News – Engineering Leadership – Institute for Engineering Leadership http://ielstaging.net Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:55:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.15 Shared Lessons in Leading – Experiences from IEL’s Saturday Sharing Session with Engineer-Leaders http://ielstaging.net/shared-lessons-leading-experiences-iels-saturday-sharing-session-engineer-leaders/ Sat, 03 Mar 2018 10:15:39 +0000 http://ielstaging.net/?p=6803       Shared Lessons in Leading Experiences from IEL’s Saturday Sharing Session with Engineer-Leaders (3 March 2018) Mr. Khay Guan Lim, MD, Endress+Hauser and Mr. Yao Zhang, Senior Manager, RedMart  IEL’s Saturday Sharing Session on 3 March 2018 featured two speakers with very different experiences. Mr. Khay Guan Lim, MD, Endress+Hauser has had decades of leadership experiences in […]

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Shared Lessons in Leading

Experiences from IEL’s Saturday Sharing Session with Engineer-Leaders

(3 March 2018)

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Mr. Khay Guan Lim, MD, Endress+Hauser and Mr. Yao Zhang, Senior Manager, RedMart 

IEL’s Saturday Sharing Session on 3 March 2018 featured two speakers with very different experiences. Mr. Khay Guan Lim, MD, Endress+Hauser has had decades of leadership experiences in global multinationals. Mr. Yao Zhang, Senior Manager, RedMart, has spent the past 8 years in different functions in two young, rapidly growing enterprises. 

In spite of these differences, leadership lessons shared with the students of the module “Experiencing Engineering Leadership” resonated because they had many commonalities. 

Leaders have to be skilled connectors 

Mr. Lim is now leading change that would require seismic shifts in organisational culture and individual mind-set. He acknowledges that leading such change was challenging but that a critical role as a leader was to put together the ingredients for successful change to happen. Mr. Zhang labelled himself a “generalist” in spite of multiple technical qualifications, citing that his strength was in being able to connect different people and ideas. This skill had been honed through exposure to varied functions throughout his career. 

Leaders recognise that one size doesn’t fit all 

In today’s fast-paced environment, many fall into the trap of depending on a “template” of behaviours and actions, expecting similar results each time. Leaders should not expect that the same approach or solution would work in every situation. Good leaders calibrate responses and actions depending on the people involved and the circumstances. Mr. Lim cautioned that empowering everyone in an organization and expecting all to succeed was a recipe for disaster. Different people had different strengths & motivations, and a savvy leader should acknowledge those differences. Mr. Zhang shared wryly that early in his career, he pushed through on decisions that he thought were for the best but realised he could not get anyone to support him. He then took the time to understand how different functional teams “ticked” and how to adapt his approach depending on the team he was working with. 

The continuously learning leader 

When asked by students how they coped with leading people more qualified than themselves, both speakers agreed that leaders should be comfortable surrounding themselves with talent but that leaders have to be open to continuous learning. This was so as not to be an expert in everything, as that would be an impossibility, but to know enough to leverage on the talent around them. 

With good leaders, people come first 

This element came out strongly throughout the session. Mr. Zhang shared that in the early days when RedMart was starting up, funding was an issue but that the company had taken pains to reassure employees and created a culture that was resilient in the face of challenges. Mr. Lim shared that being “forward thinking” was a common cited attribute of leaders but that the more difficult skill was to get people’s buy-in for the common future and alignment with the vision. To do this there must be trust between people in an organisation and showing integrity in word & action was key. 

Pursue passions but have a good support base 

It was clear that the speakers were passionate in what they do with Mr. Zhang admitting that he bounced off ideas with his wife even when out shopping! Passion for their work drove them to greater heights, but they acknowledged that they could not do so withrout the support of those closest to them. 

The lessons shared that day put leadership squarely in the context of building relationships with others for a common cause rather than a shiny goal to reach, with leaders existing at all levels of an organisation. 

 

Perhaps Mr. Lim summed it up best by saying, “Leadership is not a title. You are a leader as long as someone follows you.” 

 

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InnoVenture 2017: The Learning Journey to IdeaLaunch http://ielstaging.net/idealaunch17/ Wed, 01 Nov 2017 05:11:47 +0000 http://ielstaging.net/?p=6663       InnoVenture 2017: The Learning Journey to IdeaLaunch (1 November 2017) The journey for many InnoVenture teams concluded on the 1st of November 2017 as all of them went head to head in presenting their ideas at IdeaLaunch. Only a select few advanced to the second phase of the programme to receive prototyping […]

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InnoVenture 2017: The Learning Journey to IdeaLaunch

(1 November 2017)

The journey for many InnoVenture teams concluded on the 1st of November 2017 as all of them went head to head in presenting their ideas at IdeaLaunch. Only a select few advanced to the second phase of the programme to receive prototyping grants.

