Paul Cornelius Bong is a young man on a mission! When met recently, he shared, “I wish to become a Professional Engineer in the near future, hone my skills and share my ideas on a global scale to make the world a better place to live in.”
Paul is on track to realize his ambition to be a Professional Engineer. Upon completion of the Certificate in Electrical and Electronics Engineering programme at i-CATS in May 2016, he progressed to the BTEC Higher National Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering programme.
Sharing on his experience at i-CATS, he highlighted, “During the course of my studies, I learned about the wonders of electricity and unbounded possibilities of electronics which ignited my passion for engineering.” He was on the Dean’s List throughout his studies, and graduated in August 2018 with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.94.
On 3 August 2019, in recognition of his outstanding performance (Final Year) in the BTEC Higher National Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering programme, he was the recipient of the Chairman’s Award by The Institution of Engineers Malaysia (Sarawak Branch). He received the award during the institution’s annual dinner in Kuching.
Paul is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. His track record of excellence continues – recently, he emerged Champion during the Malaysian Finals of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Present Around The World (PATW) Competition. PATW is the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s global competition for young professionals and students within the field of engineering to develop and showcase their presentation skills.
The title of Paul’s winning presentation: Plastic as a source, not a waste. On 10 August 2019, Paul represented Malaysia at the PATW Asia Regionals 2019 in Hong Kong.
According to Paul, “Academics aren’t everything in life, extra skills are extremely important as well. I was an introvert and avoided public speaking until I decided to improve myself by participating in the Present Around The World (PATW) Competition.”
He added “The Award came as a shock to me, as I did not expect it at all. I was extremely elated. It’s definitely an important milestone in my life, one that I can proudly call an achievement.”
“I really just took things one step at a time in my studies. I was interested to be a doctor but I ended up immersed in the wonders of electricity as I realized the endless possibilities at my fingertips. Under the guidance of my lecturers, I gradually found my way to academic success. There are countless opportunities in life, you never know which one might actually lead you to success.” Paul said when sharing his key to success.