21 October 2016

National University of Singapore scoops three trophies at chemical engineering awards

Awards Sing 2016
The National University of Singapore (NUS) were the winners in three categories at tonight’s Institution of Chemical Engineers’ (IChemE) awards dinner in Singapore. The event forms part of IChemE's Global Awards programme, which celebrates excellence and innovation in chemical engineering.

IChemE’s Director of South East Asia Bakhtiar Talhah, hosted the ceremony and announced the winner of the Energy Award, sponsored by IChemE’s Energy Centre, from a shortlist of eight. A collaborative team from NUS and Iowa State University received the trophy for their project ‘Resource recovery from wastes’, a novel waste treatment technology that converts urban waste streams into biofuels and other useful products.

NUS also picked up the Research Project of the Year Award for their project ‘membrane dehumidifiers to reduce energy consumption’, in which the team have developed foil-like membranes to sieve out water molecules in air conditioning systems, reducing energy consumption by 35%. They were also Highly Commended in the category, with a joint entry with Lloyds Register.

Jinsong He from NUS was named best Young Chemical Engineer in Research, sponsored by Shell. After narrowly missing out on the award in 2014 and 2015, her latest work has seen her develop a full-scale production system for decontaminating water.

Betty Tsai of Proctor & Gamble International took the trophy for Young Chemical Engineer in Industry, also sponsored by Shell. She has a string of achievements to her name, including a Certificate of Recognition from the US Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and published papers in international journals. Her work at P&G is focused on skincare consumer products, where she has designed the innovation process from start to finish.

Glaxo Wellcome Manufacturing took the Sustainable Technology Award, for their ‘Jurong waste heat recovery project’ which saw them produce enough steam from waste heat to run their site at 1 Pioneer Sector 1, significantly reducing their carbon footprint. The Singapore based operation is part of the multinational pharmaceutical company GSK.

The Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES) took the Process Safety Award, sponsored by MMI Engineering, for their development of safety and environmental assessment. Their combined approach enables engineers to balance risk to the environment and workforce safety, to minimise potential trade-offs.

Croda’s postgraduate certificate course was named Highly Commended in the Process Safety category, and went on to win the Training and Development Award, sponsored by ExxonMobil. The two year course has a strong focus on process safety, and works to develop an engineer’s technical capability through work-based learning.

IChemE’s President Jonathan Seville, who gave the opening address, commented:

“Chemical engineering matters here in Singapore and the impact of what chemical engineers do reverberate far beyond the borders of this ‘Little Red Dot’ on the map of South East Asia. The huge investment at Jurong Island has meant it is now one of the world’s most impressive chemical sites, hosting around 100 multinational companies. We at IChemE are delighted to be working with these companies and others; to secure the pipeline of committed and competent professionals like tonight’s winners, who will make the world a better place.”

Chair of IChemE Singapore, Joe Eades, said:

“Singapore is home to over 700 IChemE members and we are celebrating their success in both industry and academia. Our awards dinner provides a platform to recognise and celebrate these achievements, clearly demonstrating that chemical engineering is at a forefront and matters in Singapore”

The IChemE Singapore Awards 2016 were held at the Shangri-La Hotel on 21 October. All of the national IChemE Singapore Awards 2016 winners will automatically be shortlisted for the IChemE Global Awards, which take place in Manchester, UK on Thursday 3 November.

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