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3 January 2019

Emeritus Prof Andrew Nee & A/Prof Ong Soh Khim ranked among top 15 AR researchers

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19 November 2018

NUS ME researchers conferred ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievement Awards 2018 at CAFEO 36

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2 November 2018

A/Prof Ernest Chua wins Best Paper Award at ICUE2018

Image: A/Prof Ernest Chua receiving the Best Paper Award for his paper titled “A hybrid air conditioning system employing membrane dehumidification and dew-point cooling”

Associate Professor Chua Kian Jon Ernest, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at NUS, was conferred the Best Paper Award at the recent IEEE-organised “International Conference on Green Energy for Sustainable Development (ICUE2018)” held in Phuket, Thailand, from 24 to 26 October 2018.

The award-winning paper, titled “A hybrid air conditioning system employing membrane dehumidification and dew-point cooling”, documents the development of the world’s first decoupled dehumidification and cooling method using membrane technology and a break-through counter-flow dew-point cooler to provide cool dried air. In addition, the experimental data obtained from a large-scale prototype was compared with the theoretical limit that can be achieved for an idealised system where heat losses and frictional effects were negated. The paper also highlighted the fact that if a city replaces all its compressor-based coolers with this innovative air-conditioner, then it reduces its electrical demand enormously. Cities may slash their need for new power plants in developing countries, with a resource found wherever humans thrive. During the paper presentation, A/Prof Chua emphasised that the energy input to operate this hybrid air-conditioner is from water or, in technical terms, the chemical potential of water.

ICUE 2018 offers a platform to showcase research findings, technological innovations, transformative emerging technologies, and even to discuss burning global, regional and national issues in energy utilisation for development and environment policies and programmes. There were more than 150 international papers presented during ICUE2018 with 22 parallel sessions competing for the Best Paper Award.

A/Prof Chua is well-recognised globally for his research work on ‘green’ air-conditioning, cooling and dehumidification systems. In contrast to conventional compressor-based cooling system, this hybrid air conditioner requires 30-40% less energy to achieve the same cooling effect and without the employment of environmentally harmful chemical refrigerants.  Aside from the cool moist air that is returned to the environment, the hybrid air-conditioner requires only a liter or so of water a day to sustain its operation for 20 hours. But in a climate like Singapore’s, where humidity is usually above 85 percent, the membrane module pulls 12 to 15 liters of water from the air.


31 October 2018

CoolestSG consortium sets to develop and deploy efficient cooling technology

Image: Minister Chan announced the formation of the Cooling Energy Science and Technology Singapore (CoolestSG) Consortium at the Opening Ceremony of the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) on 30 October 2018.

Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr Chan Chun Sing, at the Opening Ceremony of the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) on 30 October 2018, announced the formation of the Cooling Energy Science and Technology Singapore (CoolestSG) Consortium. CoolestSG, which is hosted in NUS, will develop and accelerate the deployment and commercialisation of cooling technologies, which can be applied to buildings, data centres and industry. Technologies include both active and passive cooling, and cooling by integrated design.

CoolestSG offers a platform for industry partners and research performers to interact and work together to identify relevant topics, gain insights into Singapore’s future cooling needs, as well as develop innovative solutions that meet the needs of the industry.  Companies that join the consortium will get to test their technologies at the facilities of research institutes and government agencies here, such as the Building and Construction Authority’s (BCA) SkyLab.  The consortium will also be working with government agencies to achieve national sustainability goals for energy efficient cooling, including BCA’s Super Low Energy Buildings Technology Roadmap, and the Infocomm Media Development Authority’s (IMDA) Green Data Centre Technology Roadmap.  30 companies including Ascendas-Singbridge Group, CapitaLand Limited, ENGIE Services Asia Pacific, Mitsubishi Electric Asia Pte Ltd, Natflow Pte Ltd, and Shinhan Tech-Engineering Pte Ltd, are part of the consortium.

Prof Philip Liu Li-Fan, NUS Vice President (Research and Technology) and a Distinguished Professor in the NUS Civil and Environmental Engineering, is the Co-Chair of the CoolestSG Management Board. “CoolestSG aims to accelerate the creation of innovative cooling solutions and translating these technological advancements from the lab into real-world applications. Through this unique public-private partnership, academic institutions, government agencies and the industry will team up, pool resources as well as share knowledge and capabilities to co-create cooling technologies that are energy efficient and commercially viable. These industry projects will also serve as training opportunities to build a strong talent pipeline to meet Singapore’s future energy needs,” said Prof Liu.

11 September 2018

NUS Team EN2 wins BCA-CDL Green Sparks Competition 2018

Image: Team EN2 receiving their prize from Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for National Development & Second Minister for Finance. (Photo credit: Building and Construction Authority (Singapore))

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4 September 2018

Pioneer batch of ME 3+1+1 students welcomed at NUSRI (Suzhou)

Image: Prof Nhan Phan-Thien, Head of Department of NUS Mechanical Engineering (center, 1st row) and Prof Khoo Boo Cheong, Director of NUS Temasek Labs (2nd from left, 1st row), with the first batch of ME 3+1+1 students.

NUS Research Institute (Suzhou) welcomed its new students at a ceremony held on 3 September 2018. Among them are the pioneer batch of 26 students who will embark on the NUS Mechanical Engineering 3+1+1 education programme. The group consists of students from the Beijing Institute of Technology, Chongqing University, Jilin University, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Soochow University, and University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. The students will take one-year bridging courses at NUSRI and finish their bachelor degrees at their home universities before joining NUS Mechanical Engineering as Master of Science students.

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Details of the ME 3+1+1 educational framework can be found here:

31 August 2018

A/Prof Ernest Chua wins WSSET award for research in next-gen counter-flow dew-point evaporative coolers

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16 August 2018

Adjunct A/Prof Lee Kim Seng shares his love of gardening with students

Image: Adjunct A/Prof Lee (third from right in front row) and NUS Mechanical Engineering students behind the project (from left) Tham Siew Chyi, M Kibra Shah Shah Mohammad Abdur Rashid, John-Matthew Eu Sheng, Chuah Wen Cian, Arif Solihin Bin Mohamed Sarozi with Minister of Parliament for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC, Ms Sim Ann (fourth from right in front row) at the 1st anniversary of the Eng Kong Cheng Soon community garden in November 2017. From right: Ms Michelle Liem (Bukit Timah Citizen’s consultative committee chairperson), Mr James Ang (project partner), Teng Jing Nee (NUS ME student) and Mr Samy So (EKCS community garden committee chairman)

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27 July 2018

NUS ME team wins IES' Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award for project on smart utilities plant

Image: (from left) IES President Mr Edwin Khew, Dr M Kum Ja, Dr Md Raisul Islam, A/Prof Ernest Chua, Senior Minister of State for Defence Mr Heng Chee How, Prof Ng Kim Choon (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology), Dr Bui Duc Thuan

The NUS Mechanical Engineering team, led by Associate Professor Ernest Chua Kian Jon, received the Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award 2018 by the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES), in recognition of their outstanding engineering project, “4-in-1 Smart Utilities Plant Tailored for Tropics”. The award was presented to the team at the 12th International Conference on Ceramic Materials and Components for Energy and Environmental Applications (CMCEE 2018)’s Conference Dinner, held on 26 July 2018 at the Raffles Convention Centre, Singapore.

The 4-in-1 SMART utilities plant paves the way for a more environmentally friendly and cost-effective way of producing key essentials for daily living, namely, electricity, water, air-conditioning and heat. This novel system is suitable for housing and building clusters, as well as underground cities, especially those in the tropics. Running four independent processes results in extensive energy wastage and such systems take up a huge floor area. With this smart plant, these processes are carefully integrated together such that waste energy can be harvested for useful output. Overall, this novel approach is able to reduce energy usage by 25 to 30 per cent and the 4-in-1 plant is also comparatively more compact.

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23 July 2018

Commencement 2018 - Congratulations to the Mechanical Engineering Class of 2018!

It was a jubilant occasion for the NUS Mechanical Engineering (ME) Class of 2018, who received their degrees during the commencement ceremony held on 17 July 2018, at the NUS University Cultural Centre.

Presided by NUS Trustee Mr Phillip Tan and witnessed by various NUS management, faculty and departmental staff, the ceremony was attended by more than 460 Mechanical Engineering graduands and their family and friends.

Guest speaker Ms Wan Siew-Ping, an alumna from the NUS Mechanical Engineering Class of 1982, shared her experiences beyond NUS as an engineer, during which she had a few important messages for our new graduates – first, to always have an open mindset to embrace new experiences; second, life-long learning is a must, as there is always new knowledge to be gained (and which might also keep you excited about you’re doing!); and lastly, to be brave, but kind, have the courage to change or innovate, and always remember that engineers create new things, new industries and the new world.

