Distinguished Engineering Alumni Awards Recipients
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He was previously CEO of Yeo Hiap Seng and, prior to that, Hewlett Packard’s Managing Director for Singapore and South East Asia.
A former national swimmer, he was the current Chairman of the Singapore Sports Council.
Mr Chan holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Hons) degree from the University of Singapore. He also has a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles.
He was conferred our Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award in 1993.
Mr Cheong was the Deputy Chairman of SembCorp Environmental Management.
From 1977 to 1992, he served variously as Permanent Secretary at the Ministries of Defence, Home Affairs, the Environment and Law.
He was awarded the Public Administration Gold Medal by the Singapore Government in 1974. In 2001, he was conferred the Honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Mr Cheong graduated with a Master of Science (Systems Engineering) from the University of Singapore in 1971. He also holds a first class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick, Canada.
He was conferred our Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award in 1999.
A former CEO of NTUC Club and a Member of Parliament from 1984 to 2001, Mr Chng has been a director in a number of public-listed companies. He was previously the CEO of Scotts Holdings, Yeo Hiap Seng and Hartawan Holdings Limited, among other major companies .
He has been the Managing Director of Vehicle Traction System Division and Managing Director of Aluminum Division at LH Group Ltd since September 2011 and March 2012.
Dr Chen graduated from the University of Singapore with an electrical engineering degree in 1970.
He was honoured with our Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award in 1997.
Mr Khoo graduated from the University of Singapore with an honours degree in civil engineering 1979. This was followed by a Master of Science degree in construction from the National University of Singapore in 1983.
He was honoured with our Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award in 1998.
Mr Lau was the Chief Structural Engineer of HDB (1988 to 2003), responsible for building over 800,000 flats. He was the Director of Building Technology, tasked to provide innovative solutions and professional building services in enhancing quality and building service life of public housing and facilities.
A Fellow of the Institute of Engineers (Singapore), the Institute of Civil Engineers (UK) and the Institute of Structural Engineers (UK), Mr Lau also currently sits on the Committee on Inquiry into the Nicoll Highway collapse incident.
For his role in Singapore’s public housing programme, Mr Lau received the Public Administration Bronze Medal in 1983 and the Silver in 1993.
Mr Lau has also made significant contributions to the field of engineering, and improvements in the areas of Productivity and Quality, for which he received numerous awards from the American Concrete Institute, Institute of Structural Engineers (UK), Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents (UK) and Spring (Singapore). He and his team hold several patents in Singapore and other countries.
In 2003, Mr Lau was conferred the Faculty’s Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award (2003) for his contribution to engineering development in Singapore.
“One of Singapore’s proudest achievements has been our education system. Every year, thousands of boys and girls enroll into schools to learn to be better persons, acquire skills and develop their potentials. As a result, many of them lead much better lives than their parents. I’m clearly an example who benefited from this meritocratic system. Coming from a modest background, I do what I can because of our emphasis of giving the best to every child. I am grateful to all who have contributed to the system and this process. Many of them did so quietly and are present here”.
Senior Minister of State Lee Yi Shyan studied Chemical Engineering at the NUS Faculty of Engineering from 1983 to 1986, and completed an executive management programme at the Harvard Business School in 1997; and a management programme at Tsinghua University in 2001.
Mr Lee began his career at the Economic Development Board (EDB), where he held senior positions in human resources, services development, China operations and industry development for the chemical sector. He was based in Washington DC and Chicago from 1993 to 1997, as well as Suzhou in China from 1997 to 1998. Mr Lee was appointed Deputy Chief Executive of the Singapore Productivity and Standards Board in 2000, where he oversaw the capability development of small and medium enterprises.
In 2001, Mr Lee was appointed Chief Executive Officer of International Enterprise (IE) Singapore. He spearheaded a series of re-engineering initiatives, which resulted in new customer segmentations, organization structure, business processes and expansion of overseas networks, particularly in China, India and the Middle East.
After the May 2006 elections, Mr Lee became a Member of Parliament for East Coast Group Representation Constituency (GRC) and served as Minister of State for Trade & Industry. In 2011, Mr Lee was re-elected as one of the Member of Parliaments for the East Coast GRC, re-appointed as Minister of State for Trade & Industry, and concurrently holding the post of Minister of State for National Development.
