Here are some of the accolades garnered by our students:

"Monstrosity" won Best Indie Film at the Los Angeles Film Awards and an "Honorable Mention" for Cinematography and Acting.

Dr James Rowlins and his HASS Film I students, whose fall 2016 semester film project has won Best Indie Film at the Los Angeles Film Awards and an "Honorable Mention" for Cinematography and Acting. "Monstrosity" is a modern-day retelling of the Russian classic "Crime & Punishment", set in Singapore and filmed on our very own campus. This success, along with 9 official film festival selections, is extraordinary given that we are competing against movies made by industry professionals with big budgets.

The team comprises James Rowlins (Director), Arjun Singh Brar (Director of Photography), Tan Yi Hao (Cinematography), Zoe Ming (Assistant Director), Chay Choong and Keith Chia (Sound & Music Composers), Shi Yuyao, Wu Jinglian, Tommy Arden Phang, Joshua Lim and Ryan Wong (Set, Camera, Editing and Production Assistants).

Watch the film: 
(content warning: violence)

BCA ProjectBUILD 2016

Our Sophomores - Lee Yu Chao, Zen (EPD), Teo Qian Yi Rilla (ASD), Zhao Guanlun (EPD), and Tasya Aditya Rukmana (ISTD) won 1st and Merit Prizes with their 2 entries (Team UNICA and Team Estoque) for the BCA ProjectBUILD 2016.

Photo Credit - Chiu Po Heng (ASD Sophomore)

Three SUTD students in the Asian leadership programme (ALP) won award in Alibaba contest

Students Ong Wen Jun Dominic, Lee Jing Rui Marvin (Li Jingrui) and Tan Kwan Fu won Bronze in the Ali-cloud “Tianchi” Visualization Contest organised by Alibaba.

904 teams (1130 participants) from 10 countries and regions participated in the Ali-cloud “Tianchi” Visualization Contest, out of which only 16 teams have emerged into the finals. The finals was held on 13 October 2016 at the Alibaba Xixi Park in Hangzhou. 

The prize giving ceremony was held on 14 October 2016 at the Yunqi Township International Convention and Exhibition Center, Hangzhou (杭州云栖小镇国际会展中心).

More information on the Ali-cloud “Tianchi” Visualization Contest can be found here.

The Aquatics team won SUTD's first Silver and Bronze medals

IKEA Young Designer Awards 2016

Jonathan Ng Ming-En (Sophomore, ASD) has clinched 1st runner-up at the IKEA Young Designer Award. His entry "COMPACT" is an environmentally friendly, origami-inspired container that can collapse to save space for households, shipping and storage costs for manufacturers. 

More details about the winning design.

SG Grand Challenge

Through 14-16 April 2016, a team from SUTD consisting of Agrim Singh (ISTD Senior), Bryan Cresswell (Freshmore), Tan Yi Long (Freshmore) and Eyasu Getahun (PhD, ISTD) took part in the SG Grand Challenge organised by Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD).

The Grand Challenge in Digital Health - sponsored by MSD, is a 3-day challenge for students from academic institutions across Singapore to come together and showcase their ideas on how information technology could influence and transform global healthcare to create value for the world. 

Team SUTD were First Runners’ Up and pocketed a cool $10,000 along with an opportunity to work with MSD as Digital Technology Consultants.

Student Achievement Awards 2016

The annual Student Achievement Awards recognises the Fifth Row and Academic achievements of all our students who brought honour to the University, and contributed positively towards the quality and vibrancy of campus life, from January to December 2015. The winners of SAA 2016 have been featured here.

ASD students’ work exhibited in URA and published in CUBES magazine

Cubes Indesign Magazine featured the works of our ASD students, Leon Cher and Tate Ng Yi Jin for a sustainable design studio led by Professor Thomas Schroepfer. The project titled Stitching Green was also showcased at a URA exhibition.

ASD Students’ work exhibited as part of the Nightscape 2050 Exhibition

In celebration of the International Year of Light in 2015 and the practice’s 25th anniversary, Lighting Planners Associates (LPA) is putting up an ambitious show Nightscape 2050, with the exhibition travelling from Berlin to Singapore and then to Hong Kong and Tokyo, from August 2015 to June 2016.

Nightscape 2050 is intended to be one of its kind for Light and Lighting, in which visions of the future of lighting and the way LPA imagines to use this light are shared with the visitors.

ASD students’ work are exhibited as part of the Nightscape 2050 exhibition at the National Design Centre from 24 Oct to 21 Nov 2015. The students imagined a future nightscape of Singapore in 2050 that addresses issues of light pollution, and created a design where you can see the stars from the city’s rooftops. They are mentored by ASD faculty Sawako Kaijima and J.Alstan Jakubiec. The student team are from the Junior, Sophomore and freshmore cohorts – Chloe Tan, Cheryl Ng, Tan Yen Lin, Zhang Ke Er, Tan Wei Lin, Kendrick Tay and Anirudh Rathi.

