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What is Astronomy.SG?

Astronomy.SG is an information hub for astronomy in Singapore, and we facilitate astronomy education through our activities.

Today, Astronomy interest groups and events are still thriving in Singapore, but not everyone who's just starting out knows where to look.  Whether your interests lie in star watching, telescopes, astrophysics, planetary science or satellite engineering, we strive to be the one-stop hub for all things Astronomy in Singapore.

 

Current Exco (2017-2018)

Doreen
Doreen Goh, President

Doreen first discovered her interest in astronomy when she signed up for a competition she wasn't prepared for, then spent the night prior aggressively googling astronomy terms in a valiant attempt to study. She has since gotten less unprepared. Besides learning theoretical astronomy, she enjoys stargazing and astrophotography. She's waiting to get a telescope with her first paycheck - meanwhile, she's spreading the love of astronomy one person at a time! Doreen is currently the Treasurer of Raffles Institution's Astronomy Club.

Kaiyen
Jee Kai Yen, Vice-President

From young, Kai Yen has dreamt of how it would be like to travel in space, and planetary missions have always excited him. Since taking part in the International Year of Astronomy in 2009, he has taken part in many Astronomy competitions, culminating in having represented Singapore twice in the International Olympiad for Astronomy and Astrophysics. Nowadays, he is currently going through his National Service, but he still keeps up to date on current scientific explorations, and likes to go out on Astrophotography stints once in a while.

Muhammad Ridhwaan
Muhammad Ridhwaan, Treasurer

Ridhwaan is a graduate of Madrasah Al-Junied Al-Islamiah and has an Islamic Finance Qualifcation awarded by CISI. He started his astronomy journey in Secondary 3 by joining Astronied, a decision he never regrets. From there,he became the president and joined Astronomy.SG afterwards as the Treasurer. Despite not participating in any astronomy competitions, he loves to learn, appreciate and explore the heavens especially when the subject of Islamic Astronomy arises.

Bharathkumar Sriram
Bharathkumar Sriram, Secretary

Sriram is an alumni from Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), where he first joined the ACStronomy when he was in Secondary 1. Years later, Sriram continues to be heavily involved in Astronomy, organizing various training sessions and activities for both his school and inter-school events. In his free time, Sriram involves himself in a plethora of activities, including reading up on current events, politics, science fiction novels and dabbling into poetry. Sriram served as the president of ACStronomy club from 2016 - 2017, and looks forward to spreading the love and passion for Astronomy as the Secretary of Astronomy.SG

XingYue
Wen XingYue, Exco member

Although XingYue does not remember how she became interested in astronomy, she pursued her interest more seriously after participating in Space Academy Singapore in Secondary 3. She then went on to participate in various other astronomy competitions in junior college and joined Astronomy.SG as a volunteer 2 years ago. Currently an architecture major, XingYue dreams of designing a rooftop observatory for her future home.

MingJie
See Ming Jie, Exco member

Ming Jie first found his love for the stars at Hwa Chong Institution's Astronomy Club. Since then, he has actively learned more about astronomy by participating in various events such as Astrigue, Astrochallenge and gone on to become the Vice-President of his school's Astronomy Club in 2016. Now serving national service, he hopes to remember to keep looking up, even when times are down!

 


We're recruiting!

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Presently Recruiting:
Outreach Coordinator

The Outreach coordinator will be in charge of collating and updating public events such as overseas star watching trips, cafe scientifiques at science centre, and other talks and events.  Details of regular weekly/monthly star gazing sessions should also be added and checked for accuracy every so often. He/she should be well-connected with the local amateur astronomy scene and keep abreast of public observation sessions/activities organized by various groups.

 

Advisors

Derek Derek Low, Founder

Derek founded Astronomy.SG in 2009 as a project for the International Year of Astronomy. A 10-time champion in local Astronomy competitions, he represented Singapore at the International Olympiad of Astrophysics and Astronomy in 2007. He has previously worked as a web designer, educator and chemical & bomb defence specialist. He studied at UC Berkeley, where he majored in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

You may know him as the creator of the Berkeley Ridiculously Automated Dorm which became a viral YouTube hit with more than 1.8 million views. This earned him the title of “one of the 9 Most Poachable College Students in Tech” by Business Insider in 2011. In his free time, Derek enjoys adventure travel and has been to more than 45 countries, prompting him to apply his technical skills to change the way people travel.

Wei Lin
Tan Wei Lin, Advisor

Wei Lin had her first brush with Space Exploration when she participated in NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover mission in 2004 as part of The Planetary Society’s Student Astronaut Program. She went on to coordinate the International Year of Astronomy June Holiday camps at the Science Centre in 2009, together with Astronomy clubs from various JCs and secondary schools. She gained her MSc from Stanford University in 2012 and BSc in Chemistry and Geology from Brown University in 2011. She is now a Material Science PhD student at Caltech, living the Big Bang theory life.

Wei Lin is a strong proponent of Science education and was a teaching assistant in Astronomy and Geology, while also leading the Women in Science and Engineering program in Brown University. Her dream is to create a children’s TV series about Science.

Dave
Dave Lommen, Advisor

Dave obtained an M.Sc. in Astronomy from the University of Amsterdam and a Ph.D. from Leiden University. After coming to Singapore in 2010, he became a teacher at Raffles Institution, where he expanded the College’s Astronomy Club to include the High School. Dave is currently a teacher at Hwa Chong Institution (College Section), where he is the teacher in charge of the Astronomy Club once more in the process of expanding the Astronomy Club into a school-wide co-curricular activity.