Ahead of the Pack

These SP students and alumni have outdone themselves. Here’s a look at their most recent achievements  we are sure there will be many more milestones for them in the future!

From left to right: Peirce Secondary School alumnus Koo Xian Zheng, Bukit Panjang Government High School alumnus Elias Teh, Mdm Liang Mui Keow, Sembawang Secondary School alumnus William, and Henderson Secondary School alumnus Lee Chee Wai.

1A team of Diploma in Civil Engineering with Business students, Eliah Teh, Lee Chee Wai, William and Koo Xian Zheng, together with their lecturer Mdm Liang, won the Best Structural (Engineering) Design Prize, Certificate of Excellent for Efficiency Ratio and Certificate of Quake-Resistant in the “Introducing and Demonstrating Earthquake Engineering Research in Schools” (IDEERS) competition held from 22-23 Sep 2017 in Taipei. IDEERS is an international competition with the objective to promote earthquake engineering and seismic protection education. The team was the best performing team from Singapore and ranked 9th among the 49 teams from all over the world!

2Our Diploma in Engineering with Business (DEB) student Raynard Chai received the Lee Hsien Loong Interactive Digital Media Smart Nation (LHL-IDM) Award earlier this year! This award recognises polytechnic students who have contributed projects that support Singapore’s Smart Nation vision.

Using long-range wireless technology, Raynard developed a prototype “Bus, STOP”, which alerts commuters at bus stops when their bus is approaching. He was inspired to develop it after seeing his grandmother struggle to flag buses down at bus stops due to her poor vision.

Raynard receiving the LHL-IDM Award from Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills). Raynard is an alumnus of Woodlands Ring Secondary School.

Keeping the environment healthy with their innovative solutions are Dr Handojo Djati Utomo, Jurong Secondary School alumna Ayu Suryan, Damai Secondary School alumna Koh Wee Chen and Eugene Chin (left to right).

3Our Diploma in Civil Engineering with Business (DCEB) students Koh Wee Chen, Ayu Surya Binte Zainuddin and Eugene Chin discovered that the fibrous residue that remains after a stalk of sugarcane is juiced can be implemented in a used-water filtration system to remove organic contaminants. This gave them the brilliant idea for their project “Green Microfiltration for Organic Wastewater”.

Using a hand-pump installed column, the trio conducted experiments to assess the ability of sugarcane residue to absorb organic contaminants such as dye. Their water solution won them the Sembcorp Water Innovation Medal at the Singapore Junior Water Prize 2017!

Serene Kho in her element at the NHGD.
Photo source: The New Paper © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Permission required for reproduction.

4We’re proud of our alumna Serene Kho, who has achieved so much since her time with us as a Diploma in Biomedical Science (DBS) student. After an internship with the National Healthcare Group Diagnostics (NHGD), Serene joined the company in 2005 as a junior medical technician. Today, Serene is the head of laboratory at the NHGD, and she has held that position for the last two years.

Under her charge, the NHGD has rolled out better services for both patients and caregivers. One such instance is the Home Phlebotomy team, which visits wheelchair and bed-bound patients to draw blood for tests, thereby reducing the inconvenience caused to them.

5Our Business School students have created a record-breaking piece of thumbprint art, measuring 3m by 6m! The team will now have their efforts recognised in the Singapore Book of Records. Organised by Lee Zhi Yu and Ruqoyah Mazlan from Diploma in Business Administration (DBA), and Abdul Matin from Diploma in Business Innovation and Design (DBID), the art piece was part of a fundraising effort by the students to give back to society. Proceeds were donated to Beyond Social Services (BSS), a charity that provides help to less-privileged children and youths. 

From left to right: Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road) alumnus Lee Zhi Yu, Tanjong Katong Girls’ School alumna Ruqoyah Mazlan, and Guangyang Secondary School alumnus Abdul Matin with their masterpiece!

6A team of Diploma in Integrated Events and Project Management (DEPM) Year Two students was involved in this year’s collaboration project with the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) and the National Council Against Drug Abuse (NCADA) to spread the anti-drug message. They worked on a number of different activities including secondary school talks, Preventive Drug Education Roadshow in SP, the Break In: Music Concert and the Break Out: Danceworks! 

