Mr. Raghunath Pradeep

Resident Assistant Tembusu College National University of Singapore

Pradeep is a 3rd year undergraduate student majoring in chemical engineering, with a minor in management of technology, and will be serving as a residential assistant in Ora house.

Like a true engineer, he is passionate about optimization in the world of engineering and far beyond it as well. Most things in the world around us can be done in an optimal manner, which produces the best performance, and he is highly interested in finding these ways. For instance, aside from discussing about process control (hello fellow engineers), he could talk to you quite endlessly about tactics in football.  In fact, this led to an interest in participating in sports as well, as he spends several hours every week training and playing with fellow Tembusians in Tembusu's ultimate frisbee team.

As a student returning from an exchange programme, he wants to learn and experience more of the incredible amount of diversity in this world. In his fifth semester at Tembusu, he hopes to get to know fellow Tembusians better, to understand what makes every one of them unique, and to listen to their craziest stories, while also sharing his own experiences with them.

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.