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VOLUME 6

A*STAR

Talent Times

A Publication of Agency for Science, Technology and Research

THINK FUTURE Now Special Edition on Scholarships and Career Opportunities

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VOLUME 6

Talent Times

Think Future Now VOLUME 6

A*STAR

Talent Times

A Publication of Agency for Science, Technology and Research

THINK FUTURE Now Special Edition on Scholarships and Career Opportunities

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The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is Singapore’s lead public sector agency that spearheads economic-oriented research. A*STAR’s greatest assets are its people, who work tirelessly to develop science and create technologies that impact societies. This is only possible because we stand on the shoulders of giants: renowned universities, successful organisations and courageous start-ups. Luminaries and experts around the world share their knowledge with our talents. Together, we raise the profile of Singapore’s research industry.

Learning from the Best

Worldly Inspirations Driven by Passion

Scientists Leading the Way Helping Our Partners

The Collaborative Dance of Science Daring to Dream

Turning Fiction into Fact Making a Difference

So You Want to Be an A*STAR Scholar… Scholarships and Career Paths

Your Future Is in Your Hands Charting Your Career with A*STAR

In this issue of Talent Times, we put our researchers and scholars in the spotlight. Collectively, their areas of research span a wide spectrum. Some of them have worked alongside the world’s most celebrated scientists and some have forayed into the world of business. We hope that their stories will inspire you to embark on your journey with us. Where do you see your future? How can you contribute to society? Read the stories and find out more! Agency for Science, Technology and Research Website: www.a-star.edu.sg Email: [email protected] Follow us: hqastar

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and intellectual curiosity that permeate Stanford — where any start-up can be the next Facebook or Google — have also rubbed off on him.

Dr. Wesley Zheng Guangyuan Scientist, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) Dr. Quek Boon Kiat Capability Group Manager, Scientist, Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) Dr. Cheston Tan Yin Chet Scientist, Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R)

Dr. Wesley Zheng Guangyuan, Dr. Quek Boon Kiat and Dr. Cheston Tan Yin Chet

Worldly Inspirations The world is your oyster, so the saying goes. A*STAR provides many scholarship opportunities, allowing our scientists a chance to spread their wings. Find out what Dr. Wesley Zheng, Dr. Quek Boon Kiat, and Dr. Cheston Tan have learnt from the industry’s greatest minds.

In Silicon Valley, those who have a string of failed businesses are given the title of “serial entrepreneurs”. This air of positivity is very refreshing for Wesley. Many of his friends have gone on to start their own companies, some while pursuing their PhD. “There is this innate desire to create something that benefits society,” Wesley says. “And it’s the same thing we want to do here at A*STAR.”

Curiosity and Optimism To study the speed of neurotransmission in the body, Dr. Wesley Zheng once immersed his hand in ice-cold water. He waited till it went numb before placing some electrodes on his palm, and then used a hammer to tap his funny bone along the elbow. Wesley’s anything-goes character has served him well when he was at Stanford University, California, USA. The A*STAR National Science Scholarship (PhD) gave hi