The story of Miss Kathleen Koh, late Managing Director of BMT Asia Pacific, is one of passion, diligence and dedication. Kathleen, who played an instrumental role in the development of Singapore’s marine infrastructure, earning her the nickname “Madam Jetty”, is remembered by many for her significant contributions to the engineering industry.
In memory of her untimely passing and in honour of her contributions, Kathleen’s family and various companies have established the Kathleen Koh Seok Hoon Scholarship at the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Faculty of Engineering. The Scholarship is awarded to Third Year engineering undergraduate students enrolled in either the Civil Engineering or Chemical Engineering programmes.
BMT Asia Pacific, a consultancy specialising in infrastructure, energy and transport, was one of the companies who gave towards the establishment of the Scholarship. The Company believes that people are its assets and that a well-educated and motivated workforce is essential to creating a strong future for Singapore and her residents.
On why they chose to set up the Scholarship at NUS, Dr Mel Davies of BMT Asia Pacific, says, “Kathleen was an alumnus of NUS and if she had been able to return to further post graduate studies in later life, it would have been at NUS. The field she principally worked in involved the disciplines of project management, civil and structural engineering and chemical engineering – all well represented in NUS’ engineering Faculty.
“Kathleen’s achievements were based on family commitment, support and her own dedication. We hope that this Scholarship can help to promote similar attitudes and achievements among the awardees – that they will exhibit diligence and determination and see through her example what can be achieved, succeed in their engineering studies and make a lasting impact in their chosen careers.”
Third Year Civil Engineering student Choo Ming Hao, recipient of the Kathleen Koh Seok Hoon Scholarship, chose to study Engineering as he feels it is a meaningful field. He says, “I feel that in engineering, the things I learn are not purely theoretical but also applicable to the real world. The things that we study can translate into solutions for world issues.”
On how the Scholarship has benefited him, he says, “I can now concentrate better on my studies and even look for internships during the summer holidays instead of looking for jobs to cover my school fees. The Scholarship has also not only motivated me to continue achieving better grades, but also enabled me to interact with various key personnel of different engineering companies, allowing me to gain better and more solid insight into the field and equip myself with the relevant skills.”
When he graduates, Ming Hao hopes to obtain his Masters in either Civil Engineering or management, as well his Professional Engineer license.