As Minister of State for Trade & Industry from 2012 to 2015, Mr Lee actively promoted economic exchanges and international trade and investments with China, Middle East and Russia.
From 2012 to 2015, Mr Lee took on a concurrent portfolio in the Ministry of National Development portfolio. Mr Lee oversaw urban planning, city development and town council issues. He also spearheaded Singapore’s collaboration with China in the Tianjin Eco-City project. Mr Lee also chaired the Construction Productivity Steering Committee.
For sports, Mr Lee volunteers his time in the Singapore Badminton Association as its President. He is also a director of Business China, advisor to a number of industry associations including Association of Process Industries, Singapore Food Manufacturing association, Restaurant Association of Singapore.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to Singapore’s trade and industry, as well as his leadership roles, Mr Lee was conferred the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Award in 2003, as well as the Distinguished Alumni Award by Centre for Creative Leadership (USA) in 2009.
The Faculty is proud to have an alumnus of his stature and level of accomplishments, and is pleased to confer on Senior Minister of State, Mr Lee Yi Shyan, the NUS Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award.
Mr Liew is Chairman of Changi Airport Group and Surbana International Consultants Holdings. The former founding president and chief executive of CapitaLand Group has also been President of Pidemco Land and Singapore Technologies Properties, Deputy Chairman of Somerset Holdings, and Group Managing Director and CEO of L&M Group Investments.
Mr Liew began his career with the Ministry of Defence and was later heavily involved in the construction of Changi Airport. He has served as Chief Executive of the Singapore Institute of Standards and Industrial Research and Executive Director of the National Science and Technology Board.
He was President of the International Organisation for Standardisation from 1997 to 1998. In 1979, he was awarded the Public Administration Medal by the Singapore Government. Mr Liew graduated from the University of Singapore in 1970 with a degree in civil engineering.
In 1991, he was accorded our Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award. He was appointed Provost’s Chair Professor (Practice) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2013 where he will teach on a part-time and pro-bono basis at both the NUS Business School and the Faculty of Engineering.
Mr Lim is currently the Founder and Managing Director of PLAN-B ICAG Pte Ltd, a boutique corporate advisory firm, which he set up after stepping down from Compaq. His practice is selectively involved in restructuring, business acceleration, business turn-around, business and management mentorship, capital raising, technology incubation and private investments.
Mr Lim is best known for his work as Vice President and Managing Director of Compaq Computer Asia Pacific, where he was also the first Asean appointed to the above position.
He is a Registered Professional Engineer, a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Singapore, the Institution of Engineering and Technology UK, Academy of Engineering Singapore, Singapore Computer Society and the Singapore Institute of Directors.
He holds an honours degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Singapore and is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers (Singapore), the Institution of Electrical Engineers (UK) and the Singapore Institute of Directors.
In 1992, he was accorded our Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award.
Mr Lee is the Chairman of Tote Board. Mr Lee was Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health and Chairman of the Central Provident Fund Board.
He was previously General Manager of the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation and Chairman of Post Office Savings Bank.
Mr Lee graduated from the University of Singapore in 1974 with a degree in mechanical engineering.
In 1996, he was accorded our Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award.
Quote from recipient: “Very few things in life, especially in engineering, are entirely the work of just one person, and this is no exception. So this award is a recognition given, through me, to the work of my colleagues and volunteers at the BCA, PEB and IES.”
Pioneering Singapore’s Building and Construction Industry
Er. Ong See Ho has been with the civil service since he graduated with First Class Honours in Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from NUS in 1977. He started his professional career at the Changi Airport Development Division of the Public Works Department (PWD), and devoted 14 years to projects there. He was involved in the construction of numerous buildings and infrastructure, major ones being Terminals 1 and 2, the first aircraft taxiway bridge and the first Light-Rail Transit in Singapore.
In 1992, he was posted to the Building Control Division of the PWD. He continued to serve at the successor agency, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), where he is the Deputy CEO today. Besides administering regulatory requirements, especially with regard to the structural safety of buildings, he worked on CORENET (Construction and Real Estate Network), a major IT initiative driven by BCA, and led by the Ministry of National Development in collaboration with other public and private organisations.
