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15 young talents awarded Singapore Sustainability Scholarship 2023370 young talents awarded Singapore Sustainability Scholarship 202323/7/2023 4:00:00 PMIssue DateOverview​​​​​​​ <div style="line-height:30px;font-family:"helvetica neue";font-size:18px;">​​​<br></div> <div>​<br> <p> <b>​Singapore, 24 July 2023</b>​ – Aspiring engineers, would-be chemists and even a budding physicist were among the 15 outstanding young individuals who received the Singapore Sustainability Scholarship (SSS) from Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Sustainability and the Environment, at an award ceremony this morning. The SSS, jointly offered by the National Environment Agency (NEA), national water agency PUB, and the Singapore Food Agency (SFA), plays a vital role in supporting sustainability development under the Singapore Green Plan 2030. <br></p><p>2.  Each year, the SSS identifies and nurture future leaders who will tackle the challenges posed by climate change, energy efficiency, water resources and food security in Singapore. These scholars will pursue studies in engineering, environmental, food and science-related disciplines in either a local or overseas university, or polytechnic. Upon graduation, they will begin fulfilling careers with NEA, PUB, or SFA, where they will play an integral role in driving sustainability initiatives and contributing to the nation’s ambition towards a greener and more sustainable future. Since the inception of the SSS in 2008, a total of 239 scholarships have been awarded. <br></p><p>3.  During the ceremony, Ms Fu also presented certificates to 13 in-service scholars from the three agencies, in recognition of their commitment to enhance their skills and professional expertise. In-service scholarships are part of the agencies’ efforts to foster a skilled and futureforward workforce that possess the relevant knowledge to tackle the increasing demands of sustainable development. <br></p><p> 4.  Ms Saadhana Ramesh, a 19-year-old who will be pursuing a Bachelor of Environmental Studies at the National University of Singapore, is one of the scholarship recipients from NEA. Saadhana has long viewed science as a fascinating domain and discovered a genuine affinity for the research process. Her family's early encouragement towards environmental stewardship further kindled her commitment to preserving natural ecosystems. Her aspiration is to engage in a profession that employs research to tackle intricate issues, effectively connecting academic insights with practical applications in the industry. She eagerly anticipates collaborating with skilled colleagues, aiming to make meaningful impact on Singapore's environmental landscape. She said, “To be offered a scholarship from NEA is a dream come true, because it is a blessing to work with an organisation that aligns with my values. I really look forward to making a difference in the environmental sustainability sector, both in Singapore and the world at large.” </p><p>5.  Mr Wong Kang Jet, Chief Executive Officer of NEA, said, “As we embark on a journey towards a cleaner, greener and more sustainable future, these pursuits are made possible only by the many people at NEA who serve with passion, commitment and ingenuity. The Singapore Sustainability scholarship is one of the ways to grow our talent pool and create opportunities for individuals who choose to pursue a career in these fields. This year, we warmly welcome four SS scholars to our fold and congratulate our two in-service scholars. We are confident that they will make the most of these opportunities and look forward to their contributions in time to come.” </p><p>6.  Ms Tan Xi Shi Angel, 21, who will be pursuing a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering at National University of Singapore, is one of the scholarship recipients from PUB. With an interest in electrical engineering, she looks forward to applying her expertise and contributing to PUB’s mission to ensure a sustainable and resilient water supply for Singapore. She said, “I chose to pursue electrical engineering as I am amazed by the endless possibilities in the cross-implementation of power systems and circuits with machine learning, to achieve more efficient and effective operational outcomes. My internship at PUB gave me the chance to research on cost-effective water supply management tools, and to appreciate the potential of applying engineering expertise in enhancing our water system. I hope to apply my passion and knowledge in my future work at PUB, in developing digital solutions and smart technologies for sustainable operations and better water savings.” </p><p>7.  