Dr Vivian Balakrishnan presents the second IES Lifetime Engineering Achievement Award at the IES 48th Annual Dinner to Professor Lui Pao Chuen
IES also confers IES Honorary Fellowship upon three eminent engineers for their outstanding contributions and rewards engineering students with medals and scholarships for excellent academic achievements
The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) will commemorate 48 years of championing engineering excellence and celebrate major engineering milestones achieved in the past year at the IES 48th Annual Dinner this evening at the Resorts World Sentosa Convention Centre. Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources will grace the event as the guest-of-honour and deliver the opening address to more than 900 guests comprising members of the institution, industry professionals, academics and students.
In recognition of his lifetime accomplishments and achievements which have made profound impact to the industry and community and brought honours to the nation, Professor Lui Pao Chuen will receive the IES Lifetime Engineering Achievement Award, one of the highest engineer honours in Singapore.
Leveraging on his roots as a systems engineer, Professor Lui has pushed Singapore’s defence, social and economic frontiers forward in significant ways in the past five decades. His key achievements include training and development of more than 5,000 professionals in defence engineering as the chairman of Engineering and Scientific Personnel Committee (ESPC); planning and development of the network of radars, surface-to-air missile and civil defence shelters for the Singapore Air Defence Artillery (SADA); and creation of underground space for Singapore. Prof Lui was appointed by the Ministry of Defence as the Chief Defence Scientist in 1986.
“I am very honoured to be bestowed with the IES Lifetime Engineering Achievement Award as it recognises my contributions to Singapore as an engineer. Throughout my working life, I have been inspired to continually break new grounds so as to create a better future for Singapore. I hope that young and future engineers will dare to do things that others have not done because that will be the way to drive Singapore beyond being world-class in identified areas and make our island nation a home of choice for Singaporeans and foreigners and a business haven for employers,” said Professor Lui.
“A most deserving recipient of the IES Lifetime Engineering Achievement Award, Professor Lui pioneered systems engineering in Singapore and has been instrumental in the transformation of our nation’s defence engineering landscape, creating a safe home for Singaporeans. In addition to achievements in the public and private sectors, Professor Lui has also contributed in academia as a passionate teacher, nurturing young talents to become engineer-leaders of tomorrow,” said Er. Chong Kee Sen, President, IES.
At the dinner, IES will also be conferring three eminent engineers with the IES Honorary Fellow title for their outstanding contributions to the engineering profession and the nation. Mr Brian Chang, Er. Dr Lock Kai Sang and Er. Dr Foo Say Wei will be joining the ranks of illustrious Fellows, such as Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean; Ms Ho Ching, Executive Director & CEO of Temasek Holdings; and Mr Choo Chiau Beng, CEO of Keppel Corporation, to serve as role models for the engineering community and as inspiration for the younger generation to take up engineering and contribute to the growth of the nation.
To encourage engineering students who have achieved excellent academic results to further their engineering studies or pursue an engineering career, IES will be presenting the IES Gold Medals to 12 NUS students, five NTU student and the top UniSIM student in Bachelor of Engineering, and the IES-Yayasan MENDAKI Scholarships to two selected students.