Sarawak student receives inaugural award for innovation


Joseph receiving the award from Chan-Low.

KUCHING: A Sarawakian student has received the inaugural Tunku Putra-HELP Young Innovator and Researcher Award in recognition of his achievements.

Joseph Chung, 18, received the award from HELP Education Group chief executive officer Datin Chan-Low Kam Yoke in a ceremony at Tunku Putra-HELP School here.

“This award is the culmination of years of hard work and a thirst for learning and innovation.

“These characteristics have been nurtured in me by my teachers at Tunku Putra-HELP, pushing me to achieve great things.

“I am excited and looking forward to my next adventure,” he said.

Joseph and his team designed a prototype device called “Smart e-Saver”, which detects the presence of children in vehicles using thermal sensors attached to the engine.

Once the car engine is stopped, the sensors alert the driver to the presence of a child.

The device was designed in response to news reports of unattended children dying in parked cars from heatstroke.

It has received interest internationally and Joseph was invited to attend a global ministerial conference on road safety hosted by the Swedish government and the World Health Organisation in Stockholm last month.

At the conference, he had the opportunity to meet United Nations road safety ambassador Zoleka Mandela, who is the granddaughter of the late South African president Nelson Mandela.

Joseph also did an internship at the Genomics Research Centre in Taiwan last November and December, where he worked with research assistants and post-doctoral fellows on DNA extracts and mutations from neuron cells linked to Ogden Syndrome, a disorder related to learning capabilities determined by brain and muscle growth.

“We are indeed proud of Joseph. It is without doubt that before us stands a young man who is going to make a name for himself in the field of science and technology,” Tunku Putra-HELP principal Julie Dowling said.
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