The celebrations culminated in a reception hosted by the Department of Mechanical Engineering, where guests enjoyed a sumptuous lunch, took portraits and group photos at the photo booth, and mingled with our faculty staff.

Finally, we wish the class of 2018 all the best in their future endeavours, and do keep in touch!


Guest speaker Ms Wan Siew-Ping, Senior Manager, Senior Consultant (Complex Equipment), Precision Engineering Centre of Innovation (PECOI),
at the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) (A*STAR)

Presiding Officer NUS Trustee Mr Phillip Tan, and the academic procession comprising NUS management, faculty and departmental staff.

Our department ladies giving out the Dean’s List and Specialisation Certificates, as well as small ME souvenirs for our graduates to bring home!

Taking a snapshot or two at the photo booth.

Guests enjoying lunch and mingling!



16 July 2018

NUS ME students join Airbus Airnovation Summer Academy with focus on tackling global challenges

Photo: (Courtesy of Airbus) (from left) NUS Mechanical Engineering undergraduates Ashwin Kumaar Raviraj and Yogesh Parthasarathy at the Airbus Airnovation Summer Academy

Two NUS Mechanical Engineering undergraduates, Ashwin Kumaar Raviraj and Yogesh Parthasarathy, were selected to be among some 50 top students from 20 countries, representing 24 Airbus partner universities which joined the second Airbus Airnovation Summer Academy from 1st to 6th July 2018 at Cranfield University, UK. The Academy brings together students from multidisciplinary backgrounds for an intense one week programme based on the principles and methods of a business accelerator.

(Photo: Courtesy of Airbus)

Just as Airbus forms diverse, multidisciplinary teams to innovate and create value for customers and society overall, the Academy saw diverse student teams develop business proposals with speed and agility. This year their ideas were a response to the 2018 challenge to produce game-changing concepts linked to the global need for food and water security, which features highly in a recent survey ranking millennials’ concerns*. By addressing challenges of global impact, the Academy offers to future aerospace professionals the opportunity to learn how to keep aerospace relevant to society, transforming and reinventing the industry.

Taking inspiration from Airbus experts in engineering and digital technologies and with the support of leading Cranfield faculty, students applied state-of-the-art innovation methods to develop their proposals over the week-long programme. Each team benefited from the guidance of Airbus experts and Airbus intrapreneurship coaches throughout the week, which culminated in a pitching session to an expert jury, also live-streamed globally.

(Photo: Courtesy of Airbus)

Yogesh said that for shaping the future of the Aerospace Industry, “My interests lie in smart urban mobility, for example flying taxis, driverless cars, or smart drones. So, in the future I wish to play an integral role in the urban mobility scene by driving innovation and introducing new technological innovations.”

Intense teamwork were interspersed with an energising series of interactive talks on highly digital, emerging technology and innovative business activities. Thousands of other students, as well as aerospace and digital enthusiasts, joined and contributed through the live-streamed sessions to hear from some of the experts revolutionising aerospace today.

“At Airbus, we believe that the technology to radically change the world is within our grasp, and we will need talented people who can harness new tools, a new mindset, and work effectively in diverse and multi-disciplinary teams. The network and the skills that students will develop this week while creating imaginative and practical responses to critical world challenges will be invaluable for their future careers,” said Airbus’ Chief Human Resources Officer Thierry Baril.

This initiative is part of Airbus’ commitment to working with education to develop the skills and competencies needed for the future of the industry.

*According to a recent Global World Education Forum Global Shapers Report ranking millennials’concerns, food and water security rank among the top 10 key concerns

9 July 2018

Professor Andrew Nee conferred Emeritus Professorship

Image: Professor Andrew Nee (left) receives his Emeritus Professorship award from Provost Professor Ho Teck Hua (right).

Prof Andrew Nee was conferred the Emeritus Professorship by Provost Ho Teck Hua on 6 July 2018. The award of Emeritus Professorship is conferred to full professors on retirement in recognition of their stellar and sustained contributions in distinguished scholarship and service to the University and community.

Prof Phan-Thien Nhan, Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, read Prof Nee’s citation and thanked him for many years of dedicated service in the department, in the presence of the Provost, Dean and Deanery, Heads of Departments, and many colleagues from the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

After the conferment ceremony, Prof Andrew Nee thanked many of his colleagues who have helped him in achieving this honour, in particular colleagues in the Manufacturing Engineering Division such as Assoc Prof S K Ong, Assoc Prof Senthil Kumar, Prof Jerry Fuh and Assoc Prof Zhang Yunfeng. He said they have been working together for many years and have contributed much to the manufacturing literature. He also thanked Mr K Sivalingam and Mr B K Low, two non-academic staff who helped him in the earlier days in running the Metrology Laboratory and the Dynamics Laboratory when he first joined the University.

On a lighter note, Prof Nee pointed out that the TV display emulated chalk writing on a blackboard, and mentioned that he used white chalks for many years and supplied himself with colourful chalks in his early days of teaching.

In his concluding note, Prof Nee said, officially he has retired, but unofficially, he has not. He will continue to teach some modules, supervise research, and if the young faculty members need any help, he would be happy to provide advice and be their mentor.


Citation for Emeritus Professor Andrew Y C Nee

Prof Andrew Nee has contributed much to the field of manufacturing engineering and university administration. The following is some of Prof Nee’s contributions throughout his career.

Manufacturing engineering research

Prof Nee was active in the Singapore Chapter of the US Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and became the chairman of the chapter in 1982. During those years, he organized monthly technical talks and short courses to the growing manufacturing industry in Singapore. In the same year, he received the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, and was the first recipient outside USA. In the subsequent years, he contributed his service to the Paris-based International Academy for Production Research (CIRP), serving in various capacities in the Scientific and Technical Committees of CIRP, Council and as its President in 2012, being the first ethnic Chinese to become President in 52 years of CIRP history. He received his higher doctoral degree DEng, Doctor of Engineering from his alma mater UMIST in 2002 with outstanding achievements in manufacturing engineering. Prof Nee was appointed Editor-in-Chief of Springer’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology journal in 2014. SME presented its Gold Medal to Prof Nee in 2014 for his life-time achievement in manufacturing engineering.

Promotion of precision engineering in Singapore

Prof Nee’s relentless effort in promoting research and development of precision engineering saw the award of three major research grants from the then National Science and Technology Board (NSTB). One of the grants investigated the application of tools and dies in the manufacturing industry together with Prof VC Venkatesh. The second grant addressed the development of a knowledge-based tooling design system for metal stamping products together with Dr B T Cheok. The results were well received by the precision engineering industry and the team was awarded the National Technology Award in 2002 by then Chairman Mr Philip Yeo of A*STAR. The third grant explored the use of computer tools in automating the design of plastic inject molds with Assoc Prof Lee Kim Seng and colleagues. A NUS spin-off company Manusoft Technologies was formed in 1997. The product IMOLD for intelligent mold design has licensed over 2000 copies worldwide and remains as one of the most popular mold design software systems.

Service to the science and technical education and developments in Singapore

Prof Nee served as a member of the Governing Board of Nanyang Polytechnic from 1993 to 1999 and Council Member of Ngee Ann Polytechnic from 2002 to 2008. He provided advice to the growth of technical education to the two polytechnics. He also served as Council Member of the Institution of Engineers Singapore from 1985 to 1988, Board Member of the Singapore Science Center from 1986 to 1998, Board Member of the Singapore Professional Engineers’ Board from 1992 to 1996, Board Member of INDECO from 1992 to 1994, Management Board Member of the Defense Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) from 2002-2004, NSTB Deputy Executive Director of the Science and Engineering Research Council from 2001 to 2002, overseeing 8 SERC research institutes.  Currently, he is serving as the Treasurer and an Executive Committee Member of the Academy of Engineering Singapore since its inception in 2013. Prof Nee received the National Day Award – Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2007.

Exploring new field in augmented reality and its applications

Since 2003, together with Assoc Prof S K Ong, a research group was set up to study the emerging technology of augmented reality (AR). They made pioneering effort in using AR to address manufacturing and assistive technology applications, resulting in several patents and numerous publications and enquiries from the industry and academia. They garnered several awards, including the most recent award of highly cited paper in Springer’s Advances in Manufacturing in June 2018; champion of the HILTI International IT Competition 2018 – Augmented Reality and Internet of Things in the Construction Industry in March 2018; Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Welfare Foundation Research Award in 2010; Samsung DigitAll HOPE Award in 2005.

Contribution to manufacturing research literature

Prof Nee published 18 authored and edited books, 25 book chapters and over 600 international refereed journal and conference papers, with GS citation of 12,500 and H-Index of 59. Some of the notable international awards including: IEEE Kayamori Best Paper Award (1999), International Journal of Production Research Norman A. Dudley Award (2003), UK Institution of Mechanical Engineers Joseph Whitworth Prize (2009). He was selected as one of Asia’s top 100 scientists by the Asian Scientist Magazine in February 2016, and one of 14 Inspiring Innovators from Asia in October 2016. He completed the supervision of 49 PhD and 45 MEng.

