18 Mar 2019
DSTA opened its doors to close to 200 young tech enthusiasts, parents and school representatives on 16 March 2019 for the biannual Scholarship Tea Session to share more about the exciting opportunities available through the DSTA Scholarship.
Welcoming the participants, DSTA Chief Executive Tan Peng Yam and DSO National Laboratories (DSO) Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Systems) Dr Chan Yew Wing spoke about the roles that DSTA and DSO play in keeping the nation safe. They also introduced the organisations’ scope of work and the diverse opportunities offered to our engineers and scientists.
DSTA CE Tan Peng Yam welcomed the participants
Centre for Strategic Infocomm Technologies (CSIT) Chief Executive Darren Teo then moderated a panel session on cybersecurity, where DSTA Head (Cyber – RSAF) Alvin Cai, DSO Programme Director (Information Assurance) Dr Cho Chia Yuan and CSIT Head (Cyber Research) Dr Adrian Tang talked about their experiences and what drives them.
DSTA Senior Engineer (Advanced Systems) Nicole Chew and DSO Defence Research Engineer, Emerging Division, Chua Meng Shuen also provided insights into their experiences as DSTA scholars, from being undergraduates studying overseas to becoming professionals in their field.
Participants also gained greater insights into DSTA, DSO and CSIT’s work and the type of work they could be involved in through an exhibit showcase. Speaking with the engineers and scientists on-site, they were able to find out more about the respective organisation’s culture and work environment.
Lee Sin Yuen, a graduate of Dunman High School, said: “The engineers I spoke to are really passionate about their work, and they tell me that [in DSTA] ideas and knowledge are shared freely so I could just ask and learn from teammates to build my tech expertise.”