Published on 07 Jul 2021

NTU EEE graduand | Class of 2021 : Ms Yang Ziyi

NTU EEE graduand Yang Ziyi graduates with a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering). She reflects on her time at NTU EEE, getting to travel to Silicon Valley, and working on "EEE Egnite" for local community improvement projects.

One thing that Ziyi appreciates the most about NTU EEE is the plethora of opportunities that the school has provided for its students. With 6 student bodies, 4 corporate labs, and various internship and research connections, the school does offer students numerous professional and personal development opportunities to choose from. One can always try different things when they first join EEE while gradually discovering their directions in life.

Not to forget about the people in NTU EEE. Most professors that Ziyi met are rather approachable and the friends here are supportive too. In NTU EEE, through participating and organising various school events, she had the privilege to know a group of passionate individuals who later become her friends, who dare to dream big and work effectively to make their dreams a reality. Ziyi found these people are very cool!!

One a personal note, Ziyi thoroughly enjoyed the outreach events in NTU EEE, some of them being Open House and school tours where current students got to interact with potential students, or EEE Induction Fiesta where seniors could get to know and guide incoming EEE freshmen. “I think still today many people still have misconceptions about EEE as a course and have stereotypes for girls in engineering. Through the interaction with these potential students, it offered me opportunities to genuinely share my experience in NTU EEE with them and this hopefully would help them to clear some doubts and make an informed decision”, she said.

Being the former chairperson for EEE Egnite, which is the student club that organises local community involvement project, Ziyi has been actively involved in volunteering and promoting volunteering culture in the faculty. Over the years, the club has formed various partnerships with external charity organisations such as Glyph Asia and Habitat for Humanity. The students aimed to use what they learned in school to give back to society. Some projects they organised were house cleaning/light repairing for the live-alone elderly and Christmas light workshop for children from less privileged backgrounds.

Ziyi’s favourite professor in EEE is Prof Gooi Hoay Beng. she first met him in Year 1 to discuss one of her undergraduate research projects. He was approachable and helpful, and he encouraged her to discover a few research areas in his lab before Ziyi decided to choose her specialisation. Academically, besides the well-known fact that Prof Gooi teaches well, he also put in much effort to guide both Ziyi’s undergraduate research project and her final year project. From the regular meet-up to discuss the progress to the help with editing her reports, Prof Gooi is the professor who paid attention to the details of her projects and helped me to improve along the way. On a personal level, Prof Gooi often offered insights about the working world that helped her to be mentally prepared and to explore different possible career options rather than just focus on the immediate job. Ziyi is indeed grateful to have the support from Prof Gooi throughout her major projects in her uni life.