Media Release - National Engineers Day 2018 

 

 

17 July 2018 For Immediate Release

Youths to Pitch Engineering Ideas for Smart Nation at National Engineers Day 2018

Winners will visit BMW Group in Germany to take their passion for engineering to the next level

 

Engineering will come alive at this year’s National Engineers Day (NED). Organised by The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES), the ninth annual festival will not only showcase latest advancements across various engineering fields, but put students in the drivers’ seat to unlock a smart future through engineering innovations.

NED 2018 will present a concentration of talks and workshops to help students discover the wonders of engineering and rapidly growing career opportunities for those with an engineering education and an aptitude to discover, imagine and create. Energy Innovation Challenge grows in scale The Energy Innovation Challenge (EIC) will continue to be the key highlight of NED. This year, about 120 teams of young talents, almost double the number since EIC started in 2015, will put up smart engineering solutions for health, living, mobility and services to compete for the challenge title. Winning teams will take home cash prizes totaling up to S$8,800 and earn an educational trip to BMW Group, Germany to gain exposure to latest engineering innovations and practices. They will receive their prizes from Mr. Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Finance, who will grace the NED 2018 Prize Presentation Ceremony on 28 July as the Guest-of–Honour. EIC 2018 is jointly organised by The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) and Science Centre Singapore with support from the Ministry of Education and the National Research Foundation.

Other key highlights of NED 2018 include:

  • Workshops for students to assemble a model engine and experience a virtual reality fly-through of the engine by Rolls Royce; to tinker with micro-controllers and mechanics by Duck Learning, the organiser of the First Lego League International in Singapore; to design and manufacture fast F1-like cars by Mastereign, the international organiser of F1 in Schools; to build tall, free-standing structures with straws and connectors by Building Construction Authority; to work on an integrated design, engineering and manufacturing platform by Autodesk; and to code and learn about the Internet of Things by Duck Learning.
  • Talks on artificial intelligence-enabled energy grid by A*STAR and living with earthquake by Assistant Professor with the Department of Civil Engineering at the National University of Singapore.
  • Sharing sessions by practicing engineers from various disciplines on their aspirations and why engineering is their top career choice.

“Students are our future leaders. Through NED, we try to instill in them a sense of leadership by actively engaging them in problem-solving processes and helping them understand that there are many ways to solve a problem. We hope to prepare our future leaders to handle real world problems that are characterised by uncertainties and challenges brought about by environment, technology and social changes,” said Prof. Yeoh Lean Weng, President of IES. NED 2018 will take place at Level 3, Concourse 2 at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre from 9am to 6pm from 26 to 28 July. Admission is free. Schools bringing more than 10 students to the event can apply to IES for reimbursement of chartered bus service. For more information, please visit www.ned-ies.org or follow the IES Facebook page.

 

 

Media Release 

 

EMBARGOED UNTIL 3:00PM ON 28 JULY 2018

Minister for Finance Mr. Heng Swee KEat presented awards to winners of Energy Innovation Challenge and IES Innovation Challenge for the Community; and witnessed the launch of the 'I am a Young Engineer' Badge

Students Lauded for Creating Smart Solutions to Transform Quality of Life

The National Engineers Day (NED) 2018 today celebrated the best of youthful creativity and passion in making a difference to the society through engineering. Mr. Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Finance presented the Energy Innovation Challenge (EIC) 2018 and the IES Innovation Challenge for the Community 2018 awards to winning students at the NED 2018 Prize Presentation Ceremony as the event guest-of-honour. He also witnessed the launched of the “I am a Young Engineer” Badge.

EIC 2018 Winners

EIC 2018 challenges students to design smart engineering solutions for health, living, mobility and services. This year’s EIC saw 120 teams participating across four categories, compared to only 73 teams in its inaugural year in 2015. This includes 18 overseas teams from Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan and the Philippines for Category 4 (Local and Overseas Universities).

