The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) celebrated its 47 years of momentous achievements in facilitating the advancement of engineering in Singapore at its Annual Dinner held on 27th November 2013. Gracing the occasion was guest-of-honour Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education.
As a tribute to local engineers across the academic, industry and political fields, IES unveiled the second edition of ‘Who’s Who in Engineering Singapore’, a compilation to recognize and acknowledge more than 270 local engineers who have been instrumental in Singapore’s economic progress, nation development and enhancement of quality of life.
To boost the growth of four thriving engineering fields, IES also launched the Chemical and Process Engineering Chapter, the Environmental Engineering Chapter, the Marine and Offshore Engineering Chapter and the Systems Engineering Chapter at the dinner. These IES chapters aim to raise the profile of engineers in these disciplines locally and internationally, provide a professional platform for them to convene and offer them more training and career advancement opportunities.
IES conferred four senior engineers with the IES Honorary Fellowship, which recognises individuals who have made tremendous contributions in engineering to the nation. Dr. Prof Chew Yong Tian, IES Past President; Mr Choo Chiau Beng, Keppel Corporation CEO; Dr. Ong Ser Huan, IES Past President; and Dr. Tang Kin Fei, Sembcorp Industry Group President and CEO will join other IES Honorary Fellows, including Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean; Ms Ho Ching, CEO of Temasek Holdings; and Mr Cham Tao Soon, Chairman, Audit Committee of UOB Bank in serving as local key role models to encourage youths to take up engineering.
Further, IES and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) presented the IES/IEEE Joint Medal of Excellence Award 2013, an award aimed at promoting engineering as a profession and recognising individuals for contributions in engineering with far-reaching best online casino impacts on society, to Prof Chong Tow Chong, Provost of the Singapore University of Technology and Design, for his contribution in the innovation and revolution of scientific research and education. In his various capacities, Professor Chong has set the direction of R&D for Singapore, played a significant role in promoting international collaborations within the industry, and inspired and guided his students, many of whom have gone on to make significant impact in their respective careers.
In line with its role to promote and enhance engineering education, IES will also sign Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) to set up the IES-SIT Student Chapter and the IES-SUTD Student Chapter respectively. Under the MoU, IES will provide the Student Chapters with funding support and connect these future engineers to the engineering community.
At the dinner, IES also awarded some 13 top engineering students from National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) with the IES Gold Medal, the top Electronics Engineering graduate of UniSIM with a cash prize, and two selected engineering students with the IES-Yayasan MENDAKI Scholarship to reward excellence in the pursuit of engineering education and encourage young talents to pursue an engineering career.