Sparking Passion, Developing People
15 Aug 2017

From career and scholarship fairs, to postgraduate scholarship awards, a part of DSTA’s activities in July and August centred on building up our defence engineers and scientists – now and for the future.

In July 2017, DSTA booths were set up at various tertiary institutions – Eunoia Junior College, Hwa Chong Institution, National Junior College, Raffles Junior College, and Victoria Junior College – for students to meet with DSTA engineers and learn more about our work and culture.

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After speaking to Capability Development Consultant (Networked Systems) Ong Junkai about his scholarship experiences, first-year Eunoia Junior College student Farell Toh said: "It interests me to know that I would be able to rotate between different Programme Centres to explore what suits my interest and skills best. I am definitely considering a career with DSTA."

Guo Ai Yun, a second-year at Hwa Chong Institution, is especially intrigued by the work at DSTA after a fruitful chat with Senior Engineer (Land Systems) Bryan Ng. She said: "I hope to explore internship opportunities with DSTA to get a first-hand experience on what it's like working as a defence engineer."

At Victoria Junior College, Engineer (C4I Development) How Chang Hong shared more about how he leverages new technologies such as virtual reality and data analytics to develop defence systems for the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). He said: "It's great to be back here! I enjoyed sharing with my juniors about the diverse career opportunities and strong learning culture at DSTA."

Career and Scholarship Fairs in July

Sharing sessions were also held where DSTA engineers revealed more about their scholarship experience, as well as the projects they have worked on. Engineer (C4I Development) Lincoln Cheng, who was one of the presenters at Hwa Chong Institution, said: "The innovative work we do at DSTA is exciting and I wanted to give the students a glimpse of that. I hope that sharing my passion has enthused them to pursue a career in defence engineering."

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Continuous learning and growth is key to sustaining one’s passion. On 2 Aug 2017, 20 DSTA staff received their Postgraduate Scholarship to further their technical expertise and knowledge. They will be taking on their studies at acclaimed universities globally, in areas such as system design and management, and data science.

 

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Scholarship recipients who received certificates from Chief Executive Tan Peng Yam (first row, second from left)

 

Among the recipients was Senior Engineer (Systems Management) Collin Chng, who will be pursuing a Master of Science in Robotics and Computation at University College London. “Robotics will play an increasingly significant role in defence applications, to augment a lean manpower. Through the course, I hope to build up my technical expertise to deliver smarter robotics applications and autonomous solutions that could significantly enhance the Singapore Armed Forces’ capabilities,” he said.

The scholarship recipients included several corporate professionals. Manager (Plans) Elise Wee shared: “I am grateful for DSTA’s support in my personal learning and development. I hope to deepen my data analytics skills and build predictive models to better manage DSTA’s business functions.” She will be pursuing a Master of Science in Business Analytics at the National University of Singapore.

 

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