Celebrating
Your Journey

Congratulations, Class of 2018 on your graduation!

Your Journey

Ceremonies

Ceremony Date Time Department Valedictorian Guest Speaker
C2 Thursday
12 July 2018
10.00 am Pharmacy Elston Foo Sheng Kai Mr Wu Tuck Seng
Deputy Director
Department of Pharmacy
National University Hospital
Mathematics Dr Teng Dan
Science Communication
C3 Thursday
12 July 2018
8.00 pm Chemistry
Cao Xujun Prof Lui Pao Chuen
Advisor
National Research Foundation
Prime Minister's Office
Physics Dr Raditya Weda Bomantara
Risk Management Institute
C4 Friday
13 July 2018
10.00 am Biological Sciences Gina Ng Lee Gem Mr Veera Sekaran
Founder and Managing Director
Greenology Pte Ltd
Dr Lim Xin Xiang
C5 Friday
13 July 2018
3.00 pm Statistics and Gregory Ang Tai Xiang -
Applied Probability
School of Computing
*Note: Environmental Studies hosted by Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Guest Speakers

Mr Wu Tuck Seng

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Mr Wu Tuck Seng

Deputy Director
Pharmacy Department
National University Hopsital

Thursday 12 July 10.00 am C2

Mr Wu Tuck Seng is the Deputy Director and Head of the Pharmacy Department at the National University Hospital (NUH). He is also President of the Singapore Pharmacy Council and the immediate past Chairperson of the National Medication Safety Committee, Ministry of Health. 

He holds a Master of Health Science (Management) degree from the University of Sydney (2005) and a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) degree from the University of London (1982). He has worked as a hospital pharmacist for 31 years. His professional interests are in the areas of hospital pharmacy, oncology, medication safety, clinical pharmacy and automation. His career enabled him to undertake diverse roles, including clinical pharmacist, hospital practitioner, educator, mentor and pharmacy leader.

He has led the NUH team to win numerous awards. This includes the National Infocomm Award (2010) for the most innovative use of technology for an inpatient “closed loop medication management system”, a first in the Asia Pacific. In 2014, NUH was the first runner-up for its project “Outpatient Pharmacy Automation System”, which improves operational efficiency and patient safety.

Mr Wu received the Professor Lucy Wan Outstanding Pharmacist Award (1995), the highest award from the Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore conferred to Singapore pharmacists who excel in their area of practice; the commendation medal by the President of Singapore (2005); and the Public Administration Bronze Medal (2015). He also received the Ministry of Health National Outstanding Clinical Quality Champion Award (2016) for contributions to healthcare quality and safety.

Prof Lui Pao Chuen

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Prof Lui Pao Chuen

Advisor
National Research Foundation
Prime Minister’s Office

Thursday 12 July 8.00 pm C3

Prof Lui Pao Chuen is currently Advisor to the National Research Foundation, Prime Minister’s Office and to six other Ministries. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).

He graduated from the University of Singapore in 1965 with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Physics. A year later, Prof Lui enlisted as Captain in the Logistics Division of Ministry of Interior and Defence. In 1971, he was awarded the first Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) postgraduate fellowship. He elected to go to the Naval Postgraduate School run by the United States Navy, where he graduated with a Master’s degree in Operations Research and Systems Analysis.

Prof Lui has served as an Adjunct Professor at the NUS Faculty of Engineering since 1990. In recognition of his contributions to NUS, Prof Lui received the Teaching Excellence Award by the NUS Faculty of Engineering (2002); the NUS Distinguished Science Alumni Award (2005); and the NUS Outstanding Service Award (2007).

He is a Fellow of the Singapore National Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the Singapore Academy of Engineering.

In 2009, Prof Lui received the rare Pioneer Award of International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), in recognition of his significant contributions to systems engineering. He was also conferred an Honorary Fellow of the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (2011); the Singapore Armed Forces Good Service Medal (1975); the Public Administration Silver Medal (1979); the Public Administration Gold Medal (1992); and the National Science and Technology Medal (2002). In 2015, Prof Lui received the inaugural Defence Technology Medal (Outstanding Service) from the Minister for Defence.

Prof Lui retired in 2008 after serving 41 years in MINDEF in different appointments, including Chief Defence Strategist in his last 22 years’ service. He continues to contribute his expertise professionally. Prof Lui was on the Board of Directors of various government agencies, universities and corporations. These appointments include: Chairman of Singapore Technologies Dynamics Pte Ltd, and Sembcorp Design and Construction Pte Ltd; Board Member of ST Kinetics, ST Electronics, and Endofotonics Pte Ltd; and Board Member of the Tropical Marine Science Institute and the Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and Processing in NUS. He also sits on the NUS High School Board of Governors and is a Governing Board member of the Centre for Quantum Technologies. He is also a member of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation Advisory Council and Vice President of the Scout Council of Singapore.

