Congratulations to Dr. Felycia Edi Soetaredjo (吳慧莉博士) who received the Distinguished Taiwan Alumni Award by theTaiwan Ministry of Education in recognition of her great achievements in scientific research and higher education.
Dr. Felycia Edi Soetaredjo received her PhD from Taiwan Tech in 2013. Currently, she is professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Deputy Dean of the College of Engineering at Widya Mandala Catholic University, Surabaya, Indonesia.
Taiwan Tech takes pride in having Dr. Soetaredjo as alumna, who, as a female engineer and academic, serves as a role model for young students from Asia inspiring them to choose engineering as their major for a better and greener world.
A dedicated researcher for sustainable development
An expert on biomass valorization, wastewater treatment and reuse, and supercritical water extraction, Dr. Soetaredjo received manty research grants, e.g. the Competency Grant, Research Grant for International Publication, the Competitive Grant from Directorate General of Higher Education, Indonesia, Grants from the International Foundation of Sciences, Sweden, 2012-2013, and the World Academy of Science, Italia, 2015.
She has published over 90 peer-reviewed scientific papers and regsiered more than 10 patents, including the acetylation of sago starch, the application of subcritical water, and the Fenton process in treating hazardous industrial wastewater. She developed a simple technique for phosphorus detection in water which is currently applied in a fertilizer company in Mojokerto, East Java.
Dr. Soeterdjo received several prominent awards:
- Finalist in Australian Alumni Award (2012).
- Kopertis VII Distinguished Lecturer Award (2016).
- Fellow of the Global Young Academy (2016).
- Fellow of the Indonesian Young Academy of Science (2016) (Akademi Ilmuwan Muda Indonesia).
- Elsevier Foundation Award for Early Career Women Scientists (2016).
- Asian Top 100 Scientists (2018).
- Fellow of Women in Science and Engineering, WISE, Australia Academy of Science (2018).
- Tempo special edition: Selected Indonesian Researcher (2018).
- Distinguished Alumni Award, Taiwan Tech (2019)
An outstanding administrator in higher education
As the Deputy Dean, Dr. Soetaredjo has been involved in many remarkable programs and projects:
She is the Program Director of all-English Double-Degree program in Chemical Engineering, launched Widya Mandala Catholic University and Taiwan Tech in 2014.
She has signed several agreements on exchange, collaboration, and internships with prestigious institutions such as TCTI Engineering Company, National Chung-Cheng University, Fu-Jen Catholic University, and Taipei Tech.
She is one of the initiators of the Engineers in Action (EIA) Program in which Taiwan Tech students participate in community work in Java during summer break in collaboration with Indonesian students.
Taiwan Tech started offering international scholarships, and launched an English graduate program in 2003 at the College of Engineering. Boasting over 1,000 alumni and 415 full-time international students from Indonesia, Ethiopia, India, and Vietnam, our College of Engineering cherishes strong links and collaboration with Southeast Asian and South Asian Countries. We are truly delighted proud of the remarkable achievement of Dr. Felycia Edi Soetaredjo!