Project members at the Break In: Music Concert at Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre.

7Her petite frame belies a great ability for storytelling through design and for that, Diploma in Visual Communication and Media Design (DVMD) student Tang Yun Ying was recently crowned one of the top 5 winners of MUJI Singapore’s Design myBag 2017 Competition. Yun Ying’s tote bag design is currently on sale at MUJI’s new flagship store at Plaza Singapura, and proceeds from the sale of these bags will go to the Children’s Cancer Foundation.

Fairfield Methodist Secondary School alumna Yun Ying (right) receiving her prize from Mr Takashi Yajima for her winning bag design titled Moments, which features nostalgic illustrations of bamboo and rattan chairs and tables.
Photo Source: MUJI Singapore.

Greenridge Secondary School alumnus Emil (middle in photo) together with RICO.

8Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (DEEE) graduate Emil Yong believes that engineering skills are much more important than pure academic grades. To him, using engineering as well as advanced technology for the betterment of the community is essential. With guidance from his lecturers, he created a robotic therapeutic dog, RICO (Rehabilitative Interactive Companion) to assist the elderly in a nursing home.

This year, Emil became a proud recipient of the DSTA Undergraduate Scholarship. He will be heading to National University of Singapore after his National Service to pursue an engineering degree!

9At this year’s SEA Games, our Diploma in Bioengineering (DBEN) student Yu Junjie represented Singapore as part of the Men’s Water Polo team. The team clinched Gold at this year’s Games. Way to go, Junjie!

Manga lovers! From left to right: alumnus of Regent Secondary School Abdullah Waafi, alumna of Chung Cheng High School (Main) Lindsay Lee, Clementi Town Secondary School alumna Koh Qie Ning and St Joseph’s Institution alumnus Bryan Siew.

11Our Diploma in Creative Writing (DTVM) for TV and New Media alumna Lou Mei Jun and her team emerged as the winner of ciNE65’s Overall Best Film Award (Student Category)! The film #12-99 illustrates how a Chinese immigrant arrives at his company’s apartment only to find a woman already residing there. Scammed and stranded abroad without shelter or resources, the woman opens up her heart and home to the helpless man. 


Budding screenwriter and producer, Lou Mei Jun (third from left), is making her mark on the local arts scene. Mei Jun is an alumna of Crescent Girls’ School.


Ping Yi Secondary School alumna Mavis Lok (left) and New Town Secondary School alumna Grace Wong (right) showing off collaterals on their project, Almost Home.

10Our Diploma in Digital Animation (DDA) students were shortlisted to represent Singapore at the 26th National High School Manga Championships (Manga Koshy) in Kochi Prefecture, Japan! Lindsay Lee, Koh Qie Ning, Abdullah Waafi and Bryan Siew flew over 3,000 miles to pit their wits against artists from all over the world, visit the Manga facilities, bask in the spotlight on Japanese TV and learn about the Japanese art industry!
12Congratulations to our Diploma in Food Science & Technology (DFST) student Joyce Seah, who won the solo singing category at the National Schools Xinyao Singing and Songwriting Competition! Diploma in Music and Audio Technology (DMAT) student Brandon Ling also performed a song composed by fellow DMAT students Wayne Oh Geng Hui and Jeremy Hwang Jie Wei. Their song ‘Unforgettable Past’ bagged the prize for best composition!
13Diploma in Visual Communication and Media Design (DVMD) graduates bagged a number of wins including 2 Golds, 7 Silvers and 7 Bronzes at this year’s Crowbar Awards. Crowbar is an annual platform organised by the Association of Accredited Advertising Agents Singapore (4As) for young creative talents to showcase their best works. Our DVMD students fought off challenges from reputed universities including LASALLE, Glasgow School of Art and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Grace Wong and Mavis Lok, who won Gold for both Online Film and Directing for their title “Almost Home”, a production on statelessness, share that “Crowbar allowed us to showcase a project we are passionate about. Being able to spread the message made it all the more meaningful.

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