Mr Veera Sekaran

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Mr Veera Sekaran

Founder and Managing Director
Greenology Pte Ltd

Friday 13 July 10.00 am C4

Mr Veera Sekaran, a botanist and urban greening specialist with over 30 years of experience, started Greenology Pte Ltd 10 years ago to realise his vision of transforming urban spaces into thriving habitats and sustainable ecosystems. Mr Sekaran also set up affiliate companies - Greenologix, VertiVegies and Evology - to provide solutions in climate-controlled urban farming, green intelligence and eco-development consulting, respectively.

Mr Sekaran’s illustrious career includes directing cornerstone green projects in the public and private sectors, locally and overseas. He has held the roles of Assistant Curator of Horticulture at the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari, Curator of Horticulture at Changi Airport, and Assistant Director at the National Parks Board.

His green interests have taken him around the world, where he managed a wide range of consultancy projects for overseas eco-parks and zoos in Pakistan, Morocco, Seychelles, Africa, Vietnam, China, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Cambodia.

Mr Sekaran was a lecturer for four terms in NUS for the Master’s Programme in Landscape Architecture. He also taught at the Institute of Engineers on the Active Beautiful Clean Waters (ABC Waters Programme) spearheaded by PUB, Singapore’s national water agency.

He has received numerous accolades. These include the Singapore-Indian Entrepreneur Award (2018); the Emerging Enterprise Award (2017), one of Singapore's most coveted business awards co-organised by OCBC Bank and The Business Times; the Spirit of Enterprise Award (2017), a national award conferred to business entrepreneurs to honour their achievements; the Singapore Indian Business Leaders Award (2016); and the NUS Faculty of Science Outstanding Alumni Award (2014).

Valedictorians

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Elston Foo Sheng Kai

“The reality is that the journey ahead will be steeper than before. In the white coats we will soon wear, we must embrace change; and be the makers of change.”

Elston Foo Sheng Kai, Pharmacy

Thursday 12 July 10.00 am C2

Elston Foo Sheng Kai graduates with Honours (Highest Distinction) in Pharmacy, where he was placed on the Dean’s List for two semesters. Elston enjoyed a holistic student experience, and also broadened his horizons at a summer programme at the University of Toronto.


Elston held multiple leadership appointments at NUS. He served as the Vice-President, and subsequently as President of the NUS Students’ Political Association, where he led his team of student leaders to nurture political awareness and active citizenry through facilitated dialogue and engagement. He also forged closer relationships with the People's Association Youth Movement and REACH (reaching everyone for active citizenry@home) which gathers feedback on major issues impacting citizens, through collaborations such as the Singapore Model Parliament 2018.


Elston was also elected the Council Chairperson of the Student Union, where he provided advice on the Union Constitution to Council members and planned meetings to facilitate and mediate student leader discussions. Elston was also highly involved in community work. In his first year, he was part of the NUS Pharmaceutical Society Flag committee which organised fundraising activities for a children’s beneficiary. He was also involved in the Tri-Generational HomeCare Project, a community health programme which grooms students to care for the vulnerable elderly. This spurred him to participate in a community health service learning programme centred on medication reconciliation (NUS CHAMP, or Community Health Angels Mentoring Programme), where he was instrumental in setting up the first student steering committee.


Elston completed his community rotation at Unity Pharmacy where he dispensed medication and provided counselling advice to patients on their health and medications. Later he took on an internship at Janssen-Cilag Asia Pacific, where he identified alternative drug registration pathways in the Asia-Pacific market to expedite access to essential medications.


Motivated by his interest in clinical research, Elston completed a research project in collaboration with the Singapore General Hospital to investigate the safety and effectiveness of medications for patients with inflammatory bowel diseases. He was also appointed as a Class Champion by the NUS Development Office, in recognition of his efforts in raising funds for the Pharmacy Bursary.


Elston currently works at the National University Hospital as a Pre-Registration Pharmacist. He aspires to pursue a career applying multidisciplinary skills at the frontier of healthcare.

Teng Dan

“To overcome obstacles and achieve success, we need to push ourselves forward each day. We may not reach there immediately but we shall keep trying.”