Service contributions to NUS administration

Prof Nee has served in various capacities in NUS administration. A summary is as follows. Vice-Dean (1989-1995), Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering (1993-1996), Dean (1995-1998). During those periods, he helped to transform the Faculty to a leading research intensive institution. He also served as Dean in the Office of Admission (1999-2000), Director of the Office of Quality Management (1998-2000), CEO of the Design Technology Institute (DTI), a joint institute with TU Eindhoven (2003-2004), Co-Director of the Singapore-MIT Alliance (SMA) (2002-2005), Director of Research, Office of Research, and Director of Research Administration DPRT Office, (2005-2011). Prof Nee received the Engineering Research Leadership Award by the Faculty of Engineering in 2012.

(from left) Provost Prof Ho Teck Hua, Emeritus Prof Andrew Nee, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Prof Chua Kee Chaing, Head of Dept of Mechanical Engineering Prof Phan-Thien Nhan.


Emeritus Prof Andrew Nee (left) is presented with a token of appreciation from Prof Phan-Thien Nhan (right), Head of Dept of Mechanical Engineering.


Emeritus Prof Andrew Nee expresses his appreciation for the award and to all who had been part of his NUS journey.

15 May 2018

NUS Formula SAE (FSAE) team ranks 13 out of 120 teams in FSAE Competition, Michigan, USA


9 April 2018

Team MechFly emerge champion at the 2018 Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competition's Unconventional Category

Image: The team receiving their first place award at the award ceremony.
(From left to right) Dr Mohamad Maliki bin Osman, Senior Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Glenvicia Sim Hui Xian, Lionel Bryant Handison, Thaddeus Tan Woon Siang, Sim Boon Liang, and Kenneth Kwek Kai Wen.

Team MechFly from the Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME Dept) has emerged champion of Category E (Unconventional) at the 2018 Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competition (SAFMC 2018) held on 5 April.

SAFMC is an annual event organised by DSO National Laboratories and Science Centre Singapore. It comprises of multiple categories, and participated by hundreds of teams from Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Indonesia. Open to the public, the Unconventional Category allows the participants to use their wildest imagination to produce unconventional ideas, such as waterproof flying machines that can take off from the water, and flying vehicles that can climb vertical walls.

The NUS team comprises of five undergraduate students – Glenvicia Sim Hui Xian (year 3, Team Lead 1), Lionel Bryant Handison (year 3, Team Lead 2), Thaddeus Tan Woon Siang (year 4), Sim Boon Liang (year 3), and Kenneth Kwek Kai Wen (year 3, pilot). The team is part of a larger team dedicated to the design and fabrication of the flapping wing micro-air-vehicle (MAV). The entire 2018 team consists of 11 undergraduate students from the ME Dept, supervised by Dr Chan Woei Leong. This is the second time Team MechFly has participated in the SAFMC. The NUS team received the Special Recognition Award in the 2017 SAFMC.

During the flight challenge, Team MechFly demonstrated a mission scenario, in which the MAV was deployed into a laboratory with spilled chemical, flew through obstacles (hoops), collected the spilled chemical sample with an attached cotton bud, and released neutralizing agent (popping balloons with a needle mounted on the MAV). Ultimately, it was the ingenuity and biomimicry of the less than 30g MAV that has won the judges’ hearts.

Image: Demonstration of the flapping wing MAV to the judges.

The 2018 team is sponsored by Airbus, Micronwings, Duratools, 1BitSquared, Tenma, and Multicomp.

Full list of members in Team MechFly 2018:

  1. Glenvicia Sim Hui Xian (year 3, Team Lead 1)
  2. Lionel Bryant Handison (year 3, Team Lead 2)
  3. Thaddeus Tan Woon Siang (year 4)
  4. Sim Boon Liang (year 3)
  5. Kenneth Kwek Kai Wen (year 3, pilot)
  6. Zhang Pinren (year 4)
  7. Kang Lei (year 4)
  8. Kim Yeon-Jae (year 3)
  9. Roy Png Ling Xin (year 3)
  10. Sarah Tay Mei Qin (year 3)
  11. Ng Joo Yuan (year 3)

Visit Team MechFly at

Students who are interested in joining the team can contact Dr. Chan Woei Leong at

8 April 2018

NUS Team beats 146 teams worldwide to win 2018 HILTI IT Competition

Image: (from left) Mr Martin Nemetz, Head of HILTI IT Asia, Professor Andrew Nee, Terence Siew, Miko Chang, Assoc Prof Ong Soh Khim and He Fan

The NUS team (NUS AR Lab), comprising NGS PhD students, Terence Siew, Miko Chang and He Fan, supervised by NUS Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Ong SK and Professor Andrew Nee, won the top prize from 147 entries worldwide to emerge as champion of the 2018 HILTI IT Competition with the theme ‘Augmented Reality (AR) and Internet of Things (IoT)’. Other members of the team include NGS PhD students Wang Xin and Li Wenkai.

The final competition was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 28 March 2018. Judging criteria was based on innovation, originality, design, mutual benefit, quality, technical feasibility, sustainability and presentation.

Seven finalist teams converged in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia over a 4-day period, facing a panel of 9 judges, who assessed the teams’ AR / IoT solutions based on technical and scientific merits as well as management and entrepreneurial skills on how to implement the concept successfully in the industry. The assessment was done in two rounds – first round on scientific merits, and the second on implementation plans.

The winning team will receive air fare and a five-night stay at one of Hilti’s strategic IT locations, and they will have the opportunity to learn about Hilti IT services and build their Hilti network.

HILTI Corporation is a Liechtenstein Multinational company that develops, manufactures and markets products for the construction, building maintenance and mining industries. This is the 6th competition they have organised and the first time NUS has entered the competition.

More details on the competition can be found here:

29 March 2018

NUS' Formula SAE (FSAE) race car "R-18" revs up for success in Michigan, USA

R18, the latest NUS Formula SAE (FSAE) race car, was unveiled on 28 March 2018 at the NUS Alumni House among faculty staff, students, close friends, supporters, former teammates and sponsors.  The team of fifteen engineering undergraduates will be pitting themselves against more than 100 teams from around the world at the annual Formula SAE (FSAE) International Challenge held in Michigan, USA (9 – 12 May 2018).

The newest FSAE race car boasts features that enhance the car’s racing performance. They include:

  • Wireless driver communication system, while the car is on the move
  • Real-time telemetry with Android App for handphone
  • Quicker automatic gear shift

NUS FSAE faculty advisor Professor Seah Kar Heng said that the car will be disassembled after a few test runs over the weekends, and the parts will be shipped to Michigan, in time for the competition.

“My greatest joy in teaching is seeing students use what they learn in class to create a final working machine for international competition, such as this FSAE race car,” said Prof Seah.

Goh Wei Liang, team leader of 2018 NUS FSAE, agrees that the NUS FSAE project has offered immense exposure and learning opportunities. “Being in NUS FSAE has given me so many opportunities beyond textbooks and theories, which trains me well to become an engineer in the future,” shared Wei Liang.

Started in 2001, the NUS FSAE race car project is now part of the Innovation & Design Programme (iDP), which is one of the three differentiated pathways for students in NUS Engineering. By getting students from different engineering disciplines to work together on multiple projects throughout their candidature, the iDP aims to train entrepreneurial graduates who understand innovation and are able to apply their knowledge and skills to develop innovative technologies and solve problems affecting the community. Students who complete the iDP are awarded a Second Major in Innovation & Design alongside a Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline.

16 March 2018

Energy harvester prototype wins 3rd place for Best Demonstration at EAP-in-Action at SPIE EAPAD 2018

Image: The team, (from left) Anup Teejo Mathew, PhD student; Liu Chong, Research Engineer; and Nicholas Ng (FYP student) and their prototype.

Assistant Professor Adrian Koh and his team, Liu Chong (Research Engineer), Anup Teejo Mathew (PhD student) and Ng Tian Yao Nicholas (FYP student) has developed an autonomous energy harvester that is capable of capturing low frequency and sporadic motion, and convert them into usable energy. The energy harvesting prototype garnered the 3rd place for Best Demonstration at the EAP-in-Action at the SPIE Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) conference, held in Denver, Colorado, USA, from 4 to 8 March 2018.

The energy harvester consists of an active rubber that is highly stretchable, which absorbs mechanical motion, and converts it into electrical energy. This is called a stretchable generator. The stretchable generator taps priming power from a piezoelectric, and then amplifies it to power more than 50 LEDs. The team hopes that they can eventually develop this technology into a compact, high-energy energy harvester that would make harvesting power from human motions, vehicular traffic and ocean waves a reality.

