DASE Alumnus Unleashed Potential During Stint at Stanford University and Silicon Valley

Lau Lee Hong

DASE alumnus, Lau Lee Hong, had a stint at Stanford University on an NUS Overseas Colleges Scholarship.

Graduated from SP in 2012, Lee Hong was awarded the scholarship in recognition of his all-rounded achievements at NUS where he furthered his studies in Electrical Engineering in 2014.

While at Stanford University, he interned for a year with an Internet of Things (IoT) logistics startup where he developed smart pallets for the manufacturing and transportation industries, and turned an Android phone into an IoT gateway so that data from the planks could be forwarded to the Android phone and to the cloud. Thus, when the smart pallets were in the back of the transportation truck, the truck driver could use his/her Android phone to automatically forward the data of the transporting goods in real-time to the cloud system.

Lee Hong’s love for programming started in primary school when his mum signed him up for a robotics course during the holidays. He learnt then how to program a robotic car to follow a black line using some block-based computer program. When he was introduced to microcontroller programming in the DASE course, he experienced magic in front of his own eyes. From then onwards, he knew where his career passion lie and decided to pursue further education in programming.

Now at GovtTech, Lee Hong is a lead software developer at its Sensors and IoT Capability Centre, helping to drive Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative by tackling multi-scale societal problems using technology. He also helps various government agencies to come up with technology solutions to issues they face.

Currently, he leads the software development of the MANUCA platform. MANUCA is an embedded technology stack for use across multiple government IoT projects. This is to reduce the re-designing of software for every new government IoT project.

The learning experience and opportunities provided by DASE have sparked his interest in programming and built a solid foundation for his career. With SP, it’s so possible! 

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