During the 4-day Sabbatical JTC program, we visited a few of the most technologically advanced places in Singapore. We visited Clean-tech one (completed) and Clean-tech two (incomplete) on day 1, buildings that incorporated science and math into their structures to allow eco-friendliness and energy efficiency. We also visited Fusionopolis and Biopolis in one-north on the third day, which featured sky gardens and movable bridges. The site visit that interested me the most was the Jurong Island site visit. Although there was no direct correlation to the project our groups were working on, we were able to see engineering and design first hand – the smokeless chimneys, extra strong plastic, periodic table with real chemicals, fogged windows like those in LRTs and many more designs.

I vaguely remember a quote from Sir Arthur Charles Clarke pasted in Fusionopolis , “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”. Indeed, technology has the ability to make great, profound, magical improvements in the lives of the people. There exist many opportunities for these technological advances waiting for us. I previously did not consider engineering as a viable career, but I have been able to appreciate its usefulness and potential over the previous few days in the JTC sabbatical program.