Surbana Jurong principal engineer wins global engineering competition

Victor and Pak Suranto, a village owner who donated his land for a water system, in front of an intermediate storage tank near the water source which Victor’s team designed to provide 15m3/day of clean water to the residents of Watugajah Village, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The project was one of several environmental and water projects he and his team oversaw at NEWRI.

Dr Victor Sim, Surbana Jurong’s Principal Engineer, Sustainable Urban Solutions, has won the World Federation of Engineering Organizations’ 2018 Young Engineers Competition.

His project – to bring clean water to an underserved community in Myanmar – beat more than 140 submissions in an international competition that recognises the efforts of engineers under 35 years of age for leading projects that advance the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Victor, who was 34 when he entered the project for competition last year, presented the project at the Global Engineering Congress in London in October this year. He embarked on this project last year when he was a deputy director at NEWRIComm, the community development arm of Nanyang Technological University’s Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute.

He designed an innovative reverse osmosis water treatment system to turn contaminated water into drinkable water for a school of over 200 students of Don Bosco School and about 1,500 residents in the Hlaing Thar Yar village in Yangon.

Victor receiving the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Academic Achievement Award in 2015 for his contribution to public water supply, the first time the award had been given outside North America since 1966. Photo credit: AWWA.

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