Darren is a physicist and educator. He has a love for life and learning, and a passion for physics and poetry. He is always seeking new ideas and collaborations, so get in touch through this nifty form.
- Doctor of Philosophy in Theoretical Physics, at the University of Oxford, UK, 2011-2014.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Education, at the National Institute of Education, Singapore, 2006-2007.
- Teaching subjects: Physics, Mathematics
- Practicum supervisor: Kwek Leong Chuan
- Bachelor of Arts in Physics (magna cum laude), at Princeton University, USA, 2000-2004.
- Senior Specialist (Physics) in Curriculum Planning and Development Division, Ministry of Education, Singapore, 2017-present.
- Curriculum Planning Officer (Physics) in Curriculum Planning and Development Division, Ministry of Education, Singapore, 2015-2016.
- Curriculum Resource Development Officer (Physics) in Curriculum Planning and Development Division, Ministry of Education, Singapore, 2014-2015.
- Senior Head (Policy) in Higher Education Division, Ministry of Education, Singapore, 2010-2011.
- Teacher in Pioneer Junior College, Ministry of Education, Singapore, 2007-2009.
- Project Assistant in Officers’ Personnel Centre, Ministry of Defence, Singapore, 2004-2006.
Selected Honours and Awards
- Attended the 8th International Conference on Highly Frustrated Magnetism, Taiwan, 2016.
- Won a poster prize (awarded to four out of more than a hundred posters) sponsored by the American Physical Society
- Received travel sponsorship from the Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics
- Selected and sponsored for the CECAM School on Quantum Spin Liquids, Italy, 2013.
- Award for popular online video, Science Buskers Lite! Singapore, 2013.
- Selected and sponsored for the SCELSE Summer Course on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering, Singapore, 2013.
- Selected and sponsored for the inaugural Global Young Scientists Summit, Singapore, 2013.
- Selected and sponsored for the Les Houches School on Statistical Physics, France, 2012.
- Postgraduate Scholarship, Singapore Ministry of Education, 2010.
- Best Communicator Award, Science Buskers Festival (Singapore), 2008.
- Cast Iron Teacher, Iron Science Teacher Competition (Singapore), 2008.
- Judges’ Special Recognition: Creative Use of Secret Ingredients, Iron Science Teacher Competition (Singapore), 2007.
- Won a haiku contest organised by Magdelena (Singapore), 2006.
- Best WITs Project Award, Singapore Ministry of Defence, 2005.
- Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, United States, 2004.
- Allen Goodrich Shenstone Prize, Princeton University, 2004.
- Manfred Pyka Memorial Prize, Princeton University, 2001.
- Overseas Merit Scholarship (Teaching), Public Service Commission of Singapore, 2000.