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ISSUE (56) MAY 2006

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SPOTLIGHT

8 NTU

New alumni association

in Vietnam

The launch of our Vietnamese chapter on 22 April was keenly celebrated by

100 NTU alumni and guests in Ho Chi Minh City.

An alumni get-together

dinner was held in Ho Chi

Minh City on 22 April which

also saw the launch of the

newly formed NTU Alumni

Association (Vietnam). The

occasion which was graced by

Mr Anthony Teo, Secretary to

the University, NTU, was also

attended by Mr Michael Cheng,

the Vice Consulate-General of

the Republic of Singapore to

Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City).

Some 100 NTU alumni and

guests who gathered at the

Duxton Hotel Saigon included

our undergraduate and

postgraduate alumni, and also

participants of the International

English for Administrators (IEA)

course from all the fi rst six

batches under the Singapore

Co-operation Programme

Training Awards. Apart from

the Vietnamese alumni, there were also

Singaporean undergraduate alumni in

our midst.

Mr Anthony Teo said: “Alumni are

very important. You all represent the

best of Vietnam, 500 of you. And we

are more keen that you as alumni,

will group together to be active for

knowledge and connections with NTU.

We will share with you all the research

that we have and all the relationships

that we have.”

“As we invest abroad, friends are

very important. This is where the

Vietnam alumni is going to be very

important, both for Vietnamese alumni

as well as alumni from abroad who

come here in friendship, trade and

business. I am very grateful to Dr Tri

and the protem committee, for setting

this up. It is an exciting adventure,” he

added.

Heading the newly formed Vietnam

Chapter is Dr Nguyen Duc Tri who

graduated from Nanyang Business

School in 2000 and is currently the

Head of Tourism Division, Faculty of

Commerce and Tourism in Ho Chi Minh

City University of Economics. Dr Tri and

Alumni enjoying the dinner together and the chance to network with fellow graduates in Vietnam

his other eight Committee Members

who have volunteered to hold

different positions in the Association

were introduced to the attendees.

Dr Duc Tri said: “As business

grows, socialization is needed. Some

or all of us have to communicate with

prospects whom we may or may not

know well. Network helps; we should

form an association that will bring

network benefi ts to its members. We

are working in different disciplines

and from many organizations. We,

however, share one thing in common

- we have studied in NTU. This is

an opportunity for us to form a

network. We commit to make this

Chapter a good place for contacts,

communications, knowledge-sharing

and socialization.”

The alumni present at the dinner

were pleased to be part of the

NTU community and gave their

fullest support to the newly formed

Association. They appreciated

the opportunity to foster closer

relationships among themselves and

with their alma mater; and spent the

evening networking with fellow alumni

and guests.

Happy quips from our alumni at the

Vietnamese gathering...

Thanks for giving me the

chance to meet my old friends.

We enjoyed the food

and sharing memories. - Nguyen

Minh Anh

It was nice to meet my

friends and remember the

times together in NTU. I also

received new information

about the university and about

the new alumni association in

Vietnam. - Vo Thanh Dam

It is a good chance for us to

meet each other. I support the

alumni association and

wish to assist the NTU alumni

family. - Nguyen Manh Chong

It was a wonderful dinner, and I

was able to meet up with

my former classmates

once again! - Nguyen Huu Aui

A gathering of our Vietnamese alumni family at Ho Chi Minh City

SPOTLIGHT

Distinguished guests and protem committee members of the NTU Alumni Association (Vietnam). From left: Ly Xuan Nam, Committee Member; Vo Minh

Tuan, Committee Member; William Tan, Asst Hon Gen Sec; Huynh Cong Trung, Vice President; Mr Micheal Cheng, Vice Consulate-General of the Republic of

Singapore at Ho Chi Minh City; Mr Anthony Teo, Secretary to the University, NTU; Dr Nguyen Duc Tri, President; Mr Soon Min Yam, Director, Alumni Affairs

Offi ce, NTU; Phan Phi Long, Hon Gen Secretary and Nguyen Thanh Nha, Treasurer . Not in picture: Truong Thai Quang, Committee Member and Vo Thi Cam

Tu, Committee Member.

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SPOTLIGHT

Wondering when the next Formula

One race is? Ask Prof Cham.

So devoted is he to the sport that he

jots the schedule in his pocket diary at the

start of each season. And, yes, he makes

it a point to watch every single race.

Such unwavering dedication is

characteristic of Prof Cham, who, with the

same fervour more than two decades ago,

worked hard to get a fl edgling science and

engineering institute off the ground.

Build solid foundations he did,

for NTU’s predecessor, Nanyang

Technological Institute (NTI), in 1981, and

lobbying for a practice-oriented approach

to engineering education, Prof Cham

quickly helped NTI fi nd its niche and role

in Singapore society, too.

A mere four years later, in 1985, NTI

was singled out by the Commonwealth

Engineering Council as ‘one of the best

engineering institutions in the world’ – a

feat by any standard.

Under Prof Cham’s leadership, the

university continued to grow, from only

582 pioneer students in 1982 to more than

20,000 students a year by 2002.

Another fi rst for NTU and Singapore

So it comes as no surprise that Prof

Cham, 66, was recently chosen to be the

fi rst-ever recipient of The Royal Academy

of Engineering International Medal.

The award recognises outstanding

and sustained personal achievement in

engineering – including commercial and

academic leadership – and is awarded

by the Academy to an individual residing

outside of the European Union.

Prof Cham was honoured for his

outstanding work in the engineering

10 NTU

1. 2.

University Distinguished Professor

awarded top engineering medal

community, the strong international links

he has forged in academia and business,

and his stellar contributions in developing

NTU into a premier university with

strengths in technology.

“It was a great surprise to me,” Prof

Cham muses. “I feel very privileged to

be the inaugural medal recipient.” The

University Distinguished professor at

NTU, who was also the fi rst Singaporean

to be elected International Fellow of the

Academy in 1998, adds that “the medal

is a recognition of the high status of

NTU in the academic world”.

Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy

of Engineering promotes excellence in the

science, art and practice of engineering.

As Britain’s national academy for

engineering, its fellowship comprises the

UK’s most eminent engineers, as well as

a smaller number of International Fellows

and Honorary Fellows.

A most worthy winner

Prof Cham received the award on 17

March from the Academy’s Senior Fellow,

HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,

during his state visit to Singapore. The

presentation ceremony, held at the

Epicentre, Biopolis, was attended by senior

members of the engineering fraternity and

academia, friends and family.

“Professor Cham is a most worthy

winner of our inaugural International

Medal,” notes Lord Alec Broers, President

of the Academy. Prof Richard Williams,

Vice President of the Academy and Chair

of the Awards Committee, adds that the

Academy was “enormously impressed by

Professor Cham’s leadership”.