Dr Teng Dan, Mathematics

Thursday 12 July 10.00 am C2

Dr Teng Dan graduates with a Ph.D. in Mathematics. She was a recipient of the NUS Research Scholarship which is awarded to outstanding graduate students for research leading to a higher degree at the university. She also received a grant under the Ministry of Education.

For the first two years in her Ph.D. studies, she worked on theoretical computer science and co-authored one paper in this area. She then moved on to the field of numerical analysis and machine learning, where she wrote three papers as the first author, one of which was published on the scientific journal IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence. She was also the only invited participant from an Asian university to the Gene Golub SIAM Summer School (2015), where she deepened her knowledge and understanding on various numerical linear algebraic problems.

Dr Teng’s dissertation focused on applying randomisation techniques to solve numerical linear algebraic problems. One of the algorithms she developed shows the possibility for a hybrid algorithm to combine the high accuracy from its deterministic component with the low cost from its embedded randomisation process.

Dr Teng is passionate about science and technology and continues to challenge herself to broaden her knowledge. She currently works as a Research Scientist in a technology startup in Singapore.

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Cao Xujun

“As we begin a new journey, our dreams will change. But we can trust that our experiences, our skills and especially our mistakes, make us equal to the dreams we choose to own.”

Cao Xujun, Chemistry

Thursday 12 July 8.00 pm C3

Cao Xujun graduates with Honours (Highest Distinction) in Chemistry, with a minor in Life Sciences. He is a recipient of the NUS Kent Ridge Undergraduate Award and was conferred the Singapore National Institute of Chemistry Book Prize as the best third-year student in his cohort. He was also placed on the Dean’s List for four consecutive semesters.

As an active advocate of mentorship and communication of scientific ideas, Xujun completed the Special Programme in Science (SPS), where he also served as a student mentor. He has tutored and mentored five modules across SPS, the Department of Chemistry and School of Computing, in areas ranging from biochemistry to introductory Python programming. He has received numerous nominations for teaching awards, and was recognised as an Outstanding Part-Time Teaching Assistant by the Department of Chemistry.

Xujun served in the Chemical Sciences Society Management Committee as Vice President, where he organised various events and spearheaded key initiatives, such as the highly popular “I Can’t, I Have Lab” tee-shirts. He is also a regular volunteer with the Chinese Development Assistance Council as part of the Supervised Homework Group, where he mentors disadvantaged primary school students and aids them in holistic development.

Xujun is a passionate researcher who has undertaken research projects in organic chemistry and green chemistry. He was awarded the MSD Gold Medal for the best Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme in Science project in Chemistry. He has also conducted research beyond the discipline of chemistry during internship stints at the National Institute of Education and Synmax Biochemical Co. Ltd., a Taiwan-based biochemistry company.

He plans to apply his skills in new areas of research and will continue to do so as a Research Assistant with the Department of Pharmacy.

Dr Raditya Bomantara

“No matter how many ups and downs we encounter, there is no real failure as we will eventually achieve our goals if we work hard, persevere and trust our capabilities.”

Dr Raditya Bomantara , Physics

Thursday 12 July 8.00 pm C3

Dr Raditya Weda Bomantara graduates with a Ph.D. in Physics which he completed within 2.5 years. Previously, he completed his B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Physics at NUS with a second major in Mathematics, within three years.

His Ph.D. studies focused on the dynamical construction of various topological phases, which resulted in four publications in Physical Review journals. One of these was highlighted as an Editors’ Suggestion on the basis of interest, importance, and / or clarity.

Concurrent with his Ph.D. studies, Dr Bomantara is a full-time Teaching Assistant in the Department of Physics, where he undertakes duties such as teaching tutorials and consultation. He also assists the department in key outreach activities for prospective students such as the yearly Physics Engagement Day and Physics Enrichment Camp. In recognition of his passion for teaching, he has received hundreds of teaching nominations from students, and two consecutive Teaching Assistant awards in the past two years.

In addition to being a Teaching Assistant, Dr Bomantara is venturing into a new research area, where he applies his expertise in the development of quantum computers.

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Gina Ng Lee Gem

“Our training has enriched our lives and helped us appreciate the beauty of the natural world, something that we will bring forward to the rest of our lives.”

Gina Ng Lee Gem, Biological Sciences

Friday 13 July 10.00 am C4

Gina Ng Lee Gem graduates with Honours (Highest Distinction) with a double degree in Life Sciences and Business Administration. She is also a recipient of the NUS Student Achievement Awards for her extracurricular achievements.