After a networking party in March 2018, participating students from Category 1 to 3 went through a series of workshops and camps that equipped them with design, finance, marketing, logistics management and technical skills to build their solutions. They also had the unique opportunity to be personally guided by professional engineers as mentors over a four-month learning journey.

The judges had shortlisted 80 teams of more than 252 students for the final rounds of judging, whereby participants had to display their projects at NED 2018 from 26 to 28 July, 2018. The four champion teams who eventually emerged are:

Category 1 (Secondary Schools): Team (S-24) – River Valley High School – An Eco-Friendly Barbecue Pit System

Category 2 (Junior Colleges): Team (J-10) – Dunman High School – Micro Energy Harvesting (μ-EH) and Its Application in Water Desalination under Emergency and Stressed Situation

Category 3 (Polytechnics and Institution of Technical Education): Team (I-06) – ITE College West – Robotic Helper FETCH

Category 4 (Local and Overseas Universities): Team (U-01) – Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology – Cheap Braille Interface for Ebook Reading

In recognition of their outstanding performance, the top prize winning teams from Categories 1 to 3 will earn an overseas educational trip to be hosted by BMW Group in Germany, while the second, third and merit prize winners will be awarded with $1,000, $700 and $300 respectively. The champions of Category 4 will walk away with an $8,000 cash prize while the second, third and merit prize winners will be awarded $5,000, $3,000 and $1,000 respectively. This year’s popularity prize for all four categories constitutes $300 each.

Jointly organised by IES and Science Centre Singapore, EIC is a nation-wide competition that gives students the opportunity to create solutions that address global energy issues. It is supported by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) Singapore.

IES Innovation Challenge for the Community 2018

Tertiary students also received awards for applying their engineering knowledge and creativity to design practical, user-friendly solutions to enhance the quality of life of the elderly, the handicapped, the injured and the community-at-large. Participating teams from Category A have to cap their expenditure at $2,000 and demonstrate competence in the optimal use of materials and equipment.

This year’s challenge received a total of 35 project submissions across two categories. After a rigorous round of judging by a panel of academia and industry experts, 14 projects where shortlisted for presentations.

The 2018 Gold Award for polytechnics goes to Chua Chryston and Neo Yizhe from Singapore Polytechnic for building a “dementia patient tracking” using Sigfox, a LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network) technology. The tracker periodically transmits its GPS location to a Cloud database and enables the patient's care-taker to view the location on a Google map via a mobile app. The students hope that the invention can help dementia patients to move about without the fear of getting lost.

In the university category, the Gold Award winner is Subramanian Gowtham from Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) for designing a portable image-based cytometer for rapid malaria detection and quantification. His invention detects and numerically counts Plasmodium falciparum infected red blood cells (iRBCs) from Giemsa-stained smears derived from infected blood. Subramanian’s aim is to provide a cost-effective, rapid and accurate alternative for antimalarial testing without compromising on efficiency.

Launch of “I am a Young Engineer” Badge

IES also launched the “I am a Young Engineer” Badge for primary three to six students at the event, with Minister Heng as witness. This new initiative is a collaborative effort by IES and Science Centre Singapore to encourage students to discover the fun of engineering and instill interest in engineering from a young age.

The badge will provide students with introductory engineering skills and knowledge through self-directed engineering-related tasks listed on the activity card. Students can submit their completed works to their teachers or parents for verification to earn stars that will qualify them for the badge.

The badge is one of the outcomes from the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that IES signed with Science Centre Singapore in 2016 to stimulate interest amongst students in engineering and is sponsored by HDB, PUB, Micron and ST Engineering.

NED 2018

The Prize Presentation Ceremony also marked the conclusion of the ninth annual NED, the largest engineering youth carnival in Singapore, organised by IES to celebrate the

achievements of engineers, inspire young engineers and intrigue the young generation in engineering.

Besides EIC 2018, the three-day NED 2018 presented a concentration of talks and workshops to help students discover the wonders of engineering and rapidly growing career opportunities for those with an engineering education and an aptitude to discover, imagine and create.

