26 April 2017 was indeed a remarkable day for all the lecturers and students from USM, School of Aerospace Engineering. It is the day where we were proud enough to invite Datuk Dr Mazlan Othman, currently the Professor Emeritus of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia to our school and talk about the Space Agenda of the United Nations (UN).
Datuk Dr. Mazlan Othman is the former director of United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). She is Malaysia’s first astrophysicist and the first woman to be awarded a PhD in physics from University of Otago, New Zealand. She was the founding Director General of ANGKASA, the Malaysian National Space Agency where her work led to the launch of first Malaysian astronaut, Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor. Furthermore, she is a Senior Fellow of Academy of Sciences Malaysia.