Teams used a variety of interesting presentation styles. Many teams made prototypes to demonstrate how their idea would work, while others handed out informational pamphlets. Several teams also chose to use infographic videos and skits to show how their system would work.

However, just getting to IdeaLaunch was an achievement that should be celebrated. Although many clearly suffered the strain of the past weeks and the grilling they received during IdeaLaunch, they felt the experience was well worth what they had to put into the programme, and an excellent way for them to really “learn for real”.

 

This is what they had to say …

“I would recommend this competition for people that are passionate in engineering and entrepreneurship. You must be passionate in both.”
Shawn Lim, Year 2, Industrial Systems

“It was overwhelming because we needed a variety of skills, such as business, engineering and design. When we study, we only study our own major but for this competition we needed all these skills.”
Benjamin, Year 1, Computer Engineering

“The experience was not bad. I really learnt from it and this was a good platform to develop skills. Even though I didn’t feel the pitch went well, this was still a safe and controlled environment to help me grow.”
Qin Kai, Year 1, Computer Engineering

“The rigor of innovation is tough. It shouldn’t just be a good idea, it should always be done with the consideration of the user’s perspectives.”
Clement, Year 2, Biomedical Engineering

 

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All the best to the teams proceeding on to the next stage. The clock is ticking to DemoDay March 2018!!

Let the games begin!

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Tackling Fatigue Detection for PSA Truck Drivers – An InnoVenture Team’s Success Story. http://ielstaging.net/tackling-fatigue-detection-psa-truck-drivers-innoventure-teams-success-story/ Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:03:45 +0000 http://ielstaging.net/?p=4983       Tackling Fatigue Detection for PSA Truck Drivers An InnoVenture Team’s Success Story   By Chua Zhijie, Student Writer   PSA unboXed is PSA International’s corporate venture capital arm that invests in start-ups with innovations that bring strategic value to PSA. As their secondary mission is the cultivation of the next generation of entrepreneurs […]

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Tackling Fatigue Detection for PSA Truck Drivers

An InnoVenture Team’s Success Story

 

By Chua Zhijie, Student Writer

 

PSA unboXed is PSA International’s corporate venture capital arm that invests in start-ups with innovations that bring strategic value to PSA. As their secondary mission is the cultivation of the next generation of entrepreneurs by working with institutes of higher learning, they offered their office & co-working space as venue for the pitch. As one of the problem statement providers for InnoVenture 2016, PSA was interested in seeing the winning team pitch their solution. The panel consisted of Mr. Oh Bee Lock (PSA’s Head of Group Technology), 2 Managing Directors in charge of the terminals in Singapore, and several heads of departments who are vital in the continuation and realization of solution.

The invited team, Subtle Safety, is composed of Jaipal Singh and Christoph Zimmermann. Both Year 2 Material Science undergraduate students, Jaipal and Christoph signed up individually for the competition, attracted by the structure of the competition and challenging problem statements. The budding entrepreneurs hit it off very well after attending one of the InnoVenture Bootcamps and hence decided to embark on a shared InnoVenture journey – they have never looked back since.

PSA’s terminals in Singapore run 24/7 and port workers have to cope with 8-12 hour shifts. Many port workers have jobs that are physically demanding and require mental focus . For example, truck drivers complete thousands of trips every day in Singapore’s port alone to ensure a smooth flow of containers to destinations worldwide. Mental alertness is critical to do a job well and to respond quickly in any circumstance. PSA is keen to explore systems that would detect and warn truck drivers and fleet managers of signs of fatigue, so that steps can be taken before mishaps occur. Avoiding accidents reduces the costs incurred and improves the overall efficiency of the company.

The team pitched their solution clearly outlining the problem, how their solution would differentiate itself from competitors in terms of technology and value, the product development timeline, and most importantly the market size and relevance for PSA. What impressed the panel most was the team’s analysis and subsequent rephrasing of the problem statement. Rather than focus on symptoms of fatigue in drivers, the team focused on “irregular driving patterns” which they could pick up with various sensors for the driver and the truck. Based on the data gathered, a more accurate analysis as to the cause and recommendations to prevent reoccurrences can be made. A driver falling asleep, being distracted, drunk, or a truck with a punctured tire will show similar irregularities, but they are definitely not the same! The team further impressed the panel by showcasing a self-made truck cabin simulator in which they can test their solution.

