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Movers, shakers and go-getters

Everyone’s a winner in NTU’s Class of 2017. HEY! salutes the many talents in our midst here

Miss fly here, fly there award

Athena Khoo

Mechanical engineering

  • Athena Khoo with a ribbon sash and a tiara prop
  • Athena Khoo
  • Athena Khoo

Japan awaits Athena, who heads to Iwata in September. There, she’ll be part of the marine team in Yamaha Motor working on motors for yachts. Her desire to find her feet in foreign land was born on another continent, when she did an internship with construction company Mega Pile in Durban, South Africa.

“I saw a different side to life in South Africa. Soaking in a new culture was an eye-opener. I saw how people there were able to think out of the box to solve problems effectively.”

Influences closer to home helped sway her decision. Her father, who runs an engineering company, brought her on business trips and sent her for a training stint in Europe during her university days.

“Everywhere I travelled to, people were friendly and welcoming. I also found that being out of my comfort zone enabled me to grow as a person and understand what I want to achieve in future.”

Apart from her father, she encountered other mentors in the form of her professors in NTU, such as Dr John Heng.

“He was our instructor for engineering design, but taught us so much more. Through him, I learnt that being a qualified engineer is more than the skills you acquire. It’s also the attitude and sense of responsibility we should work towards possessing as we graduate and step into the corporate world.”