 
 

 

     
      Notes to media:
 
       i. Glossary
 
          English Terms Chinese Terms
          The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) 新加坡工程师学会
          National Engineers Day 全国工程师日
          Energy Innovation Challenge 能源创新挑战
IES Innovation Challenge for the Community 新加坡工程师学会社区创新挑战
“I am a Young Engineer” Badge 我是小小工程师徽章

 

 

 
     About The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES)
 
The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) was formally established in July 1966 as the national society of engineers in Singapore. IES is the premier engineering institution in Singapore and is called upon by the Government to provide feedback on professional engineering matters.
 
IES is well represented among the faculty members of the major engineering institutions of higher learning in Singapore. Through close collaboration with the local universities and polytechnics, IES organises courses, seminars and talks for engineers and IES members to advance the continuous development of engineers
 
The Institution maintains close links with professional organisations of engineers regionally and throughout the world. These include organisations in Australia, China, Japan, United Kingdom and the United States. The Institution also represents Singapore in the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organizations (AFEO) and the Federation of Engineering Institutions of Asia and the Pacific (FEIAP) in promoting goodwill, fellowship and exchange of knowledge among all engineers in ASEAN and the Asia-Pacific region.
 
Through its Engineering Accreditation Board (EAB), IES obtained full signatory status in the Washington Accord (WA) in June 2006. The entry grants IES the authority to represent Singapore, the first country within the ASEAN region which has obtained full signatory status in the WA, to vet education systems under the WA mutual recognition framework.
 
 

 

 
     MEDIA CONTACT
 

Desmond Teo

Publications Manager

The Institution of Engineers, Singapore

DID : (65) 6461 1229

Email : desmond@iesnet.org.sg

 
   

Kathlyn Loke

Associate

The Right Spin Public Relations

DID : (65) 6325 5927

Email : kathlyn@therightspin.com.sg

Esther Lim

Junior Associate

The Right Spin Public Relations

DID : (65) 6325 5935

Email : esther@therightspin.com.sg

 

 

Media Release - National Engineers Day 2018

 

 

17 July 2018 For Immediate Release

Youths to Pitch Engineering Ideas for Smart Nation at National Engineers Day 2018

Winners will visit BMW Group in Germany to take their passion for engineering to the next level

 

Engineering will come alive at this year’s National Engineers Day (NED). Organised by The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES), the ninth annual festival will not only showcase latest advancements across various engineering fields, but put students in the drivers’ seat to unlock a smart future through engineering innovations.

NED 2018 will present a concentration of talks and workshops to help students discover the wonders of engineering and rapidly growing career opportunities for those with an engineering education and an aptitude to discover, imagine and create. Energy Innovation Challenge grows in scale The Energy Innovation Challenge (EIC) will continue to be the key highlight of NED. This year, about 120 teams of young talents, almost double the number since EIC started in 2015, will put up smart engineering solutions for health, living, mobility and services to compete for the challenge title. Winning teams will take home cash prizes totaling up to S$8,800 and earn an educational trip to BMW Group, Germany to gain exposure to latest engineering innovations and practices. They will receive their prizes from Mr. Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Finance, who will grace the NED 2018 Prize Presentation Ceremony on 28 July as the Guest-of–Honour. EIC 2018 is jointly organised by The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) and Science Centre Singapore with support from the Ministry of Education and the National Research Foundation.

Other key highlights of NED 2018 include:

  • Workshops for students to assemble a model engine and experience a virtual reality fly-through of the engine by Rolls Royce; to tinker with micro-controllers and mechanics by Duck Learning, the organiser of the First Lego League International in Singapore; to design and manufacture fast F1-like cars by Mastereign, the international organiser of F1 in Schools; to build tall, free-standing structures with straws and connectors by Building Construction Authority; to work on an integrated design, engineering and manufacturing platform by Autodesk; and to code and learn about the Internet of Things by Duck Learning.
  • Talks on artificial intelligence-enabled energy grid by A*STAR and living with earthquake by Assistant Professor with the Department of Civil Engineering at the National University of Singapore.
  • Sharing sessions by practicing engineers from various disciplines on their aspirations and why engineering is their top career choice.