Being impressed by the team’s creativity, perseverance and enthusiasm for solving the problem, and appreciating that the team’s lab-scale prototype would need further validation on technological feasibility and business viability, PSA offered the team the opportunity for incubation through their PSA unboXed’s Technology Incubator Program! The program includes use of PSA unboXed facilities (workspace and mentors), access to port resources (truck drivers and equipment) and as well as S$50,000 in funding to continue the project.

The team has accepted the offer and is excited and eager to take their solution forward and apply their solution in a live port environment. Congratulations to Subtle Safety!

 

InnoVenture

InnoVenture, the annual technopreneurship competition of the Faculty of Engineering at the National University of Singapore, challenges students to solve real engineering problems faced by real companies (www.innoventure.com.sg). Students from all faculties and graduate levels are allowed to participate in the  competition. They are guided through the process of creating successful products and potentially companies in hands-on experiential learning workshops and one-on-one mentor sessions. The process and methodology focuses on demonstrating solutions that are Customer Desirable, Technologically Feasible and Business Viable.

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Facing the Design “Dragons” – InnoVenture Design Workshop http://ielstaging.net/designworkshop17/ Sat, 16 Sep 2017 05:24:49 +0000 http://ielstaging.net/?p=6695       Facing the Design “Dragons” – InnoVenture Design Workshop (16 September 2017) InnoVenture, the technopreneurship competition organized by the Institute for Engineering Leadership at the National University of Singapore kicked off with students participating in the Maker Workshop held on the 9th September 2017. Next in the exciting line up of workshops planned […]

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Facing the Design “Dragons” – InnoVenture Design Workshop

(16 September 2017)

InnoVenture, the technopreneurship competition organized by the Institute for Engineering Leadership at the National University of Singapore kicked off with students participating in the Maker Workshop held on the 9th September 2017.

Next in the exciting line up of workshops planned to help students design real practical solutions for real engineering problem statements, was the Design Workshop held on the 16th September 2017.

The main aim of the Design Workshop is to learn about design ideation and processes. Students were given helpful frameworks and tools to guide them in the design of their solutions. The session started with a bang, with videos of the show “Dragon’s Den” to showcase what kind of questions investors ask about design and customer fit. The students were guided in brainstorming effectively, asking the right questions and sketching their first solutions. They were pushed to further study the problem statement from different angles and to look for influences from various inputs, including similar solutions in the market and how to improve on them.

The workshop’s lead facilitator was Dr. Edwin Koh, a senior lecturer from the NUS Innovation and Design-Centric Programme with InnoVenture with members

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During the many break-out sessions, the student split into their respective teams and dug into the real hands-on work in brainstorming, planning and sketching their ideas. Conceptualizing solutions to the problem statements proved to be quite challenging for the students. Luckily, the company representatives from InnoSparks, National University Hospital and PSA unboXed were present to help provide feedback and more detailed information regarding the problem statements they provided. This workshop is one of the most crucial stages in the competition as it kickstarts the planning and conceptualizing of solutions to the problem statements. The student teams were indeed fortunate to have so many experts in one room they could tap on!

Upcoming for the students are visits to the PSA terminal and NUH ward to better understand the respective work environments in which the solutions should fit. Students were welcome to sign up for any of these “Explore-Eng” visits, and really, who would not relish the opportunity to learn from real-life situations and not just in the classroom.

InnoVenture will resume on 14th of October for the Finance Workshop. Students have a lot to think about in the given time and we are sure that they will come back fresh and brimming with ideas for the next session!

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All Hands on Board! – An Article about the Maker Workshop. http://ielstaging.net/hand-board-article-maker-workshop/ Sat, 09 Sep 2017 09:28:48 +0000 http://ielstaging.net/?p=4942       All Hands on Board! – InnoVenture’s Maker Workshop (9 September 2017)   By: Rennes Lee, Student Writer   Started in 2013, InnoVenture is the annual technopreneurship competition organized by the Institute for Engineering Leadership at the National University of Singapore. The competition tasks students to make use of both engineering and business […]

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All Hands on Board! – InnoVenture’s Maker Workshop

(9 September 2017)

 

By: Rennes Lee, Student Writer

 

Started in 2013, InnoVenture is the annual technopreneurship competition organized by the Institute for Engineering Leadership at the National University of Singapore. The competition tasks students to make use of both engineering and business knowledge to come up with real world solutions for real world problems faced by real companies. The skills needed to succeed in this competition are diverse and broad and hence attract a wide range of students from across the university. To make it even more exciting, the winners of the competition receive a prototyping grant to develop their concepts and bring it to real-life. The competition is split into 4 major workshops (Maker Workshop, Design Workshop, Business Workshop, How to Pitch) and 2 pitching events (Idea Launch and Demo Day).

