Techignite: Speaker Series

Speaker Series
05 Jan 2022 - 22 Jan 2022 Virtual Alumni
Organised by:
NTU College of Engineering

Techignite is NTU College of Engineering’s inaugural virtual engineering festival. Through these specially curated speaker series, learn how engineering can open doors of opportunities for you in this new-age world.

Supertree Grove – Rising beyond Challenges
Wednesday, 5 January 2022 | 5.30PM to 7.00PM
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Mr Von Lee (CEE/Class of 1995)
Founder and Chairman, Expand Group of Companies

The 2018 EY Entrepreneur of the Year speaks about his journey behind Singapore's iconic structures such as the Supertree Grove at the Gardens by the Bay. Mr Von Lee, an alumnus from NTU's School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, received his BBM Public Service Star award from Singapore President Mdm Halimah Yacob in 2018. Hear the insider story of how he was motivated to start his own company, the Expand Group of Companies, back in 2000, how he overcame different challenges over the past 20 years and what keeps him going as an entrepreneur.

Marina Bay – Keeping its Cool in Hot and Sunny Singapore
Friday, 7 January 2022 | 5.30PM to 7.00PM
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Mr Foo Yang Kwang 
Chief Engineer, SG District Cooling, SP Group

Taking the heat off cooling through a greener way to cool is the motto behind the innovation of SP Group’s centralised cooling system. From 1980 to 2020, the annual mean temperature has increased from 26.9°C to 28.0°C. Daily mean temperatures are projected to increase by 1.4°C to 4.6°C. A mean temperature increase of 1.5°C to 2.5°C could affect the natural diversity of Singapore’s plants and put animals at risk, threaten food safety and affect our public health.

Mr Foo Yang Kwang is the chief engineer behind Marina Bay's largest underground district cooling project. Hear from Mr Foo how SP Group overcame the various challenges in building the world’s largest underground district cooling network in 2016.

Lighting Up Tomorrow
Tuesday, 11 January 2022 | 5.00PM to 6.30PM
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Mr Frank Phuan (MSE/Class of 2001)
Founder, Sunseap Group
Have you heard of a Solar Farm in the sky?

Learn from Mr Phuan himself on how Sunseap is taking the solar energy market by storm through their latest development by developing solar panels not just on roofs but now on sea-based floating systems.

A graduate from NTU's School of Materials Science and Engineering, Mr Frank Phuan decided to expand his father’s solar manufacturing business by selling energy instead of the system. Mr Phuan is confident that in future, Sunseap can offer renewable energy less than the price of power generated by traditional sources such as coal-fired plants. 

Less is More – Reinventing Today's Gadgets for Tomorrow
Friday, 14 January 2022 | 5.30PM to 7.00PM
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Ms Yvonne Tan
Digital Motor Engineering Manager, Dyson

Vacuum? Checked. Hairdryer? Checked. Inventing the future? Checked. 
With a business model built from a desire to solve the problems others ignore, Dyson spent the last 27 years pioneering inventions.

As a leader who has worked across five countries, Ms Yvonne Tan relates her experience working with Dyson to reinvent appliances where sustainability is the centre of all inventions at Dyson.

Powering through the Day with Technology
Tuesday, 18 January 2022 | 5.30PM to 7.00PM
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Dean of Graduate College and Professor at School of Materials Science and Engineering
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Break a sweat to recharge your battery. Prof Lee Pooi See’s latest research on soft and stretchable battery that is powered by human perspiration could potentially change the smart wearable industry.

Join Prof Lee as she speaks about how she focuses on creativity and teamwork to make an impact.



Singapore’s New Crown JEWEL
Saturday, 22 January 2022 | 10.00AM to 11.30AM
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Ms Fiona Chua
Assistant Vice President, CapitaLand

One of Singapore’s most iconic landmarks is none other than JEWEL Changi Airport.

Hear from Ms Fiona Chua, the Assistant Vice President of CapitaLand, who played a vital role in the construction of the 10-storey Jewel with a roof measuring approximately 200m long and 150m wide. Hear the marvels of the engineers who made dreams a reality.