SPIE EAPAD is a subsidiary of the SPIE Conference, that hosts the speciality of Electroactive Polymers (EAPs). It has been organized annually since 1999, with this year’s conference the 20th Edition. EAP-in-Action has usually been the highlight of the conference, whereby an International mix of demonstrators bring their products, technologies and prototypes to showcase electroactive polymers at the forefront of this technology. Each year, between 16 and 20 international teams are selected to present at the conference, out of an initial submission of more than 100. Three teams are then selected by a panel of distinguished judges as the top three teams. The NUS team is proud to fly the NUS flag by garnering 3rd in this year’s EAP-in-Action, out of a strong international representation from USA, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and China. The team hope to raise further awareness of their energy harvesting technology, and bring it to even greater heights.

8 March 2018

A/Prof SK Ong: "We need more female engineers"

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8 February 2018

Team Eco-Box wins 2nd place at the Sembcorp Marine Green Wave Environment Competition

Image: ME students and Team Eco-Box members Tan Sihan and Leonard Tan receiving the award from Guest-of-Honour Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources.

Congratulations to our NUS Mechanical Engineering undergraduates for winning 2nd place at the Sembcorp Marine Green Wave Environment Competition! The award was presented to the team, Team Eco-box, by Guest-of-Honour Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, during the award ceremony held on 2 February 2018 at the Marina Mandarin Singapore. As part of their 3rd year design project funded by the NUS Office of Environmental Sustainability, the team had designed a reusable lunchbox rental machine, in hopes of reducing the use of disposable takeaway containers in the NUS campus. Inspiration was taken from a lunchbox rental booth set up at the Arts Canteen (The Deck), but the endeavour was manpower-intensive. Thus an automated solution was developed to enable the community to borrow and return the reusable lunchboxes at their own convenience. The team’s prototype was put on trial at Raffles Hall (student hall of residence) to much positive feedback.


Team members (from left) Bushra Rasheed Kareem, Tjong Wei Zheng, Mrinalini, Tan Sihan, and Leonard Tan.
(Members not present: Edwin Lai and Nyeow Low Chen)


(The project has since been worked on by their juniors in subsequent design project teams. If you would like to find out more about our design projects, or if you are an industry representative keen on being part of our industry-sponsored design projects, do get in touch with our Design Project Manager, Stanley at



26 January 2018

Turning old clothes into multifunctional cotton aerogels

Image: (From left) Assoc Prof Duong Hai Minh and Prof Phan-Thien Nhan with the cotton aerogels

A team of researchers from NUS Mechanical Engineering have found new use for old clothes. Led by Assoc Prof Hai Minh Duong and Prof Nhan Phan-Thien, the research team has successfully turned disused cotton fabrics into highly compressible and ultralight weight cotton aerogels that are multifunctional.  The cotton aerogels can be used to keep military water bottles cold, as well as control of rapid bleeding caused by gunshot wounds or other deeply penetrating wounds which can be life-threatening.

(Straits Times article:

10 January 2018

NUS ME researchers pioneer water-based, eco-friendly and energy-saving air-conditioner

Image: The team of researchers, (clockwise from bottom right) Assoc Prof Ernest Chua, Dr Md Raisul Islam, Dr M Kum Ja, and Dr Bui Duc Thuan, with their prototype.

NUS ME researchers have pioneered a new “green” air-conditioning system that cools air to as low as 18 degrees Celsius without the use of energy-intensive compressors and environmentally harmful chemical refrigerants. It uses a dehumidifier and the concept of evaporative cooling – such as when a layer of water on your skin vapourises and takes the heat away from the skin, leaving one to experience a cooling effect. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, the novel system is portable and it can also be customised for all types of weather conditions. The invention is also 20-30 percent cheaper to manufacture than conventional air-cons, and could save millions in capital and operating costs, as well as valuable space in buildings.

(Straits Times article:

20 December 2017

PhD student Sun Yao wins Best Poster Award at AFM2 international workshop

Image: Sun Yao (left) receives the Best Poster Award from Prof. R. Ramesh (right) from the University of California, Berkeley.

NUS Mechanical Engineering third year PhD student, Ms. Sun Yao (supervisor: A/Prof Zeng Kaiyang), was awarded the Best Poster Award at the recent 2017 International Workshop on Atomic Force Microscopy for Advanced Functional Materials (AFM2held in Wuhan, China, 8-10 December 2017.



More than 300 participants attended the annual workshop, many from the United States, China, Singapore, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Portugal, Korea, Japan, etc.

The scope of the workshop was expanded to cover the advanced characterization of materials, structures, and devices for information technologies, energy conversion and storage, as well as biological systems, reflecting the ever-increasing impact of the AFM community. It offers an exciting scientific forum to exchange ideas, strengthen collaborations, and foster friendships.

This workshop was organized and hosted by the micro-and nano-technology sub-society under the Chinese Ceramic Society, China University of Geosciences and International Advisory Board of PFM Workshop. This is the fourth time that the workshop is held in China, following the successful workshops in Beijing University of Science and Technology in 2010, Nanjing University in 2013 and Beihang University in 2016. The best poster awards were selected from more than 80 posters presented during the workshop, Ms. Sun Yao being one of nine award winners. The award was presented by Prof. R. Ramesh from the University of California, Berkeley.


19 December 2017

A/Prof Ernest Chua wins IET Innovation Award 2017

Image: Assoc Prof Chua Kian Jon Ernest is a recipient of the IET (Institute of Engineering Technology, UK) Innovation Award 2017 under the Sustainability category. (Background: Innovative Hybrid Membrane and Composite Desiccant System)

For his research on energy and sustainability, NUS Mechanical Engineering’s Associate Professor Chua Kian Jon Ernest, was awarded the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Innovation Award 2017 on 15 November 2017.

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15 November 2017

Prof Seeram Ramakrishna is one of twelve NUS researchers among the world’s most highly cited

Professor Seeram Ramakrishna from the NUS Department of Mechanical Engineering is once again named among the world’s most highly cited researchers in the latest 2017 Highly Cited Researchers report published by Clarivate Analytics. He is one of six from the NUS Faculty of Engineering, among twelve from NUS. Professor Seeram was also listed in the 2016 report.

10 November 2017

NUS-developed manta ray robot swims faster and operates up to 10 hours

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7 November 2017

ME Class of 1992 celebrates 25th anniversary reunion with a scholarship

Image: ME92 Class 25th Reunion Dinner Group Photo

The Mechanical Engineering Class of 1992 (photo) held a memorable 25th Anniversary Reunion Dinner on 15 September 2017 at the NUSS Kent Ridge Guild House. The celebration was especially meaningful as the Class of ME92 championed and raised S$200,000 for a scholarship fund – the ME92 Class Scholarship Endowed Fund. The fund will benefit financially disadvantaged undergraduates studying mechanical engineering at NUS.

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27 October 2017

A/Prof Ernest Chua wins IChemE Energy Award 2017

Image: A/Prof Ernest Chua and the IChemE Energy Award 2017.

In recognition of his research effort and contribution to Energy and Sustainability, Associate Professor Ernest Chua Kian Jon was conferred the ‘IChemE Energy Award’ at the IChemE Singapore Awards 2017 on 19 October 2017.

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16 October 2017

Smart utilities plant for the tropics

The eco-friendly system harvests waste energy and is suitable for building clusters and underground cities.

Developed by NUS ME research team led by Associate Professor Ernest Chua, the novel system could pave the way for a more environmentally friendly and cost-effective way of producing key essentials for daily living – electricity, water, air-conditioning and heat. It is suitable for housing and building clusters, as well as underground cities, especially those in the tropics.

(Straits Times article:

7 August 2017

NUS Bumblebee Autonomous Systems team places 3rd at annual international Robosub Competition

Image: (from left to right) Associate Professor Ernest Chua Kian Jon, Professor Chou Siaw Kiang and Dr Md Raisul Islam

Congratulations to our Bumblebee Autonomous Systems team for their hard work and dedication in representing Singapore and placing third in the 20th Annual International Robosub Competition held in San Diego, USA!

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27 July 2017

NUS ME researchers win Best Paper Award at the World Engineers Summit on Low Carbon Cities and Urban Energy

Image: (from left to right) Associate Professor Ernest Chua Kian Jon, Professor Chou Siaw Kiang and Dr Md Raisul Islam

Associate Professor Ernest Chua Kian Jon and team, comprising Professor Chou Siaw Kiang and Dr Md Raisul Islam from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, were conferred the Best Paper Award at the recent “World Engineers Summit – Applied Energy Symposium and Forum”  held at Suntec City (18 – 21 July 2017), Singapore.  The third biennial conference showcases the latest research findings and engineering innovations in support of a low carbon future and sustainable development. Recognised globally for their research endeavours on membrane and adsorbent dehumidification for air conditioning applications in the tropics, their award-winning paper describes the development of a hybrid solution that markedly improves air dehumidification.

