Dr Thida grew up in a small town of Myanmar and through her hard work, perseverance, and enthusiasm she won a scholarship from Singapore Government to study a Bachelor of Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in 2001. She won another Scholarship from NTU to pursue Master of Engineering. After which, she joined I2R in Singapore as an Engineer and has worked her way up to become a Research Scientist while studying PhD from Kingston University, UK. She has published more than 10 scientific journals and her research has made direct contributions to the industry. Together with her team, she won the 2008 IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement award and the 2012 IWA applied research honour award.
In 2013, Dr Thida returned to Myanmar to contribute to the country and has served as a Consultant for EU and UNESCO and provided research and consultation services to the Ministry of Education. She also works to provide training for the Myanmar youth. As an ASEAN S&T Fellow, Dr Thida is working with the Department of Research and Innovation to develop a strategic plan for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy in Myanmar, to promote policy making based on scientific evidence, and to encourage technological innovation.
Dr Thida received her Ph.D. from Kingston University, UK, in 2013 and B.Eng. and M.Eng. degrees in electrical and electronic engineering from NTU, Singapore, in 2005 and 2008 respectively.