Unchanging Passion in Aerospace

Matthew (left) at his university’s booth during a fair

After graduating with a Diploma in Aerospace Engineering from Temasek Polytechnic in 2012, Matthew Ng decided to further his studies to obtain a degree. It was then that he found himself at the crossroads between staying with what he had studied at polytechnic – Aerospace Engineering – versus pursuing a related but less familiar field of study – Aerospace Systems.

Eventually, he decided to venture into the latter, enrolling for the Bachelor in Aerospace Systems two-year programme at the University of Glasgow, offered under the auspices of the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT). During his first year of study, he was challenged by his professor to undertake a co-curricular project to develop an ornithopter, a flapping wing based Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). This opened the doors for him to embark on a 1½ year in depth study in the field of avian flight and its kinematics and mimicry (on top of his mandatory academic load).

Through this extra commitment, Matthew not only gained a deeper appreciation for avian flight, but also won a Silver Medal in the Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competition (Open category) in 2015. His research on UAVs also paved the way for him to be selected to present a conference paper at the First International Symposium on Flutter and its Application in 2016.

Despite the challenge of studying in unfamiliar fields, Matthew was selected for the Engineering Excellence List award at his university, a roll of honour which lists students who have performed at the highest academic levels. He subsequently graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Aerospace Systems in 2016.

Having not forgotten his passion in rotary wing UAVs, Matthew is currently applying to pursue his doctorate (PhD) under the EDB-Industrial Post-graduate Programme, specialising in UAVs. Thankful for the training he had received at polytechnic, Matthew says, “My Aerospace Engineering diploma gave me a very strong foundation, including sound theoretical knowledge, from which I was able to branch into Aerospace Systems at university. I would not be where I am today otherwise.”

  • Name: Ng Rongfa Matthew

  • Polytechnic: TP

  • Course: Aerospace Engineering

  • Year of Study: 2009 – 2012

Former Secondary School: Montfort Sec School


  • University of Glasgow’s Engineering Excellence List for year 2014/2015

  • Awarded the University Engineering Scholarship