International and Local Engineering Communities Pay Homage to an Exceptional Engineering Leader

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International and Local Engineering Communities Pay Homage to an Exceptional Engineering Leader and Outstanding Local Engineering Projects Presented with The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) Awards

Singapore., September 16, 2013 - (PressReleasePoint) - Dr Vivian Balakrishnan presents the inaugural IES Lifetime Engineering Achievement Award, as well as the IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards at the Gala cum Awards Dinner of the inaugural World Engineers Summit (WES) 2013
The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) presented the IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards 2013 to deserving organisations and individuals at the Gala cum Awards Dinner of the World Engineers Summit (WES) 2013 at Marina Bay Sands today. Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, graced the event as the Guest-of-Honour.
Attended by local and international engineers and professionals in the green field, the WES 2013 Gala cum Awards Dinner also saw the presentation of the inaugural IES Lifetime Engineering Achievement Award to Emeritus Er. Prof Lee Seng Lip, whose lifetime accomplishments and achievements have made profound impact on the engineering industry and community, notably for his work in infrastructural engineering, particularly in structural, geotechnical and construction technology; and for bringing national or international honours to Singapore
I am deeply honoured by the award. Having worked for four decades in infrastructural engineering in Singapore, both in education and practice, I have witnessed with admiration, the infrastructural and economic development of Singapore into a world class city state and am proud to have contributed to its growth as an engineer,” said Emeritus Er. Prof Lee Seng Lip.
“As a veteran who has contributed so much to the engineering profession throughout the course of his entire career, Emeritus Er. Prof Lee is most deserving of the IES Lifetime Engineering Achievement Award,” said Prof S. K. Chou, President of IES.
Selected after a rigorous round of judging by a panel of experts, 13 entries stood out amongst 25 submissions in the four categories under the IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards 2013. The top project will stand to receive the ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award, a coveted accolade for engineering professionals and organisations in the region.
“The submissions for this year’s IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards are of such high calibre that the judges had a hard time deciding which projects to pick to receive the Awards,” said Prof Chou. “I would like to congratulate all the engineers for doing themselves, their organisations and the engineering profession proud. Through this award and other initiatives, IES will continue to do our part in motivating engineers to achieve excellence in various fields so as to improve quality of our lives.”
Garnering four awards, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) emerged as the biggest winner of the evening for their projects: Metamaterial Zero-Phase-Shift Line Antennas in collaboration with the National University of Singapore, and AGLAIA: Automatic Glaucoma Diagnosis and Its Genetic Association Study through Medical Image Informatics under the Applied Research and Development category; and Eyefly 3D - Making 3D available for anyone, anytime, anywhere in collaboration with Nanoveu Pte Ltd and Temasek Polytechnic, and Voiceprint Technology: My Voice Tells Who I am under the Technology Innovation category. Coming in a close second, ST Electronics walked away with three awards.
Addressing A*STAR’s achievement, Executive Director of A*STAR’s Science and Engineering Research Council, Dr Tan Geok Leng said, “A*STAR is delighted to receive five awards this year, which is a record number of IES wins for us. These awards underscore A*STAR’s commitment to undertake innovative research, and demonstrate our R&D capabilities.  Several of these awards are also joint honours we share with industry and clinical partners, and are a testament to the impact of our research on the industry eco-system. We remain committed to fostering the highest quality of research, and will continue to drive innovation that benefits the public and contributes to Singapore as an innovation hub.”
In addition to the contribution of the projects to the well-being of people and communities, contenders of the IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards also had to demonstrate their resourcefulness in planning and solving design problems; the pioneering use of materials and methods; innovative planning, design and construction; and unusual aspects and aesthetic values.

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