Historical Background

River Engineering and Urban Drainage Unit (UKSSB), a virtual research unit was set up by Professor Nor Azazi Zakaria and Professor Aminuddin Ab Ghani in 1997. The unit has been active in research and consultancy works in River Basin Management (RBM) in particular urban flooding and sediment transport in rivers. UKSSB has received several grants from the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) Malaysia and Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP), Penang towards resolving Urban Drainage and River Engineering related problems.

With the expected launching of a new urban drainage manual (Urban Stormwater Management Manual for Malaysia or MSMA) effective by 1st January 2001, DID Malaysia has approached Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in March 1999 to consider its new engineering campus at Transkrian, Nibong Tebal as the pilot project in implementing a Bio-Ecological Drainage System
(BIOECODS), one of alternatives listed in MSMA to create an environmentally friendly urban developments. UKSSB has since been awarded a new research grant (RM 2, 900, 000) to study the effectiveness of using BIOECODS under a close cooperation with DID.

UKSSB is also active in postgraduate research funded by
IRPA Long-Term Grants and scholarships from government agencies. The students come from different backgrounds including engineers, lecturers and consultants.

Due to its active role in research and consultancy, the University felt that UKSSB should be operating as a Research Centre leading to Centre of Excellence, the first in Engineering Campus. The University Senate formed a Study Committee in their 145th meeting on 22nd April 2000 under Clause 22[b], Constitution of USM to consider the proposal to form River Engineering and Urban Drainage Research Centre (REDAC). The committee met on June 9, 2000 and was chaired by Yang Berbahagia  Dato' Professor Jamjan Rajikan representing Yang Berbahagia  Dato' Professor Vice Chancellor. The committee agreed and fully supported the establishment of REDAC to fulfill the need of the present and future research in River Engineering and Urban Drainage.

In the 146th Senate Meeting on June 22, 2000, the resolution to form REDAC was presented and agreed. The University Board of Directors (LPU)'s meeting on July 26, 2000 affirmed the establishment of REDAC. Subsequently a report on the proposal to form REDAC was forwarded to the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education for evaluation. On April 17, 2001, the Ministry of Education confirmed the resolution by the Higher Education Committee dated May 13, 2001 for the establishment of REDAC commencing on 2001/2002 Academic Year. Subsequently, Professor Nor Azazi Zakaria and Professor Aminuddin Ab Ghani were appointed as the Director and Deputy Director of REDAC respectively.

Last Updated : 27th February 2009