NTU President Dr Su Guaning sent his

1. Prof Cham receiving

the award from HRH

The Prince Philip, Duke

of Edinburgh at the

presentation ceremony

on 17 March

2. A family portrait

during the special day

The Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK presents its fi rst International Medal

to Prof Cham Tao Soon, founding President of Nanyang Technological Institute.

congratulations on behalf of NTU’s faculty,

staff, students and alumni, “We salute Prof

Cham for his commitment to excellence for

NTU. Thanks to the 21 years that he has

devoted to NTU, we have a solid foundation

of science and technology to charge ahead.

We offer our students a residential and

global experience together with a broad

education based on science and technology.

Such an educational experience enables our

graduates to excel in this globalised, hightech

world of the 21st century.”

Steering industry and business

Besides heightening academia in Singapore,

Prof Cham has harnessed engineering in

business and entrepreneurship. He is an

active Director of six listed companies and

leads the boards and councils of many

private and public organisations.

His roles in companies like NatSteel

Ltd, one of the top steel providers in the

Asia Pacifi c, and WBL Corporation Ltd, a

leading name in Singapore’s technology

sector, has kept him busy but attuned to

the importance of engineers in society.

“An engineer’s role is to value-add

and apply engineering knowledge to R&D.

Engineers can design the latest addons

or apply technology to services,” he

says.“Technology creates opportunities,

so businesses need to make good use of

technologies for the future. Progress in

the next 10 to 20 years will be very much

based on technology.”

Progress, driven by research and

innovation, that will help society win

the race.

With thanks to NTU’s Corporate

Communications Offi ce


Say Cheese! The good mix of international alumni brought along a rich mix of cultures at the lunch.

SPOTLIGHT

A lunch across borders

More than 100 international alumni gather for an afternoon

of networking at the inaugural International Alumni Lunch.

The bright Saturday afternoon on 25

February saw a cheery gathering of

more than a hundred international alumni

meeting up for some networking over lunch.

Many of them had in fact not met each other

for a long time and were pleased to be able

to be given this opportunity to get together

once again.

The inaugural International Alumni

Lunch was organised by the Alumni Affairs

Offi ce which turned out to be a well received

affair that saw a diverse group of alumni

attending. Our international alumni family

make up about 20% of our total alumni

population with close to half of them staying

in Singapore. For the get-together, there

were alumni from neighbouring countries

such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam,

Myanmar, Laos and also from farther

countries such as China, India, Mauritius,

Pakistan and even Romania! The good mix

of international alumni brought along a rich

mix of cultures at the lunch.

Mr Anthony Teo, Secretary to the

University, opened the event with a

simple but thought-provoking speech.

Distinguished and poised, Mr Teo provided

numerous interesting anecdotes about

having cosmopolitan friends simply

because he was actively involved in his alma

mater’s alumni activities.

When asked for comments about the

event, many of the alumni expressed their

Happy Quips

“I really appreciate such events which

give me great opportunity to meet old

friends and make new ones!” - Arshad

Kashif, a Pakistani EEE alumnus.

“I am really surprised that we have

such a diverse group of alumni from so

many countries. I believe NTU is on its

way to becoming a prestigious and truly

global university” - Khor Lay Ghee, a

Malaysian EEE alumnus.

“It is always interesting to meet new

appreciation on a chance to meet their

fellow students from all over the world.

Gabriel State, a Romanian Nanyang

Business School alumnus felt the event

was a great opportunity to meet graduates

from other schools such as the engineering

school. “I enjoy keeping in touch with my

classmates. We are a pretty diverse group

with some of us coming from Indonesia,

China, Philippines and even Estonia. Most of

us would update each other through emails

and we would normally meet up. I have

even attended some of my classmates’

weddings”, said Gabriel grinning.

The afternoon’s activities ended with

many of the alumni exchanging namecards

with their new-found acquaintances.

Everyone had a great time networking

and the contented smiles on everyone’s

faces were a clear indicator of the event’s

success.

friends from other countries” - Li Xuejun, a

Chinese EEE alumnus.

“It is really nice to have such a

gathering, and I would also love to see

more trips organised to neighbouring

countries, such as to Tioman Island!”

- Yuannita Tovanna, an Indonesian CEE

alumnus.

“It was fun catching up with my

friends during the event” - Radhakrishnan

Manikandan, an Indian MAE alumnus.

“The gathering was very well organised

and it was a chance to meet old friends

and make new ones!” - Nellaiyappan, an

Indian MAE alumnus.

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GIVING TO NTU

Launching Ceremony of the Lien Foundation-NTU Environmental Endeavour: (From left) Prof Pan Tso-Chien, Dean, School of CEE; Mrs Margaret Lien,

Governor, Lien Foundation; Dr Su Guaning, President, NTU

12 NTU

Bridging the last mile

The University and Lien Foundation

(LF) have joined hands to

establish the ‘Lien Foundation – NTU

Environmental Endeavour’, an initiative

that aims to improve living conditions in

developing communities in Asia through

technology-based developmental work.

The Endeavour will be implemented

through its two arms, the Lien Institute

for the Environment (LIFE), which will

explore and develop environmental

technologies, and Lien AID, which will

deploy the know-how in the fi eld. Lien

Foundation has committed S$8million to

the Endeavour.

The Endeavour was offi cially

launched on 20 April at a dinner, as

a precursor to the United Nations

NTU and Lien Foundation collaborate to establish

new humanitarian organisation

Environmental Programme’s (UNEP)

Champions of the Earth 2006 Awards.

Winners of the award, as well as

representatives from UNEP, were at the

dinner to witness the launch.

The collaboration is believed to be

the fi rst time a Foundation partners a

University to establish a humanitarian

organisation. The partnership leverages

NTU School of Civil and Environmental

Engineering (CEE)’s strength in

environmental technologies and

extend LF’s experience in supporting

community work to the region.

The collaboration is also signifi cant

in that it ‘reunites’ the two organisations.

50years ago, Dr Lien Ying Chow, the

founder of Lien Foundation, was a co-

founder of Nanyang University, the

predecessor of NTU.

Through the Endeavour, CEE’s

world-class environmental technologies

will be translated into sustainable

solutions for developing communities. It

will focus on disaster prevention as well

as provide disaster relief support. Some

of the areas identifi ed by the Endeavour

include: providing innovative solutions

for water production, sewage treatment

and strengthening of masonry structures

and rapidly deployable structures. The

Endeavour will further develop NTU’s

existing research and technologies and

work with local NGOs to deploy them in

the fi eld.

The Endeavour will also leverage

Unifi cation of Lien Foundation and NTU to meet

environmental challenges in Asia:

(Front row, from left) Marina Tan Harper,

Director, Development Offi ce; Mr Laurence

Lien, Governor, Lien Foundation; Prof Pan Tso-

Chien, Dean, School of CEE; Prof Er Meng Hwa,

Acting Provost; Dr Su Guaning, President, NTU;

Mrs Margaret Lien, Governor, Lien Foundation;

Mr Lee Hee Seng, Governor, Lien Foundation;

Mr Koh Boon Hwee, Chairman, NTU Board of

Trustees; Mr Anthony Teo, Secretary to the

University; Mr Jack Sim, President, WTO; A/P

Lok Tat Seng, Sub Dean, School of CEE;

(Back row, from left) Prof Harianto Rahardjo, Vice

Dean Research, School of CEE; A/P Fung Tat

Ching, School of CEE; Wang Jing-Yuan, School

of CEE; Ms Tan Su Yuen, Director, Corporate

Communication Offi ce; Mr Lee Poh Wah,

Programme Director, Lien Foundation; A/P Li

Bing, School of CEE; Dr Lim Chee Leong, School

of CEE; A/P Edmond Lo, School of CEE; Mr

Hassan Ahmad, LIEN AID; Aileen Tan, LIEN AID;

Mr Chia Hui Yong, LIEN AID

NTU’s network of environmental

organisations and research institutes

to tap their expertise. Some of these

organisations include Stanford

University, Tongji University, PUB,

NEA, and other environmental-related

companies.

