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Here are some of the accolades garnered by our students:

Third Place at the Autonomous Aerial Vehicle Challenge 2020

A team of SUTD students took home the third place at the Autonomous Aerial Vehicle Challenge (AAVC) 2020, held in Chumphon, Thailand from 12 January to 14 January 2020.
The goal of the challenge is to design and build an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to complete the search and rescue tasks in a simulated humanitarian aid scenario. Teams will need to demonstrate the UAV’s autonomous capability in locating “casualty”, determining the injury type and delivering a survival payload.
A total of 24 teams participated in this international competition.
The SUTD team comprises:

  • Tan Kian Wee, EPD Junior
  • Chung Wah Kit, Freshmore
  • Yeo Wee Hian Sean, Freshmore
  • Lim Hui Qing Kristabel, Freshmore
  • Low Jia Hwee, Freshmore
  • Jedrek Teo Wei Zhi, Freshmore

SUTD Alumni Wins Jacques Rougerie Foundation Coup de Coeur Award
In its 9th edition, the 2019 Jacques Rougerie Foundation International Competition in Architecture called for submissions of bold and visionary projects based on biomimicry, that address major issues relating to humanity.

Nabila Larasati Pranoto, an SUTD Master of Architecture alumni (class of 2019), won the Coup de Coeur Award in the Architecture and Issues of the Sea Level Rise category with her work, ‘A Living Organism’.

Nabila (left) receiving the award from Justin Ahanhanzo of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at the award ceremony held at Institut de France, on 22 January 2020.

Based on her master thesis and research which was mentored by Professor of Practice Eva Castro, the project presents an integrated community lifestyle which helps ensure the survival and empowerment of communities living along riverbanks. Her design converts the threats of climate change to benefit an alternative livelihood in the form of aquaculture, aquaponics and water desalination.


The 21st century is seeing a growing wave of environmental anxieties. Dispelling the notion that we were in control, the earth’s natural forces are becoming increasingly volatile, threatening the very fabric of human existence. Using tools like fiction, infrastructure, and integrated hybrid systems, this project attempts to imagine new socio-ecological realities for humanity at the mercy of climate change. With Mekong Delta as a testing bed, I have developed a fictional narrative regarding a new system of living that empowers marginalised communities living at the threshold of climate change. Formerly a leading rice exporter in Southeast Asia, Mekong Delta is facing issues of salinity intrusion and sea level rise, threatening their productivity. Occupying their new reality, the Mekong Delta community would build a thriving alternative lifestyle upon the foundations of aquaculture, aquaponics and water desalination. The very people who are at the threshold of a global catastrophe shall be the pioneers of a new world order.