My first encounter with Clean Energy was when I was 15 years old. I was then watching a 4-part documentary series “Powering the Future” on Discovery Channel and was intrigued by the various Clean Energy technologies and approaches used to address a myriad of energy challenges, termed the Energy Trilemma. That sparked my interest in the field of Clean Energy and led me to pursue the Diploma in Clean Energy at Singapore Polytechnic (SP) after my study at Fairfield Methodist School (Secondary). I applied to SP because of its prestigious reputation in engineering, the wide range of facilities and comprehensive curriculum it offered.

SP’s team of dedicated staff provided a learning environment that was both conducive and supportive, and allowed me to strive for academic excellence. As a recipient of the A*STAR Science Award (Polytechnic), I had the opportunity, in my second year, to participate in a research attachment with the Institute for Infocomm Research. Working on the SoundEye Project, an emergency monitoring device, provided me with a platform to experience a career in the research industry, widen my knowledge in the area of programming and hone my research and data analytical skills. These skills proved beneficial to me as they were transferable and allowed me to apply them not only in my final year project (FYP), but also university studies.

The Final Year Project was a culmination of the skills and knowledge we had acquired during our 3 year course. The project addressed energy efficiency and a safe living environment for the aged by using SoundEye in the area of home automation. Our hard work and efforts paid off when we were selected to represent SP in the 2014 Singapore International Energy Week Youth Energy Showcase. Besides being given a chance to be exposed to developments in the energy industry, our team presented the project to the Minister of Trade & Industry, Mr S Iswaran, as well as other foreign delegates. The project was also featured in the Energy Market Authority Newsletter (Issue 13 of 2015).

Apart from academic pursuits, I participated, as a volunteer, in the Responsible Energy Advocate Programme, a community project aimed at raising awareness of energy conservation among homeowners. This was accomplished through implementing energy solutions to reduce utility bills and inculcating energy saving habits. Being able to apply what I had learnt to the real-world and making an impact on people’s lives was, indeed, a rewarding experience.

After graduating from Singapore Polytechnic, I took up the Energy Market Authority (EMA) Undergraduate Scholarship and did a 6-month internship with the EMA before enlisting into National Service. Not only had I gained first-hand experience and knowledge in electricity grid supply chain operations, I had also understood how various policies and regulations were implemented to support a dynamic energy industry. With the foundation laid by my Diploma, I aim to study Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College, London, and embark on a career in the energy industry.

Weidmuller Prize
A*STAR Science Award (Polytechnic)
Singapore Power Prize
Weidmuller Gold Medal
The Institution of Engineers Gold Medal Award


Lin Tong Shen
2015 Gold Medallist

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