NTU’s School of Civil and

Environmental Engineering will also

incorporate appropriate Endeavour

projects and research topics into its

undergraduate and graduate curricula.

This provides its students the rare

opportunity to work on real-world

community projects.

The Endeavour has started

discussions with various organisations

in Thailand, China and Indonesia. It

also plans to launch an annual global

environmental technology competition

to be launched in May, to encourage

innovation for real-world problems.

Mrs Margaret Lien, Governor, Lien

Foundation, said, “We in Singapore,

being strategically located in the heart of

Asia, should use our technological edge

to assist neighbouring communities in

achieving sustainable development. The

Lien Foundation – NTU Environmental

Endeavour aims to do just that -

GIVING TO NTU

Host of the Lien Foundation – NTU Environmental Endeavour Dinner: (From left) Dr Su Guaning,

President, NTU; Mrs Margaret Lien, Governor, Lien Foundation; Mr Koh Boon Hwee, Chairman,

NTU Board of Trustees

capitalise on existing technologies to

benefi t communities in Asia.”

Dr Su Guaning, President, NTU, said,

“NTU is proud to partner Lien Foundation

on such a meaningful collaboration.

Our two organisations share the vision

of taking our technological know-how

to where it matters most – corners of

the world where real problems need to

be urgently resolved. Our partnership

harnesses and combines technology

and scientifi c endeavours with fi eld work

and application, to deliver sustainable

development that has a lasting impact on

developing communities.”

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PERSONALITY

16 NTU

Alumnus Chang Long Jong, Class of

1985, School of Civil & Environmental

Engineering (CEE) speaks on his

career as the Deputy Group CEO

(Television) of MediaCorp and his

days as one of the pioneer students

from Nanyang Technological Institute.

Life as a student

It was the year 1985 when Chang

Long Jong graduated from CSE

(now known as the School of Civil

& Environmental Engineering) and

when it was tough fi nding a job in

the civil engineering industry. Being

a government-bonded scholar,

Long Jong was even ready to pack

up and return to his hometown

in Malaysia, when he received a

call...”Would you mind considering a

job at SBC (Singapore Broadcasting

Corporation)?”

And the rest they say is history.

Long Jong’s appetite for

unpredictability most likely came from

the days he spent from being the

fi rst batch of students at NTI. Aside

from being a foreign student who

came on a scholarship from Malaysia,

Long Jong and his schoolmates had

to make do with minimum facilities

as the school was still undergoing

construction. But that made school

life exceptional. The younger Long

Jong thought overcoming immediate

shortcomings while paving the way for

future batches of students was “in a

sense, more interesting”.

“As a student in NTI, being the

pioneer batch, there was a lot we had

to learn from scratch. Many things

were new and we had to see for

ourselves what would be sustainable

for us and for the future students,” he

says of his early days in NTI.

An appetite for change

“The camaraderie among the

students and the campus spirit was

also very strong as there were only a

few hundreds of us. We engaged in a lot

of activities together and I was always

at the sports complex every evening

after classes. At that time I was rather

active in sports such as badminton

and basketball and these days, I still

try to stay active. The togetherness

and strong coherent spirit among us

students was something that I still

remember,” he adds.

Hostel life was also particularly

enriching for the foreigner who hardly

saw his family. Weekends included

cooking home made fare while sports

like basketball were a norm for the active

student. Of course, playing tricks on

fellow schoolmates was also part and

parcel of his life then.

“I was staying in Hall 2 at that time

and I really enjoyed my hostel life where

we got the chance to interact with fellow

students and of course we had some

fun as well! Sometimes out of the blue,

people just screamed because it was

just one of the ways to let go. And in the

hostel we had 2 levels where I stayed

on the upper level. So we’ll just throw

something down to the lower level to

scare the students there. We just did all

this for some self created excitement,”

reminisced Long Jong.

Career progress

Long Jong was promoted to Deputy

Group CEO (Television) in June 2005

and under his purview are MediaCorp

TV, comprising Channels 5,8, U and TV

Mobile; MediaCorp TV 12 comprising

the Suria and Central Channels; and

MediaCorp Studios. The last business

unit handles and manages productions

– encompassing English, Chinese,

Malay, Indian and sporting programmes

– and all production-related services

and projects.

“When I came on, I was involved

in production services – the unit that

is responsible for all the services

supporting production work. Things

like logistics, set designs, costume

designs and make up, totally unrelated

to enginnering!” he laughed.

After 2 years he went on to the

drama production unit which took care

of the whole production system for

Chinese drama.

“At that time it was a new beginning,

we were trying to establish a very

strong base to have as many dramas

as possible. I was given the opportunity

to interact with people from different

countries where I learnt that it is

very important to understand not only

the language but also the culture,”

he added.

He went on to spend another

10 years in the business of media

content development. In the 90s,

he was involved in the marketing

and distribution of the shows. More

than 20 years later, you would have

imagined Long Jong sitting on top of his

responsibilities comfortably today. Not

quite; while juggling with teamwork and

public opinions about the series he buys

and produces, Long Jong is looking into

sending Mediacorp’s creations into the

regional market.

Used to creating dramas with a

local fl avour, Long Jong now has to

think about more international themes.

He is also looking at producing

documentaries which he believes will

transcend the diffi culty of cultural

barriers.

Lessons for the future

Long Jong remembers the lessons

learnt from his tertiary education in NTI

which he says has played an important

role in his career progress although he is

in a different fi eld. When Long Jong was

posted into a seemingly unrelated fi eld,

he could still make use of what he learnt

as a student to climb up the media

industry hierarchy.

“There was a practical approach and

emphasis on learning your engineering

subjects which I personally feel was very

useful. My fi nal year project was in fact

the construction of the Macritchie fl yover

viaduct. There was also a lot of bonding

opportunities so that is why we still keep

in touch with each other though we

may have moved on to different parts

of the world.”

University life is not just about

learning the ‘hard’ subjects you take,

but you also experience living together,

the bonding and the networking for the

future. What I took away and what that

continues to grow is the part where you

learn to be able to connect well with

people. You learn to be able to work

effectively with people, how you see

as a team, how to organize. It’s still the

same in today’s context.”

Personal development

Long Jong feels that for a person

to develop and progress, it is the

combination of the nurturing he receives

and also the environment that he grows

up in.