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26 July 2017

NUS launches $18m Centre for Additive Manufacturing (AM.NUS)

Image: (Screenshots from Youtube video – see link below.)

We are proud to announce the launch of the NUS Centre for Additive Manufacturing (AM.NUS). Supported by NUS, NAMIC and EDB, the S$18 million Centre will leverage NUS’ expertise from the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Faculty of  Engineering, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Dentistry and School of Design and Environment to develop and apply ground-breaking 3D-printing technology in biomedical and healthcare fields.

AM.NUS will also work with industry partners to develop and transfer 3D-printing technologies for biomedical applications.

Hear what Professor Jerry Fuh, the Co-Director of AM.NUS, Thrust Lead of Restorative Repair & Implants, from NUS Mechanical Engineering has to say about AM.NUS in this video:

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Click here for the The Straits Times article.

24 July 2017

(NED Special) A/Prof Lee Kim Seng shares about his aquaponics system and his views on Engineering on Channel 8's Hello Singapore

Image: (Screenshot from Channel 8 Hello Singapore programme) Associate Professor Lee Kim Seng during the interview.

As part of National Engineers’ Day, Channel 8’s Hello Singapore invited two professors from NUS Engineering for a live TV interview – Assoc Prof Lee Kim Seng from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Asst Prof Tan Swee Ching from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. During the interview, A/Prof Lee Kim Seng’s shared with the hosts the workings of his aquaponics project with his FYP students, as well as his views on how Engineering has and will continue to impact society, as well as its prospects.

Click here to watch the full interview (in mandarin). (From 23:12 onwards.)

30 June 2017

NUS ME-LTA project on noise barriers wins Merit Award at MND R&D Awards 2017

Image: Associate Professor Lee Heow Pueh (second from left) and Associate Professor Lim Kian Meng (third from left) with the award.

Inspired by several things, including an owl’s silent flight, a collaborative project by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) had developed a new noise barrier design that reduces noise by up to 30 per cent.

The innovation clinched a merit award at the Minister for National Development’s Research & Development Award, given out by National Development Minister Lawrence Wong on Thursday morning (June 29).

NUS ME Associate Professors Lee Heow Pueh and Lim Kian Meng worked with LTA on this project, which spanned 1.5 years. The noise barriers has been implemented at the East Coast stretch of the Thomsom-East Coast Line construction sites, and LTA plans to implement the new design at its future work sites.

Click here for the Straits Times article to find out more.

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6 June 2017

Students try their hand at urban farming in Singapore

Image: Associate Professor Lee Kim Seng (first from right) and his three final-year project students (from left) Kibria Shah, Lim Zi Xiang and Boo Jia Yan with their aquaponics system.

Associate Professor Lee Kim Seng and his three final year project students were featured in the Straits Times for their aquaponics setup at the Eng Kong Cheng Soon community garden in Lorong Kismis. Aquaponics combines aquaculture, the raising of edible fish, with hydroponics, growing vegetables without soil. This hybrid setup by the students combines two of the three common methods of setting up an aquaponics system, allowing the students to grow a wider variety of plants. The system has also yielded about 6kg of vegetables, such as butterhead lettuce, spring onion and Chinese cabbage, in the past two months.

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1 June 2017

A/Prof Manoj Gupta presented with Mahatma Gandhi Samman (Award) by NRI Welfare Society (India)

Image: Associate Professor Manoj Gupta (left) receiving his award from His Excellency Philippe Le Gall, High Commissioner of Seychelles to India (centre) and Deepak Singh (Convener, NRI Welfare Society of India)(right).

Associate Professor Manoj Gupta was presented with the Mahatama Gandhi Samman (Award) by His Excellency Philippe Le Gall (High Commissioner of Seychelles), on 27 May 2017, during the Global Indian Conclave on International Economic Development event held in Bangkok, Thailand. The award is conferred by the NRI Welfare Society, which is based in India, and chooses 30 individuals of Indian origin from all over the world who are doing well in their field of work. (NRI: Non-Resident Indian)

18 May 2017

NUS Formula SAE team races to No. 14 worldwide

Image: The NUS FSAE team at the recent annual Formula SAE International Challenge in Michigan, US (10-13 May 2017).

Congratulations to the NUS Formula SAE team, who is once again in the top 15 worldwide, placing 14th worldwide (out of 120 teams)! Awesome job guys!

The team’s other achievements:

  • Rank no.3 for Marketing Presentation
  • Rank no.9 for Engineering Design
  • Rank no.7 for Acceleration
  • Rank no.12 for Fuel Efficiency

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15 May 2017

Team MechFly's flapping wing MAV takes 1st and 3rd places at Taiwan's unmanned aircraft competition

Image: Team MechFly with their flapping wing MAVs. Embedded photo shows the 1st place trophy and 3rd place plaque.

Heartiest congratulations to Team MechFly 2017! The team clinched both 1st and 3rd places in the Flapping Wing category of the Taiwan Innovative Unmanned Aircraft Design Competition (TIUADC) held at Gangshan, Taiwan on 6 May 2017.

Due to the team size limitation set by the competition organiser, Team MechFly was split into two smaller teams and both participated with similar flapping wing MAV platforms, but fabricated using different materials and techniques. The MechFly teams faced tough competition from the reigning champion team from ROC Air Force Academy (Taiwan), and trailed behind in the missions. While one of the MechFly teams had to settle for second runner-up after the final flight trial, the other MechFly team had one last chance to win the championship. The team then executed a risky strategy during their last flight trial and decided to fly through the highest score hoop repeatedly. The risk stemmed from the hoop being the smallest one, and many teams tried but failed, much less doing it repeatedly. The strategy eventually paid off thanks to the excellent piloting skill of the team captain and the exceptional stability of the flapping wing platform, and the team emerged champions! Great job guys!

More information about Team MechFly

Team MechFly is a flapping wing micro-air-vehicle competition team sponsored by Airbus, consisting of eight NUS Mechanical Engineering undergraduate students. The team designed and fabricated flapping wing MAVs from scratch, which includes an iterative design process that covers multidisciplinary knowledge like aerodynamic analysis, finite element method (FEM) analysis, computer aided design (CAD), computer aided manufacturing (CAM), fabrication and assembly, flight tests, etc.

Flapping wing is a bio-inspired solution to create small flying machines. It is known that flapping wing is aerodynamically more efficient than conventional rotary wing and fixed wing at very small scale due to the utilization of unsteady aerodynamics. However, the challenges of designing a flapping wing MAV are unsteady aerodynamic and structural optimization, electronics miniaturization, fabrication of small parts, and flight stability, of which some of these areas are still on-going research. Hence, the team has to conduct quite a lot of literature survey, and improvise along the way. The whole process is a real engineering challenge that pushes the team to the limit of their innovation and project management skills.

In March 2017, the team participated in the Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competition (SAFMC). SAFMC is the largest annual flying machine competition in Singapore since 2009, mainly participated by schools and institutions of higher learning (IHL) in Singapore. The team competed in the Unconventional Category, aiming at demonstrating one of the most unconventional and lightweight platforms in the competition. Although the team did not manage to finish the flight mission, the MechFly turned out to be the lightest platform in the competition, and the only platform that is not a multi-rotors configuration. Due to that, the team was given the Special Recognition Award, and it is the only team that was being featured on Cyberpioneer, the official news website of the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF).

On May 6, 2017, Team MechFly flew to Gangshan, Taiwan to compete in the Taiwan Innovative Unmanned Aircraft Design Competition (TIUADC). It is the first overseas competition of any NUS Flapping Wing MAV team. TIUADC is one of the largest annual flying machine competitions in the region since 2007, and it is the only one that features a Flapping Wing Category. Traditionally, the competition is attended by schools and IHL in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Occasionally, it attracts teams from Thailand, and Indonesia. In the past, there were also fixed-wing teams from Singapore. Team MechFly participated in the Flapping Wing Category. The teams were judged by their written reports, oral presentations, and flight missions. The flight missions consisted of endurance flight (the longer flight endurance, the higher the score), straight line flight (the straighter the flight trajectory, and the faster to complete the distance, the higher the score), and trajectory flight (earns scores by popping balloons and flying through hoops). All flights were conducted using remote control and must be piloted by students.

In total, Team MechFly took home the championship and second runner-up, earned the two top spots of written report and oral presentation, full points for endurance flight, and the champion team also earned full points for trajectory flight.

Kudos to Team MechFly!