Mr Goh Si Hou, Chief Executive of PUB, said, “With climate change, ensuring water security and protecting our island from extreme weather and the rising seas are enduring priorities for Singapore. Our Water Story has been one of turning vulnerability to strength, and this will continue to require long-term planning, innovation and technical mastery. We are heartened that a new generation is rising to the challenge and joining PUB in this journey. We welcome and look forward to nurturing our young talents as they pursue a meaningful career with PUB, and chart a sustainable future for Singapore.” </p><p>8.  Mr Feng Jianguo, 21, who will be embarking on an integrated masters in chemistry at the University of Oxford, is a scholarship recipient from SFA. With a deep-rooted interest in Chemistry, he hopes to apply knowledge from his studies to his future work in ensuring food safety for Singapore. "I am honoured to be embarking on this purposeful career with SFA. I look forward to contributing meaningfully to the organisation and playing a part in securing a safe food supply for generations ahead."</p><p> 9.  Mr Lim Kok Thai, Chief Executive Officer of SFA, said, “Since SFA’s inception in 2019, a total of 64 scholars have benefited from this scholarship. These include six new scholars this year (amongst which three are in-service officers). Congratulations to all our scholars as they embark on their respective learning journeys, and we look forward to their contribution towards a sustainable and resilient food future.” </p><p>10.  Under the SSS, NEA, PUB and SFA offer both undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships. Both undergraduates and fresh graduates are given the opportunity to pursue a Mid-Term and Master’s scholarship. SFA also offers diploma scholarships to students in our polytechnics. </p><p> 11.  NEA focuses on environmental-related domains such as Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Environmental Management, as well as Sciences such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Earth Sciences and Meteorology, amongst others. PUB focuses on engineering disciplines, including Civil, Electrical, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, as well as environmental and natural sciences. SFA focuses on Sciences such as Agricultural and Aquacultural Sciences, Chemistry, and Food Science.  </p><p> <b>About the National Environment Agency</b><br>​ The National Environment Agency (NEA) is the leading public organisation responsible for ensuring a clean and sustainable environment for Singapore. Its key roles are to improve and sustain a clean environment, promote sustainability and resource efficiency, maintain high public health standards, provide timely and reliable meteorological information, and encourage a vibrant hawker culture. NEA works closely with its partners and the community to develop and spearhead environmental and public health initiatives and programmes. It is committed to motivating every individual to care for the environment as a way of life, in order to build a liveable and sustainable Singapore for present and future generations. </p><p>For more information, visit <a href="/_layouts/15/Catalog.aspx?Url=https%3A%2F%2Fpubweb%2Dpvt%2Epub%2Egov%2Esg%2FPages%2Fwww%2Enea%2Egov%2Esg"></a> </p><p>Connect with us on <a href="">Facebook</a> | <a href="">Instagram</a> | <a href="">Telegram</a> | <a href="">Twitter</a> | <a href="">YouTube</a> | <a href="">LinkedIn</a> | <a href="">TikTok</a> </p><p> <b>About PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency</b><br><br> PUB is a statutory board under the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE). It is the national water agency, which manages Singapore’s water supply, water catchment, and used water in an integrated way. From April 2020, PUB also took on the responsibility of protecting Singapore’s coastline from sea-level rise as the national coastal protection agency. </p><p>PUB has ensured a diversified and sustainable supply of water for Singapore with the Four National Taps (local catchment water, imported water, NEWater, desalinated water). PUB leads and coordinates whole-of-government efforts to protect Singapore from the threat of rising seas and the holistic management of inland and coastal flood risks. </p><p>PUB calls on everyone to play a part in conserving water, in keeping our waterways clean, and in caring for Singapore’s precious water resources. If we all do our little bit, there will be enough water for all our needs – for commerce and industry, for living, for life.