3 ASD Students presented in Archifest 2015 Fringe Event: Conservation Conversations: Pearl Bank Apartment

Conservation Conversations – Pearl Bank Apartments presents a dialogue about modernist architecture in Singapore and its relation to Singapore’s heritage through the case study of Pearl Bank Apartments. Continuing the conversation from the book, the program brings the complexities of architectural conservation of modernist architecture in Singapore to the stage, through an interactive panel discussion involving protagonists of Pearl Bank Apartments and respected figures in the local conservation scene. Guests are invited to an expansive conversation with a wide spectrum of perspectives to synthesise a better understanding regarding issues related to architecture, conservation and Singapore’s heritage. The authors of the book are our current Master students Geraldine Quek C. T., Neo J. H. Kevin Josiah and Lim Y. L. Teri.

 “SUSTAIN” ASD Pioneer Graduation Showcase

SUSTAIN is a student-curated compilation of works to document investigations of various aspects of sustainability through a series of architectural studios and offer insights on the progress of new ways to architectural design.

In the exhibit, these questions – the what, why and how of sustainability – are deconstructed, reframed, investigated and reconstructed in a range of projects by the pioneer students of SUTD’s Architecture and Sustainable Design Pillar.

The theme for the exhibition titled “Sustain” and the setup are made from pallets and as many recyclable materials as possible. The showcase opened officially on 12 Sept, Saturday evening, and was at Campus Centre till Friday, 18 Sept 2015.

Joshua Darrell Ong Luo Yi, Shawn Ng Tien Ern, Joel Ang Xuan Yin, Joshua Dieu Jing Hui and Tan Qi En from the E-Sports Club clinched 1st runner-up at the recent Inter-Varsity Games Frontier.

Our start-up (called 26Factorial) run by SUTD students Le Vu Huy (EPD '16/Computer Engineering) and Agrim Singh (ISTD '16) took the top prize at the Budweiser Dream Brewery Pitch Day. The team walks away with the grand prize of $25,000 and a partnership with ABInBev, one of the top 5 consumer product companies in the world.

The team was selected for the final presentation to the ABInBev board based on their excellent performance at the Dream Brewery Hackathon where the team placed as 1st Runners' Up in November 2015.



Our students, Lee Jun Xiang, Tee May Ying and Jaron Lee Jia Wen have developed the Home Intelligent System (HIS), which won the Merit Award at the World Engineers' Summit organized by the Institution of Engineers and Science Centre Singapore on July 2015. 

The SUTD Rotaract Club did a wonderful job by supporting the YMCA Silver Fiesta which took place on the 10 and 11 September 2015. The members, Lee Jun Xiang , Khor Wan Xuan, Toh Hui Wen, Eunice Yong Yi Lynn, Amos Ho Yong Ming, Chua Rui De, Ngoh Si Sui, Edmond To Cheng Wei, Ow Yam Huo, Tee May Ying , Mohsin Ahamed and Tan Yee Ying, who formed the Core Volunteer Group has devoted over 210 volunteering hours into planning and executing the event.  

14 professors and 84 students from internationally renowned universities were invited to participate in the workshop ‘Catalysts in Action’, which aimed at the regeneration of one of Busan’s oldest areas, Choryang-Dong at the 2015 Busan International Architecture Design Workshop (BIADW).

28 projects were developed in the five-day event, and ten projects were awarded with prizes at the final ceremony. SUTD student Joshua Dieu was part of the team that received the second highest honour, the First Prize by the President of Pusan National University with the project titled Grassroot Sanbokdoro. Another SUTD student Bai Xueni was in one of the five teams that got selected for an Honorable Mention by the BIADW organizing committee with the project titled Flying Canopies. Both their teams were guided by SUTD Assistant Professor Michael Budig (ASD).

Participants came from universities such as the Bartlett School of Architecture (University College London), the Cooper Union (New York City) and others in the USA, in Europe, China, and numerous schools in South Korea. Projects were designed in teams of three students, with the 14 professors advising two teams each. The workshop took place between 3 and 7 August at Pusan International University in Busan, South Korea.

Our students, Geraldine Quek and Teri Lim have won first prize in the DIVA Day 2015 Student Competition. More details about the winning design. 

Congratulations to Lee Jun Xiang, (Junior, ISTD), Tee May Ying (Junior, ISTD), and Jaron Lee Jia Wen (Junior, EPD) for winning the Merit Award at the Energy Innovation Challenge 2015!  

