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NUS School of Design and Environment

The SDE Bulletin

May 2012

Upcoming Events

Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Finance (GCREF) Workshop

Date & Time:
21 – 25 May 2012, 8.45am – 5.00pm

Traders Hotel

Please email Yvonne at

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Annual Division Exhibition (Industrial Design)

Date & Time:
24 - 27 May 2012

National Library Building (NLB)

News & Highlights

Journey of Possibilities for the Rail Corridor

SDE students and staff have garnered impressive wins in the "Journey of Possibilities" Ideas Competition for the Rail Corridor organised by Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).
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Smart Cane Expands Social Horizon of Visually Handicapped

Ms Selene Chew is set to impact the lives of visually impaired people with her invention created while still an undergraduate at SDE.
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SDE Students Win Top Prize in Cool Ideas for Better HDB Living Competition 2011/12

Four first year students from the Department of Architecture clinched the top prize with their design: a prototype window that prevents rain from falling into HDB dwellings. The competition was jointly organised by HDB and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and was held in March 2012.

Industrial Design Student Claims Top Prize at Mapletree’s Outdoor Furniture Competition

Darren Yeo, a 4th year student from the Division of Industrial Design received $12,000 in cash and an overseas internship with renowned Japanese product designer Toshiyuki Kita for his winning entry: a cloud-inspired furniture design that can be used as a circular bench. The competition was organised by Mapletree Investments to mark the opening of the Mapletree Business City.

Staff Achievements

Dr Kua Harn Wei (Department of Building) has been invited by the Director of Rome-based Economic Web Institute to be an international advisor for a project proposal on designing and implementing an eco-neighbourhood in Monterotondo, Italy from Mar 2012 to Mar 2014.

A/Prof Yu Shi Ming (Department of Real Estate) has been invited by DSTA as an External Expert Member in its Accreditation Panel for Land use Planning & Estates Management competency domain.

Prof Ong Seow Eng (Department of Real Estate) has been appointed by the Jurong Town Council as a member of the Land Purchase Committee.

An Interview with Prof Heng Chye Kiang

The AlumNUS sits down for an interview with SDE’s Dean, Professor Heng Chye Kiang, in the Apr-Jun 2012 issue of the magazine.
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Alumni Spotlight

Cheah Kok Ming, Architecture ’90…

Is now a senior lecturer in the Department of Architecture. He received the 2011 NUS Outstanding Educator Award in recognition of his excellent teaching and ability to inspire Architecture students in their discovery of knowledge. In 2003, Kok Ming also won the URA Architectural Heritage Award for his design work for the Asian Civilisations Museum II.

Kong Mun Kwong, Estate Management ’71…

received the 2011 NUS Distinguished Alumni Service Award for his achievements and service to NUS. At the 2011 National Volunteerism & Philanthropy Awards, he was named Volunteer of the year for his 35 years of service to the community. He has been a member of SDE’s Advisory Committee since 2008.

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