Turning Waste into Wealth with Rozzeta Dolah

This episode is with Dr Rozzeta Dolah, a postdoctoral fellow in Prof Rohit Karnik’s Microfluidics and Nanofluidics Research Laboratory at MIT. Her work revolves around process optimization in renewable energy field focusing on converting waste from palm oil production into biofuels  using the Taguchi method. This effort is part of Malaysia’s plan to turn 95 million tons of palm oil production waste into bio-fuel, technology development and science education.

Back in March 2019, Rozzeta was the president of the MIT Posdoctoral Association. I met her at the MIT Postdoc Alumni Homecoming 2019 event and had to interview her before she went home to Malaysia to continue her work at Razak Faculty of Technology and Informatics in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). During our interview we discussed her PhD with Prof. Zenichi Miyagi and Shin Taguchi (son of the Taguchi Method creator) at Meiji University, Japan. This training set her up to tackle optimization of reactor conditions and design to ensure efficient conversion of palm oil waste into biofuel.

We also wanted to help promote a recent effort called The Women in STEM Database at MIT (WiSDM). This is an initiative designed to promote the visibility of women at MIT by providing a curated online database of MIT women, making it easier to find talented and diverse speakers for conference talks, panels, news stories, and outreach events. If you are faculty, postdoc, research staff, or a graduate student from any STEM field join the growing list of WiSDM today. If you’re looking for an expert speaker for your event, check out the WiSDM website and sign up for the newsletter. For more information please contact Ritu Raman.

Episode by Alex Albanese

For more information please visit:

  • http://razak.utm.my/
  • https://people.utm.my/rozzeta/
  • https://www.linkedin.com/in/ts-dr-rozzeta-dolah-ceng-miet-91951b47
  • https://www.facebook.com/rozzeta.dolah
  • https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Rozzeta_Dolah


Music Credits:
“Allada” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Olli: Pyjama Beats Demo” by VHSParadise, Trashton, and Navienta

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