Swinburne lad wins youth innovation award

HIGH ACHIEVER: Ling shows his latest award.

HIGH ACHIEVER: Ling shows his latest award.

KUCHING: Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak engineering student Ivan Ling recently received a youth innovation award.

Ling received the award from Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud during the Youth Day celebration. The electrical and electronic engineering student received a trophy, certificate and RM1,500.

“I’m really happy to have received this award alongside big names such as national Olympics diver Pandelela Rinong Pamg (youth sports award) and Noh Hujan (Hujan band front man Mohamad Noh Salleh — youth arts award),” Ling said.

“Swinburne provided me with the opportunities and resources to achieve this, otherwise I would not have come this far. I will continue to work hard, and hopefully I’ll get the national level youth award in the future.”

The 21-year-old said he is grateful to his family for their understanding and support, as well as to his advisors, lecturers and friends.

“I also owe this to the committee members of the clubs I’m involved with. Without them, I would not have gotten this award.”

Last year, Ling won the national level Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Present Around the World (PATW) Competition in Kuala Lumpur and represented Malaysia at the Asia-Pacific regional round in Singapore.

Ling was also in the Swinburne Sarawak team which won the 2012 MakeWeekend Sarawak — a workshop where youths exchanged ideas and built new products and services to solve problems in their industry in 48 hours.

The team went on to represent the state during Anugerah Cipta, emerging as runner-up for their Blind Assist Device project, which was designed to help the blind to ‘see’.

He was also on the Swinburne’s winning team for the Freescale Cup 2012 Intelligent Car Racing competition at Universiti Teknologi Mara, Shah Alam.

As Swinburne Sarawak IET Chapter vice-president, he was among three committee members who received the society’s Leadership

Awards last year for exhibiting a high level of interpersonal skills, teamwork and commitment to helping members achieve their potential with professional development resources.

The Swinburne Sarawak IET Chapter was one of the winners of the Most Promising Award in 2012.

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