Pisigan Carlo Adrian Rectra, has a host of awards to his name. He is the recipient of the Lee Kuan Yew Award, Weidmuller Gold Medal, OCBC Prize, Shell Merit Award and the Institution of Engineers Gold Medal Award. He chose the Diploma in Clean Energy course as the course included modules in clean and renewable energy as well as power engineering.
The former Yishun Town Secondary School student went to the University of New South Wales, Australia for his internship where he researched and simulated a micro energy grid consisting of wind turbines and solar cells. Carlo also participated in the Learning Express 2012 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia with a multi-disciplinary team who lived together with local villagers and used the principles of Design Thinking to innovate solutions to improve their lives.
During his final year, the SP Engineering Scholar and Model Student Award winner had the rare chance to help to build the SunSPEC3 – Singapore’s only solar car entry for the World Solar Challenge 2013. He also took part in the challenge that was held in the Australian Outback from Darwin to Adelaide. The experience was enriching and nerve-wrecking as he had to solve engineering issues with limited resources in the harsh Outback.
Under the guidance of his lecturer, Dr Jiang Fan, Carlo published and presented a research paper at a conference in Hong Kong in December 2013.
During his tenure as the President of the SP Tennis club, he organised tennis tournaments and clinched the Gold medal in the men’s double and Silver medal in the mixed doubles at the 2013 edition of the SP Novice Open and SP Open respectively. Under the SP Outstanding Talent Programme, he also attended overseas leadership development programmes in Indonesia and Malaysia.
Carlo has been offered the Energy Market Authority scholarship and he aims to study Electrical Engineering at Imperial College, London, U.K. after his National Service. Carlo has this advice for future students, “Don’t stop at good academic performance. Stay hungry, enrich your experiences and always do something more than you can.”