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Professor Dr. Zaidi Mohd Ripin holds a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng) degree in Mechanical-Marine Technology from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 1989, a Master of Science (M.Sc) degree in Tribology in Machine Design and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Mechanical Engineering (Vibration analysis) in 1991 and 1996 from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. He is a registered Engineer with the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) since 2010. He has an industrial experience as an Engineer at Malaysia Sheet Glass Sdn. Bhd. (1990 - 1991) and Proton Holdings Berhad (1995 – 1996). He was previously a Dean of the School of Mechanical Engineering and School of Aerospace Engineering (2007 – 2015) and currently a Professor at the School of Mechanical Engineering and Head of TheVibrationLab, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). His research interest covers a wide area of sound, vibration, control and tribology and has managed to secure various research grants from the government and industry totalling more than RM 2.08 million to date. The more notable grants are from Advance Micro Devices and Panasonic Manufacturing and also joint research work with Motorola and National Instruments under the CREST Research Collaboration grant. To date, he has graduated 11 PhDs and 23 Masters students.

His main area of research is in machine vibration and has published more than 200 articles in the journals and conference proceedings. The related publications are published in highly respected journals such as Tribology Transactions, Tribology International, Journal of Sound and Vibration, Journal of Vibration and Control, Proceeding of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Journal of Material Science etc. He has conducted training for the Royal Malaysian Air Force on machine condition monitoring and also advises industries on vibration and machine condition monitoring issues. He is also a Honorary Air Force Major of the Royal Malaysian Air Force. He was appointed to the Malaysian National Standard Institute for Metal and Metalworking Committee (SIRIM) and has been appointed as external examiners of engineering programme in the local universities. He is an avid machine designer as an outcome of his research work which requires the building of experimental rigs and has won many design awards, the notable one is Best Invention Award in International Design and Technology Exposition in 2010 in the Design of Suspended Handle to Reduce Transmitted Vibration to Operator of Grass Trimmer. He is also actively involved in the design of machines for the farmers and craftsman in Malaysia.