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Anne Foo 

Lee Kuan Yew Award &​
Ngee Ann Polytechnic Outstanding Achievement Award

Foo Rui En Anne

School of Engineering​

Other awards:
National Instruments Gold Medal & Prize
Diploma with Merit

One of Anne Foo’s most distinct childhood memories was spending afternoons watching her late grandfather tinker with home appliances and fixing faulty gadgets.

“He was always so excited about taking things apart and examining how they work,” recalled Anne.

Clearly, her grandfather was instrumental in igniting her interest in engineering at a young age. “Although he is no longer around, his sense of wonder and curiosity helped to inspire in me a love for learning, as well as discovering new solutions to problems,” said Anne, who was naturally drawn to Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s (NP) Engineering Science​ course because of its strong focus on research.

Here at NP, Anne had the opportunity to work on several research projects, including developing an algorithm for the detection of coronary artery disease using electrocardiograms (ECG).

“We realised that the responsibility for correctly interpreting an ECG lies with the physician. As such, it was essential to develop a computer-aided system to provide an automated and accurate diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases,” added Anne.

For their efforts, her team won the Best Project Award at the annual Polytechnic Student Research Programme. They were also selected to present their project findings at the International STEM Students Forum in Hong Kong.

“Research is exciting, because there are no correct answers. The possibilities are endless,” Anne shared excitedly.

​“I really enjoyed working on this project, because I saw how I could use my skills to make people’s lives better. It got me thinking about the possibility of pursuing a career as a doctor in the future, so that I can make a direct impact on the lives of others,” explained Anne, who sees medicine as a career where she can be of help to people and also satisfy her appetite for knowledge and research.

Anne has been accepted in the new SUTD-Duke-NUS Special Track​, a dual-degree programme jointly offered by the Singapore University of Technology and Design and Duke-NUS Medical School. The interdisciplinary programme aims to prepare students with a background in engineering for leadership roles in healthcare as clinicians who can treat both patients and yet harness technology to develop medical innovations.