Ling Ting Yang
The next greatest inventor
My favourite hangout on campus is the student activity centre, Chillin’ Crib.
Where did you first find out about the university you are attending now?
I found out about Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus from an advertisement about its Open Day.
My favourite homework project in university so far was the Mechatronics System Design Project that I took as my elective. Working alongside two of my coursemates, I was given the chance to design and build a fully functional xylophone playing robot. I really had fun building and testing the project. I hope I didn’t annoy my fellow lab mates too much by playing ‘Frosty the Snowman’ repeatedly during our tuning process.
Choosing my course
I’ve always dreamt of becoming the world’s next greatest inventor. I chose this course because electronics intrigue me. Being in electrical and electronics engineering gives me the chance to explore what I’m most passionate about. And thanks to the Tunku Abdul Rahman Scholarship, I’m able to focus on completing my studies without having to worry about my tuition fees.
My course covers almost everything related to electricity, from electrical generation to the design of integrated circuits. It provides me with technical and soft skills that are useful for various high-tech industries, giving me the freedom to choose my field of specialisation once I’ve graduated.
The best bits about my course
The lab sessions! I enjoyed the chance given to me to build circuits, write programs and design solutions to solve the challenges posed to us by our lecturers during lab sessions. I enjoyed these sessions so much that I bought microcontrollers of my own to fiddle around with during my free time.
Sometimes I do feel stressed out when deadlines are near. As much as I enjoy building stuff during lab sessions, I still have to complete the lab reports when the project is done.
I was the President of three clubs during my course of studies, namely The Japanese Club, IET Student Chapter and Robotics Club. I really enjoyed leading these clubs as each of them represents something that I’m passionate about. In 2013, I was awarded the Anugerah Belia Innovasi Sarawak in conjunction with the Sarawak Youth Day celebration.
After graduation and with a suitable research topic, I might consider taking up postgraduate studies in engineering. My aim is to further my understanding of electrical and electronics engineering, and hopefully, invent or design something that would make the world a better place.
Look deep inside yourself and ask yourself what you truly want to achieve. Then, choose a course that equips you with the skills needed to achieve your goals. Never give up once you’ve chosen your path. Be warned though, engineering could be a tough course to take if you are not passionate about it.