“While in school for the 4 years,

we had so much of interaction and we

slowly become very comfortable mixing

with people. But we must venture into

PERSONALITY

unchartered territories to see how far we

can and have progressed,” he says.

“Progress is made when you get out of

your comfort zone and you learn and grow

and this is something we already learnt in

school. We knew that if we don’t try hard

and don’t take that step out of the comfort

zone, we cannot see our development. We

must always have the vision and ambition

to get somewhere,” he added.

Motto in life and good advice

When asked about what is his important

motto in life, Long Jong answers without

hesitation – “Sincerity is very important.”

“This will always be the most important

factor to determine how you will succeed.

When you get the support of your other

colleagues and stakeholders, you can be

very effective,” he adds.

For current students and young

graduate professionals, he advices, “Your

tertiary education is one of the most

enjoyable parts of your life. Enrichment

experience is not just confi ned in the

classrooms. In many cases, it takes

place outside. Today when I look back,

I remember the times we did things

together and the lessons we learnt from

good teamwork. We enjoyed doing things

together and in the end, we did it better.

These are things that will mean a lot in the

future as well.”

He adds on further, “Keep yourselves

very engaged and you must want to do

what you are doing. You will do a lot

better if you have that determination and

passion. Also remember to keep your

options open. In everything you do, there

is always something new that you learn

and take away and you continue to grow

that way.”

“Always be prepared for changes,

and try to enjoy these changes. You must

embrace them and say to yourself that

these changes will make my life more

exciting and will widen my experience.

Changes offer more opportunities for you

to explore. When you are more focused on

the opportunities rather than your fears,

you end up being more productive and

that helps to build your confi dence and for

you to enjoy the rewards of what you have

achieved,” he stresses.

For Long Jong, life could have gone

according to what was in the plans but he

wouldn’t have liked the predictability then,

he would have tried to get out of it anyway.

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SPOTLIGHT

18 NTU

Fast & Furious at the

NTU Motor Fest!

Miniature scalextric track attracted those with

a penchant for track racing

Alumni pitting their skills at the Arcade

A major MINI attraction

Well organised and a chance to meet some of our old

friends and a good get-together also. Different concept

of linking and organising an event. Hats-off to

organiser! - Seethapathy Janarthanan

Precision driving experts thrilling the crowds with their extreme driving skills

A participant getting ready to be thrilled in a stunt ride Getting up close and personal with a Lamborghini Gallardo


Supercars galore, hair-raising drift displays and arcade fever gripped NTU’s

alumni at the recent NTU Motor Fest presented by Nanyang Business

School. Attracting a turnout of over 20,000, the Motor Fest proved a major hit

with our alumni and their friends and families. Attracting substantial positive

media attention, the Motor Fest was covered in all our local media and also

broadcasted by Channel News Asia to more than 20 territories, stretching from

the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia and North East Asia to Australia.

The sexy Lotus Elise 24DR on display

The Falken Stunt Arena proved to be a major crowd puller

Classic

beauties on

display

Vespas

lending a

wonderful sense

of nostalgia and

history

“Great cars, great

people! Totally

enjoyed it. Looking

forward to the next one.

NTU rocks!” - Kelly Chan

Yi Wei

“Should make this a

yearly event. A novel

idea to show cars in the

university. Keep it up!”- Ng

Chon Wee

“Very Good! Nice and

unique concept…

refreshing change from

usual campus activities.”

- Tony Ong

“Excellent! I would like to

congratulate the organiser

for the work well done

and also to thank all

the people who have

contributed their time and

effort to the success of

this event!”- Shen

Zhongxiang

SPOTLIGHT

Singapore’s Fastest Car, the heavily modified Garage R

Evo VI on display with its winning tropies

Alumni admiring the fast and fancy bikes

Singapore’s Fastest Motorbike showed its prowess at

the Live & Loud Demonstration

Catching snapshots of the Ferrari Superamerica

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SPOTLIGHT

Employers prefer NTU graduates!

What do employers think of NTU

graduates? A great deal, as a

recent graduate employment survey

shows.

Well-rounded, tech-savvy and

relevant, our graduates are the

preferred choice of employers – 95%

of economically-active NTU graduates

found jobs within four months of

graduating, NTU’s best in fi ve years.

Well-trained to lead in the global

high-tech economy, 2005 graduates

were not only sought-after in the global

job market but also paid, on average,

about $100 more than their counterparts

from two other local universities. Those

permanently employed in full-time jobs

received a higher mean gross monthly

salary of $2,600.

Take the example of Clarence Lim, a

business graduate and former hostelite

who received nine job offers within a

month of graduating from NTU last July,

and now earns more than $3,000.

Being active in university gave him

a clear leg-up in the job market – by

equipping him with multi-tasking skills

highly valued by employers.

“Activities in the halls of residence

and business clubs helped me hone my

communication and negotiation skills,

which helped set me apart from other

job applicants.”

Best results

The high employability of NTU graduates

is affi rmed by Mr Christopher Wong,

Staff Partner of Ernst and Young, who

made offers to more than 180 NTU

graduates six months before their fi nal

examinations. “They are well grounded

in the fundamentals, mature in outlook,

and have strong analytical skills and

good people skills much needed in the

real world”.

The 2005 NTU Graduate Employment

Survey, released on 8 March 2006, also

showed that, overall, 96% of the Class

of 2005 received one or more job offers,

with half receiving offers even before

their fi nal examinations, and one third

receiving offers six months before their

fi nal examinations.

Signifi cantly, three in fi ve graduates

landed two or more job offers.

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95% of graduates from the Class of 2005 found jobs, NTU’s best showing in

fi ve years. Our fresh graduates also earned more than their peers from other

local universities, drawing a higher average starting pay of S$2,600.

NTU’s residential education pays off

So, what gives NTU graduates the edge in

the global marketplace?

Besides industry-relevant internships

and international exposure through global

immersion, NTU students benefi t from the

university’s unique residential experience,

as well as extensive career services

offered on campus. Not surprisingly,

more than 70% of the Class of 2005 were

snapped up by the private sector.

“We believe we are the only university

in Singapore that can provide the full

residential experience to our students.

Within the halls of residence, they can

hone their leadership skills and interact

with students from different faculties. This

builds up teamwork and interpersonal

skills,” notes Prof Er Meng Hwa, Deputy

President of NTU.

Fast-trackers in the global marketplace

A total of 3,173 graduates – or about 80%

of the Class of 2005 – responded to the

survey, which also found that the top 20%

of NTU engineering graduates earned more

than $3,380 a month, excluding bonuses,

while the top 20% of graduates from

NTU’s three-year direct honours Business

and Accountancy course drew more than

$3,050 a month. The top 20% of NTU

business graduates took home $3,310.

NTU’s top earner from Engineering

raked in more than $11,000 a month. His

pay was not included in the calculations

of the average monthly salary received

by 2005 graduates so as not to distort

the mean.

