Renee Seow

Pushing the Boundaries of Defence Technology


National defence is not just about securing our borders. It also means to be well-equipped with cutting-edge technologies to ensure a safer Singapore. Two DSTA scholars share with us their fulfilling experiences keeping our nation at the forefront of defence technology.

By Renee Seow

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Pushing the Boundaries of Defence Technology

National defence is not just about securing our borders. It also means to be well-equipped with cutting-edge technologies to ensure a safer Singapore. Two DSTA scholars share with us their fulfilling experiences keeping our nation at the forefront of defence technology.


[Left: Wong Luhai; right: Jeremy Leow Kwang Siong]

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Grooming Engineering Innovators

Left: Tracie Teo | Right: Tan Ying Yi

Attracted by the opportunity to be at the forefront of engineering innovation, two scholars share with us what life is like with one of Asia’s biggest defence and engineering groups with diversified businesses in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors.

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You may think that gymnastics and the Hollywood blockbuster Pearl Harbor have nothing in common, but for Tan Yingyi, both played a vital role in shaping her aeronautical ambitions.

“I’ve always loved the feeling of flying through the air so when I was a sprightly 6-year-old, I took up gymnastics. Then, after watching the aerial acrobatics in Pearl Harbor, that was when I decided I wanted to be a pilot,” the 25-year-old reminisces.

Unfortunately, due to height restrictions, Yingyi’s pilot ambition failed to take off. So, she did the next best thing – landing the ST Engineering Overseas Scholarship instead.

Besides giving her the opportunity to pursue her ambitions, the scholarship also gave Yingyi the flexibility to study in any field that she wanted. “It gave me the choice of choosing my course of study and university, as long it was related to what the company does,” she says.

Soaring High
To fuel her aviation aspirations, Yingyi majored in Mechanical Engineering at Cornell University before making the short hop over to Columbia University to get a Master’s degree in Engineering Management System.

Now, Yingyi is a Senior Project Engineer in the commercial business unit of the Engineering Development Centre at ST Aerospace, the aerospace arm of ST Engineering.

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Getting Work-Life Balance Down to a Science


Left: Jiang Sizun | Right: Tan Wui Siew

Contrary to the misconception that scientists spend long hours in their laboratories and hardly have time to pursue other interests, A*STAR scholars Dr Tan Wui Siew and Jiang Sizun demonstrate that it’s possible to be part of a world-class research organisation and still keep a good work-life balance.

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When Dr Tan Wui Siew is not pushing the boundaries of materials science, the trim and tanned 28-year-old research scientist indulges in sports and occasionally travels to neighbouring countries to immerse in nature.

Her fellow compatriot, Jiang Sizun, is also a researcher, albeit in the field of structural biology and biochemistry. However, away from the microscope, the bespectacled 23-year-old enjoys running half marathons.

Besides their similar active lifestyles, both Wui Siew and Sizun are also recipients of one of Singapore’s most reputed science scholarships, the National Science Scholarship under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

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Powering a bright future

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Singapore experiences one of the fewest and shortest electricity outages of cities worldwide thanks to the hard work put in behind the scenes by SP PowerGrid, a member of the Singapore Power Group. Contributing to the reliability of our electricity and gas distribution networks are engineers Matthew Loong and Kenneth Chua. We sit down with them to find out how life is like in the energy company.


Kenneth is a Senior Engineer at SP Powergrid. He studied at the University of Adelaide (Master of Applied Finance) and the National University of Singapore (BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering). (Top right photo)

Matthew is an Executive Engineer at SP Powergrid. He holds a BEng (Mechanical Engineering) from the National University of Singapore. (Top left photo)

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