USP alumni Betty Tsai (Chemical Engineering + USP, Class of 2012) and Mohamed Fairoz bin Ahmad (Sociology + USP, Class of 2006) were honoured with the prestigious NUS Outstanding Young Alumni Award 2017. The Award recognises alumni aged 40 and below who have distinguished themselves in their chosen fields, and/or rendered excellent volunteer service to NUS and/or the alumni community while exemplifying the best attributes of youth in today's world. Betty and Fairoz received this recognition at the NUS Alumni Awards 2017 ceremony held on 23 November 2017.

A Research Scientist at Procter & Gamble International Operations, Betty was recognised for her outstanding achievements and research innovations. Her research and contributions to the science and technology landscape have been endorsed by prestigious organisations and publications. Since her undergraduate days, Betty has been very active in the University’s outreach events and as a mentor to inspire and encourage younger engineers to sharpen their skills and to make a difference in the world. In particular, she is an advocate for young women in engineering. Betty has gained numerous achievements in the engineering sector. Earlier this year, she gained a place in the Asian Scientist 100 list 2017 edition for her research on the innovation process behind skincare consumer products – read here.

As for Fairoz, he was recognised for his outstanding achievements and leadership in community service. He founded Chapter W, a non-profit social enterprise that provides innovative, suitable and sustainable solutions to help and empower the poor in Indonesia. In particular, his social enterprise adopts an innovative model of empowering rural women and bringing solar energy to rural areas, which has benefitted more than 24,000 people. As an alumnus, Fairoz continues to raise awareness of social entrepreneurship amongst NUS students and alumni, through talks and sharing sessions – read here for Fairoz’s session during The Rector’s Programme at USP. Chapter W also provides fellowship opportunities for students, and is working with USP to develop possible field research projects for students.

Heartiest congratulations, Betty and Fairoz! We are most proud of your wonderful contributions to NUS and USP. We wish you success in your career and community works.


Read other coverage of the event at NUSNews.


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Betty receiving her award from NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan during the ceremony.

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Fairoz receiving his award from NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan during the ceremony.

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Betty and USP Director Associate Professor Kang Hway Chuan during the ceremony.

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From L to R: USP Director Assoc Prof Kang Hway Chuan, USP Deputy Director Assoc Prof Albert Teo, Fairoz Ahmad and NUS Dean of Students Assoc Prof Peter Pang


Photo source: NUS Office of Alumni Relations