Science Industry Day 2017

 

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The Faculty organised Science Industry Day 2017 on 17 March. This annual flagship event brings together students and corporate partners, and serves as a platform to exchange knowledge on the latest industry trends as well as career and advancement opportunities in diverse sectors.

 

The event comprised a series of industry talks, an industry fair featuring more than 20 corporate partners who engaged students and provided career advice at their booths, a workshop organised by the Pharmacy department and a ceremony where the winning teams of the inaugural IoT Datathon presented their prototypes.

 

The event gave students an eye-opening experience on the wide array of exciting career possibilities as well as corporate and research internship opportunities and graduate trainee programmes in various sectors. These included Government agencies, biomedical services, chemicals, education, financial services, infocommunications, manufacturing, retail and professional services, to name a few.

 

Close to 550 students participated in this year's Science Industry Day, with approximately 200 participants at the industry talks and 80 participants at the Pharmacy workshop.

 

Industry Talks

The event commenced with an Opening Keynote address by Prof Peter HO, the Faculty’s Vice Dean (Research). This was followed by a series of short talks by 11 speakers from the Faculty’s industry partners.

 

Ms Joanna CHIN, Human Resources Director, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), spoke on how A*STAR offers career opportunities for Science graduates beyond the field of research, in scientific administration, strategic planning and management. Mr Alan LIM, Recruiter at Cognizant Technology Solutions Asia Pacific Pte Ltd,shared on the Cognizant Graduates Programme where recruits learn about the organisation’s history, vision and culture, its global delivery model and processes, tools and methodologies, as well as receive training on client relationship management skills.

 

Dr Andrew WAN, Team Leader and Principal Research Scientist, Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN), discussed how IBN’s interdisciplinary research bridges science, engineering and medicine. He also presented examples of IBN’s research in nanomedicine, synthetic biosystems, biodevices and diagnostics, and green chemistry and energy and shared on the institute’s Youth Research Programme.

 

In his talk, Mr Matthieu LEGER, Executive Director - Quantitative Research, JP Morgan gave advice on how to have a successful career in the quantitative finance field, while Mr Varun Reddy BODDU, Engineer, Systems Engineering, Seagate Technology, spoke on the application of data analytics at Seagate.

 

Mr KO Yang Zhi, Head of Investment, Risk Management Specialist, AXA Team Jaguar shed light on the keys to succeeding as both an entrepreneur and a professional in the financial industry, citing examples of “Entre-professionals” such as family doctors, lawyers and accountants. Mr Masaki MIYAMOTO, Recruiter, Works Application Ltd, spoke on the important attributes for a career in the software industry and explained how organisations can deploy artificial intelligence to improve business efficiency.

 

Mr Tony GU, Vice President (Actuarial), AXIS Re introduced the basic concepts of reinsurance, the role of actuaries in the reinsurance and broader insurance industries and AXIS Re’s Internship programme for 2017. Mr Moritz FISCHER, Technology Director of multinational advertising and public relations firm Havas, gave an overview of how artificial intelligence is starting to disrupt the creative industry by introducing efficiencies on the agency side and enhancing service offerings to clients.

 

Lead Scientist Dr Dipti THAKKA of Hummingbird Bioscience, a Singapore-based biotechnology startup which focuses on early stage drug development, shared her personal experiences in making the transition from academia to a fast-paced startup. In closing, Mr James MACARTHUR, Chief Executive Officer of Singapore, WorldQuant, gave an introduction to the company and the career opportunities available.  

 

Pharmacy Workshop 2017

The Pharmacy department hosted a workshop on the topic “Solutions to Real-World Problems in Pharmaceutics & Cosmetics”, where various industry speakers discussed innovative research in current pharmaceutical and cosmetics applications. Participants also gained insights on interdisciplinary research and how technologies are applied in industry.

 

The speakers included Dr George SHLIEOUT, Director and Head of Pharmaceutical Development and API Process at Abbott Laboratories; Dr NG Wai Kiong, Programme Manager for Cluster Development and Strategic Projects at the Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences; Dr Parijat KANAUJIA, Scientist III at the Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences, A*STAR.

 

Dr Jaspreet Singh KOCHHAR, Senior Scientist at Proctor & Gamble’s Singapore Innovation Centre and Ms Josephine LEE, Manager for Clinical Data Quality Managers and Clinical Trial Associates for Regional Clinical Operations for Asia Hub, Bristol-Myers Squibb Singapore, also shared on their experiences as NUS alumni.

 

This year’s workshop saw overwhelming participation from both undergraduates and postgraduates in the oral and poster presentations. Awards, including a certificate and a cash prize of $100 each, were given out to the best undergraduate oral presenter and the best undergraduate poster presenter, respectively. This year’s best oral presenter went to CHAN Yu Sen Alvin, a final year undergraduate student for his award-winning presentation entitled “Evaluation of flow and electrostatic properties of pharmaceutical powders”. LOW Mei Wen, also a final year undergraduate student, bagged the best poster award for her award-winning poster entitled “In vivo efficacy of phenylboronic acid-functionalised polycarbonate hydrogels for polymyxin B delivery”.

 

The Pharmacy workshop was also an opportunity for all to have a peek at the interesting displays of pharmaceutical technologies employed in schools and industries. Rapid prototyping by additive manufacturing or three-dimensional (3D) printing is increasingly finding its place in the domain of pharmaceuticals at an unprecedented pace. Intelligent 3D computer-aided designed models of hand models and drug delivery systems, such as 3D printed tablets and microneedles, were highlighted at the event. Techniques used in the fabrication of advanced drug delivery systems such as liposomes were also demonstrated for public viewing. This year’s demonstration attracted many students and staff, who actively raised questions and opinions, allowing for many insightful discussions.

 

Inaugural IoT Datathon

A highlight of the event was the finale of the inaugural IoT Datathon, where the top four winning teams presented their solutions at a ceremony. The event, co-organised by the Faculty and TerraWeather enabled students to transform their ideas into new data-driven applications for the Internet of Things (IoT) for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) under the mentorship of seasoned programmers and industry experts. The finalists then displayed their prototypes at an exhibition at the foyer of Lecture Theatre 28.

 

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Opening Keynote address by Prof Peter Ho

 

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The full-day event included a series of industry talks and workshop organised by the Pharmacy department

 

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The industry fair featured more than 20 corporate partners

 

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Finalists of the inaugural IoT Datathon displayed their prototypes at an exhibition at the foyer of Lecture Theatre 28