“Students are our future leaders. Through NED, we try to instill in them a sense of leadership by actively engaging them in problem-solving processes and helping them understand that there are many ways to solve a problem. We hope to prepare our future leaders to handle real world problems that are characterised by uncertainties and challenges brought about by environment, technology and social changes,” said Prof. Yeoh Lean Weng, President of IES. NED 2018 will take place at Level 3, Concourse 2 at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre from 9am to 6pm from 26 to 28 July. Admission is free. Schools bringing more than 10 students to the event can apply to IES for reimbursement of chartered bus service. For more information, please visit www.ned-ies.org or follow the IES Facebook page.

 

Media Release

 

 

EMBARGOED UNTIL 3:00PM ON 28 JULY 2017

Minister for Finance Mr. Heng Swee Keat presented awards to winners of Energy Innovation Challenge and IES Innovation Challenge for the Community; and witnessed the launch of the 'I am a Young Engineer' Badge

Students Lauded for Creating Smart Solutions to Transform Quality of Life

The National Engineers Day (NED) 2018 today celebrated the best of youthful creativity and passion in making a difference to the society through engineering. Mr. Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Finance presented the Energy Innovation Challenge (EIC) 2018 and the IES Innovation Challenge for the Community 2018 awards to winning students at the NED 2018 Prize Presentation Ceremony as the event guest-of-honour. He also witnessed the launched of the “I am a Young Engineer” Badge.

EIC 2018 Winners

EIC 2018 challenges students to design smart engineering solutions for health, living, mobility and services. This year’s EIC saw 120 teams participating across four categories, compared to only 73 teams in its inaugural year in 2015. This includes 18 overseas teams from Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan and the Philippines for Category 4 (Local and Overseas Universities).

After a networking party in March 2018, participating students from Category 1 to 3 went through a series of workshops and camps that equipped them with design, finance, marketing, logistics management and technical skills to build their solutions. They also had the unique opportunity to be personally guided by professional engineers as mentors over a four-month learning journey.

The judges had shortlisted 80 teams of more than 252 students for the final rounds of judging, whereby participants had to display their projects at NED 2018 from 26 to 28 July, 2018. The four champion teams who eventually emerged are:

Category 1 (Secondary Schools): Team (S-24) – River Valley High School – An Eco-Friendly Barbecue Pit System

Category 2 (Junior Colleges): Team (J-10) – Dunman High School – Micro Energy Harvesting (μ-EH) and Its Application in Water Desalination under Emergency and Stressed Situation

Category 3 (Polytechnics and Institution of Technical Education): Team (I-06) – ITE College West – Robotic Helper FETCH

Category 4 (Local and Overseas Universities): Team (U-01) – Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology – Cheap Braille Interface for Ebook Reading

In recognition of their outstanding performance, the top prize winning teams from Categories 1 to 3 will earn an overseas educational trip to be hosted by BMW Group in Germany, while the second, third and merit prize winners will be awarded with $1,000, $700 and $300 respectively. The champions of Category 4 will walk away with an $8,000 cash prize while the second, third and merit prize winners will be awarded $5,000, $3,000 and $1,000 respectively. This year’s popularity prize for all four categories constitutes $300 each.

Jointly organised by IES and Science Centre Singapore, EIC is a nation-wide competition that gives students the opportunity to create solutions that address global energy issues. It is supported by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) Singapore.

IES Innovation Challenge for the Community 2018

Tertiary students also received awards for applying their engineering knowledge and creativity to design practical, user-friendly solutions to enhance the quality of life of the elderly, the handicapped, the injured and the community-at-large. Participating teams from Category A have to cap their expenditure at $2,000 and demonstrate competence in the optimal use of materials and equipment.

This year’s challenge received a total of 35 project submissions across two categories. After a rigorous round of judging by a panel of academia and industry experts, 14 projects where shortlisted for presentations.

