A Peek Into Dr Yew’s Life

Take “A Peek Into” Dr Yew’s Life, lecturer for the School of Engineering & Technology (SET) and find out what happens behind the scenes.

What interests you in the field of engineering? 

I am interested in the systemic approach in engineering in search of the answers to everything.

What inspired you to start your teaching journey?

My teaching journey started when I was co-supervising final year project students during my postgraduate years. That was the time when I realised that I could learn faster when I am helping students with a new topic at the same time.

Any interesting stories on campus? 

One of my most recent experiences was an incident where a student walked up to the front after a class and told me that he wants to be a teacher like me one day. Beside me, another student replied, “Maybe he thought that teaching could help him earn fast money”. I was speechless at that time.

In your opinion, what is the most important invention of the 21st century and how will this change in the future?

In my opinion, quantum computing will be leading the next frontier of research in science and technology. It will be able to help us to solve the most complex problem that is unthinkable now.

What is one of the common stereotypes you’ve heard of engineers and is that true?

Engineering is a man’s job. According to the survey done by the Department of Labor in the United States, women made up 47 percent of the country’s workforce as of 2010.

What is your current watchlist on Netflix/Disney+?

The Queen’s Gambit

Is Iron Man a future possibility?

Yes, I think it is possible that mankind can create human machines or cyborgs in the future.

What do you do to destress?

Usually, I destress by taking a break with a cup of tea/coffee myself.

What’s your best way to start the day? 

In order to start my day with full energy, a healthy breakfast is something I look forward to. I also find tons of joy in reading football news!  

In your opinion, what has been the greatest feat of engineering. 

In my opinion, it would be the building of the International Space Station (ISS). The ISS is the true manifestation of human collaboration in the new world era. This multinational project was a global effort, involving 15 nations, 100,000 people and up to a record of $100 billion funds. In layman’s terms, the ISS is an engineering feat the likes of which we have never seen before which allows humans to explore beyond the Earth. The project is also a real testament to the ingenuity of man in solving the engineering problem that had no precedence. 

What’s your favourite show to watch on TV? 

I like to watch sports matches, especially football, with family members and friends. I’ve never missed the FIFA World Cup so far. 

What is your favorite thing about being a lecturer? 

One of the most rewarding parts about being a lecturer is that I have opportunities to meet diverse groups of people of different cultures, age groups and backgrounds. I am grateful that some of the encounters have flourished into a long-term friendship.  


Founded in 1956, the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) is Singapore’s oldest not-for-profit professional institute for lifelong learning. MDIS has two main subsidiaries: Management Development Institute of Singapore Pte Ltd which oversees its Singapore academic operations, and MDIS International Pte Ltd which focuses on MDIS’ globalisation strategy. MDIS offers internationally-accredited courses in Business and Management, Engineering, Fashion and Design, Health and Nursing, Information Technology, Languages and Education, Life Sciences, Media and Communications, Psychology, Tourism and Hospitality Management, and Safety and Environmental Management.

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