This is Prof Dr Abdul Rashid Mohamed Shariff.
The Malaysian Academy of Sciences has chosen Prof Rashid as one of five Top Research Scientists in Malaysia for this year.
Here is the story from The Star :
FIVE scientists and researchers from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) have been chosen to receive the Top Research Scientists Malaysia (TRSM) Awards 2018 while four more were selected as Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) fellows.
They received their awards from Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at a ceremony on Thursday, said UPM in a statement.
The five scientists and researchers who received the TRSM are Prof Dr Abdul Rashid Mohamed Shariff and Assoc Prof Dr Aduwati Sali (both from the Faculty of Engineering); Prof Dr Ahmad Zaharin Aris (Faculty of Environmental Studies); Prof Dr Rozita Rosli (UPM - MAKNA Cancer Research Laboratory, Bioscience Institute) and Prof Dr Suraini Abd Aziz (Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Science).
Read more in The Star here.
My comments : Rashid and I were classmates for seven years (Std 1A to Form 1A1) at the Anglo Chinese School, Ipoh. We also used to hang out a lot. We were together in swimming (our school had a pool - still does), volleyball, hockey (where my knee once 'caught' Rashid's hockey stick and I almost pengsan). Rashid made it to the State and National swim team whereas I moved away to Melaka in 1974.
Rashid studied Land Surveying at UTM Skudai. After graduating he was attached to the Survey Department. At the Survey Department, Rashid uncovered corruption and cartel behaviour which restricted new surveyors from becoming "licensed professionals" - a market distortion !! In the late 90s he wrote a "report" which I helped to 'distribute' to some people. The corrupt found out about it and Rashid was transferred to Sarawak (yes Sarawak) with 24 hours notice or something.
So he quit. Then he joined UPM. In UPM Engineering he led students to win international awards in engineering competitons in the US. From UPM he went to the US to do his Masters and his PhD. As a Land Surveyor, he was interested in satellite signals processing for ground surveys. I believe his PhD in the US was in this field. In the American university, his PhD was awarded by the engineering faculty. Rashid had earned a PhD in engineering and returned to become a Professor in the Engineering Faculty at UPM.
As you can see he is an accomplished scientist and has won accolades.
Congratulations my dear friend Rashid. We have been through rain, sun, mud and water (literally). We have seen the morning sun, the high noon, the afternoon and now evening is upon us. There are still many bright days ahead. All my best wishes and more to you.