GWOT 2016 Associate Professor Ho Ghim Wei
Associate Professor Ho Ghim Wei, 40, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Engineering Science Programme, Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore

A materials scientist by training, Associate Professor Ho started her academic career fresh out of completing her PhD degree in Electrical Engineering at University of Cambridge. “I had to learn how to write research proposals to secure grants, set up and manage my own research lab and team, supervise undergraduate to PhD students, publish scientific papers, give lectures and tutorials, and contribute to various administrative services,” she recalls. Today, Assoc Prof Ho leads the Ho Research Group at NUS, with the aim of creating novel nanostructured materials for energy and environmental sustainability. These research thrusts are centred around the development of photoactive material for solar energy conversion devices and the search for renewable energy, some of the most critical 21st Century global issues. Assoc Prof Ho was recognised as an honoree winner in the Junior Chamber International Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) 2015 Awards, in the Scientific and/or Technological Development category.

I’ve never had a female mentor to guide me…
“I was once told not to waste my time in a STEM industry. That spurred me to work harder than my male colleagues to prove my competence.”

My work is of practical impact…
“I hope that my research eventually brings about affordable and viable solutions to the remote regions and to meet increasing demand for integrated sustainable technologies.”

I am inspired by enduring purpose…
“I hope to push advances in health and environmental benefits, and bring about greater recognition for the under-represented women in this field.”

If Associate Professor Ho Ghim Wei inspires you, vote for her in The Most Inspiring Award here. You will stand a chance to win prizes worth up to $1,230!

The Great Women Of Our Time 2016 is presented by Skin Inc and co-sponsored by Swarovski.