MARK Ng Kok Yew was the first graduate from Monash University Sunway Campus to be conferred a PhD in engineering.
Just eight years ago, he was doing his foundation year at Sunway College (now Sunway University College), dreaming of becoming a doctor.
“Although I am not a medical doctor now, being addressed as Dr Mark Ng sort of fulfils my childhood dream in a way.
“I feel truly blessed!” he chuckled.
Dr Ng is currently an engineering lecturer at Monash University Sunway Campus and is part of the Robotics, Automation and Manufacturing (RAM) Research Group.
He is actively conducting his research in the area of fault detection and isolation.
He also presents his research findings at international conferences, such as the 2007 International Conference on Control Applications in Singapore and the 2008 International Federation of Automatic Control in Seoul, Korea.
“I would very much like to see my theoretical work evolve and be implemented onto practical applications, with the hope that it could improve the stability, safety and also the reliability of the systems,” he said.
So, what was he like as a student?
Helen James, who taught him English at Sunway University College, had this to say:
“Mark was a pleasure to teach. He was a teacher’s dream student – someone with an inquiring mind, hardworking and very respectful.
“With such an attitude towards his studies and people in general, it really is no surprise that he has reached such heights.”