Cambodia (Fulbright S&T Alumnus 2011)
Rotana Hay is pursuing a Ph.D. in structural engineering, mechanics and materials (SEMM) at the University of California, Berkeley. His research, supported by the 2011 International Fulbright Science & Technology Award, is focused on building efficiency and sustainability in the tropics by exploring new types of technologies and materials. The research aims to tap into nanotechnologies and phase-change materials to make buildings more energy efficient and sustainable.
Born in Cambodia, Rotana was awarded a scholarship to study in Singapore after his high school years. He received a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the National University of Singapore, where he wrote a thesis on fiber-reinforced concrete. He also obtained a Master of Science Degree in concrete structures and business management from Imperial College London, where he completed a thesis on analytical tools for design of discontinuity regions with strut-and-tie modeling. Upon graduation, he returned to Singapore, where he worked as a graduate engineer in Arup, a global engineering consulting firm. He was involved in the design of projects ranging from commercial buildings, condominiums to public housing.
Rotana enjoys reading and photography. He is also very active and enjoys jogging, badminton and tennis.