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ESP held a GET-TO-KNOW-ESP programme on 13 May 2017 at NUS on Saturday, May 13 2017.
Please click here for the written version of the talk shared by the ESP Director, A/Prof Anjam Khursheed.

ESP receives International accreditation for the next 5 years

Our programme has officially received the news that it will be accredited for the next 5 years. The Evaluation Team of the Engineering Accreditation Board (EAB) of the Institution of Engineers, Singapore(IES) conducted a 2-day accreditation on-site visit to assess the Bachelor of Engineering (Engineering Science) program on 18th and 19th October 2016 against the criteria set out in the EAB Accreditation Manual. The result, ESP has passed with flying colours. The EAB summarised their report as follows.

Main strengths
(i) The mission and programme educational objectives of the Engineering Science program are periodically reviewed based on discussions with ESP’s Industry Advisory Committee.
(ii) In addition to the above, the SLOs and MLOs are periodically reviewed for improvement.
(iii) Staff and ESP Associates show great enthusiasm and passion for teaching and conducting hands-on experiments.
(iv) The student intake profile is good – attracting many good students primarily from both the Junior Colleges and overseas with equivalent qualifications.
(v) The academic qualifications of the ESP associates are of high standard and their resources are supplemented by postgraduate students from their respective departments. Teaching quality assurance is achieved via student feedback and a detailed review of teaching and examination results at the end of each semester.

Area for Improvement
(i) We recommend the cross-disciplinary aspect of the program be more clearly articulated to the students.

This report is an international recognition of the high quality of our programme, with particular emphasis on the “enthusiasm and passion” of our academic staff for “hands-on experiments”. There is only one minor weakness mentioned, which can be easily corrected. Congratulations are in order for the whole ESP team, especially to those academic/support staff directly involved in the accreditation exercise. Special thanks go to the ESP accreditation committee, consisting of Profs CM Wang, A. Khursheed and E. Birgersson, with inputs from J. Shailendra and J. van Kan. And also to the support staff who gathered information and helped compiled the final report, Violet, Priya, Anna and our ESP alumnus, Kwok Hoe. Please click here for copy of the certificate.

ESP Alumnus in the news!

ESP Almnus Tan Yi Han was featured in an article entitled Saving water: Move beyond price to focus on public education in the Today Paper dated 6 March 2017. Please click here to read about his view on getting Singaporeans to care about saving water.

Engineering Science Programme and STEM

The acronym, “STEM”, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is becoming increasingly used in the fields of education and the job market. It was first used in the context of developing a broader type of primary/secondary school education in the US [1], but is now widely used in the context of highlighting the kind of education graduates need in order to be prepared for the future. In a speech made by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on 8th May 2015, he stressed that in order to develop its economy and to become a modern and technologically advanced society, Singapore will need to grow its talent and capabilities in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics or STEM. He said:
“… For the next 50 years, we need strong STEM capabilities to be what we should be – a vibrant, exciting, advanced society. Recently I launched the Smart Nation programme to make Singapore a nation where technology and innovation strengthens our community and society, and enables people to live meaningful and fulfilled lives. There will be many opportunities for STEM graduates to make your mark and shape how we live, work and play. We are also upgrading our living environment – building greener homes, connecting our waterways and parks, expanding our public transport networks, embarking on complex engineer projects like the High Speed Rail link between Jurong East and Kuala Lumpur. All these require expertise and skills in engineering, technology and design.” [2]
The Engineering Science Programme at NUS is focused on providing a hands-on engineering multi-disciplinary “STEM” type of education that is founded on strong scientific/mathematical fundamentals. There are clear indications that a graduate with this kind of education will do well in the job market now and for the foreseeable future. Please click on [1] for the definition of STEM and [2] for PM Lee's speech transcript.

NUS Engineering Open Day

NUS will be having her annual Open Day on 11 March 2017 and we are inviting prospective students to visit the NUS Engineering booth held on that day. Learn about the various disciplines, special degree programmes and overseas study opportunities available for you, while interacting with faculty members, current students and alumni. Please click here to find out more. See you there!

Three different department that host and support ESP

From January 2017 onwards, ESP is hosted and supported by the following three departments (Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Physics). All academic staff working for ESP are pooled from these departments and ESP is now jointly owned by them. ESP will keep its identity, and still aim to prepare students for a research and development career in science and engineering. ESP will work closely with all its three host departments, forming a new partnership.

Honoured at the Great Women of Our Time Awards 2016

Engineering Science Programme Associate Professor Ho Ghim Wei is this year’s Great Women of Our Time Awards recipient in the Science and Technology category.
Click here to read more about the award.

NUS Engineering bags three awards at IChemE Singapore Awards 2016

Engineering Science Programme Associate Professor Chua Kian Jon, Ernest picked up the Research Project of the Year Award (Singapore) at the Institution of Chemical Engineers’ (IChemE) awards dinner held on 21 October for his project ‘Membrane dehumidifiers to reduce energy consumption’.
Click here to read more about his project and the other awards that were awarded to NUS Engineering.

Engineering an innovative transport system for sustainable future mobility

A pair of Year 4 Engineering Science Programme (ESP) students, Messrs Lim Zeming and Tan Yan Han, participated in the inaugural Climate Innovation Challenge from 12 to 14 August 2016. Jointly organised by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), JTC and National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS), Strategy Group, the three-day hackathon - which is opened to the public- saw some 32 teams brainstormed and proposed new ideas that would help enhance innovation and sustainability in non-residential buildings and outdoor spaces.
Click here to read more about the challenge

Engineering an innovative transport system for sustainable future mobility

A group of NUS Engineering students from the Engineering Science Programme is participating in the Land Transport Authority (LTA) Engineering Challenge for Sustainable Future Mobility. The competition aims to build up Singapore’s engineering talent pool by encouraging innovation, creativity and engineering skills among tertiary students and Engineering professionals to co-create projects to help create an attractive and robust land transport network.
Click here to read more about the challenge

Associate Professor Ho Ghim Wei receives grant of $3.08 Million from Ministry of National Development (MND)

Engineering Science Programme Associate, A/Prof Ho Ghim Wei has been granted $3.08 million from MND for her reasearch project entitled Hybrid Reflective, Catalytic and Pyroelectric Nanocomposite for Holistic Solar Heat Gain, Air Quality and Energy Sustainability Solution
Click here to read more about her project