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Mom Engineered His Passion

"All that I am, my mother made me." – John Adams, Second President of the United States of America

Coming from a single-parent family, Chin Guan Wei will always remember his mother’s sweat and tears that have given him a comfortable life since young. All that his mother expected of him was to be a useful person who could contribute to society.

Spurred by his mother’s words, Guan Wei did well in his studies in Punggol Secondary School. He has a passion for Physics and Mathematics and is often intrigued by how theories and formulae can be applied to solve complicated problems. He knew that becoming an engineer was his calling.

Guan Wei visited Singapore Polytechnic (SP) during the Open House as he heard about the polytechnic’s reputation for producing competent engineers. He spoke with the lecturers and was impressed by their expertise and patience in answering all his questions. Despite living at the other end of the island, Guan Wei made up his mind to make the Diploma in Mechanical Engineering in SP his first choice course.

His decision paid off handsomely. Besides being named as a SP Engineering Scholar, he had the valuable chance to intern with A*STAR’s Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology. The experience allowed him to hone his research skills and be exposed to the latest technologies available in the industry. The unique experience of working with a laser on composite materials was unforgettable.

It was not just all work and no play in SP for Guan Wei. He became the Vice-Captain of the SP Table Tennis team and played a part in motivating the team to win medals at the POL-ITE and Institute-Varsity-Polytechnic games. The team even flew to China for a regional competition. His holistic achievements earned him the SP Model Student Award in his final year.

Guan Wei also found time to participate in community service projects. Besides mentoring and teaching youth at Care Corner Queenstown, he also raised funds for a two-week overseas community service trip to Surabaya, Indonesia. The trip involved teaching English to native kids and building a staircase for a school. During a visit to a home for kids with cerebral palsy in Surabaya, he was touched by the family’s humility, simplicity and tenacity despite their special needs. The experience further developed his sense of empathy and strengthened his resolve to use his engineering skills and knowledge to change the world.

Guan Wei will be pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Nanyang Technological University under the Nanyang Scholarship after his national service.


  • Lee Kuan Yew Award
  • ETLA Gold Medal
  • OCBC Prize
  • PEC Merit Award
  • The Institution of Engineers Gold Medal Award