2016 Award Winners


IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards

 Applied Research Category

A Biophillic Waterway@Punggol- Innovative Floating Wetlands and Freshwater-Tolerant Mangroves by Housing Development Board
As an Eco-Town, Punggol serves as a living laboratory to test bed new urban solutions, in support of Singapore’s efforts to become a liveable and sustainable city. The Freshwater-tolerant Mangroves and Floating Wetland System are two of the key sustainable innovations that HDB has developed in-house for My Waterway @ Punggol. Besides enhancing greenery, these initiatives also help to improve water quality, stabilize slope embankments and promote biodiversity.


Highly Flexible and Wearable Sensors for Real-Time Healthcare Monitoring Applications by NUS
Researchers from the National University of Singapore have developed highly flexible and wearable tactile sensors using liquid as a novel sensing element. These sensors can be mounted on our skin and can be used for real-time monitoring of grip strength, hand movement, and even localized foot pressure. Other applications include rehabilitation, prosthetics and robotics.


Innovative LED-based communications and privacy windows for Smart Nation living by: Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A*Star
Our team at IMRE presents novel LED based communications and privacy windows for Smart Nation living in a populated urban country like Singapore. In order to help relieve the congested Wi-Fi traffic, we have developed fast switching light emitting diodes with GHz intrinsic speeds for fast visible light communications. We have also developed a new light control technology for a true one-way-view privacy window, which has not been done before.


Rapid Diagnosis of sepsis using a plasmonic sensor based point-of-care system by: Temasek Polytechnic, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) - A*Star & Tan Tock Seng Hospital
  1. An automated point-of-care system is developed to reduce the cost and turn-around time of the procalcitonin detection, which helps guiding the therapy for infectious disease such as sepsis.
  2. Nanotechnology and microfluidics are incorporated in the point-of-care system to enhance the detection sensitivity using minimum amount of blood.
  3. The point-of-care system will take the clinical validation and go to the market in near future to benefit the infectious disease patients.


Engineering Project Category

Development of Semakau Landfill (SL) Phase II by: National Environment Agency
  1. Innovative Design - Single cell instead of multi-cells reduced construction costs, increased landfill capacity and prolong the life of Semakau Landfill.
  2. Engineering Feats - Closing of the perimeter bund, a 200-metre long floating platform and a floating wastewater treatment plant.
  3. Corals Conservation – Transplanting more than 700 colonies of corals in phase II cell to Sisters’ Island Marine Park. 


Galassia - NUS first nanosatellite by: National University of Singapore
Nanosatellite Galassia is the 1st NUS student-centric nanosatellite that was successfully launched on 16th Dec 2015. Galassia features a 2U Cubesat bus design with Passive Magnetic Attitude Control and comprises of 3 scientific mission payloads. Galassia’s primary payloads are the Total Electron Content payload (TEC), a Quantum Science payload from the Centre For Quantum Technologies (CQT) and a secondary experimental Active Attitude Determination & Control Subsystem payload.


Next Generation Data Centre by: Defence Science and Technology Agency
DSTA developed the Next Generation Data Centre to be highly resilient, reliable and secure. It incorporated unique features to enhance security and operational efficiency as well as accommodate future growth. This forward-looking modular design adopted by DSTA provided not only flexibility for deployment of new and better technologies, but also prudence for data centre equipping. Technologies such as RFID personnel tracking were used to strengthen security of the centre without stretching limited manpower resources.
Technology Innovation Category
Anti-Reflective Glass – Engineering Large Surfaces with Nano Solutions by: Wangi Industrial & Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE)
The anti-reflective glass mimics the compound eye of a moth. With nanoimprinting technologies, nanoscale moth eye lens are engineered onto the glass, creating an antireflective glass which give clearer and brighter images.


Seeing is believing: from Microscope to Nanoscope by: National University of Singapore
Light enables us to capture the beauty of this world. By employing this novel imaging technique, optical resolution of 25 nm, which is far beyond the diffraction limit (~200 nm), can be achieved. Optical microsphere nanoscope extends our vision from current micro-world down to nano-world at our homes, schools, production lines, clinics, and laboratories.


The Future of Auditing: Early Detection & Prevention of Significant Trading Irregularities by: A*STAR, Institute for Infocomm Research and Group Audit, DBS Bank Ltd
From Nick Leeson to the London Whale, what’s evident about rogue traders is the catastrophic financial and reputational impacts of their actions on their banks. In this context, DBS-I2R Joint Lab has developed a Data Analytics driven solution for the Early Detection and Prevention of Trading Irregularities. This system now monitors all traders and their key activities at all times, significantly augmenting the Bank’s surveillance capabilities by detecting irregularities that would have been difficult to identify using traditional methods. Engineered in Singapore, this system has also attracted global interest and press coverage.


IES Young Creators Category

Design & Development of Digital In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Device for Oocyte Retrieval by: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore
The innovative medical device is developed to assist doctors in Oocyte Retrieval (OR) process for in-vitro fertilization (IVF) application.
It combines all the required functions (such as aspiration unit, flushing unit and test tube warmer) for OR into a single unit. This device can improve the efficiency and success rate on OR/IVF as well as reduce the cost, which can help boost the country’s low birth rate and encourage women to take the IVF channel for production or get the oocytes frozen for future usage.


Smart White Cane by Engineering Science Programme Faculty of Engineering,
National University of Singapore
The white cane, which a visually impaired uses to navigate, do not detect objects of raised heights. Ultrasonic sensors are incorporated at the middle and top of the cane for obstacle detection through vibration feedback. Conductivity sensor on the end tip of the cane adds wet surface detection functionality with sound feedback.