Echoing a view shared by many

employers of NTU graduates, Mr Lim

Sui Soon, a Director of Cooper Cameron

Singapore, an American multinational

corporation, notes that “NTU graduates

are making signifi cant contributions

in our organisation worldwide”. He

adds that “many assume high-profi le

assignments and positions”.

Indeed, a whopping 99% of NTU

accountancy and business graduates

were offered jobs within four months of

graduation.

“Valuable and relevant”

Fresh accountancy graduate Koh Xian

Kai points out that NTU’s three-year

programme gave him a clear edge over

his peers from other universities. “My

rigorous training in accountancy proved

valuable and relevant to my career right

from the start,” says the Land Banking

Manager with Walton International Group

(S). Other graduates like him who enter

the job market a year earlier than their

counterparts “gain a year’s seniority and

invaluable work experience”, notes Prof

Choo Teck Min, Vice-Dean (Accountancy)

of NTU’s Nanyang Business School.

Xian Kai muses: “I was able to gain the

confi dence of my clients, who are high net

worth individuals, on the strength of the

fi nancial knowledge and skills I acquired,

and advise my clients on their investment

portfolios even as a fresh graduate.”

NTU’s winning edge

“We are very happy that the Class of 2005

has done so well,” says Prof Er Meng

Hwa. “More importantly, our graduates

have stepped forth to tell us how their

NTU experience has helped them in their

careers and in life. Many of our alumni are

on the fast track in their careers.

“I hope such testimonies and our

solid track record of turning out leaders

over the past 50 years will encourage

prospective students to choose to study

at NTU – not just because NTU graduates

are paid more, but because of the NTU

experience and the global high-tech

edge that they would get from an NTU

education.”

Hired faster, paid more

• 2005 NTU graduates were hired

faster than their predecessors and

paid more on average than fresh

graduates of other local universities.

Their mean gross monthly salary

was S$2,600, excluding bonuses.

• 95% found jobs within 4 months of

graduation (full-time employment

rate: 92%; full-time permanent

employment rate: 87%).

• One in two received offers even

before their fi nal examinations.

• One-third received offers 6 months

before their fi nal examinations.

With thanks to NTU’s Corporate

Communications Offi ce


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PERSONALITY

Genie Gan, (alumna from Nanyang Business

School, Class of 2002) is known to many as a

singer who sings about the day-to-day happenings

in her life which she puts down on her online blog.

Her fi rst Chinese album based on her

blog has become immensely popular

with today’s youths who identify with the

thoughts she pens down into her online

diary. But how did she actually get started

in this singing career?

“When I joined the Accountancy faculty

in NTU as a student in 1999, I actually had

no prior knowledge of what to expect…all I

knew was that I defi nitely wanted to stay in a

hostel!” she says chirpily.

Being very active in sports such as

swimming and basketball, she joined Hall

of Residence 6 where she participated in

the intervarsity games against other local

universities. She also kept herself busy with

other hall activities, and was actually the

‘founder’ of the hostel’s very own acapella

singing group. Prior to her university

education, Genie was also into part-time

modeling and being one of the fi nalists in the

Miss NBS pageant during her fi rst year was

something that came to her pretty naturally.

Not content on just being a student,

Genie was also active in various

grassroots activities. In addition to

carrying out her normal duties, she also

lent her voice to a number of community

events.

“I was very much honoured to have

been invited to sing at our MM Lee Kuan

Yew’s 80th birthday. I sang my very own

piece and it was truly an unforgettable

experience! And there was another

occasion which was a fi rst for me; I sang

at the Convention at the end of 2005. In

fact that was the fi rst time ever a singer

performed at the Convention,” she adds.

After graduating from Nanyang

Business School with an honours degree,

she worked with Ernst and Young as

an auditor. After almost a year in the

company, Genie decided that she wanted

to pursue her own passion for singing,

and so she resigned and went on to start

her own music school, Genie Sound

Advice, where she taught singing, dancing

and songwriting. Her school has in fact

22 NTU

produced 5 singers who have qualifi ed

for the next round in this year’s Singapore

Idol competitions.

Genie’s music CDs are distributed

by Universal Music. The irony is that she

learnt more about Universal Music and the

industry when she was in the team from

Ernst and Young, to audit the company!

Lessons learnt

“There is a lot that I learnt during my

undergraduate days in NTU which has

proven to be very relevant in my singing

career now. When taking part in sports

Her life through her songs

competitions, we always had to work extra

hard and sometimes go against the normal

fl ow of things, just to prove our worth and

existence, because students from the other

tertiary institutions were thought as being

the better ones,” she says.

“The same goes for my career now.

Being a local artiste is extremely diffi cult

here in Singapore as it is very competitive,

and foreign singers are always perceived

as being better. It can be a cruel and

harsh industry. The survival skills and

resilience which I picked up during my

student life, has now taught me to work

much harder and to fi ght on!” she adds.

“And of course, my degree comes in

useful when I have to handle the accounts

and do budgeting for my music school!”

Charitable singer

Genie believes in giving back to the

community in whatever ways possible.

She is a certifi ed youth counselor and

has counseled a number of juvenile

delinquents. Through these counseling

sessions, she has in fact learnt a lot.

“A lot of these youths are actually very

talented and have lots of potential. I try as

much as I can, to recognize these youths

and give them a head-start through my

music school. When I perform at miniconcerts

in schools, these kids come up to

me and ask me about songwriting. I would

share with them on how my daily activities

can become a source of inspiration for my

songs, and I encourage them to do the

same. By launching songs based on my

blog, I am able to speak the youths’ lingo as

most of them are also into blogging. It is a

very good vehicle for me to reach out to the

youths of today,” she explains.

In addition to counseling, Genie has also

participated in World Vision International

Organisation’s child sponsorship programme.

She has ‘adopted’ a child from Ethiopia and is

seeing him through School and she is hoping

that the day will come soon when she will get

the chance to meet him.

Advice and motto in life

“Being a singer is not easy, and

nothing comes for free,” she says. Her life

as a singer has shown her much and she

tells all aspiring singers that they should

only pursue this if they have the passion

and are ready to work extremely hard.

“By being we become. This is a liner

that I think best describes what I believe

in. Many a times we feel that we are

smaller than we really are or we really can

become. By thinking big, we will become

big one day!” she adds.

As part of her private efforts to educate the

youth against illegal music downloading and

sharing, Genie will be the fi rst Asian singer to

launch a Virtual Album (titled: “WISH”), taking

place in June 2006. Log on to www.genie.sg for

more information about Genie and her music!


