Singapore -( ASIA TODAY )-The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES), today, kicked off the fifth National Engineers Day (NED) in conjunction with the Singapore Mini Maker Faire (SMMF) Education Day, one of the activities under the Singapore Science Festival. Held at NUS University TownTM on 18 and 19 July 2014, the two-day event commenced with an opening ceremony officiated by Mr. Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education, as the Guest-of-Honour.
Themed ‘The Power to Create’, the engineering festival of the year is filled with a showcase of wacky and ingenious engineering projects, hands-on activities to create and explore, educational talks, interactive workshops and even an F1 race featuring student-designed cars organised by F1 in Schools, alongside other science, technology and mathematics activities.
Supported by more than 35 organisations, institutes of higher learning (IHLs) and government bodies, NED and SMMF 2014 provide the perfect platform for students to delve into the marvels of engineering, discover the exciting prospects of a career in engineering and celebrate engineering brilliance.
At the opening ceremony, Mr Heng presented the IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards to 10 teams, in recognition of outstanding engineering projects that have contributed significantly to the progress of engineering and the quality of life in Singapore. The winners include four teams from the Agency of Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR); a team each from Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA), JTC Corporation (JTC), Singapore LNG Corporation (SLNG), Singapore Polytechnic and National University of Singapore (NUS); and one NUS-A*STAR-DSO National Laboratories combined team.
He also presented the IES Design Awards to Temasek Polytechnic (Gold Winner), Ngee Ann Polytechnic (Silver Winner) and Nanyang Polytechnic (Bronze Winner), for their innovations designed to help persons with disabilities or the elderly.
"Since 2010, the National Engineers Day has awed students with the power of engineering in transforming economies and quality of lives, through highly engaging, interactive and fun activities. In line with our goal to nurture future engineering thought leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs, IES endeavours to make each NED bigger and better to entice more young minds to take up careers in engineering so as to sustain our economic competitiveness," said Er. Chong Kee Sen, President, IES. “We hope that with the powerful NED-SMMF combo this year, our younger generation can see engineering for the fascinating, highly rewarding career that it is.”
“If you want to see what engineering is all about and if you have what it takes to be an engineer, come to NED and SMMF 2014. Our collaboration with the Science Centre Singapore unleashes a whole line-up of exhilarating activities and promises an inspiring experience. We are also privileged to have the support of NUS U-Town as venue host – their lively campus with state-of-the-art facilities offers the perfect setting for our event,” said Dr. Richard Kwok, Chairman of NED Organising Committee, IES.
“Tinkering and creating are precursors to building innovations of the future. The Singapore Mini Maker Faire Education Day is an excellent platform for students to stimulate an interest in technology and engineering. At the same time, they get to share their personal Do-It-Yourself creations and learn from other Makers in an informal setting. STEM gives the students the power to create and the empowerment may one day see them as contributors to our knowledge-based and innovation economy,” said Associate Professor Lim Tit Meng, Chairperson of the Singapore Science Festival and Chief Executive of the Science Centre Singapore.
Annual IES Charles Rudd Distinguished Lecture Speaker – Mr. Seah Moon Ming
This year’s IES Charles Rudd Distinguished Lecture, a key highlight of NED every year, will present Mr. Seah Moon Ming, Executive Director and Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pavilion Energy Pte Ltd and Pavilion Gas Pte Ltd, and recipient of the IES / Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Medal of Excellence in 2008. As a highly regarded and successful engineer, Mr. Seah will share insights about ‘Corporate Leadership in Engineering’ to IES members and the engineering fraternity on 18 July, from 11am to 12pm at UT-Auditorium 2, NUS UTownTM.
IES launched NED in 2010, as a national event to celebrate the achievements of engineers and to enthuse the young to take up engineering as a course of study towards a life-long career. NED has since become an annual engineering festival involving students from schools and institutions of higher learning.
Organised in collaboration with tertiary institutions, industry, government agencies and partnering engineering organisations, the year-long activities of NED comprise career talks, industrial visits, innovation contests, exhibitions and lectures on engineering.
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About The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES)
The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) was formally established in July 1966 as the national society of engineers in Singapore. IES is the premier engineering institution in Singapore and is called upon by the Government to provide feedback on professional engineering matters.
IES is well represented among the faculty members of the major engineering institutions of higher learning in Singapore. Through close collaboration with the local universities and polytechnics, IES organises courses, seminars and talks for engineers and IES members to advance the continuous development of engineers.
The Institution maintains close links with professional organisations of engineers regionally and throughout the world. These include organisations in Australia, China, Japan, United Kingdom and the United States. The Institution also represents Singapore in the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organizations (AFEO) and the Federation of Engineering Institutions of Asia and the Pacific (FEIAP) in promoting goodwill, fellowship and exchange of knowledge among all engineers in ASEAN and the Asia-Pacific region.
Through its Engineering Accreditation Board (EAB), IES obtained full signatory status in the Washington Accord (WA) in June 2006. The entry grants IES the authority to represent Singapore, the first country within the ASEAN region which has obtained full signatory status in the WA, to vet education systems under the WA mutual recognition framework.
About Singapore Science Festival
The Singapore Science Festival is an annual celebration of the latest scientific innovations, new technologies, and cutting-edge research, and engineering, making them relatable and relevant to everyday life. There will be a range of exciting hands-on activities, events, workshops, and guest performances lined up all over Singapore from 18 July to 3 August.
The 2014 edition of the festival aims to rebrand scientists, engineers and technologists, with the theme 'Not all rock stars play the guitar. With science, you can be a rock star too’.
Previously known as the National Science Month, the festival is jointly organised by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and the Science Centre Singapore. For more information, please visit us at http://www.sciencefest.sg or look us up on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/singaporesciencefest
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