Our PhD student, Shi-Jun Liang won the Shoulders-Gray-Spindt (SGS) award in the 28th International Vacuum Nanoelectronics Conference (IVNC). This award is given to the best PhD and postdoctoral technical presentation at the conference.

Agrim Singh, a junior from the Information Systems Technology and Design pillar, took part in the recent Clean and Green Hackathon organised by the National Environment Agency (NEA) in Singapore and the team he was in finish third. He is also the only student among the winning teams, with the other teams comprising of working professionals.

View the Channel NewsAsia report.

Our students won the first two prizes in the Autodesk ASEAN design competition (First place: Yeo Song Pei, Chua Yuheng; Second place: Quak Chun Ming, Shalina Yasuda). The first placed team then went on a sponsored trip to attend the Autodesk Panorama event, where their entry "Finger Band" were placed in the top 5. Congratulations to all our students.

Our PhD student, Shijun Liang, had his paper (co-authored by Associate Professor Ricky Ang) on "Electron Thermionic Emission from Graphene and a Thermionic Energy Converter" published on Physics Review Applied.

Physics Review Applied is the newest journal published by the most important physics journal series - Physics Review Series. The journal was created to encourage researchers to not only publish new and interesting physics but also important applications as well.

24 Dec 2014 - Ong Shi Ke (EPD) and Poh Wan Han (ISTD) were awarded the recently established MasterCard Scholarship for Women at SUTD. Read more in the MasterCard press release.

This award is awarded to outstanding full-time female undergraduates pursuing third year of studies in AY2015/2016. Find out more details about the Scholarship here.

Our ESD undergraduate student, Wei Wei received the best student paper award at the recent 1st Asia-Pacific Conference on Complex Systems Design Management. The paper was work that resulted from a UROP project. More details on the award.

Our first ever quiz team, comprised of Agrim Singh and Yadunund Vijay, finished as 2nd runner ups (out of 91 teams comprising 182 students) in the 8th Tata Crucible Campus Quiz held on 31 October 2014. They won $2,000 and host of other prizes.

The competition will be telecast on 28 November 2014, 8 pm (GMT+8) on Channel NewsAsia. Find out more about the competition here.

Kelly Kuo Kai Li and Angel Chia Jing Wen were awarded this year's Keppel Award of Excellence.

This award is awarded to the top 2 students who have completed their Freshmore terms. The applicants were nominated based on their academic results and 5th row participation.

Our students won first and third prizes in the year's edition of the IDC RoboCon competition held from 12th to 28th July in Rabat, Morocco. Read about their win.

The Team Thunder Buddies, consisting of 3 ESD students – Ow Yam Huo, Sarah Mao Yu Ling and Yip Jing Xin, emerged to be a finalist in the 2013-2014 Biomimicry Student Design Challenge.

Only 10 finalists were shortlisted from 198 entries from universities around the world. This year, the design challenge focused on transportation solutions and the entry they submitted was "Nature-Inspired Solutions to the Rural Transport Problem". [video submission | more details about the finalists]

At the StartUp Asia Hackathon 2014 (organized by TechInAsia), two teams, Team QQ (Mendel Oh - 13F01, Le Vu Huy - 13F02) and Team Busby Babes (Agrim Singh - 13F02 and Parag Bhatnagar - Yale-NUS) were two out of the 14 finalist teams. [more details about the event]

Team QQ, who created a hardware solution based on the Raspberry Pi for independent navigation and remote assistance for the visually challenged, nabbed the top prize for this challenge, winning a S$500 for the team.

The Busby Babes created a web app that allows Manchester United fans in Southeast Asia to have a virtual pub match experience and an extended personal connection to the club. The duo won a trip for two to Old Trafford to watch Manchester United live, with hotel and air tickets included.

The "Balik Kampung" design by Jezamine Chua Zihui, Poh Wan Han and Faizah Ja'affar for the Woodlands Civic Plaza was one of the 11 winning ideas for URA's "PubliCity: Your Ideas for Public Spaces". [more details about the design]

PubliCity is an initiative under the Draft Master Plan 2013 to involve the community in celebrating and enlivening public spaces through good design and programming. The "PubliCity: Your Ideas for Public Spaces" competition threw an open invitation to the public to come up with creative visions of public spaces in the city, namely The Lawn @ Marina Bay; spaces along the Singapore River Promenade; the open space at Sultan Gate in Kampong Glam; and the Woodlands Civic Plaza. [more details about the winning designs]

A team of students which comprised of Agrim Singh (13F02), Le Vu Huy (13F02) and Parag Bhatnagar (Yale-NUS) won an award of S$1,500 at the Enabling Community coLAB 2014 and were finalists at the funding rounds. The team created a Google Glass navigation application to assist the visually challenged. [more details about the ideas and event]

A team of students, Team Whole One (Poh Wen Ya, Ian Teoh and Zhu Xiaohan) came in First place in the Frost & Sullivan Case Challenge 2014.