Prof Tan Kok Phuang (Science, 1960)

Prof Hew Choy Sin (Science, 1961)

Mr Lim Yian Poh (Science, 1969)

Dr Ho Leng Woon (Arts, 1971)

Mr Heng Hua Thong (Arts, 1972)

Mr Tan Siah Kwee (Arts, 1972)

Prof Lee Yuan Kun (Science, 1973)

Mr Tan Hin Huat (Comm, 1977)

Mr Chua Kang Cheh (Science, 1977)

Ms Lee Bee Wah (CEE, 1985)

Mdm Zuraidah Abdullah (CEE, 1985)

Mr Chan Yew Meng (EEE, 1985)

Mr Heng Guan Teck (EEE, 1985)

Mr Mohamed Abdul Akbar (CEE, 1986)

Mr Ramesh Nava (MAE, 1986)

Mr Chong Kee Sen (CEE, 1987)

Mr Tan Eng Khong, Steven (EEE, 1987)

Mr Lim Sui Soon (MAE, 1987)

Mr S Yogeeswaran (MAE, 1987)

Mr Tay Hwee Boon (CEE, 1988)

Mdm Gan Chui Goh (EEE, 1990)

Mr Low Kian Mong (EEE, 1990)

Ms Tan Gim Hian (NBS, 1990)

Mr Th’ng Beng Hooi (NBS, 1991)

Mr Chan Kok Hock (NBS, 1993)

Mr Tang Shiuh Huei (NBS, 1994)

Ms Seah Gek Choo (NBS, 1995)

Mr Yang Qingbin (NBS, 1995)

Mr Toh Hong Seng (EEE, 1996)

Mr Joseph Teo (MBA, 1996)

Mr Lai Yun Chong (NBS, 1996)

Mr Lim Wei Heng, Bennet (NBS, 1996)

Mr Roderick Chia (EEE, 1998)

Mr Ong Chao Choon (MBA, 1998)

Mr Lester Tay (NBS, 1998)

Dr Karthik Natarajan (EEE, 1999)

Mr Lim Chee Kiong (MBA, 2000)

Ng Keng Boon (MAE, 2001)

Mr Darryl David (MBA, 2001)

Mr Ng Siau Yong (MBA, 2001)

Mr Christopher Tay (MBA, 2001)

Mr Wong Nee Tat (MBA, 2001)

Mr Jack Wang (NBS, 2001)

Ms Emy Sukowo (EEE, 2002)

Ms Lee Hui Mien (EEE, 2003)

Mr Goh Kia Hong (NBS, 2003)

Mr Siva Gopal (NIE, 2003)

Mr Chua Swee Leong, Eric (SCI, 2003)

Mr Tan Kim Leng (MBA, 2004)

Mr Chua Chun Yong (SCE, 2004)

Mr Adrian Chye (SCE, 2004)

Mr Alok Nautiyal (MBA, 2005)

Mr Souvik Bera (MBA, 2005)

Mr Chia Min How (MSE, 2005)

H aving

gone through the tussles

in choosing a career and the

challenging transitions from

university to work life, have you ever

thought of advising your juniors

who will go through a similar path

one day?

Here is a chance for you as a NTU

alumnus to guide your juniors (students

and new graduates) in exploring their

career options. We believe that nothing

beats you, a NTU graduate, helping a

prospective NTU graduate, for you have

been through it. The NTU CareerHub

invites you from various walks of life to

participate as a volunteer to share your

industrial experience.

d

HAPPENINGS

Alumni engaged in

Universityʼs processes

Our dedicated alumni took time off their busy

schedules to serve on interview panels for the

discretionary intake and the selection of

Nanyang Scholarship recipients.

total of 54 alumni assisted in the

A interviews for the discretionary

intake and for the selection of Nanyang

Scholarship recipients which were held in

the months of March, April and May 2006.

Under the discretionary admission,

NTU admits students who have qualities

in non-academic achievements such as

passion, creativity, leadership and a sense

of values in areas such as sports, the arts

and community service.

The Nanyang Scholarship interviews

are held once a year to select freshmen

(polytechnic and A level applicants) with

excellent academic results and good track

record in co-curricular activities.

Our alumni felt honoured and were

pleased to be involved in this important

admissions process.

Mentor-Link

“This is one of the good ways for

me to serve my Alma Mater. It gives me

a strong sense of belonging to the NTU

family,” said Mr Tan Hin Huat, alumnus

from the Commerce faculty, Nanyang

University, Class of 1977.

“Allowing alumni to be part of

the decision-making process of the

Discretionary Intake goes to show that NTU

places much value on the feedback from

her alumni. Heartfelt gratitude for the trust

in the alumni!” said Mr Eric Chua, alumnus

from the School of Communication and

Information, Class of 2003.

The Alumni Affairs Offi ce is grateful to

our alumni who took time off from

their busy schedules to assist the Offi ce

of Admissions in these important

processes.

d

Your Continued Partnership with your Alma Mater

Your Commitment as a Volunteer

All you need to do is to tell us how much

time you would allocate to advise students,

and how you would like to be contacted,

be it through phone, email or meeting up

face-to-face. We will refer students to you

based on your specifi cations and monitor

the referral process to keep it manageable

for you.

As a volunteer, you will be listed on

our database where students could

locate a volunteer whom they would like

to seek advise from, such as an alumnus

working in a particular industry. Your

contact information will not be listed on

the database and will only be released to

students upon request.

NTU CareerHub looks towards

tapping on your INDUSTRIAL & INSIDER’S

KNOWLEDGE as a VALUABLE RESOURCE

to ADVISE our students and PREPARE them

to transit to the world of work.

How to sign up

To sign up as a volunteer, simply fi ll in

the online form at http://www.ntu.edu.

sg/opawww/mentorlink or call us at 65-

67904428 for a registration form.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact

Charmaine at 65-67904427 or email to

mentor-link@ntu.edu.sg

Be a mentor... Nurture another life ...

NTU

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HAPPENINGS

26 NTU

Savouring tea and friendships

It was a get-together

at Hotel Phoenix

over delicious food,

at the high tea

session specially for

our alumni.

It was fun meeting friends over

sumptuous food!

About 40 alumni with their family and

friends gathered for a chance to

network with fellow alumni and at the

same time savouring the delicacies.

Staff from the Alumni Affairs Offi ce were

also present to speak to the alumni and

Mission achieved – at the movies!

The blockbuster Mission Impossible 3 was a hit with

the alumni!

Alumni and friends at the special high tea gathering at Hotel Phoenix

Alumni enjoying a day out at the movies with good

food and entertainment

A chance to network with fellow alumni

before the movie

Some 300 alumni and their family and friends catch

the latest Hollywood blockbuster, Mission Impossible 3.

The movie being screened this time

was the blockbuster hit, Mission

Impossible 3, starring Tom Cruise. The

action packed show attracted alumni

from various Schools, who met up with

fellow alumni for an afternoon of chit

chatting and good entertainment.

“The pre-movie reception is always

good for socializing..maybe next time

update them on the programmes for the

cultivation of alumni relations.

The alumni were pleased to have

been able to meet up with former schoolmates

as well as graduates from other

Schools, to share news and views with

we can have some games or quizzes

for the early birds?” Lim Sui Soon,

Class of 1987, School of Mechanical &

Aerospace Engineering alumnus.

Ong Tze Guan, Class of 2004,

School of Electrical and Electronics

Engineering alumnus, added: “Good

effort and great job for all the movie

screenings so far! The cocktail

one another.

“This gathering was interesting as

it gave me the chance to mix and meet

up with ex-classmates,” said Tan Tze

Ern, Class of 2003, School of Civil &

Environmental Engineering alumnus.

reception is a very good idea too... I

have always enjoyed all the screenings

organised.”