Visit Team MechFly at

Students who are interested in joining the team can contact Dr. Chan Woei Leong at


10 May 2017

Fixed-wing UAV team soars higher at 2017 AIAA Design-Build-Fly competition

Image: The NUS team with their UAV at the AIAA DBF competition at Arizona, USA. (From left to right) Dr Lua Kim Boon, Daniel Sern, Alphonsus Tay, Jaryl Ling, Khaw Yew Onn, Dr Jonathan Tay, Kelvin Kang (team leader), Saw Yu De  (Not present: Dr Chan Woei Leong).

The NUS UAV team once again participated in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)’s Design-Build-Fly Competition held from 20-23 April 2017 at Tucson, Arizona, and managed to beat last year’s 32nd placing, jumping ahead 3 places to achieve a 29th placing worldwide (out of 95 teams).

Said Dr Lua Kim Boon, the team’s supervisor, “The team solved many challenges during the competition, including having to repair the UAV after it crash landed due to strong winds and its wing snapped into two. In spite of that, the team successfully completed the ground mission and all the flying missions this year, ranking 29th worldwide.”

This was despite having to juggle working on the UAV project and studying for their final exams, which started upon their return from the competition. So kudos, guys!

The NUS UAV Competition Team’s Facebook page:

24 March 2017

NUS Engineering Awards & Recognition 2017

Image: (Left) Associate Professor Ernest Chua Kian Jon; (Right) Associate Professor Karl Erik Birgersson.

The Faculty of Engineering’s Awards and Recognition Ceremony 2017 was held on 22 Mar 2017. Award recipients from NUS Mechanical Engineering include:-


Dean’s Chair

A/Prof Ernest Chua Kian Jon


Engineering Educator Award (EEA) Honour Roll

A/Prof Karl Erik Birgersson
(Inducted into the honour roll after having won the EEA thrice in AY2012/13, AY2013/14, and AY2014/15.)


Other NUS ME teaching staff who were also recognised for their efforts in enhancing student learning are:


Honours List

A/Prof Thian Eng San


Commendation List

Dr Koh Soo Jin, Adrian

A/Prof Lim Kian Meng

A/Prof Lu Wen-Feng

Prof Seah Kar Heng

A/Prof Senthil Kumar

A/Prof Tan Beng Chye, Vincent

A/Prof Teo Chiang Juay


See other NUS Engineering award recipients here.

20 March 2017

A/Prof Manoj Gupta receives Nano Award 2017 for research in nano-materials

Image: A/Prof Manoj Gupta receiving his Nano Award at the Asian Advanced Materials Congress, 11 March 2017.

Associate Professor Manoj Gupta received the Nano Award 2017 for notable and outstanding research in nano materials and nano technology, awarded by the International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM). He was conferred the award at the Asian Advanced Materials Congress (ASAMC), organized by IAAM and held from 11 to 16 March 2017 onboard the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship cruising from Singapore.


3 March 2017

A/Prof Manoj Gupta receives "Best Written Paper" award in "Composite Materials" discipline at the 17th Australian International Aerospace Congress (AIAC)

Image: (pending)

NUS ME Associate Professor Manoj Gupta received the “Best Written Paper” award in the “Composite Materials” discipline, for the paper titled “An Insight into High Performance Magnesium Alloy/Nano-Metastable-Syntactic Composites”, at the 17th Australian International Aerospace Congress (AIAC) held on 26 Feb – 2 Mar 2017, at Melbourne, Australia. The paper is co-written by Associate Professor Manoj Gupta, and PhD students Gururaj Parande and Vyasaraj Manakari.


20 January 2017

A/Prof Manoj Gupta receives "Bharat Ratna Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Excellence Award"

Image: NUS ME Associate Professor Manoj Gupta being presented with his “Bharat Ratna Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Excellence Award” by Former Speaker Lok Sabha Meira Kumar, in the presence of Bisham Narain Singh, Former Cabinet Minister, Government of India and Ex-Governor of Tamil Naidu and Andhra Pardesh, Vaid Parkash, Member AICC and Kavinder Gupta, Speaker, J&K Legislative Assembly.

NUS ME Associate Professor Manoj Gupta was awarded with the prestigious “Bharat Ratna Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Excellence Award” in a glittering ceremony held at the India International Centre, New Delhi, on 14 January 2017. The award is named after the former President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, who was an excellent scientist, researcher and champion for the poor.

The award is managed by The India International Friendship Society (IIFS), and is conferred to successful meritorious individuals of Indian origin who have specialized in various fields such as science and technology, education, industry, fine arts, politics and social work.

13 January 2017

A/Prof Palani Balaya to serve on International Committee of Engineering Ceramics Division, American Ceramic Society

Image: NUS ME Associate Professor Palani Balaya.

At the invitation of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS), Associate Professor Palani Balaya will serve on the International Committee of the Engineering Ceramics Division (ECD) of ACerS. His term will run from December 2016 to October 2018.

10 January 2017

PhD students place 2nd at Soft Robot Challenge

Image (top to bottom): The NUS team with their 2nd place certificates, for the Innovative Technology segment, and the Robot Speed segment respectively.

The Second Soft Robot Workshop and Challenge, organized by the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Zhejiang University, was held on 24-25 December 2016 in Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China.

Soft robotics has been an intriguing topic in recent years due to its effective and harmonious interaction with the environment. Soft robotics is also a multi-disciplinary area which involves material science, mechanics, chemical engineering, control, computer science etc. This workshop and challenge attracted faculty members and students from Zhejiang University, Peking University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Harbin Institute of Technology and the National University of Singapore.

As part of the workshop programme, Assistant Professor Zhu Jian made a presentation to introduce the soft robots developed in his group. The soft robot challenge on the second day was divided into two segments, a robot speed segment and an innovative technology segment.

During the robot speed segment, PhD student Cao Jiawei presented a worm-like soft robot based on dielectric elastomer actuators and placed second.

The innovative technology segment’s objective was to demonstrate innovative soft actuators or sensors which could have potential applications in soft robots. PhD student Qin Lei presented a novel soft electroadhesion actuator with potential to be used in soft climbing robots and soft grippers. He placed second as well.

Good work, guys!

16 December 2016

A/Prof Francis Tay and team wins Best Paper Award at International Conference of Mechanical Engineering

Image (top to bottom): Associate Professor Francis Tay receiving the award at the conference; the award certificate.

The winning paper, titled “Large Scale Fabrication of Self-Powered Sensor Array Using Low-Cost Roll-to-Roll UV Embossing”, was co-authored by Dr Lokesh Dhakar, Associate Professor Lee Chengkuo, and Associate Professor Francis Tay. The award was presented to A/Prof Tay at the TSME-ICoME 2016, the 7th Thai Society of Mechanical Engineers-International Conference on Mechanical Engineering, held on 13 -16 December 2016, at Chiang Mai, Thailand.


15 December 2016

NUS Engineering team has found that sand can absorb more than 85 per cent of the energy exerted against it

Image: From left: Adjunct Asst Prof Sarma, Asst Prof Chian and Assoc Prof Tan fired projectiles into a sand block using a gas gun to test the sand’s absorption capabilities.

The team, comprising of Assistant Professor Darren Chian Siau Chen from NUS Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), Associate Professor Vincent Tan from NUS Mechanical Engineering and Adjunct Assistant Professor Anand Sarma from CEE said the study points to the wide-ranging potential applications of sand, beyond glass making, building construction and land reclamation. A key application is in modern defence systems, which has yet to be thoroughly explored.

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21 November 2016

Prof Seeram Ramakrishna once again named among world's most highly cited researchers

Image: Professor Seeram Ramakrishna

Professor Seeram Ramakrishna has been named among the world’s most highly cited researchers in the latest Highly Cited Researchers 2016 report published by Clarivate Analytics, formerly the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomas Reuters. He was among eleven researchers from NUS who are in the 2016 report. He was also named in the same report for 2015.

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16 November 2016

Asst Prof Duong Hai Minh wins JEC Asia 2016 Innovation Award

Image: Dr Duong Hai Minh (far right) with other JEC Asia 2016 award winners. (Other winners are listed here:

Asst Prof Duong Hai Minh was awarded the JEC Asia 2016 Innovation Award for his aerogel technique to mass-produce carbon nanotube fibres. JEC Asia 2016 is an International Composites Event and was held at the Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore, from 15-17 November 2016.

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26 October 2016

A/Prof Ernest Chua receives IChemE's Research Project of the Year Award

Image: Assoc Prof Chua Kian Jon, Ernest (right) receiving his Research Project of the Year award.

Associate Professor Ernest Chua Kian Jon picked up the Research Project of the Year Award (Singapore) for his project ‘Membrane dehumidifiers to reduce energy consumption’ at the recent IChemE Singapore Awards held on 21 October 2016. For his winning project, A/Prof Chua has developed foil-like membranes to sieve out water molecules in air conditioning systems, reducing energy consumption by 35%. He is one of three NUS award recipients at the IChemE Singapore Awards 2016.