The case challenge offered existing undergraduates an opportunity to develop and present solutions for Nairu (a fictional country) to help her develop a nation-wide manpower strategy to ensure that the future demands of the workforce are met, while simultaneously balancing the need for economic growth.

The successful applicants were mentored by Frost & Sullivan consultants, and a total of five finalist teams were selected for the final round. Team Whole One and the other 4 finalist teams presented their proposals to an esteemed panel of judges at the finals, and emerged as the Top Finalist team. They won a cash prize and were offered internship opportunities at Frost & Sullivan.

5 of our students were among the 10 finalists for the IKEA Singapore's Young Designer Award 2014 and Jezamine Chua won the 3rd prize. This first-ever IKEA Singapore's Young Designer Award was launched to seek ideas and solutions in line with the theme, to "Make Space Better" at home. Supported by the DesignSingapore Council, the inaugural design competition saw an overwhelming response of over 70 entries by tertiary students.

Here's the list of the 10 finalists and their creations:

  • Seah Tat Leong - 4ever-sticks

  • Shafi'e Bin Shahrin - Coffee Table Design

  • Ong Yu Yang Brian - TEGEL Blocks 

  • Jezamine Chua Zihui - Narnia 

  • Timothy Lum Jing Liang – FALDIGT

[more details about their creations]​

A team of students (Jermaine Cheng, Sean Koh, Amanda Mak, Ng Zi Kai and Jessie Tang) has won the award for "Chinatown Heritage Markers Challenge" in the Chinatown coLab 2014.

The team innovated and redesigned the Chinatown Markers because the proliferation of apathy in the youth today has generated a disconnect between history and the present. They also believed that the application of mobile apps currently are way over used and it has generated multiple cases studies to show that mobile apps are not effective in solving social issues.

In lieu of the problem, they have designed a interactive Chinatown marker aimed at breaking down the social apathy that has been built up over the years in the youth. Mimicking human interactions and small talk, the redesigned Chinatown markers take on new personas and relive the past through them. By incorporating the use of the Kinect, QR codes and other sensory devices (i.e,scent emitters,etc), they would be able to recreate the Chinatown using a level of artificial intelligence. [more details about the ideas and event]

Our Drone Aviators won a total of 10 awards (50 medals + 1 trophy) at the Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competition (SAFMC) 2014.


  • Team Mavericks (Shane, Ivan, Enyi)

  • Team Mavericks II (Shane, Ivan, Enyi)

  • Team UAViator (Ying Hong, Danial, Chee How)

  • Team Radioactive (Chee How, Benjamin, Weilong, Yoke Kong)

  • Championship Award (3rd) - Category D (Semi-Autonomous)

  • Most Creative Award (2nd) - Category D

  • Best Video Award (3rd) - Category D

  • Best Presentation Award (3rd) - Category D

  • Championship Award (2nd) - Category E

  • Best Performance Award (2nd) - Category E

  • Best Presentation Award (2nd) - Category E

  • Championship Award (3rd) - Category E

  • Most Creative Award (2nd) - Category E

  • Most Creative Award (1st) - Category D


Members of the SUTD Weiqi Club (Lau Jia Sheng, Lim Yu Shaun and Zhu Heng Yu) recently participated in the National Youth Weiqi Championships 2014's Open Category and emerged 4th as a team.

Indra Tjitra Salim, Vera Ng Wei Ting, Huang Jiayi, Ow Yam Ow, Chow Jia Hui, Samuel Lee, Ann Wee and Elizabeth Seto Ai Ting took part in the Schneider Electric - Go Green in the City 2014 (global business case challenge) and emerged as semi-finalists.

Wang Lijuan (Sophomore) won the joint 3rd Prize in the International Undergraduate Research Poster Competition 2014 which was organised by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Her submission was shortlisted from 601 submissions and she went to KAUST with 36 other undergraduates for one week in January 2014 to present her poster. Her submission and presentation was on Mobile Imaging System for Early Diagnosis of Skin Cancer. [more details about the event]

Agrim Singh (SUTD), Parag (Yale-NUS) and Yiyang (NTU) won the 2nd prize in the Hack & Roll 2014, organised by NUS Hackers. His team made a web app called "Djengue unchained" to predict dengue outbreaks in Singapore. It made use of regression models and government data on temperature, rainfall, public cleanliness and actual dengue outbreaks. [more details about the event]

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