Gina’s cross-disciplinary training in the scientific domain of life sciences and the artistic domain of marketing equipped her with holistic skills combining scientific rigour with out-of-the-box thinking. She applied her integrated understanding in commercial strategy and the life sciences to her internships in business roles at life sciences firms, including IQVIA (formerly Quintiles IMS Holdings, Inc.), where she devised pricing and revenue maximisation strategies for one of the largest pharmaceutical companies worldwide. She also interned in the Commercial Excellence department of global biopharmaceutical company Sanofi, where she synthesised insights from consumer research studies for the execution of commercial strategies.

Gina gained varied experiences across diverse functions and industries, from change management to consumer research, and end-to-end branding and distribution for organisations and brands. She also led two teams to win national case competitions representing the school, including a healthcare economic policy case competition and the Frost and Sullivan Case Competition (2017), where she and her team tackled the issue of rising healthcare costs and stagnating quality of care in a hypothetical country modelled after the United States. She also led another team to devise a comprehensive marketing strategy for a Cambodian silk-weaving social enterprise, winning the regional category of the Crossing the Chasm Challenge (2017), which provides student-driven consulting solutions to enable pioneering social enterprises.

Gina is also actively involved in social causes. She devised business and marketing plans for two social enterprises, and served as Project Director of the NUS Chapter of Project R.I.C.E.+, a nationwide annual food aid initiative by Red Cross Youth that coordinated more than 600 volunteers to deliver necessities to more than 10,000 needy households in Singapore (2013 to 2014). She was also a Project Leader with Conjunct Consulting, a probono organisation offering consulting services to non-profits, where she led two projects on strategic planning and human capital management. 

Gina hopes to continue contributing to the biomedical sector in Singapore. She will be joining IQVIA as a strategy analyst, advising life sciences and pharmaceutical firms on business strategy.

Lim Xin Xiang

“The scroll we receive today signifies that the baton is now in our hands. It will continue to remind us to keep up the enthusiasm for learning and see hardships as learning opportunities.”

Lim Xin Xiang, Biological Sciences

Friday 13 July 10.00 am C4

Dr Lim Xin Xiang graduates with a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences. He attained his B.Sc. Honours (Highest Distinction) in Life Sciences in NUS in 2013. He was a recipient of the NUS President’s Graduate Fellowship (2013), an accolade conferred to candidates who show exceptional promise or accomplishments in research.

During his Ph.D. candidature, Dr Lim published several research papers as the first author in international journals including the prestigious Nature Communications journal. Dr Lim’s research on the Dengue virus has also been publicised in various platforms including NUS News and various local radio stations (93.8LIVE and 95.8FM). In 2017, he was conferred the Best Graduate Researcher award for Biological Sciences. Dr Lim was also selected to present his research at various international and local conferences, including the 4th International Conference on Antiviral Research and 7th Asia-Oceania Mass Spectrometry Conference.

Dr Lim regards mentoring as important and integral to research. To this end, he actively mentored undergraduate students during his Ph.D. candidature as a Teaching Assistant. He received the Faculty’s Teaching Assistant Award in 2014. In addition, Dr Lim has actively contributed in communicating science to the public by leading laboratory tours at key outreach events to prospective students, including the Faculty Open House and various outreach programmes.

Dr Lim is continuing his research in the area of infectious diseases. He hopes to develop innovative solutions for combating infectious diseases in the future.

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Gregory Ang Tai Xiang

“Keep challenging ourselves - we may achieve things that are otherwise impossible. Never give up - we will overcome problems through perseverance.”

Gregory Ang Tai Xiang , Statistics and Applied Probability

Friday 13 July 3.00 pm C5

Gregory Ang Tai Xiang graduates with Honours (Highest Distinction) with a double degree in Statistics and Applied Probability, as well as Economics. Gregory consistently excels academically, and was placed on the Dean's List for four semesters. He has been awarded the NUS President's Graduate Fellowship, which is given to candidates who show exceptional promise or accomplishments in research.

Gregory was actively involved in student life and co-curricular activities like Contract Bridge. He has represented NUS and won in team competitions such as the NUS-NTU Challenge (2015 and 2016). Gregory was also part of the club's executive committee, where he organised events such as NUS’ annual Inter-Faculty Games for Contract Bridge.

Gregory also served as a Student Ambassador for the Faculty of Science since 2016. During the NUS Open Day and the Faculty Open House (2016 and 2017), he provided advice to prospective students and their parents on the broad spectrum of Science courses available in NUS, other learning and enrichment opportunities, as well as career prospects for science graduates.

Gregory will continue his Ph.D. studies in NUS, where he hopes to contribute to the advancement of statistics and data science.