This year the competition kicked off with the Maker Workshop on the 9th September 2017. InnoVenture is privileged to have InnoSparks, National University Hospital and PSA International as the problem statement providers this year.

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The Problem Statement Representatives – Malcolm (InnoSparks), Pi Rui (PSA), Jensen (NUHS)

The projects this year sure are challenging! InnoSparks for instance is looking for efficient solutions to help cool spaces, PSA is asking students to help provide solutions for signaling and preventing containers that are stacked out of sync on the container yard, while NUSH requires more efficient and cost-effective solutions to help turn patients who are bedridden and develop painful ulcers from inactivity. The students listened intently to the problem statements given by the company representative as the session provided invaluable industry insights to the participants for solutioning.

 

The challenge is to provide solutions that are feasible, desirable and viable and pitch the solution to the representatives at IdeaLaunch (Nov 2017). To help them in their creativity, the students had the opportunity to participate in practical workshops conducted by MakeDemy and NUS Hackers. The students were spoilt for choice as they had to make a quick decision of going for three out of the five available workshops to attend. The workshops ranged from 3D Modelling for Digital Fabrication, Introduction to Arduino, Soldering and Basic Electronics, Cardboard and Prototyping and Prototyping with Power Tools. All the workshops were hands on and interactive.

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Aside from gaining new skills and knowledge the participants were able to meet and interact with other like-minded individuals from across the university, and from various graduate levels. The energy and enthusiasm by this year’s participants were palpable as they tried their best to complete the mini group projects they were assigned to do during the short amount of time they were given.

The workshops were an eye opener for many students and many saw this as an invaluable and important step to aid them on their journey. After the workshops, the students felt more confident in approaching the problem statements as they acquired many useful skills and knowledge.

The Maker Workshop kicked off the InnoVenture competition. In subsequent weeks the students will learn more about Design methods, Finances and Pitching to help them in solutioning and eventually coming up with a feasible, viable and desirable solution. Good luck to all our participants!

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A special thank you to our 2017 InnoVenture problem statement providers and supporters!

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Webcast of 11th DSS Lecture http://ielstaging.net/webcast-11th-dss-lecture/ Tue, 01 Aug 2017 06:07:55 +0000 http://ielstaging.net/?p=3635 Webcast of 11th DSS Lecture 11th Lecture of the Distinguished Speaker Series by Institute for Engineering Leadership  Speaker: Mr Loh Kin Wah, Managing Partner, Beijing Jianguang Asset Management Co., former EVP, Global Sales and Marketing, NXP Semiconductor Netherlands, President & Chief Executive Officer, Qimonda AG, Munich, Germany, and EVP, Communication Group, Infineon Technology. Abstract: In recent months, there […]

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Webcast of 11th DSS Lecture

11th Lecture of the Distinguished Speaker Series by Institute for Engineering Leadership 

Speaker: Mr Loh Kin Wah, Managing Partner, Beijing Jianguang Asset Management Co., former EVP, Global Sales and Marketing, NXP Semiconductor Netherlands, President & Chief Executive Officer, Qimonda AG, Munich, Germany, and EVP, Communication Group, Infineon Technology.

Abstract:
In recent months, there has been increasing urgency in efforts to push Singapore to transform itself in the face of global and technological disruptions. As Singapore diversifies and deepens its global connections & innovation networks, enterprises need to match this with skills to enable them to innovate and scale up, as well as be more pro-active in partnering each other & with others to create and capture opportunities.

SMEs are a critical component of Singapore’s plans to remain competitive. There have been numerous initiatives to help local enterprises scale up, be more productive and innovative. However, in light of such rapid global and technological disruptions, SMEs need to think & be global from the get-go, with or without government assistance.

Mr Loh Kin Wah has held senior management positions in global tech MNCs. In recent years, he has become increasingly active in high-tech investments in China, and advises SMEs in Singapore and elsewhere. Kin Wah will share his insight on growth-oriented tech SMEs which he believes can power Singapore into its next stage of growth leveraging on technology innovation.

The 11th Lecture included a discussion featuring panellists with direct experience in working with and in technology enterprises.

