About me

I am a water guy.

I want to learn and advance the arts of water management, so that every human being can live in harmony with water, with the right quantity and quality. I am working on paleohydrology—reconstructing river flow history in major basins across the Asian Monsoon region. My first paper is a novel reconstruction method that explicitly accounts for catchment dynamics. I am now applying this method to a large number of stations in 14 countries across Asia. The findings of this work will improve our understand long-term catchment variability and how climate plays its role, and such knowledge may help to make better water management decisions.

I believe in sharing science and participate actively in events promoting research to a broader audience. I also love teaching and I do my best to instill research interest in undergraduate students. My efforts in these two areas have been recognized with several awards.

Before coming back to academia, I was a process engineer, running in water treatment plants in Qatar and Singapore. Having seen the bolts and nuts of water resources systems, and the problems they inherited from a larger scale, I appreciate the importance of systemic planning and operation. That triggered me to pursue a PhD in Engineering Systems, with a focus on water resources management. My advisor is Assistant Professor Stefano Galelli.

Awards

  • Best Research Project, SUTD Research Fest, 2019
  • Winner (First Prize), SUTD 3-Minute Thesis competition, 2018
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, SUTD, 2017

Scholarships

  • SUTD President’s Graduate Fellowship
  • SDWA Study Grant, SGD 50,000
  • Keppel Corporation’s Study Grant, SGD 30,000
  • NUS Civil Engineering Scholarship, SGD 24,000
  • NUS Award for Studying Abroad, SGD 11,000
  • NUS Engineering Innovation & Research Award (for Bachelor’s dissertation)

Education

  • M.Sc, Civil Engineering, Delft University of Technology (2012)
  • M.Sc, Hydraulic Engineering & Water Resources Management, National University of Singapore (2012)
  • B.Eng, Civil Engineering (Joint Degree), National University of Singapore and University of Melbourne (2009)

Industry experience

Keppel Group of companies (2011 – 2015) with the following key appointments

  • Senior Operation & Maintenance Engineer, Ulu Pandan NEWater Plant
  • Process Engineer, Doha North Sewage Treatment Works