Anyone who was nearly electrocuted during their childhood would most likely develop a fear of electricity. But for Pisigan Carlo Adrian Rectra, a case of near electrocution only piqued his curiosity towards electricity and energy sources. He researched and realised that the current energy sources powering the earth were not sustainable and harmful to the environment.
After his G.C.E ‘O’ levels, the Yishun Town Secondary School alumnus searched for relevant diplomas that he could apply for. He came across Singapore Polytechnic’s (SP) Diploma in Clean Energy and immediately put it down as his first choice. His choice of this SP diploma was influenced by SP’s prestigious reputation in engineering and the fact that SP was the first polytechnic to offer a renewable energy-related diploma with a comprehensive curriculum.
It was certainly the right choice as the SP Engineering Scholar and Model Student Award winner had the rare chance to help build SunSPEC3 - Singapore’s only solar car entry for the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2013. He also took part in the challenge that was held in the Australian outback from Darwin to Adelaide. The experience was enriching and nerve-wrecking for the then 19-year-old student as he had to solve engineering issues with limited resources in the harsh outback. Nevertheless, he and the team did a terrific job and returned with fresh perspectives on engineering.
Australia was also where Carlo did his internship. Attached to the University of New South Wales, he researched and simulated a micro energy grid consisting of wind turbines and solar cells. The internship paralleled his aspirations to be a researcher in the field of clean and renewable energy.
Back home, Carlo was involved in the Chingay parade for the past three years as the volunteer leader of the transport management team. The logistics and co-ordination undertaken by Carlo and his team ensured that the performers who number in the thousands arrive and depart from the performance venue smoothly and safely.
During Carlo’s tenure as the President of the SP Tennis club, he organised tennis tournaments and put his racquet skills to the test. He did SP proud by clinching the Gold medal in the men’s double and the Silver medal in the mixed doubles at the 2013 edition of the SP Novice Open and SP Open respectively. Under the SP Outstanding Talent Programme, he had also attended the overseas leadership development programme to Indonesia and Malaysia.
Carlo has been offered places at both the Nanyang Technological University and the National University of Singapore to study Electrical Engineering after his National Service. He has also accepted the NUS undergraduate scholarship. Who knows, the next technological advancement towards a greener and safer earth could be developed by Carlo.
Lee Kuan Yew Award
Weidmuller Gold Medal
Shell Merit Award
The Institution of Engineers Gold Medal Award