“The movie screenings give me the

chance to meet up with fellow alumni,

and at the same time enjoy the good

entertainment!” Jerry Yip, Class of

1999, School of Communication and

Information alumnus.


HAPPENINGS

A wonderful

reunion for

SCE alumni

About 200 alumni from the Classes

of 1992 to 2005, academic staff and

guests were part of this happy occasion,

reminiscing about the good old days,

rekindling new friendships, and reestablishing

contact with one another.

Held at the OCBC Executive Centre,

28 NTU

MAE students get tips from alumni

Undergraduates get industry advice from experienced alumni members

On 15 February 2006, the School of Mechanical and

Aerospace Engineering Club (MAE Club) held its

fi rst ever Dinner and Dialogue Dinner with Alumni. The

purpose of the event was to promote interaction and to

foster a closer relationship between MAE students, their

professors and alumni.

The event would not have been possible without the

strong support of the MAE Graduates’ Club and our MAE

alumni who took time off to come back to campus. MAE

professors also turned up to interact with their former

students to see how they have progressed.

Professor Lennie Lim, Vice Dean (Operations) of MAE,

highlighted the importance of networking with the alumni

as it brings numerous career and business opportunities.

Alumni who were working in a variety of industries

such as product design, marine and offshore engineering,

manufacturing, and even those who were are currently

doing research were out in full force to enlighten MAE students on

the whole host of career opportunities available to them.

Among the MAE graduates who turned up, Mr Jesson Lim,

current President of the MAE Graduates’ Club talked passionately

about his working experience in Singapore Airlines and Singapore

Technologies Aerospace.

Mr Vincent Chan also spoke on how he applied his knowledge

acquired during his undergraduate years in his chosen fi eld of

Aerospace Engineering.

Mr Stanley Tan, a graduate from the pioneer Class of 1985

was present to share his vast experience as the Director of a

headhunting fi rm. Mr Ong Pang Soon, who was also from the

pioneer batch, dished out advice to students who were interested in

the semiconductor industry.

Alumni member, Mr Teh Siao Hau, who won $64,000 in the

popular game show Who wants to be a millionaire?, didn’t reveal

the secret of his game show success but was happy to share tips

on how to be successful in the product development industry.

The dialogue was organised around a dinner function to provide

a relaxing environment for alumni and students to interact in. There

were also guest performances by

the Lindy Hop Club and the winner

of last year’s MAE Idol. The climax

of the event was a lucky draw,

with the grand prize of an Ipod

Nano donated by Mr Tan Puay

Tong from Reisetech Pte Ltd. Mr

Tan graduated from the School of

MAE in 1986.

The event ended on a happy

note and full bellies – thanks to the

support of Alumni Affairs Offi ce

and College of Engineering.

Dean of SCE, A/P Seah Hock Soon (third from right),

together with the recent batch of 2005 SCE graduates

The inaugural Reunion Dinner on 18 February saw the largest-ever turnout

of alumni from the School of Computer Engineering (SCE).

the evening was graced by two Guestsof-Honour,

Dean of SCE, A/P Seah Hock

Soon and Director of Alumni Affairs

Offi ce, Mr Soon Min Yam. After the warm

welcome and sharing by the Dean, our

guests enjoyed themselves immensely

with the food and games.

Alumni sharing experiences with

MAE students

Alumni and guests enjoying the games at

the dinner.

They pitted their wits against each other

in a uniquely-SCE Pyramid Game and had

a fun time that evening. Many snapshots

of this wondrous event were captured.

The Reunion Dinner was indeed a groundbreaking

milestone. SCE alumni have now

forged a stronger bond with the school.


HAPPENINGS

Building

Bonds

Get-together with

Halls of Residence

JCRC leaders

Reckoning the need to cultivate

alumni relations as early as the

undergraduate days, the Alumni Affairs

Offi ce (AAO) organised the fi rst ever

luncheon with key JCRC leaders from

all the NTU Halls of Residence. A

total of 31 JCRC leaders attended the

gathering on 25 March 2006 at the Staff

Club for an afternoon of exchanges and

interaction.

Director of Alumni Affairs Offi ce, Mr

Soon Min Yam briefed them on the roles

of the AAO and the need for a strong

alumni community for the development

of the university. They were encouraged

to give their support in cultivating

strong bonds with our students who are

our future alumni.

Learning about L.I.F.E@NTU

Learning Is Fun and Exciting @ NTU

(or L.I.F.E.@NTU), held on 11th

March 2006, was the university’s annual

Open House event. It was the day the

university opened up its renowned

garden campus to visitors for a day

fi lled with festivities and excitement.

This year, the event was held at the

School of Biological Sciences’ stateof-the-art

building with the main aim

to allow potential students and their

parents to learn about the vision and

missions of the university.

The cultivation of alumni relations

starts from the day the students

begin their studies in NTU. The AAO

participated in LIFE@NTU to start

creating awareness of its objectives to

prospective and existing students, staff

and the general public.

L.I.F.E.@NTU 2006 drew an

overwhelming attendance of nearly

12,000 visitors. It was indeed

heartwarming to witness academic

and administrative staff and alumni,

together with the participating students,

all one in heart and mind to extend

a warm welcome to the visitors. The

atmosphere was electrifying and the

Nanyang spirit was truly in the air.

NTU

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CLASS NOTES

Tan Kok Phuang (Science, 1960) is a

Professor at the Faculty of Science

at NUS. He is married to Tng Whee

Keng, who is also a graduate from

the Class of 1964, Faculty of Science,

Nanyang University. He say, “I am

still very much in contact with his

fellow classmates from Uni-days and

am serving as a Class Agent. I was

recently involved in the interview

panels for the selection of Nanyang

Scholars and am pleased to have

been able to serve.”

Lee Yuan Kun (Science, 1973) is an

Associate Professor at the School of

Medicine (Dept of Microbiology) at

NUS. After graduating from Nanyang

University, he went on to obtain his

Masters of Science and PhD. “My

research interests include topics

on fermentation and Microbe-host

interactions and probiotics. I recently

visited the NTU campus and I must

say that it is a beautiful Yunnan

Garden campus,” he says.

Edward Pang, Yeo Yeong and friends at the

recent NTU Alumni Sports Fiesta. From left:

Chen Teck Liong, Edward Pang, Yeo Yeong and

Lim Ching Kwang

Yeo Yeong (EEE, 1985) is running

his own business in the area of

electronics and IT. He is married and

has one son and one daughter. He

says, “My education in NTI has helped

me a lot in his career. I was fun

coming back to campus during the

Sports Fiesta, and I had a good time

playing badminton with my friends.”

Edward Pang (MPE, 1985) says, “I am

currently the Branch Head at the

RSAF and am married with 3 kids

– a son aged 16 years old and 2 girls

aged 14 and 6 years old. I also enjoy

playing badminton and was in a team

together with Yeo Yeong (above) at

the recent NTU Alumni Sports Fiesta.”