The 2018 Gold Award for polytechnics goes to Chua Chryston and Neo Yizhe from Singapore Polytechnic for building a “dementia patient tracking” using Sigfox, a LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network) technology. The tracker periodically transmits its GPS location to a Cloud database and enables the patient's care-taker to view the location on a Google map via a mobile app. The students hope that the invention can help dementia patients to move about without the fear of getting lost.

In the university category, the Gold Award winner is Subramanian Gowtham from Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) for designing a portable image-based cytometer for rapid malaria detection and quantification. His invention detects and numerically counts Plasmodium falciparum infected red blood cells (iRBCs) from Giemsa-stained smears derived from infected blood. Subramanian’s aim is to provide a cost-effective, rapid and accurate alternative for antimalarial testing without compromising on efficiency.

Launch of “I am a Young Engineer” Badge

IES also launched the “I am a Young Engineer” Badge for primary three to six students at the event, with Minister Heng as witness. This new initiative is a collaborative effort by IES and Science Centre Singapore to encourage students to discover the fun of engineering and instill interest in engineering from a young age.

The badge will provide students with introductory engineering skills and knowledge through self-directed engineering-related tasks listed on the activity card. Students can submit their completed works to their teachers or parents for verification to earn stars that will qualify them for the badge.

The badge is one of the outcomes from the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that IES signed with Science Centre Singapore in 2016 to stimulate interest amongst students in engineering and is sponsored by HDB, PUB, Micron and ST Engineering.

NED 2018

The Prize Presentation Ceremony also marked the conclusion of the ninth annual NED, the largest engineering youth carnival in Singapore, organised by IES to celebrate the

achievements of engineers, inspire young engineers and intrigue the young generation in engineering.

Besides EIC 2018, the three-day NED 2018 presented a concentration of talks and workshops to help students discover the wonders of engineering and rapidly growing career opportunities for those with an engineering education and an aptitude to discover, imagine and create..

 

 

     
      Notes to media:
       
       i. Glossary
 
  
          English Terms Chinese Terms
          The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) 新加坡工程师学会
          National Engineers Day 全国工程师日
          Energy Innovation Challenge 能源创新挑战
IES Innovation Challenge for the Community 新加坡工程师学会社区创新挑战
“I am a Young Engineer” Badge 我是小小工程师徽章

 

 

 

     About The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES)
 
The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) was formally established in July 1966 as the national society of engineers in Singapore.IES is the premier engineering institution in Singapore and is called upon by the Government to provide feedback on professional engineering matters.
 
IES is well represented among the faculty members of the major engineering institutions of higher learning in Singapore. Through close collaboration with the local universities and polytechnics, IES organises courses, seminars and talks for engineers and IES members to advance the continuous development of engineers
 
The Institution maintains close links with professional organisations of engineers regionally and throughout the world. These include organisations in Australia, China, Japan, United Kingdom and the United States. The Institution also represents Singapore in the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organizations (AFEO) and the Federation of Engineering Institutions of Asia and the Pacific (FEIAP) in promoting goodwill, fellowship and exchange of knowledge among all engineers in ASEAN and the Asia-Pacific region.
 
Through its Engineering Accreditation Board (EAB), IES obtained full signatory status in the Washington Accord (WA) in June 2006. The entry grants IES the authority to represent Singapore, the first country within the ASEAN region which has obtained full signatory status in the WA, to vet education systems under the WA mutual recognition framework.
 
 

 

 

     MEDIA CONTACT
 

Desmond Teo

Publications Manager

The Institution of Engineers, Singapore

DID : (65) 6461 1229

Mobile: (65) 9747 9365

Email : desmond@iesnet.org.sg

 

Kathlyn Loke

Associate

The Right Spin Public Relations

DID : (65) 6325 5927

Mobile : (65) 8127 2886

Email : kathlyn@therightspin.com.sg

 

Esther Lim

Junior Associate

The Right Spin Public Relations

DID : (65) 6325 5935

Mobile : (65) 8127 2886

Email : esther@therightspin.com.sg