Thirteen Outstanding Local Engineering Teams Lauded for Exemplary Contributions to Singapore

Acting Minister for Education (Schools) Mr. Ng Chee Meng presented the IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards 2016 at the opening ceremony of the National Engineers Day (NED) 2016

The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) honoured 13 engineering teams with the IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards 2016 today, recognising them for their prominent contributions to advancing engineering and enhancing quality of life in Singapore. Mr. Ng Chee Meng, Acting Minister for Education (Schools), bestowed the esteemed awards to the winning teams at the National Engineers Day (NED) 2016 Opening Ceremony at the Toa Payoh HDB Hub Atrium today.

For delivering distinctive impact to the well-being of people and communities, these winners emerged from 26 project submissions that entered into an intensive round of evaluation by a judging panel comprising industry experts.

Hailing from a variety of engineering fields from healthcare and defence to infocommunications and satellite technology, the winning projects exhibited excellence in adopting breakthrough methods in the planning and solving of design problems, inventiveness in use of materials and methods, innovations in planning, design and construction as well as unique aspects and aesthetic values.

The winning projects in the four award categories are:

Applied Research and Development
• A Biophilic Waterway@Punggol – Innovative Floating Wetlands and Freshwater-Tolerant Mangroves by Housing & Development Board (HDB)
• Highly flexible and wearable sensors for real-time healthcare monitoring applications by the National University of Singapore (NUS)
• Innovative LED-based communications and privacy windows for Smart Nation living by Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) of A*STAR
• Rapid Diagnosis of sepsis using a plasmonic sensor-based point-of-care system by Temasek Polytechnic, IMRE – A*STAR and Tan Tock Seng Hospital

Engineering Project
• Development of Semakau Landfill (SL) Phase II by National Environment Agency
• Galassia – NUS first nanosatellite by NUS

Technology Innovation
• Anti-reflective glass – engineering large surfaces with nano solutions by Wangi Industrial & IMRE – A*STAR
• Large-scale command post systems integration for overseas military exercise – Forging Sabre by Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) and DSO National Laboratories
• Next Generation Data Centre by DSTA
• Seeing is believing: from microscope to nanoscope by NUS and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)
• The future of auditing: early detection & prevention of significant trading irregularities by A*STAR, Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) and Group Audit, DBS Bank Ltd

Young Creators
• Design & development of digital in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) device for oocyte retrieval by Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of NUS
• Smart White Cane by Engineering Science Programme, Faculty of Engineering of NUS

“The high calibre of this year’s winning projects and the diversity of fields they represent are true reflections of the presence of dynamic, creative and inventive engineering talents in Singapore. We congratulate every one of them and hope that the awards will motivate them to continue to use their ingenuity to transform our lives and inspire our younger generation to strive to do the same or better,” said Er Edwin Khew, President of IES.