Published on: 26-Oct-2017
Most memorable times / people in SCSE/NTU:
I have to admit, my decision to enter Computer Science was one of the biggest risks I have ever taken. I have always been interested in languages and mathematics, but programming… Not that much. My decision was mainly fueled by the fact that technology was and still is such an important part of my life.
One of the most memorable modules for me was Multidisciplinary Design Project (MDP). Firstly, it was because I had to burn the recess week doing it. Ok, but in all honesty, It was because students from Computer Engineering and Computer Science were given the opportunity to work together as a team. It was more hands-on than the usual modules, and allowed students to try different roles from our usual modules. The project work had us creating a robot which was able to self-navigate through mazes, as well as controlled via an Android application. Being able to see what we created in action certainly gave a tremendous sense of camaraderie.
The person whom I met up most frequently with in my last year of university was my Final Year Project (FYP) supervisor, Assistant Professor Alwen Fernando Tiu. Coincidentally, he happened to be my internship supervisor as well. For my FYP, I chose a project with a minor mathematical aspect, which was on first-order theorem provers. Asst. Prof. Tiu guided me through the entire project, and was always open to meetings and any queries (despite me being worried that they were silly questions). Now that I am in technology consulting, I am able to use the knowledge learnt from 4 years in NTU to better understand the client’s environment.
Your journey since graduation:
After graduation, I was offered a role in PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting (Singapore) Pte Ltd, as part of the Cybersecurity team. From the internship stint I did here previously, I knew that it was an ideal place to kick-start my career. In Technology Consulting, we are always dealing with different project scopes and different clients. That meant that every project was different, and I was able to take on a diverse set of responsibilities, without actually changing my job. 2 years in, I moved up from an Associate to a Senior Associate, taking on the team lead role and dealing with clients. So far, the journey’s been good. Everyday is a learning journey, and that never stops.
A message to the current undergraduates
We’re living in a world of technology, where everything is ever-changing. So never limit yourself to only doing things you’ve done before. Keep an open mind, and never stop learning or asking questions
A short quote to be used in publications
“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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