Tan Yan Xin - Formula One Car Designer in the Making
While Singaporeans desire to own luxury cars, Tan Yan Xin dreams of designing a Formula One car. After scoring an aggregate of seven points for her 'O' levels, the former student of Swiss Cottage Secondary School took the first step towards realising her dream by taking up the Diploma in Electrical & Computer Control Engineering course at Singapore Polytechnic - her first choice.
Yan Xin's hard work saw her getting the Top Female Student award in the second and third year of her course. She went on to become the Top Female Student in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
On top of her excellent results which saw her bagging 32 distinctions and As, Yan Xin volunteered once a week to mentor students at Riverside Secondary School as part of the BP International Student Mentoring Programme. She was the youngest mentor when she joined in 2004. For two hours a week, she counselled and coached the students in Mathematics. Yan Xin enjoyed bonding with the students and the mentoring experience allowed her to meet and learn from people from different walks of life.
She said that besides gaining academic knowledge, her time at Singapore Polytechnic has also strengthened her character. She singled out the annual SPINNOVEX student project exhibition as a fantastic opportunity that helped to boost her self-confidence. With pride she presented her 'health-conscious' massager chair project to the public.
The idea of building the massager chair, which measures blood pressure and customises the strength of the massage, came to Yan Xin while observing her father standing for hours while manning his satay beehoon stall.
The Lee Kuan Yew Award winner's interest in Physics prompted her to apply for the mechanical engineering degree programme at NTU. This move to be proficient in different aspects of engineering will bring her another step closer to achieving her goal of joining the Formula One design team.
- Lee Kuan Yew Award
- Micron Semiconductor Gold Medal
- Shell Companies in Singapore Prize
- OCBC Prize
- Motorola Prize
- Jurong Shipyard Prize
- Infineon Technologies Top EEE Female Award
- The Institution of Engineers, Singapore Prize