Sze Ling lost her sight when she contracted glaucoma at the tender age of four. As she grew up, in spite of the many odds stacked against her, she was determined not to let her visual impairment stop her from living life to the fullest. Her determination earned her the A*STAR Graduate Scholarship, and she was bestowed the National Science and Technology Award for being the top student to graduate from the Faculty of Science at the National University of Singapore in 2001.
Today, Dr Yeo Sze Ling is a research scientist in the Infocomm Security department at A*STAR’s Institute for Infocomm Research (I 2 R), where she has worked since 2005.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE STEM FACT?:
Mathematics occurs everywhere in our daily lives, even to help keep our secrets!
I am working in the area of cryptography, which is the branch of science to secure private and sensitive information. Mathematics plays a very critical role in Cryptography. For instance, during World War II, many mathematicians, computer scientists and others were working behind the scenes to try to break encrypted messages sent by the enemies.
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