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16 September 2016

12 NUS ME students awarded American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Scholarships

A total of 12 NUS Mechanical Engineering students specialising in Offshore Oil and Gas Technology have been awarded the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Scholarship – 3 of whom were awarded the scholarship in AY2015/16 Semester 2, and 9 others in AY2016/17 Semester 1. Each student will receive the scholarship value of $20,000, which will be disbursed over 2 semesters.

Congrats to the awardees:

  1. Jonathan Yap Shi-Hao
  2. Lim Wai Khit
  3. Luah Xin Hao
  4. Denie Harith Azman
  5. Julian Ng Wai Leong
  6. Kim Un Yong
  7. Lee Hong Yee
  8. Lim Zhe Kuan
  9. Muhammad Haiqul Bin Mahboh
  10. Prerak Agarwal
  11. Sim Hong Kiat
  12. Tong Jun Jie

For more information on the Offshore Oil & Gas Specialisation, please click here.

16 September 2016

[Event] NUS Greater Good Series: Engineering for the future

Image: (from left) Prof Chua Kee Chaing, Prof Lim Chwee Teck and Mr Peter Ho. (Credits: NUS Development Office)

Organised by the NUS Development Office, the NUS Greater Good Series event on 9 September 2016 was titled “Engineering for the future” and featured talks by Professor Lim Chwee Teck (from the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Mechanical Engineering) and Mr Peter Ho (CEO, HOPE Technik Pte Ltd, and alumnus of NUS Mechanical Engineering).

The NUS Greater Good Series features talks by leading minds on topics related to philanthropy. These include generosity, giving and service to the community, as well as leadership, personal well-being and mental resilience. The Series aims to raise awareness of philanthropy and its impact on society. The Series was made possible thanks to a generous gift from Newsman Realty Pte Ltd.

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19 August 2016

Researchers led by A/Prof Lee Heow Pueh develop sonic crystal windows to fight noise pollution

Image: A/Prof Lee Heow Pueh (right) and Dr Lee Hsiao Mun and their team worked on the innovative windows. The human dummy helps create a realistic acoustic environment in experiments.

Researchers led by NUS ME A/Prof Lee Heow Pueh have designed windows that could allow people to work better, sleep more soundly, breathe fresher air and save on electrical bills all at once. The newly developed window can halve noise pollution even while open.

3 August 2016

Assoc Prof Francis Tay and team wins Best Paper Award at Industrial Conference on Data Mining (ICDM)

Image: Associate Professor Francis Tay Eng Hock, Department of Mechanical Engineering, NUS.

The paper, titled “Data mining in medicine: relationship of scoliotic spine curvature to the movement sequence of lateral bending positions”, was co-written by Associate Professor Francis Tay Eng Hock (Department of Mechanical Engineering), ME PhD student Athena Jalalian, and Associate Professor Gabriel Liu Ka Po (Department of Orthopaedic Surgery).

The award was conferred at the Industrial Conference on Data Mining (ICDM) held in New York, 13 – 17 July 2016. The ICDM is the sixteenth conference in a series of industrial conferences on Data Mining that is held on a yearly basis, during which researchers and industrial people from various fields will present theoretical aspects and their applications, and the results obtained by applying data mining.

In ICDM, the Best Paper Award goes to the paper that makes a significant contribution to the field in terms of application or in terms of a new method for data mining. The paper should be well written and clearly demonstrate the method or the solved application. Three papers are announced before the conference for Best Paper Award. The final decision on the winner is made after the presentation of the papers. The award is sponsored by IBaI Solutions

29 July 2016

A/Prof Ernest Chua conferred WSSET (World Society for Sustainable Energy Technology) Innovation Award

Image: Associate Professor Ernest Chua with his WSSET Innovation Award.

Assoc Prof Ernest Chua received the WSSET Innovation Award at the 15th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies (SET 2016) held in Singapore (19 to 22 July 2016). His research within the Department of Mechanical Engineering relates to the development of a hybrid membrane composite‐desiccant air dehumidification system that has been successfully applied to the treatment of latent load due to humid air.

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27 July 2016

NEA Feature: Developing cellulose aerogels from paper waste

Image: Assistant Professor Duong Hai Minh with his cellulose aerogel.

Asst Prof Duong Hai Minh and his research team has found a way to put paper waste to good use by successfully developing them into cellulose aerogels, which have many potential applications, ranging from cleaning up oil spills to insulating buildings. The research work by Dr Duong and his team has been featured in the Singapore National Environment Agency (NEA)’s biannual ENVISION magazine.

Click here to read the feature article in NEA’s ENVISION Magazine.

14 July 2016

NUS ME students turn "Airnovators" at Airbus' Airnovation Summer Academy

NUS ME students Leow Zi Qin and Zhang Huichen were among forty students (representing 17 nationalities) who were selected from the Airbus Group University Partner Programme (AGUPP)’s partner universities, to attend the first Airnovation Summer Academy at TU Delft in the Netherlands 🇳🇱 Just one of the many opportunities that await you at NUS ME!

More info about the Airnovation Summer Academy:

(Pictures courtesy of Airbus Group.)

13 July 2016

Congrats ME Class of 2016!

The ME graduating class of 2016 attended their Commencement Ceremony on 12 July 2016, were presented with their much-deserved degrees, and were thereafter treated to a lunch reception organised by the Department of Mechanical Engineering. At the reception, the graduands were given a souvenir to remember their time in NUS and were also invited to take photos at our photobooth to commemorate the happy occasion.

The department would like to, once again, congratulate the ME Class of 2016 and we wish all graduates the very best!

Photos from the ME Commencement Reception:


8 June 2016

Asst. Prof. Duong Hai Minh wins 2016 TechConnect Innovation Award for recyclable cellulose aerogels

Created by Asst. Prof. Duong Hai Minh and his research team, the non-toxic, ultralight, flexible, extremely strong and water repellent cellulose aerogels have a plethora of applications, including oil spill cleaning, heat insulation and packaging. Other possible applications include usage as coating materials for drug delivery, as well as smart materials for biomedical applications.

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27 May 2016

NUS ME researchers win "2015 Applied Energy Award" at International Conference on Applied Energy (ICAE2016)

Image: Assoc Prof Chua Kian Jon Ernest and his team (with their ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award) and their award winning cooling technology that is compressor‐less and does not use harmful chemical refrigerants.

The winning team’s review paper, titled “Achieving better energy-efficient air conditioning – A review of technologies and strategies”, was among 20 highly cited review papers published in the Journal of Applied Energy between 2013 and 2014. The paper is co-authored by Prof Chou Siaw Kiang, A/Prof Chua Kian Jon, Ernest (principal and corresponding author), and Asst Prof Yang Wenming from NUS Mechanical Engineering; and Professor J.Yan (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, and School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology, Mälardalen University, Sweden).

The 20 review papers, along with 20 other selected research papers , represent the top 2% of over 2000 papers in the journal during this period.

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16 May 2016

NUS FSAE R16 team ranks 12th out of 120 teams at annual international Formula SAE competition

The NUS FSAE R16 team ranked 12th worldwide (out of 120 teams) at the recent annual Formula SAE International Challenge in Michigan, US (11-14 May), and attained other achievements as well. Well done, guys!

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22 April 2016

ME UAV Team Takes Flight at AIAA Competition

Image: ME UAV team ‘PenguiNUS’ with Head of Department, Prof Phan-Thien Nhan (6th from right) and supervisors Research Asst. Prof. Lua Kim Boon (7th from right), Dr. Chan Woei Leong (7th from left), and Dr Jonathan Tay (5th from right).

Only the second time the NUS UAV team has competed in the AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) Foundation Student Design/Build/Fly (DBF) Competition, and this year’s team has already managed to make a vast improvement from last year’s 47th position to 32nd this year! Held 15-17 April 2016 at a Textron Aviation airfield in Wichita, Kansas, this year’s competition garnered interest from 137 teams from 24 US states and 16 other countries, making it the largest DBF competition yet held.

This year’s NUS UAV team (named “PenguiNUS”) consisted of 11 ME students, and were supervised by staff from ME and Temasek Labs. (Our students had the opportunity to utilise the wind tunnel from Temasek Labs as part of their project!)

A Great Experience for ME Students
The competition provided our students an opportunity to apply knowledge acquired in the classroom to a real-world aircraft design experience – the team designed, fabricated and tested unmanned, radio controlled aircraft in an attempt to meet design requirements and performance objectives, which are updated each contest year (new challenges!). Besides allowing students to utilise and therefore improve on their technical knowledge, lifelong skills that the team was bound to pick up on include teamwork, leadership, communication and project management skills!

