IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards 2017 - 12 Local Engineering Projects Win Top Honour


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20 July 2017, Thursday – The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) bestowed the IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards 2017 to 12 engineering projects for making exceptional contributions that enhance the quality of life and bring about engineering progress in Singapore.

Mr. Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, presented the annual awards to the winning teams at the World Engineers Summit – Applied Energy Symposium & Forum (WES-CUE) 2017 Joint Conference Dinner today as the event guest-of-honour.

Spanning the healthcare, defence, manufacturing, chemical, energy and environmental industries, this year’s winners demonstrate distinctive brilliance in delivering exceptional value to the well-being of people and communities. Selected from a record-setting 37 entries, these projects proved their merit to a judging panel of industry experts in these areas: resourcefulness in the planning and solving of design problems and the pioneering use of materials and methods; innovations in planning, design and construction as well as unique aspects and aesthetic values.

The team behind each winning project received a commemorative plaque and individual certificates.

More than 400 international and local engineers, sustainability specialists, policy makers and business leaders celebrated these outstanding engineering achievements with the winners at the dinner that marked the end of the second day of WES-CUE 2017. Themed “Low Carbon Cities & Urban Energy”, the event championed engineering-led discussions on latest research findings and showcased cutting-edge engineering innovations in sustainable development.

“The winners of the Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards 2017 embody the engineers’ spirit of determination and desire to improve lives. I would therefore like to commend all winners for their devotion and determination to break through difficult boundaries to achieve engineering excellence in their projects. Through these awards, IES hopes to recognise and reward these engineers for their achievements and hopefully inspire the younger generation to do the same and more in the years to come,” said Er. Edwin Khew, President of IES.

“This year’s award is significant as we had received the largest number of entries since the awards started. This shows the ingenuity across wide-ranging areas of engineering. It is also notable that three of the winning projects focus on sustainable urban development, in line with the push for Singapore to be a global hub for low-carbon, high energy-efficiency development through WES-CUE 2017,” said Er. Ho Siong Hin, Chairman, Awards Committee, IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards 2017.

The winning projects in the four awards categories are:

Applied Research and Development
• Development of apparatus and method to assess endothelial function to better manage patients with diabetes by School of Engineering, Nanyang Polytechnic
• EscoGlove: A soft and wearable robotic glove for assistance of hand-impaired patients during activities of daily living and rehabilitation by Department of Biomedical Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS)
• High power mid-infrared fiber laser by SIMTech, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)

Engineering Project
• BCA SkyLab - the world's first high-rise rotatable laboratory for the tropics by BCA SkyLab, Building and Construction Authority
• Littoral Mission Vessel by Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA)
• Mitigation of pollution at Kandy Lake and Mid-Canal, Sri Lanka by Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute, Nanyang Technological University
• Singapore Sports Hub by ARUP, DP Architects and AECOM

Technology Innovation
• Island Air Defence - networked air defence capabilities through technology by DSTA
• The av-Guardian - guardian for renal failure patients' lifeline; plug-&-play ready for dialysis of the future by Advent Access Pte Ltd

Young Creators Award
• Florisensors - Novel flower-based chemiresistive gas sensors by NUS
• Soft robotics technology for application on bedside ankle rehabilitation by NUS
• (Special Mention) Green and sustainable buildings: for our future by School of Engineering, Temasek Polytechnic

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English Terms Chinese Terms
The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) 新加坡工程师学会
IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards 新加坡工程师学会卓越工程成就奖
Er. Edwin Khew, President of IES 邱德福, 新加坡工程师学会会长
Er. Ho Siong Hin, Chairman, Awards Committee, IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards 2017 何祥兴, 主席, 奖项委员会, 新加坡工程师学会卓越工程成就奖2017

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.


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