Feature

25 years of inspiring excellence

It’s been 25 years since NTU was inaugurated as a university. Kayce Teo tracks down graduates from each of the graduating classes from 1992 to 2016

Teo Ser Luck, 1992
Minister of State, Ministry of Manpower
“I feel alive by helping to make a difference in other people’s lives.”
Fang Koh Look, 1993
Executive Chairman, Absolute Kinetics Consultancy
“I run the largest training hubs for workplace safety and health training. My eldest son will be studying engineering in NTU next year. Father and son, we’re both ‘made in NTU’.”
Sophia Pang, 1994
Corporate Performance Management Solution Specialist, fitness instructor and motivational speaker
“I’m the first Singaporean woman to ski to the South Pole. So be open to every experience as it will make your life richer.”
Shirley Bong, 1994
Head of Physical Education, Montfort Junior School
“The growth I have experienced as a teacher lasts a lifetime. I have grown from an ordinary person to one who has been able to lead an extraordinary life because of this identity.”
Tan Chade-Meng, 1995
Bestselling author, retired from Google
“I'm an award-winning engineer and international bestselling author who has met three USA Presidents and spoken at TED, the White House and the United Nations. I get hugs from the Dalai Lama, and the campaign I co-chair has been nominated seven times for the Nobel Peace Prize.”
Prof Louis Phee, 1996
Chair, NTU’s School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
“I’m improving healthcare, one robot at a time.”
Yong Yuen Cheng, 1997
Teacher, Hwa Chong Institution
“I’ve run 20 marathons and 40 ultramarathons. The NTU 218km Run Round Singapore and Go50 run are my toughest successes so far. Like running an ultramarathon, life is full of ups and downs.”
Roderick Chia, 1998
Founder of rodVENTURE, Managing Director of IDM Venture Capital, and Technopreneur-in-Residence at NTU
“My undergraduate degree gave me a strong technical foundation to navigate the fast-moving world of technology. This has been an important pillar for all my ventures. I also pursued NTU’s master’s programme in technopreneurship and innovation to get a world view of business management. I confidently take on any challenges that interest me.”
Adrian Mok, 1999
Managing Director, HiVelocity
“I created and founded the Sundown Marathon, which I am expanding regionally. The idea came about when I was training for NTU’s Run Round Singapore back in 2005. Sundown will be celebrating its 10th anniversary next year, and I’m currently working on a new book project.”
Mark Tan, 2000
Founder and Managing Director, Stolz Engineering
“Instead of adapting to and riding on the wave of a trend, my aim is to be a step ahead and start a trend.”
Derrick A Paulo, 2001
Voices Editor, TODAY, Mediacorp Press
“I’ve been taking the pulse of a nation from the thousands of people who write to TODAY and have published close to 9,000 of their letters.”
Samuel Lim, 2002
CEO, Reebonz
“I’m an adventurer and a global explorer who has travelled to over 70 countries, including many parts of Africa, Eastern Europe, South America and Scandinavia, and all over Asia.”
Edwin Koo, 2003
Photographer and Founder, Captured collective
“I have travelled to extremely difficult environments that test the mettle of a documentary photographer. With corporate clients, I transfer this rigour to their projects to deliver authentic yet compelling photography.”
Ryan Fong, 2004
Director, Greater China FX Sales, ANZ
“In my work, I experience the fast-changing developments of the renminbi first-hand with people from all over the world.”
Raman Bhadhri Prasad, 2005
Assistant Principal Engineer, ST Electronics (Satellite Systems)
“I am privileged to be a part of Singapore’s first home-built satellite, X-SAT, and Singapore’s first commercial satellite, TeLEOS-1.”
Ruby Teo, 2006
CEO, Stalford Education Group
“I’m providing quality education to students all over the world.”
Khur Boon Kgim, 2007
Co-founder (Technology & Product), ShopperBoard
“I went through four failed product directions in two years before finding the one that our users really want – so be ready to fail in order to succeed.”
Niu Wen Jue, 2008
Director, Ship Finance Asia Pacific, NORD/LB Singapore Branch
“Shipping is experiencing some of its toughest conditions since the financial crisis – I’m finding the bright spot in the weak and volatile market, which is challenging but also rewarding.”
Ng Zhihan, 2009
Account Manager at Powermark Battery & Hardware Trading
“I’m working towards a cleaner and greener environment for future generations.”
Andy Seo, 2010
Senior Relationship Manager, Synergy Financial Advisers
“Being a financial practitioner in a financial advisory firm, I’ve met people from all walks of life. Doing claims for my customers, in particular, for critical illnesses and death, has made me a firm advocate of what I am doing.”
Christabelle Soh, 2011
Subject Head (Economics), Millennia Institute
“I’ve climbed literal mountains and helped students climb their figurative ones!”
Er Yanbing, 2011
Postgraduate, University of Edinburgh
“I have presented my academic research at some of the best universities in the world.”
Chinmay Malaviya, 2012
Independent consultant
“I was the co-founder and managing director of Foodpanda Singapore and Hong Kong. I have since left and am planning my new entrepreneurial venture. Never settle for easy choices in life and always keep striving for what you really want.”
Sarah Choo, 2013
Artist and Art Educator, Nanyang Girls' High School
“I’ve clinched numerous awards, represented Singapore at the Grand Palais in Paris and at the Saatchi Gallery in London. My works are also collected by the Singapore Art Museum and shown at Singapore’s National Art Museum and the Busan Art Museum in Korea.”
Dipna Lim-Prasad, 2014
National athlete
“All I've wanted to do since I was 10 years old is run! NTU boosted my understanding of sport and exercise, and I’m now pursuing my childhood dream. I won a silver at the last Southeast Asian Games in the 400m hurdles and rewrote the 400m hurdles national record.”
Tan Ming Jie, 2015
Co-founder, DeNova Sciences
“My company specialises in making in-vitro human skin, which is used to test chemical and cosmetic products to ensure their safety and to verify efficacy claims. I believe we are responsible for making our story exciting and fulfilling, and that every setback is a learning experience.”
Jaslyn Lee, 2016
Researcher, NTU’s School of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering
“I’m finding a sustainable solution to today's food problems with my favourite red yeast that turns waste products such as waste soybean and oil into useful carotenoids and lipids.”