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NTU undergrad is first Singapore champion of an internationally acclaimed engineering competition
Date:12/30/2008

champion in April this year after defeating eight other contestants in the local competition.

"English is not my first language. Thus the biggest challenge for me is that I need to explain complicated technological terms and theories in a very simple way, as not everyone in the audience are from the academia or have in depth knowledge about mechanisms and deployable structures," added Liu, referring to his URECA project which he presented at the competition.

URECA or Undergraduate Research Experience on CAmpus, is a university wide programme to cultivate a research culture offered only to the most able undergraduates in NTU. Shiyu's URECA project is a practical design of a retractable roof that can be deployed for example, in sports venues to allow for indoor sports during bad weather. At this year's URECA exhibition and competition in NTU, the project won all the three awards, i.e. the platinum award, the most popular project award as well as the best peer review award.

According to Liu's project supervisor, Assistant Professor Chen Yan, Liu is not only an outstanding undergraduate student who excels in his coursework, but also demonstrates excellent research capabilities. "I picked a practical project for Shiyu. The retractable roof project is widely applicable in many civil structures. The theory behind it is also interesting and easy to understand. I'm sure that the project can be implemented as part of a civil structure project once the stress analysis is completed and if there are any interested party willing to collaborate," said Prof Chen Yan.

Another of Liu's project supervisor, Associate Professor Yeo Song Huat, noted that he not only worked tirelessly on his project but displayed much enthusiasm and passion. "I have observed how Shiyu has grown over the years in NTU. Apart from taking his academic studies seriously, he also involved himself in CCAs and took up various leadership positions. NTU has provided him with a
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Contact: Hisham Hambari
mhisham@ntu.edu.sg
656-790-6447
Nanyang Technological University
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