Studying Computers, Excelling in it

A few words from 2014 DCPE top graduate Lai Qing Hui on what he thinks makes SP education worthwhile.

2014 DCPE top graduate Lai Qing Hui from the Diploma in Computer Engineering (DCPE) has received an offer from Nanyang Technological University to study Computer Engineering with a Minor in Business.

What do you like best about the learning environment in SP?
I like how the modules are structured in a way where students are first exposed to the basics of the theory in the first term. In the second term, students are then given relevant projects to applied the skills acquired earlier.

It also a plus point where SP include other modules in the curriculum that are from other schools. Modules such as teamwork and communication skills are very essential for the students who will quickly find out why they need them in the near future.

What has been the biggest motivating factor(s) that helped you to perform very well in your course?
The biggest motivating factor came from my passion in what I am learning in school. I am a huge fan of technology! SP gave me an opportunity, and the resources to learn and do things that I love doing! When you are doing what u love, it's only natural that you will excel in it!

What are your most memorable moments in SP?
When I was entrusted to present on behalf of my Tech group during the SP Engineering Show. I had to present all of the projects in my Tech group to the Principal and CEO of SP, Officials from the Singapore Police Force, Directors from Infocomm Development Authority and many other esteem VIPs. It was a nerve-wracking experience but no doubt one of proudest moment in my life!

SP is turning 60 this year. Do you have any message for SP?
Congratulation SP! The first Polytechnic in Singapore! After spending three years in SP, it has become my second home. I’m sure many of the students feel the same way too! Continue to nurture talents and help making dreams come true! With SP, it's so possible!

A few words from 2014 DCPE graduate Tsu Wei Quan on what he thinks makes SP education worthwhile and the National Infocomm Scholarship (NIS) Scholarship that he received.

What are your thoughts on receiving the NIS scholarship?

I feel very honoured to be a recipient of this NIS scholarship. Receiving this scholarship was one of my greatest achievements in my life thus far and it gave me confidence to continue exceling in computer engineering studies. I am glad that all the effort that I had put in during my polytechnic years had paid off. Of course, receiving this scholarship wouldn’t be possible without the constant guidance and support that my polytechnic lecturers had given me. I am thankful for opportunity offered and I will do my best to contribute to this modern computer technology savvy society.

What spurred your passion in computer engineering?

During my secondary school days, online games had always been a craze and I was very much immersed in the thrill of computer gaming. I was very intrigued by the layout of these games and would spend hours in front of the computer exploring for new software resources hoping to just kill my burning curiosity. I was particularly interested in computer security such as hacking techniques and cheat engines software. From then, my passion for computer technologies grew. Furthermore, through some interactions with IT support team, I managed to get a better understanding of internet network maintenance and was amused to know how connected these systems were. Moreover, taking up part time jobs in IT events further broaden my knowledge of computers and software related products. My passion for computers never fails to get stronger. Simply said, anything that is involved with computers light that spark in me.


Why did you decide to come to SP?

Knowing that I have a passion for computers ever since my secondary school days, I was certain that computer engineering was the right course for me. Well having heard from words of mouth that SP was known to have one of the best engineering schools among the other few polytechnics, I begin to research further by looking through SP portals and reading reviews of SP engineering alumni. With many considerations, I chose Computer engineering as my top choice during my course selection upon entry to Singapore Polytechnic as I am confident that SP can offer me with the right essential knowledge that I had always wanted. Undoubtedly, it was a decision that I did not ever once regret. I fell in love with this course even more during my study in SP as the modules had given me a better understanding and concrete foundation of computer technology.


How has the SP experience help you so far?

SP had equipped me with good technical skillset that is deemed useful for my future use. Moreover, SP offers a wide range of equipment that is available for student use. With the availability of these facilities, I was exposed to many new technologies such as 3D-Printer and laser-cutter. Furthermore, there are always friendly and professional TSO/ lab technicians that are willing to assist me whenever I needed help with machine operations. This made learning so much easier. During my study in SP, I also have the privilege of working in SP learning data centre at T931 under the guidance of Mr Teo Shin Jen. This had provided me with a good simulation experience of how the outside world’s data centres were like.

My SP experience would not be complete without mentioning the constant support that I had received from my lecturers. During my year 2 in SP, I was very interested in cloud computing. Hoping to learn more in that particular specialised topic, I approached a few lecturers for more detailed information. Mr Teo Shin Jen was more than happy to provide me with the related knowledge and from there, I managed to complete 3 projects involving cloud computing. I was glad that I was able to experience hands-on experiments in T931 lab together with my fyp team. I would like to specially thank Mr Teo for inspiring me and guiding me throughout these years. The experiences that I gained from SP were fruitful and beneficial to me.

What is your future aspiration?

Having a strong passion for computers, my future aspiration is to contribute to the modern IT society. My future aspiration is to work in the industry of computing. Alongside my tertiary studies, I had set a few goals that I would want to achieve before I step into the working society. As a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), I wish to proceed further on to being a Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP). Other related tasks that I am currently embarking on include live streaming of data from many sensors to a cloud server and providing real time information. I also hope to attain other certificates such as Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) and many others. Although I have only managed Cloud Stack, I would also love to gain experience from other cloud platform. I find deploying of cloud service an excitement to me as I learn something new each time I deploy. Hence OpenStack and Eucalyptus would be my next focus of interest. Other than cloud computing, I will be learning to code in lua, improving my java skills and hope to develop a mobile application soon. As this may seem overwhelming for me at this moment, I believe I can do it as long as I have the passion and take each step one at a time.

Yu Ke Ming Graduate of DPCE in 2015 has been actively involved in numerous community services since 2013. He has bagged the Motorola Scholarship for AY2013/14. He was a finalist in WorldSkills Singapore 2014 in the skill area of Electronics.

Kelvin Khoo Kuok Yao from DCPE, graduated in 2011, has been awarded MICA Scholarships Award in 2012 by Ministry of Communications and Information to further his study at University College London. He is currently pursuing his Master degree at Oxford University.

Leong Wei Herng Nigel from DCPE, graduated in 2011, was awarded SUTD Undergraduate Merit Scholarship to pursue engineering degree.

Mediana, from DCPE, graduated in 2011, studied for Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Honour) at National Technological University is Lee Kuan Yew gold medal.

Ng Jian Ye Eugene from DCPE was a recipient of SP Excellent Award 2013 for Sports. He has also came 1st in Wushu National Open Sanda Championships 2011.

Lee Yu Qing from DCPE, graduate in 2011, has received the Lee Hsien Loong Award for Outstanding All-Round Achievement, the Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Book Prize and the Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship to Encourage Upgrading from MOE.

Goh Su Hwee Timothy from DCNT, graduated in 2007, has been awarded DSTA Scholarships by Defence Science & Technology Agency, to pursue a degree in Computer Engineering from Cambridge University. He also won gold medal and best of nation award in the IT-PC & Network Support trade at WorldSkills Competition in 2007, in Japan.

Last updated: 12 January 2016