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Hear from our guest speakers who will impart wonderful insights to our graduating cohort gained from their wealth of experience.
Miss Chew Kai Hwa is the Managing Director of Quantum Chemical Technologies (S) Pte Ltd.
In 1987, she started her career as an Application Chemist in Omega Medical and Scientific Pte Ltd. In 1992, she took on the role of Technical and Research & Development (R&D) Manager at Singapore Asahi Chemical & Solder Industries (SACSI) Pte Ltd. In 1997, she assumed the appointment of Managing Director of Quantum Chemical Technologies (S) Pte Ltd, an R&D arm of SACSI.
In 2018, Miss Chew was appointed the Chairman of a new startup AMAT (S) Pte Ltd, a collaboration between SACSI and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to develop copper inks for printed electronics applications.
Miss Chew leads a team of chemists, metallurgists, materials science and mechanical engineers in R&D initiatives to support innovative materials development for interconnects such as solders, specialty chemicals, solder powder, Agparticles and AgNanowires paste and ink. She also provides technological support and solutions to SACSI’s global customers and its group of companies in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong and China.
Miss Chew brings more than 30 years of experience and research capabilities on industrial processes, she designs improvement/enhancement initiatives relevant to the electronics industry. She continues to work closely with various local and overseas multinational corporations on their process and design development requirements, and research institutions on joint R&D initiatives that are in line with changing technological trends.
She is the inventor of four international patents covering lead-free solders, process and applications. She is currently applying for a new patent on new emerging materials, AgNanowires.
Miss Chew holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the National University of Singapore.
Mr How Ti-Hwei is the Country President of AstraZeneca Singapore, a global, science-led pharmaceutical company focused
on the discovery, development and commercialisation of life-changing prescription medicines.
Mr How has more than 20 years of commercial experience across the pharmaceutical and fast-growing consumer goods (FMCG) industries. He spent the last seven years in various general management roles. His career beyond Singapore also covered Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia.
He serves as President of the Singapore Association of Pharmaceutical Industries, and the Chair of the European Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Committee.
He is also a member of the NUS Pharmacy Programme Advisory Board, and the Ngee Ann Polytechnic Life Sciences & Chemical Technology Advisory Committee.
Mr How holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Pharmacy and a Master of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore. He completed his pre-registration Pharmacist training at the National University Hospital before venturing into the private sector.
Prof Ng Huck Hui was appointed Executive Director of A*STAR Graduate Academy (A*GA) on 1 April 2017. He oversees A*GA’s talent management and development strategy to nurture young STEM (Science, Technology,
Engineering, Mathematics) talent and a strong local pipeline of scientific talent.
He is concurrently the Executive Director (ED) of the Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS). He joined A*STAR as Group Leader, GIS in 2003, before assuming the appointment of Acting ED, GIS in January 2012 and ED, GIS in October 2012. Under his leadership, GIS has grown to be a home for over 250 researchers working on different aspects of human genomics (human genetics; infectious diseases; cancer therapeutics and stratified oncology; human disease models; translational genomics; and computational and systems biology).
Prior to joining A*STAR, Prof Ng was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School under the prestigious Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Postdoctoral Fellowship. Prof Ng is renowned in the field of stem cells, having spent more than a decade in research to understand and uncover the intricacies of gene regulation and how they relate to cell biology.
He was the President of the Stem Cell Society Singapore, a major platform for educating the public on stem cell research. In 2016, he was elected as Associate Member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation, making him the only associate member based in Singapore.
Prof Ng holds adjunct positions at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine; NUS Faculty of Science; Nanyang Technological University School of Biological Sciences; and the Singapore Eye Research Institute. He also sits on the boards of Science Centre Singapore and NUS High School.
In recognition of his scientific contributions, Prof Ng has received numerous local and international honours and awards, including the Young Scientist Award (2004); Singapore Youth Award (2005); National Science Award (2007); Junior Chamber International Outstanding Young Persons Singapore Awards (2009); Singapore Youth Award (Commendation Medal) (2010); President’s Science Award (Team Award) (2011); and President’s Science Award (Team Award) (2018).
Prof Ng holds a Bachelors degree from NUS and a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh.
Professor Louis Chen is Emeritus Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS). During his 43 years with NUS, he was Head of the Department of Mathematics (July 1996 to June 2000) and Head of the Department of
Statistics and Applied Probability (July 2002 to June 2004). In July 2000, he became the founding Director of NUS’ Institute for Mathematical Sciences (IMS), which he built up into one of the finest in the world.
He served as Director of the Institute for 12 ½ years.
For his achievements in his field of study, he was appointed Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professor (July 2006 to December 2012). In January 2013, he was appointed Distinguished Professor. Internationally, Prof Chen was the first Asian to be elected President of the Bernoulli Society for Mathematical Statistics and Probability (August 1997 to July 1999). He received one of the highest honours when he became President of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics in August 2004, joining the ranks of the Institute's past presidents who are among the world's finest researchers in probability and statistics.
Prof Chen carried out research work in various areas of probability theory and statistics, namely Stein's method, martingale theory, Poincaré inequalities, and in biomolecular sequence analysis in computational biology. In his pioneering work on Poisson approximation in 1975, he developed a method of calculating the probabilities of occurrences of dependent rare events. This method, which is now known as the Chen-Stein or Stein-Chen method, has found wide-ranging applications in many fields, with lasting impact in science and technology. It has developed into one of the most important areas of discrete probability.
Prof Chen obtained his B.Sc. (Hons) in Mathematics from the then University of Singapore (now NUS) in 1964 and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Statistics from Stanford University in 1969 and 1971, respectively.
Our valedictorians reflect on their academic journeys and their future paths.
“It is in uncharted territories that we experience the greatest growth.”
Melvin Tan Jun Keong
Statistics and Computer Science
“As we strive towards greater heights, let us also remember how far we’ve come.”
1 Agency for Science, Technology and Research
“Remember the journey so far, to know where we stand and how we are to progress.”
Clive Aw Cenxin
“Dare to dream and don’t let anyone take that away from you.”
Dr Mervin Ang Chunyi
“Seize new opportunities and trust that your capabilities will bring you to great heights.”
Gladi Thng Jinyan
“The challenges and obstacles we encounter make us single-minded in achieving our dreams.”
Life Sciences (Second Major in Statistics)
“There are many challenges ahead, but none of them will be insurmountable.”
Ang Yan Sheng
“The privilege of being conferred a degree in a field that I am passionate about brings with it the responsibility to make the world a better place.”
Nicole Lim Pei Pey