and the founder of Process Systems Engineering Centre (PROSPECT) at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. He is also head of the Chemical and Biotechnology Research Cluster at the University’s Research Management Centre.

He received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1998. He is a Technical Advisor for Pusat Tenaga Malaysia (Malaysian Energy Centre).


  1. UTM Excellence Award (2007) UTM Innovation Award for Best Researcher – Individual Category (2006)
  2.  National Champion for Business Plan Competition (2006)
  3. UTM Excellence Award (2006, 2003, 2002, 2001) UTM Champion for Business Plan Competition (2005)
  4. Gold Medal Award, IPTA Exhibition (2005)
  5. Commercialization Grant from Bureau of Innovation and Consultancy, UTM (2004)
  6. Silver Medal Award, Expo S&T (2004)Silver Medal, Products Category, INATEX (2004)
  7. Best National Journal for UTM Publication Day (2004)
  8. Silver Medal, 31st International Exhibition of Invention, New Techniques and Products of Geneva, Switzerland (2003)
  9. Silver Medal, Expo Science and Technology Malaysia (2002)
  10. IEM Best Paper for APPChE (2002) Asian Development Bank Fellowship award (1993)
  11. UK Association of Commonwealth Scholarship Award for PhD studies (1994, 1998) 
  12. Best Working Paper Award, Seminar FKKKSA (August 1994)
  13. Petronas Scholarship Award (1981, 1988)


Professor Zainuddin Abdul Manan has published books, technical reports, manuals, and more than 40 technical papers. He has presented nearly 100 papers at local and international conferences.

Acceptance Speech

zainuddinspeechYour Royal Highness Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, honorable guests, and distinguished scientists: 

Allow me to begin by citing the meaning of the Hadith from the Prophet Mohammad (saw): "One of the things that will remain forever as a man’s legacy is knowledge that benefits others."

Throughout my life, I have always been inspired by great scholars and inventors like Al-Biruni, Al-Khawarismi, Ibnu Khaldun, Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton and James Watt.   Even though they are no longer around, their inventions have made significant differences to the world for centuries.   They are among my true idols and immortals. They are the perfect examples of the meaning of Hadith from Ar-Rasul (saw).  

So, those of you who have dreamt of becoming immortals and live forever, you don’t have to be a bicentennial man nor a vampire.  You just have to invent or create.  This was how Al-Biruni, Al-Khawarismi, Einstein and Newton became immortals.

I would like to thank the organiser of The Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz International Prize who provide us this opportunity stand in front of the distinguished guests and participants of this conference to receive this prestigious award. 

I thank all those who have helped and inspired me in one way or another, my wife, my children, my fellow researchers, colleagues and all.  Without them, I would not be standing here today in front of you.  Above all, I thank Almighty God who had blessed us with this success. 

However, I can’t help but feel insignificant and humbled in relation to the achievements and contributions of the immortal scholars.  Today, we may have completed an important milestone of our journey, but truly, the pinnacle of success is to be able to live the hadith of Prophet (saw) and be among the immortals that have made great differences to the lives of mankind with their groundbreaking ideas and inventions.  

Lastly, I would like to congratulate the organizer of this auspicious event.  Only into its 3rd year, The International Conference on Water Resources and Arid Environments (2008) and The Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz International Prize for Water has become one of the global signature events on water conservation.

They say, necessity is the mother of invention.  Through ICWRAE and PSIPW, I believe the event organisers had created the necessity.  Alhamdulillah, the world had wonderfully responded, and done the rest.  I believe the event will go a long way towards instilling water conservation awareness to the world while inculcating innovativeness and creativity among researchers. 

In reflection, I, as one of the recipient of this prestigious Prince Sultan Abdul Aziz International Prize for Water, have a dream.

I dream that this event will generate future immortals like Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton and James Watt, who themselves had successfully continued the legacy of great inventors like Al-Khawarismi, Al-Biruni and Al-Farabi.

Winning Work

  1. A holistic framework for design of costeffective minimum water utilization networt
  2. SHARPS  A New CostScreening Technique to Attain CostEffective Minimum Water Utilization Network
  3. Water Pinch Analysis for Urban Systems: A Case Study on Sultan Ismail Mosque in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  4. Targeting multiple water utilities using composite curves

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