</p><p> Find out more about us: </p><p>Like us at <a href="/_layouts/15/Catalog.aspx?Url=https%3A%2F%2Fpubweb%2Dpvt%2Epub%2Egov%2Esg%2FPages%2Fwww%2Efacebook%2Ecom%2FPUBsg"></a><br>Follow us on <a href="/_layouts/15/Catalog.aspx?Url=https%3A%2F%2Fpubweb%2Dpvt%2Epub%2Egov%2Esg%2FPages%2Fwww%2Einstagram%2Ecom%2FPUBsingapore"></a>, <a href="/_layouts/15/Catalog.aspx?Url=https%3A%2F%2Fpubweb%2Dpvt%2Epub%2Egov%2Esg%2FPages%2Fwww%2Etwitter%2Ecom%2FPUBsingapore"></a><br>and <a href=""></a><br>Subscribe to our channel at <a href="/_layouts/15/Catalog.aspx?Url=https%3A%2F%2Fpubweb%2Dpvt%2Epub%2Egov%2Esg%2FPages%2Fwww%2Eyoutube%2Ecom%2FsgPUB"></a> </p> <br> <p>Visit our website at <a href="/_layouts/15/Catalog.aspx?Url=https%3A%2F%2Fpubweb%2Dpvt%2Epub%2Egov%2Esg%2FPages%2Fwww%2Epub%2Egov%2Esg"></a> </p><p> <b>About Singapore Food Agency</b> </p> <br> <p>As the lead agency for food-related matters, the Singapore Food Agency’s mission is to ensure and secure a supply of safe food for Singapore. SFA works hand-in-hand with the industry and consumers to grow our “food baskets” – Diversify import sources and Grow local, as well as ensure food safety from farm-to-fork. </p><p>SFA also partners food businesses to strengthen capabilities, tap on technologies to raise productivity, undertake research to develop new lines of business, and catalyse industry transformation to ensure food security. </p><p>For more information on SFA, visit <a href="/_layouts/15/Catalog.aspx?Url=https%3A%2F%2Fpubweb%2Dpvt%2Epub%2Egov%2Esg%2FPages%2Fwww%2Esfa%2Egov%2Esg"></a>​<br>​ Follow us on Facebook | Instagram | Telegram | Twitter | YouTube </p> <span style="padding-left:600px;"> <b>Annex A</b></span> <p> </p><center> <b>Profiles of SSS Recipients</b></center><center> <b>​<br></b></center>  <span><b>PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency (6 recipients)</b>​ ​ ​</span> <div> <span> <span> ​<br> <table border="1" style="width:100%;"><tbody><tr><th>S/N</th><th style="width:20%;">​​Nam​e and age</th><th style="width:25%;">​Course and University</th><th style="width:55%;">​​​Profile​<br></th></tr><tr><td> 1 </td><td> Ang Nian Ci<br> 19 years old </td><td> Renaissance Engineering Programme <br> Nanyang Technological University </td><td><p> In secondary school, Nian Ci had the opportunity to participate in several STEM innovation challenges and social innovation development programmes. Throughout the experience, she was intrigued by how a particular technology or system can have different applications and utilisation, and help improve lives in a sustainable manner.</p> <br> <p> Nian Ci chose her course of study in Renaissance Engineering, as the curriculum in engineering and business will provide a strong foundation in design, implementation, and IT. She looks forward to working on projects that could impact the local community and playing a role in strengthening Singapore's water resilience through innovative solutions.</p>​ </td></tr><tr><td> 2 </td><td> Arun Raghavendren <br>23 years old </td><td> Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering <br> <br>​Nanyang Technological University </td><td><p>Arun chose to pursue a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, specialising in mechatronics and robotics, as he has always loved to tinker with technology. For one of his academic projects, his team built a robot prototype that could deliver food and return trays and used utensils. He is currently interning at a food waste management startup in Singapore that helps F&B businesses and hotels reduce their food waste using mechatronics and data analysis.</p> <br> <p> He hopes to put his knowledge and innate interest in technology to good use by actively contributing to PUB's digital twin and R&D efforts.​​</p>​ </td></tr><tr><td> 3 </td><td> Chloe Sim<br><br> 19 years old </td><td><p> Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering</p> <br> <br> <p> Nanyang Technological University</p></td><td><p>​Sciences and Mathematics have always been Chloe’s interest and forte, hence she decided to pursue chemical and biomolecular engineering at NTU. <br> <br>She aims to broaden her perspective by exploring and learning in various environments, especially in exchange programmes when the opportunity arises.