Panellists:

  • Mr Chew Ker Yee, Vice President, Business Operations, Wangi Industrial
  • Dr Lim Ser Yong, Executive Director, Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology

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Internship & Job Opportunities http://ielstaging.net/internship-job-opportunities/ Sun, 18 Jun 2017 16:34:43 +0000 http://www.pisteuomedia.com/nus/?p=3471 Companies and Opportunities

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Companies and Opportunities

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  1. Embedded Systems Development Engineer
  2. Electronics Engineer
  3. Hardware Intern (Electronical/Electronics)
  4. Hardware Intern (Mechanical/Mechatronics)

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  1. Computer Vision Engineer
  2. Computer Graphics Engineer
  3. R&D Scientist
  4. Unity Developer Intern
  5. Computer Vision/Machine Learning Intern
  6. Computer Graphics Intern

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  1. Food Technologist Intern x2
  2. Data Analyst Intern
  3. Mechanical Engineer Intern
  4. Quality Engineer Intern

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Explore-Eng Endress+Hauser http://ielstaging.net/explore-eng-endresshauser/ Tue, 28 Feb 2017 22:11:17 +0000 http://www.pisteuomedia.com/nus/?p=3245 NUS students and staff in a group picture with Endress+Hauser staff during the visit 28th February 2017 Instrumental to the World Explore-Eng Endress+Hauser   “People for Process Automation” – the motto of instrumentation company Endress + Hauser was well evidenced in that many of the company’s top-brass were present to interact with 17 NUS Engineering […]

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28th February 2017

Instrumental to the World

Explore-Eng Endress+Hauser

 

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“People for Process Automation” – the motto of instrumentation company Endress + Hauser was well evidenced in that many of the company’s top-brass were present to interact with 17 NUS Engineering students during a learning visit to the company. The visit was part of the NUS Institute for Engineering Leadership’s Explore-Eng series, which gives students an opportunity to visit engineering companies to find out more about their work, innovation in companies and possible career opportunities.

Facilitating the session was Mr. Lim Khay Guan, CEO and Managing Director at Endress+Hauser (S.E.A.) and NUS alumni. Mr. Lim kicked off the session with an insightful presentation of the company’s work and culture. Mr. Lim explained that despite being a multi-national corporation, Endress+ Hauser remains a family business and thus its motivations are more long-term as compared to publicly-listed companies. This business ethos encourages the development of deep and long-lasting relationships with their customers ensuring a good understanding of the industries in which they engage. In Endress+Hauser, soft skills are regarded to be as important as technical skills as “people problems” can be as difficult to solve as technical problems.

The Center of Competence for South East Asia works on very complex problems and develops custom-designed solutions based on the needs of its clients.  One such example in which this was evident is the case of custody transfer Mass Flow Meter (MFM), where the company developed solutions to help the bunkering industry enhance transparency of the bunkering process and reduce the chances of bunker malpractices and disputes. Moreover, compared to the conventional sounding method, using the MFM system for bunker delivery allows ships to enjoy up to 3 hours or 25% time savings per bunker delivery. With greater efficiency in bunkering operations, the bunker craft operators can also optimize the turnaround time of their bunker tankers to bunker more vessels. The students were given an insightful introduction to the problem and the physical solution during their visit.

The bunkering solution, and several of the other examples shown in the showroom highlighted the interdisciplinary nature of the instrumentation industry. Engineers from varied backgrounds (chemical, mechanical, electrics, civil) are required to provide innovative and safe solutions in a range of industries (food & beverage, oil & gas, life sciences, chemicals etc).

Following the sharing by Mr. Lim and other staff members, students were taken on a tour of the office and facilities. Students visited the showroom where Endress+ Hauser’s products were displayed, including the bunkering solution. Innovative solutions were explained giving a good understanding of the innovation timeline of solutions. It was highlighted that while in the past several different meters were required for a given function, these functions can now be carried out with a single meter.

The company was also an early adopter of wireless technology, adding in such modules to its meters from the mid-1990s which allowed data to be centrally collected and analyzed.

To round up the visit, Mr. Lim introduced all the attending Endress+Hauser staff and gave them the opportunity to explain their current job responsibilities and backgrounds. All of them had engineering backgrounds but could also be found in varied functions such as Finance, Marketing, HR and Product Management. The staff emphasized that their engineering knowledge & skills formed the foundation of their competencies, and are essential to them doing their current jobs well even if they are in non-engineering functions. Understanding the engineering perspective behind a product’s marketing campaign or the engineering costs of a product is crucial in communicating effectively with their customers and in developing products that best meet their needs. In this way, strong relations are built with their customers.

