DBEN student, Nurul Khadijah, featured in local newspaper

14 Dec 2020

Khadijah’s interest in biology and helping others started since secondary school when she joined the St. John’s Brigade. She is also keen on engineering as influenced by both her elder siblings who pursued that. However, she did not always do well in school due to her playfulness. She did badly for PSLE and could not qualify for the Express stream. The turning point for Khadijah was when she discovered about the Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) when SP visited her school. She was determined to work hard and eventually scored 7 points in her N-Levels, earning her a spot in PFP at SP.

She ended up in SP’s *Diploma in Bioengineering, where she could combine both her passion in biology and engineering. Being almost at the end of her polytechnic journey in SP, Khadijah has a much clearer picture now of the path she wants to pursue after graduation. She will be applying into NTU or NUS to pursue bioengineering, and aspires to work in a hospital one day, specialising in orthopaedics. 

For her final-year project, Khadijah together with her teammates, Saw Yuwaddy Htut and Toh Jun Sheng, created an ankle brace specially customised to a patient’s foot using 3D scanners and printing. This brace aids in recovery as it can be easily removed and is comfortable as compared to traditional casts. As this method has yet to be widely adopted in the healthcare industry, the team hopes to encourage its application to not only orthopaedic products, but also other biomedical products. The team has been selected as one of the Top 3 projects to be showcased at SP Engineering Show as part of SP Open House 2021, which will be held virtually and attended by industry partners from the engineering sector.


Source: Berita Harian © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Permission required for reproduction.

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