ENG HWEE ONG
Doctor of Philosophy 2010
Bachelor of Engineering 2004
“Your mind can achieve what you dare to dream”. Dr Eng Hwee Ong cites quotes like this as a constant source of motivation as he confronts new challenges in the field of mobile communications and wireless technologies.
Ever since he was a young engineer in a Greenfield telecommunication company in Singapore, Eng Hwee had a dream to be involved in the technological evolution that, he believed would redefine the ways people communicate and stay connected in the future.
“It is this dream that spurred me to pursue my doctoral studies at the University of Newcastle. The geo-location of the University is one of the most unique in Australia, situated within natural bushland. The tranquility of such environment makes it a perfect place to study, apart from its consistent top ten national ranking in terms of research outcomes.”
Upon graduation, Eng Hwee worked as an intern at a global research organisation, Nokia Research Center (NRC) Helsinki, Finland, in an area aligned with his doctoral work. “I was very excited about the internship with NRC as I am able to gain valuable experience from the industry and apply the concepts of my research in real-world problems.”
Working as a Senior Researcher, Eng Hwee continued his research in wireless networking, and future cooperative and cognitive communications systems. “Today, I am involved in the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) standardisation activities in which I play a role in shaping the future of wireless technologies. I have also filed several patent applications in the areas of wireless local area networks and cellular networks. What thrills me most is the privilege to work with many outstanding researchers - some of them are renowned authors of books which I had read when I was a student.”
“The International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (UNIPRS) and the University of Newcastle Postgraduate Research Scholarship Central (UNRSC), enabled me to relocate from my hometown in Singapore to Australia, and now to Finland where I have truly experienced the winter darkness and midnight sun. The University has, in many ways, transformed my dream into a reality.”