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Momentum

 

Ada berbagai hari penting yang biasa diperingati di Indonesia pada bulan Mei. Pada tanggal 1 diperingati sebagai hari buruh sedunia, yang biasanya, ditandai dengan demo buruh besar-besaran di seluruh dunia. Tanggal ini juga diperingati sebagai Hari Pembebasan Irian Barat.

Seorang tokoh penting peletak dasar pendidikan di Indonesia, Raden Mas Soewardi Soerjaningrat yang lebih dikenal dengan nama Ki Hajar Dewantara, lahir pada tanggal 2 Mei 1889 di Yogyakarta. Tanggal kelahirannya ini kemudian ditetapkan sebagai Hari Pendidikan Nasional (Hardiknas) di Indonesia.

Tanggal 20 ditetapkan sebagai Hari Kebangkitan Nasional (Harkitnas), yang mengacu kepada berdirinya organisasi Boedi Oetomo pada 20 Mei 1908, sebagai organisasi nasional yang menyatukan seluruh rakyat Indonesia, tanpa memandang suku, ras, dan agama untuk memerjuangkan kemerdekaan Indonesia. Masih banyak lagi berbagai peristiwa penting yang terjadi di bulan yang namanya diambil dari bahasa Latin, Maius, yang berasal dari nama Dewi Maia, ibu dari Hermes dalam mitologi Yunani.

Selain diperingati, biasanya tanggal-tanggal penting tersebut dijadikan momentum untuk memerbaiki atau memulai berbagai hal terkait. Istilah yang diambil dari ilmu fisika ini telah diadaptasi menjadi istilah yang sederhananya berarti “saat yang tepat”. Seseorang atau negara yang gagal memanfaatkan saat terbaiknya, dikatakan telah kehilangan momentum.

Komposisi penduduk Indonesia yang “muda”, yang berarti sebagian besar penduduk berusia produktif, adalah juga sebuah momentum. Masa depan adalah hasil dari bagaimana kita memanfaatkan momentum ini. Jika tidak dimanfaatkan atau dikelola dengan kurang tepat, maka hasilnya adalah bencana.

Begitu juga dengan profesi insinyur. Disahkannya UU tentang Keinsinyuran pada 2014, harusnya menjadi momentum untuk memerbaiki dan meningkatkan kualitas dan kuantitas insinyur Indonesia yang sangat dibutuhkan untuk membangun. Berbagai peraturan pendukung harus segera direalisasikan, semua perangkat kelembagaan dilengkapi, dan sistem pendidikan segera disempurnakan.

Jika kita ingin insinyur kita menjadi “pemain utama” dalam pembangunan nasional dan, bahkan, dunia, semua harus bersatu padu memusatkan pikiran dan karya agar momentum ini dapat dimanfaatkan dengan baik. Jangan sampai terlewat tanpa menghasilkan apa-apa.***

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In Memoriam: Professor Satari

 

Maybe his name is not as famous as Professor Andi Hakim Nasution, but the services of Professor Ahmad Memed Satari are very significant in agricultural development in Indonesia, mainly through research and education.

During served as Rector of Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), from 1970 to 1978, he did a lot of monumental things, among which is to establish and implement 4 years curriculum for undergraduate program in 1972 (although the conceptor of the program is Professor Andi Hakim), which is currently followed by all universities in Indonesia. In addition, he also established the first graduate school in Indonesia in 1975, which was then followed by a doctoral program in 1978.

Besides registered as a member in 1957, he also received an award from the Institution of Engineer – Indonesia (PII) in the field of Agricultural Engineering. Ha also received various awards, both from within and outside the country. Among them is a reward of Pahala Alma of IPB, Medal of Development of the Government of the Republic of Indonesia, Commandeur in de Leopolds Order of Belgium, an award from the USDA in the field of Soil and Water Conservation, Honorary President of the International Sago Development Center – Japan, and an award from the University of Cendrawasih as a pioneer sago researcher.

In his tenure at IPB, he was very supportive of student activities, both academic and non-academic activities. In fact he gave permission for students to conduct anti-Suharto demonstrations on Baranangsiang campus in 1978, although the campus was ‘besieged’ by the army. On this policy, in their news, BBC London stated: “It has been a new opponent, Professor Satari of IPB.”

About engineers and engineering, in a book, Professor Satari had stated that the engineers’ way of thinking must emulate the way of B.J. Habibie’s. “If the others, including me, were spent long time at the university in the field of education and B.J. Habibie in the field of industry. And, that’s what he wanted to apply, professionalism in the industry with technological knowledge as an engineer and a scientist combined. He is a scientist, engineer and manager,” he said. He added that since the first time, technology transfer is not main priority. We always want new ways, but do not know how. Until now, the technology transfer process from outside is not going well.

He was born on March 13, 1933. Getting an engineering degree from the Department of Forestry, University of Indonesia (UI) in Bogor in 1958. Then the Master of Forestry degree from Oregon State University in 1961, and a Doctorate (PhD) in the field of Soil Science from Michigan State University in 1967. He was appointed as professor of Soil Science at IPB in 1970.

During his life, he was also appointed in various positions including Chairman of the Center of Excellence (UI, IPB, ITB, UGM, and Unair), Member of the National Research Council (DRN), Advisor to Deputy Minister of Food Production, and Secretary of State Minister for Population and Environment.

On Monday, March 4, 2016, Professor Satari has left us at the age of 83. But the works and thoughts will remain and continue to encourage the engineers to work and give the best for Indonesia.

Jakarta, May 1, 2016
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