<br><br>​ She hopes to bring forward different perspectives and skillsets to promote innovation and to solve problems that will arise in the future. ​ </p></td></tr><tr><td> 4 </td><td> Jayne Peh Hin Peng <br><br> 19 years old </td><td>Bachelor in Geography<br><br>​University College London </td><td><p> While studying geography in Junior College, Jayne was intrigued by topics such as the study of spatial variations in flood risk within Singapore and sustainable urban development. Her interest in the dynamic relationship between humans and the environment is also influenced by her cocurricular activities in arts and culture, which includes theatre and Chinese song writing. <br><br>​ Jayne hopes to leverage her geographical expertise to help PUB safeguard and enhance Singapore’s water resources. </p></td></tr><tr><td> 5 </td><td> Tan Xi Shi Angel <br> 21 years old </td><td> Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering <br> <br> National University of Singapore </td><td> Angel is passionate about electrical engineering as it is one of the core engineering disciplines and is enthused by the potential to incorporate artificial intelligence and machine learning within her work. Having graduated from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, she has interned at Sembcorp and PUB where she had the opportunity to design space- and energy-efficient solar energy systems and carry out research into tools for effective management of customers’ water bills. <br> <br>​ Upon graduation, she hopes to contribute to PUB’s smart utility and sustainability journey. </td></tr><tr><td> 6 </td><td> Yek Wen Bin <br> 19 years old </td><td> Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering <br><br> National University of Singapore </td><td> Wen Bin chose to pursue Civil Engineering as he has a keen interest in the relationship between the built environment and nature. While Singapore’s landscape is highly urbanised, he strongly believes in the potential to enhance liveability through integrating water infrastructure projects with nature. ​ </td></tr></tbody></table> ​<br><br><span><b><u> <center>Profiles of in-service scholars</center></u></b></span><br><br><span><b>PUB, Singapore's National Water Agency (3 recipients)</b></span><br><br> <table border="1" style="width:100%;"><tbody><tr><th>​S/N</th><th style="width:20%;">​​Nam​e and age</th><th style="width:25%;">​Course and University</th><th style="width:55%;">​​​Profile​<br></th></tr><tr><td> 1 </td><td> Leng Ting Fang<br> 29 years old </td><td> Master of Science Environmental Engineering <br> National University of Singapore </td><td><p> Ting Fang is currently a Senior Chemist with PUB’s Water Quality department. She is co-leading a project to transform the department’s water sample management process by freeing up manpower from repetitive and manual tasks, streamlining processes and centralising information and communication. She was part of the core project team which automated the drafting of replies and internal routing of planning consultations received by PUB. The project was recognised at PUB’s annual innovation awards. </p> <br> <p> She chose to pursue a master’s in Environmental Engineering at NUS to broaden her science background and accelerate her contribution in the planning and operational engineering areas in PUB. </p>​ </td></tr><tr><td> 2 </td><td> Teh Ming Hwang <br>34 years old </td><td> Master of Science in Computing <br> <br>Imperial College London </td><td><p>Ming Hwang is a Senior Assistant Director in the Water Supply (Network) department and oversees Instrumentation, Control and Automation systems. He has worked on key projects, such as the use of online sensors in PUB’s smart water grid platform for simulation and analytics.</p> <br> <p> He is passionate about PUB’s digitalisation efforts and its future as a smart utility. By pursuing a Master of Science in Computing, Ming Hwang hopes to contribute to PUB’s digital transformation and smart nation journey. ​​</p>​ </td></tr><tr><td> 3 </td><td> Hew Sock Fang <br> <br> 38 years old </td><td><p> Master of Computing</p> <br> <br> <p> National University of Singapore</p></td><td><p>Sock Fang is a Senior Assistant Director with PUB’s Water Supply (Network) department. She is the team lead in charge of compiling water supply network data, smart water grid analytics platform and R&D projects. <br> <br>As PUB continues its digital transformation journey, the exposure to IT-related systems and methodologies would only intensify. Sock Fang feels the strong need to equip herself with the relevant knowledge to better manage her team and oversee the smart projects to enhance PUB’s operations.​ ​ ​​​<br></p></td></tr></tbody></table></span></span></div>​​​<br>​ </div>​<br><p>​​<br><br></p>

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