Michael Ow, a third year Industrial and Systems Engineering student said that the visit helped him learn more about the company’s product line and job opportunities. He said: “I also learnt that many engineers sometimes do not use much of what they learn (in university) in their jobs, and have to keep learning on the job”. The immersion into a real-world environment was thus an eye-opener to the students allowing them a different perspective of the type of skills they need to build before entering the job market and for them to adopt a continual learning mindset.

The students left with great exposure to the instrumentation industry and new insights on how their engineering backgrounds can lead to many exciting opportunities.

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18th February 2017
Saturday Sharing Session organised by Institute for Engineering Leadership

Daring to ask questions and a spirit of adventure

Aw Kah Peng

With 22 years in the public service at the Economic Development Board and as CEO of the Singapore Tourism Board, it may be hard to believe that Ms Aw Kah Peng is in fact trained as an engineer – she graduated from the National University Singapore in 1990 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. During a sharing session with students, she shared her experiences during her career and as a leader.

Being ‘Kaypoh’

Ms Aw’s unusual career path elicited a question on uncertainties in planning for a career. As a student in junior college making decisions for a university course, Ms Aw was not sure what she wanted as she interested in many things, such as music (She plays the piano) and different languages. Her father advised her to be practical, even though she was unsure of what she was getting herself into.

Her career at the Economic Development Board (EDB) came about precisely because of her curious nature. One day while at work at a small laboratory dealing with polymer technologies, there were several Japanese visitors led by an EDB representative. She chatted with them, and several days later received a call from the EDB representative. This eventually led to a job despite that her initial motivation for meeting the representative’s boss was the free lunch, she said in jest.

Giving advice to students on mapping out their career path, she said: “There’s no magic formula, ask questions. Companies know you don’t know anything fresh out of school, and the only thing you can and should do is to talk to people.”

She encouraged students to be curious. She said: “(In my experience) The ones who are curious and engage people, they go far compared to those who sit on a desk in front of a computer.”

A Spirit of Adventure

Ms Aw also encouraged students to have a sense of adventure – “if something sounds interesting, go for it, and if you don’t be prepared to make a change.” It was in this spirit that saw Ms Aw accept overseas postings to Chicago and London during her time in EDB, as well as her move to become CEO of Singapore Tourism Board (STB). She said: “I didn’t know anything about tourism, but I told myself that I would learn.”

Even though she found her time in public service particularly meaningful, she later realised that “while governments can enable, it is companies that create jobs”. She got a call from Shell, not unlike the call she received from EDB as a fresh graduate. Yet it was not the same – “This time it was different, out of school you can pretend you don’t know anything, after 22 years it is a different conversation. You have to be clear about what you’re looking for. For me, it was that I wanted to know how to run a business.”

While only four years into the job at Shell, she is already into her third job, running a business worth about three billion dollars. She said: “I am learning every day how to run a multi-billion-dollar business, (and) the one thing I take from all these years (of experience) is, how do I…inspire them (my team) to do good things.”

Motivating People

She also responded to a question from a student who asked how she would inspire her team, especially when morale is low. She said: “First you must ask yourself if you have the passion, and why you are passionate. Talk to your team about it, but they have to make choices for themselves, you cannot make it for them”. Even though not everyone would stay on, move on with those who do decide to do so.

Ms Aw also shared about learning to ‘read’ people – having an opinion about other people, even if you don’t share with them. Over time, this becomes instinctive and you learn how to best build on the strengths of a team. She shared an anecdote of a colleague she works with remotely and whom she only meets in person a few times a year. Yet when they do meet, they discuss things outside work, sometimes even meeting his family. In doing so, she builds good relations and rapport with her colleagues by getting to know them on a personal level.

Staying Anchored

Through her long and illustrious career, Ms Aw shared that it was her family who has kept her anchored. She said: “My husband moved with me when I was posted overseas, and every time I moved, he needed to find a new job. Your family, loved ones that will help you to anchor. It’s not a bad thing, they won’t hold you back. There are things you will do for the people around you, who will invite you to think about your choices.”

Finally, she shared what has driven her throughout her career. She said: “After 22 years in public service, the one thing I take away is the mission that creates jobs for my country that drives me. You can keep moving, and every day you’re busy. But the purpose for me is that I’m creating good jobs for my country, (and that has been) very meaningful.”

 

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