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Singapore honours outstanding achievers

Anuradha Shukla | Oct. 31, 2012
Presents the 2012 President’s Science and Technology Awards to research scientists and engineers.

President Tony Tan Keng Yam has presented the 2012 President's Science and Technology Awards (PSTA) to four outstanding research scientists and engineers in the nation.

These awards honour outstanding achievements in science and technology and outstanding contributions to the research and development (R&D) landscape in the country.

This year, Singapore also honoured three promising research scientists and engineers with the Young Scientists Awards (YSA). Aged 35 years and below, these three achievers have shown great potential to be world-class researchers in their fields of expertise.

This year, Professor Dim Lee Kwong - the executive director of A*STAR's Institute of Microelectronics (IME) - received the prestigious President's Science and Technology Medal for his contributions to Singapore's science and engineering landscape.

"My colleagues in IME have worked hard to build up research capabilities for the microelectronics sector," said Professor Kwong. "I am very gratified to see that the work we do has reaped success and has contributed to the progress of Singapore's industry, particularly the semi-conductor sector."

Discoveries to improve health

Professor Wang Yue from A*STAR's Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB) has received the President's Science Award this year. He received this award for his outstanding research on the human fungal pathogen, Candida albicans.

This pathogen accounts for a sizeable percentage of hospital-acquired infections of the blood in the world, with a high mortality rate of up to 45 percent.

Associate Professor Louis Phee, research scientist and engineer from Nanyang Technological University, and Professor Lawrence Ho, a clinician from National University Hospital, have both been honoured with the President's Technology Award.

Both have been recognised for their research leading to the successful development of the world's first robotic flexible endoscopy system.

"The quality of the candidates was very impressive. Increasingly, we are seeing more recipients who are able not only to do good science but also apply their excellent R&D work to transform the economy and meet real needs of society," said Ow Foong Pheng, permanent secretary, Ministry of Trade and Industry, and chairman of the PSTA Main Selection Committee.


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