Goh Soh Hwa (NBS, 1989) is currently

a homemaker with 4 children. She

has worked previously in numerous

capacities involving auditing,

accounting, teaching, human

resources and administration. “I

enjoy childrens’ activities and also

relaxation programmes,” she adds.

Dr Chris Ling Sea (EEE, 1988) is

currently residing in Melbourne,

Australia. Chris is a lecturer at the

Caulfield School of Information

Technology, Monash University,

Australia. “After graduating from

the School of EEE in 1988 with my

final year studying in the Computer

Engineering stream, I developed

an interest in computer software

development. I decided to pursue

further studies in this area -

completed a postgraduate diploma

in computing studies in University

of Melbourne and then continued

with a Masters and then a PhD

in Computer Science in Monash

University. I was fortunate enough

to be employed as an academic

staff member after I attained

my PhD degree, and have been

working there eversince. Currently,

in addition to teaching and

research, my administration duties

include postgraduate research

coordination - from processing

Masters/PhD applications to

looking after their well-being when

they settle in. My main research

interests are software engineering

(thanks to my engineering

foundation obtained during my NTU

days), formal methods, Petri nets

and pervasive computing. I feel that

in life, inevitably, things change and

progress through the years with

an alarming speed - most of the

time with added complexities and

complications. However, we must

always remember to slow down,

step back, reflect and take our time

to smell the flowers and enjoy the

finer things in life.”

Tay Ming Hui (MPE, 1991) is presently

the owner of Product Development

Solutions Pte Ltd and is married

to Theresa Tay. He enjoys playing

golf for leisure and says, “After

graduating from NTU for more than

15 years, there are so many good

friends that I have not been able

to keep in touch with because of

work and family commitments. It

is time to catch up and re-connect

with your “old” friends. Calling all

graduates from MPE Class of 1991,

please email me at mtay@pdsol.com

and keep in touch!”

Lim Yew Seng (EEE, 1993) is currently

working in Agilent Technologies. He

has enjoyed his university days and

hopes that one day the class will meet

up again.

Melvin Chan (CSE, 1996) is a Zone

Production Manager at Dragages (S)

Pte Ltd. He is married and has one

daughter. Melvin is active in sports

and enjoys the triathlon, Tae-Kwando,

soccer and basketball.

Wilson Teo (CSE, 1996) is employed as

an Engineer. He is married with 2 kids

and has always enjoyed the active

lifestyle in sports and games.

Karthik Natarajan

(EEE, 1999) says,

“I completed my

doctorate in operations

research under the

Singapore-MIT Alliance

in 2004. I am currently

an Assistant Professor

in the Department of Mathematics,

NUS. My brother Vikram is also a

graduate from NTU. Some of my

hobbies include playing cricket, tennis

and scrabble, and loves watching

movies and listening to music.”

Balagopal Kunduvara (MPE, 1999) is a

Senior Technical Services Engineer

with Singapore Airlines. He is married

and has one daughter and loves

listening to music. He says, “I am

appreciative of the AAO’s efforts in

bringing together the NTU alumni.

Having proceeded with our own lives

after graduation, many of us have lost

track of each other and I sincerely

hope that events organised will assist

to bring us together again.”

Ryandall Lim (SCI, 2000)

is pursuing his career

as a writer. Before

he was employed, he

spent time backpacking

and now he says he

spends his free time

sleeping (as he does

not seem to get enough of it)! He

adds, “I graduated with a major in

broadcast media and started my socalled

working life as a “beach bum”

in Club Med Phuket where I was the

entertainment co-ordinator. I’ve also

worked as a TV producer for a couple

of years previously. I’ve backpacked

quite a bit in between jobs, among

others, indo-china and India. As age

is catching up, I guess it’s time to be

a little more responsible and settle

down. Hence my current “proper”

job!”

Munira Ahmed (EEE, 2001) came from

Karachi, Pakistan 7 years ago and in

2001, she graduated with a Masters of

Engineering from School of EEE, NTU.

“My family is still residing in Pakistan

and I am here in Singapore working as

an Engineer in a local company. The

2 years I spent in NTU pursuing the

research course was rather stressful,

but it was a good experience!”

Yang Jinglun (CEE, 2003)

says, “I graduated

with a Masters of

Science (Environmental

Engineering) and am

currently working as

a Process Engineer. I

am married and have

one daughter. I try to make time for

regular exercise as that is one of my

keen interests.”

Yuannita Tovanna (CEE, 2003) is

presently working as an Engineer. “My

hobbies include travelling, reading

and sports. I am looking forward to

more travel programmes for alumni to

nearby resort islands!” she says.

Yohana Aleta (EEE, 2003) says, “I am

working in the software engineering

line and I enjoy meeting up with

my friends from NTU. I am also

looking forward to attending more

alumni events as I can get the

chance to network and also see the

development of the university.”

Arleen Ridwan (EEE, 2003) is now a

Software Engineer. “I keep in regular

contact with my former classmates

and take the opportunity to make

more new friends at the various

alumni gatherings.”

Lynn Ng (NBS, 2003)

is currently doing

corporate planning work

in NTUC Income, where

she mainly handles

statistics, product

development and other

adhoc projects. “ I

enjoy scuba diving, swimming and

wakeboarding. I am glad to have

played hard during my univerisity

years when I was involved in the Hall

10 JCRC and to be able to experience

hostel living.”

Quek Siao Yan (NBS, 2003) is a

Financial Advisor with Prudential. She

enjoys sports and games and looks

forward to having more games such

as netball and female soccer during

the alumni activities.

Anni Oktaviani Suhendra

(EEE, 2004) is a

Software Engineer now.

“My hobbies include

reading, travelling and

playing sports. I find

it very useful to be

given the opportunity

to attend alumni events and network

with the other graduates from NTU.”

Bayu Praschya Sugihanto

(EEE, 2004) is working

as a Equipment

Engineer since his

graduation from NTU.

“ I try to stay active

in sports and I enjoy

playing basketball

and other sports games. I wish

to keep in touch with his former

classmates, whom I may not have

met for a long time, which I feel can

be accomplished by attending more

alumni events.”

Firnandus Lim (EEE,

2004) is working as a

Digital IC Designer. “I

enjoy playing sports

and looks forward to

more activities for me

to meet up and network

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with old friends from my School and

other alumni.”

Lu Chunjing (CEE,

2005) graduated with

a Masters of Science

(Environmental

Engineering) and is

now working as a

Process/Mechanical

Engineer with Hyflux

Pte Ltd. She is married and has 2

children. “I enjoy reading, jogging,

playing badminton and reading

and have enjoyed all the activities

organised and will try to attend more

in future.”

Ezen Ho (TIP 2005) is presently

actively looking for a job. She enjoys

reading, dabbling with tech gadgets,

photography, backpacking, tennis,

outdoor sports, salsa dancing and

listening to jazz music. She says,”

After TIP, I embarked on an exciting

trip to South America, after which I

thought of doing something different

with the photos taken and from

there, the idea of a coffee table book

emerged!”

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