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Singapore Youth Award recipient recognised again

10 July 2013

Assoc Prof Ong (left) receiving the SYA Medal of Commendation from Deputy Prime Minister Teo

Photo: National Youth Council
After getting the Singapore Youth Award (SYA) in 2004, Associate Professor Ong Soh Khim from the NUS Department of Mechanical Engineering has done it again by receiving the SYA Medal of Commendation.

This honour is only accorded to SYA recipients, 45 years old or younger, who have continued to attain significantly higher levels of achievements and contributions to society for at least five years after winning their first award.

The National Youth Council commended Assoc Prof Ong on her many achievements, including being one of just four women in the world to have been elected as a Fellow in the 62-year history of the International Academy for Production Engineering, and the recipient of numerous local and international awards. She has researched on assistive technology devices to improve the lives of the elderly and disabled. She also dedicates her time to promoting science among youths.

The Council recognised that Prof Ong has exceeded expectations in the field to be a leader and inspiration not only for young people but also for women.

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean presented the award on 7 July 2013 at the Istana.

Assoc Prof Ong shared her thought on getting the award: “I hope the conferment of the SYA 2013 MOC will serve as an inspiration to the youth to motivate them to work hard to pursue excellence in their fields.”