DIPLOMA IN ENERGY SYSTEMS & MANAGEMENT (S45)
SOLAR CAR RACE - NEVER GIVE UP
My perspective on engineering changed when I participated in Create Challenge 2011 back in secondary three. During the course of the competition, my team and I brainstormed, designed and created a prototype with the theme of Green Aviation. We were utterly surprised when we learnt that we emerged the national top 8 finalist. This sparked a passion in me and got me interested in engineering. With concern for the environment, I enrolled myself into Clean Energy in Singapore Polytechnic.
Three years in SP has equipped me with the basic fundamentals as well as hands-on skills, which prepared me for my further studies and work. My interest towards engineering grows as I gain more knowledge from lecturers as well as my peers in DCEG. SP motivates me to work independently and strive for the best in everything I do. I favour new challenges, so despite heavy involvements with studies and CCA, I joined the Youth Model ASEAN Conference (YMAC) 2014 as the committee chairperson. This event definitely moulded me into a better leader and listener as I facilitated 30 student delegates from the 10 ASEAN countries through debate sessions. I am glad that I helped foster good friendships among the delegates.
The most memorable moment in DCEG would be the building of SunSPEC4. SunSPEC4 is the first 2-seater solar car in Singapore and was the only Singapore entry to World Solar Challenge (WSC) 2015 in Australia. I’m very privileged to be a part of the team. The building of the car took us quite a long time, but it was heavily damaged when a fire broke out in the lab. We were just a month away from WSC, yet we had no solar car to race. Despite all this, our team was determined to rebuild the car. Although we had limited time, we did not falter in the face of stress. Within 4 weeks, our systems were up and ready for WSC! Crossing the entire continent of 3000km over 6 days was no easy feat for the SunSPEC Team and myself, but it was extremely rewarding to see SunSPEC4 cross the finishing line at Adelaide because we preserved and did not give up.
Everything is possible if we put in effort. As engineers, we must have the “never-say-die” spirit in us! I am currently offered the BCA-Built Industry Undergraduate Scholarship to further my studies in Electrical Engineering in National University of Singapore. I believe that with the knowledge I acquire, I can play a part in building a greener environment.