Travelling to the US to compete was inarguably also an awesome international exposure for the students – the team was able to professionally connect and exchange knowledge with a large, multinational body of aviation enthusiasts, including fellow undergraduates from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

The NUS UAV team expects to continually improve and compete in the annual AIAA DBF competition, thereby benefiting all future ME students who might be keen on an aero-related design project! Should you have queries regarding the project, feel free to get in touch with Dr Lua KB at

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6 April 2016

NUS ME research team wins Best Paper Award at the 9th International Conference on Digital Enterprise Technology

The research team consists of Professor Andrew Nee, Associate Professor Ong Soh Khim and research fellow, Yan Shijun. Their paper, titled “Optimal pass planning for robotic welding of large-dimension joints with deep grooves” was awarded the Best Paper Award at the 9th International Conference on Digital Enterprise Technology (DET2016), which was held at Nanjing, China, from 29 to 31 March 2016.

The International Digital Enterprise Technology (DET) Conference provides a forum for academia and industrialists to disseminate, to all branches industries and businesses, information and knowledge on the most recent and relevant innovations, theories and practices in electronic business and digital enterprise technology. – See more at:

1 April 2016

Class of 1990 sets up "ME90 Bursary" for ME students

We would like to convey our thanks to the NUS Mechanical Engineering Class of 1990, who has set up the “ME90 Bursary” fund and contributed generously to support financially-needy ME students. ME Class of 1990 alumnus, Mr Lim Kay Teck, said, “The Mechanical Engineering Department is a special unique place for us, not only academically, but also great memories of our wonderful growing three years!”

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16 March 2016

Teaching Award Winners from NUS Mechanical Engineering

Image: (From left) Assoc. Prof. Thian Eng San and Assoc. Prof. Chua Kian Jon, Ernest.

Congratulations to the following teaching award winners from the NUS Department of Mechanical Engineering! A/Prof Thian Eng San and A/Prof Chua Kian Jon, Ernest were presented with their Engineering Educator Award and Innovative Teaching Award respectively at the annual NUS Engineering Awards and Recognition Ceremony on 15 March 2016.

Engineering Educator Award Thian Eng San
Innovative Teaching Award (Silver) Chua KJ, Ernest
Honours List Chua KJ, Ernest
  Joshi SP
  Tan BC, Vincent
Commendation List Koh SJ, Adrian
  Lim Tee Tai
  Loh Wai Lam
  Seah Kar Heng
  Tay Cho Jui
  Teo Chiang Juay
  Subra V


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23 February 2016

Assoc. Prof. Thian Eng San leads development of new food packaging material that can extend shelf life of perishable food

Image: PhD student Tan Yi Min (left) and Associate Professor Thian Eng San with the environmentally-friendly packaging material developed from grapefruit seed extract and chitosan – a biodegradable polymer derived from crustacean shells. Photo credit: The Straits Times, Alphonsus Chern.

The new biodegradable material is developed from grapefruit seed extract and chitosan (a biodegradable polymer derived from crustacean shells), which work together to slow down fungal and bacterial growth.

“Extending the shelf life of food products also means reducing food waste and, as a result, reducing the rate of global food loss,” said PhD Mechanical Engineering student Tan Yi Min, 27, who co-led the research.

“This will bring about both environmental and economic benefits.”

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12 February 2016

Prof. Andrew Nee & Prof. Lim Chwee Teck among top 100 Asian scientists

Image: (Clockwise from top left) Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, Professor Andrew Nee, and Professor Lim Chwee Teck.

Three professors from NUS have gained a place in Asian Scientist’s inaugural Asian Scientist 100 list, the third being our NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan.

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3 February 2016

Asst. Prof. Duong Hai Minh & team turns waste paper into novel oil-absorbing material

Image: With Dr Duong (right) are (from left) mechanical engineering students Siah Jie Yang, 23, and Bowen Gu, 25. (Credit: The Straits Times, Chew Seng Kim)

This novel material is ideal for a broad range of applications such as oil spill cleaning. In fact, this cellulose aerogel is capable of absorbing oil (excluding water!) up to 90 times its dry weight – that’s 4 times more effective than commercial oil sorbents.

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7 December 2015

Asst. Prof. Ernest Chua & team wins ASEAN Outstanding Achievement Award for Air-con Technology

Image: Dr Ernest Chua Kian Jon (center) and his team members – Dr Bui Duc Thuan (left) and Dr Kyaw Thu (right) with the ASEAN Outstanding Achievement Award 2015.

Asst. Prof. Ernest Chua and team once again clinches an award – the ASEAN Outstanding Achievement Award 2015, for their breakthrough air-con technology. The award was presented during the 33rd Conference of ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (CAFEO) on 26 Nov 2015. Besides reducing energy consumption for air-conditioning, the innovative system also contributes to healthier environments in all types of buildings and even modes of transportation.

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2 November 2015

Assoc. Prof. Ong Soh Khim wins Singapore Women's Weekly's "Great Women of Our Time" award for inspiring potential women engineers

Image: Assoc Prof Ong Soh Khim (in black, holding the bouquet) is winner of this year’s Great Women of Our Time (Science and Technology) category. She is flanked by Ms Barbara Koh, Editor-in-Chief of The Singapore Women’s Weekly; and Ms Zarelda Marie Goh, Deputy Editor.

Assoc. Prof. Ong Soh Khim, an ambassador for the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) programme initiated by the Singapore Committee for UN Women, is winner for this year’s “Great Women of Our Time” in the Science and Technology category. She is passionate in reaching out to women on the opportunities in STEM, and hopes that eventually more women will pursue careers in these fields.

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14 October 2015

Driverless car, SCOT, begins year-long trial at One-North

Image: The team with SCOT at its launch in 2014. Assoc Prof Marcelo H Ang Jr (left, leaning on car) says SCOT will be further fine-tuned to recognise road signs and other markers during its year-long trial in One-North.

Assoc. Prof. Marcelo H Ang Jr’s (NUS Dept. of Mechanical Engineering) collaboration with Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) on driverless car, SCOT (Shared Computer Operated Transport), has entered a new phase. SCOT has begun its year-long trial at the One-North business park since 12 Oct 2015 and is one of the first applicants approved by the Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) for Autonomous Vehicle (AV) testing. The team will be looking to advance the car’s self-driving capabilities during the trial.

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6 August 2015

Bumblebee AUV wins 2nd place at RoboSub 2015

The Bumblebee AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) team emerged 2nd overall at the 18th International RoboSub competition held in San Diego. This is only their 3rd attempt at the annual competition. Fantastic work, guys!

Said Esther Tan, 4th-year Mechanical Engineering student who is overseeing publicity and outreach for the team, “This competition has been an amazing and inspiring educational experience for us. Not only do we learn best practices from other competing teams but by talking to like-minded individuals, we are also exposed to new concepts. We are motivated by their passion in robotics and new technologies.”

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27 July 2015

NUS ME team wins IES Prestigious Engineering Award 2015 for breakthrough research in air conditioning

Team led by Prof. Ng Kim Choon and Asst. Prof. Ernest Chua Kian Jon has won the IES Prestigious Engineering Award 2015 for inventing the world’s first compressor-less dehumidifying and cooling system for all weather conditions.

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13 July 2015

A/Prof Marcelo Ang recognised for contributions to robotics at Innorobo 2015

For his exceptional contributions in Robotics, Associate Professor Marcelo H Ang Jr was presented the Capek Award at Innorobo 2015 (1-3 July 2015) in Lyon, France.

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10 July 2015

Asst. Prof. Ernest Chua and team wins Distinguished Award at Urban Sustainability R&D Congress for air-conditioning system with novel membrane technology

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23 June 2015

NUS ME alumna Laura Tan wins gold at SEA Games 2015 as part of national floorball team

Laura Tan is an Engineer (no surprise there), and also a national floorball player – her team recently snagged the gold medal in the SEA GAMES 2015 (Congrats!) She is featured here in 前线追踪 FRONTLINE, where she talks about juggling work and floorball practice for the opportunity to compete for Singapore.

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19 May 2015

NUS' FSAE team is world's 7th (out of 120 international teams) in latest Formula SAE

Competing with 119 teams from the US and Europe, it also bagged several other accolades at the competition:

  • World champion for Cummins Inc. Applied Technology Award for the innovative wireless telemetry system
  • 1st place for the Business presentation event
  • 2nd place for the Acceleration drag race
  • 3rd place for the FEV Powertrain Development Award, which recognises overall performance for acceleration, fuel economy, cost and the 22 km endurance race
  • 4th place for the Bosch Engineering Design Drawing Award

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30 April 2015

Students (well, technically their UAV) take off at AIAA competition

Extending from their ME3 design project, our students in the UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) design project team participated in the AIAA (The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) Student Design/Build/Fly competition in the US for the first time this year and gained much valuable experiences – just one of many that you may get to try for yourself as an ME student!
(P.S. We do have an Aeronautical Engineering specialisation if you are keen in this area.)