Report- Chairman

Envisioning a Vibrant Engineering Culture
Dear Members,

The IET Singapore Network has had another busy year with a good variety of activities for our members from October 2016 to September 2017. Our committee members have done an excellent job in planning activities that cater to members in all stages of their careers, including the enthusiastic young engineers in our On-Campus sections. Special mention must be made about the impressive contributions made by the NTU and PSB On Campus Committees towards the wealth of activity continuing through the year, often extending around the region.

Industry experts held regular talks targeting both experienced and young engineers alike. Our big occasion was the 40th Anniversary of the Singapore Network, celebrated at a well- attended Anniversary Dinner in December 2016. Special efforts by many contributors resulted in a well-received 40th Anniversary Magazine that gave a nostalgic rundown of our Network happenings from back in 1976. Many folks from the past contributed their reflections –and a good number were able to be with us for the Dinner event.

Technical and Industrial visits were very successful, including an industrial visit to the Seletar Campus of Rolls-Royce. Another key event was the AF Harvey Award Winning Lecture, held at Eden Hall, the residence of the British High Commissioner. Dr Arseniy Kuznetsov, presented a new concept of low-loss dielectric nano-antennas for real-life devices.

Our Faraday’s Challenge continued to be highly successful, resulting in a second run being requested by IMDA, to be conducted over two days at their “Tech Saturday” in Suntec City Convention Centre.

The event has attracted many young minds to engineering with two different Missions, this year, combining fun with engineering concepts to tackle genuine engineering problems.

This year’s Present Around The World saw many good entries; Dr Alan Zhong Li, our representative from  Singapore, won the “most favourite” award, voted by all audiences, with his presentation “Artificial Corneal Implants: A Brighter Future with Advanced Bioceramics”

The IET, Singapore Network was recognised as the “Most Improved Network from IET Asia Pacific Region”

in August 2017.  This is a great honour and is certainly thanks to the great support by our Members and volunteers who have made this possible. On behalf of IET Singapore
Committee, I would like to express our deepest appreciation.

Our membership continues to be quite healthy, with an increase in the younger members.  This trend is good for the future and we intend to keep doing more to encourage student membership, TMIET membership from polytechnic graduates and progression from student to full membership for university graduates.

We have continued with our vision of a vibrant engineering culture in Singapore and aim to progress even further to develop our activities in the coming year, turning our focus more onto our future engineers.

Yours sincerely, Jolyon P Caplin

Blog IET Singapore Network 03/04/2018 12:39pm BST

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