He spearheaded the Integrated Submission Processing System, enabling BCA officers to receive and process electronic submissions. These resulted in speedier processing of plans submitted, and contributed to Singapore being ranked the fastest (across 183 countries) in issuing construction permits, according to the World Bank’s Doing Business Report from 2010 to 2011. This, in turn, contributed to Singapore being ranked 1st in the World Bank’s Report for Ease of Doing Business.
Er. Ong was appointed Commissioner of Building Control on 1 June 2006, and is responsible for administering the Building Control Act and Regulations. He became the Deputy CEO (Building Control) of BCA on 1 July 2008, and oversees three Building Control Divisions to meet BCA’s strategic thrusts and objectives, especially in the areas of building safety and creating a user-friendly built environment. As a regulator, he is sensitive to industry needs and started the Fridays@BCA dialogue sessions with industry. These initiatives contributed significantly to BCA being ranked 4th in 2010 and 2011 in the Pro-Enterprise Ranking of Government Agencies in Singapore.
Serving the Engineering Community
Er. Ong is a true-blue engineer, who has not only been involved in engineering with the civil service for almost 35 years, but has also contributed actively to the engineering community. He was Registrar of the Professional Engineers Board (PEB) from 1 Jan 1999 to 31 Dec 2005. During his term as Registrar, he paid close attention to engineering education. He encouraged continuing education by introducing the need for continuing professional development for professional engineers. He introduced the PEB Gold Medal to award outstanding graduate students taking Master of Science courses offered by Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Departments. He also established the PEB scholarships to attract students with good academic abilities to pursue engineering education related to the construction sector. Up to 24 scholarships are offered annually, each valued at S$3,000 per student per academic year. A member of the Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES) since 1978, he became an IES Fellow in 2003. He has been a Council member since 2007, and is currently its Vice-President. At the IES, he was instrumental in forming the Engineering Accreditation Board (EAB) in 2002, as well as in getting it admitted as a full signatory of the Washington Accord in 2006. The EAB, which he currently chairs, represents IES as a body to accredit undergraduate engineering degree programmes that are delivered and awarded in Singapore. This allows engineering degrees awarded in Singapore to be recognised by Washington Accord signatories.
Recognising his Contributions
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the Engineering community, he was made a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (2002). In terms of national recognition of his outstanding contributions to the Building and Construction Authority, he was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver; 2004).
Honouring an Exceptional Alumnus
Er. Ong See Ho is an inspiration to all NUS Engineering alumni. The Faculty is proud to have an alumnus of his stature, and is pleased to confer the NUS Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award on him.
Mr Philip Yeo is currently the Chairman of Spring Singapore. He was the Chairman of the Economic Development Board from January 1986 to January 2001.
Mr. Yeo joined the Ministry of Defence in 1970 and served in several appointments including the appointment of Permanent Secretary for logistics, technology, research & development and defence industries up to January 1986.
Mr. Yeo was the first Chairman of Singapore’s National Computer Board from 1981 to 1987.
Mr. Yeo graduated in 1970 in Applied Science (Industrial Engineering) from the University of Toronto, Canada under a Colombo Plan Scholarship. He later obtained a Master of Science (Systems Engineering) from the University of Singapore in 1974. In 1976, he obtained a Master in Business Administration from Harvard University, under a Fulbright scholarship.
He is the recipient of several international awards, and was conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering from the University of Toronto.”
Mr Yeo is married and has a son and a daughter.
“I accept this award with a deep sense of gratitude. I am a product of the rigorous Electrical Engineering Programme of NUS and am indebted to the many professors and mentors who have made a difference in my life.”
Building Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology
Mr Quek Gim Pew graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Engineering (1st Class Hons) in Electrical Engineering in 1981, and a Master of Science (Distinction) in Electrical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, USA in 1986.
His career revolves around defence science and technology. In the early years, he managed defence acquisition before becoming a DSO R&D engineer in sensor & signal processing. In 1997, he became Director of R&D at the Ministry of Defence, where he was instrumental in developing defence R&D capabilities for MINDEF and the SAF. He was promoted to Deputy Chief Executive (Technology) DSTA in 2002, and returned to DSO as its Chief Executive Officer in February 2004.
Under Mr Quek’s leadership, DSO has evolved into a premier R&D institution, with more than 1,300 research scientists and engineers, working seamlessly across disciplines to build strategic capabilities for Singapore in the domains of air, land, sea and cyberspace. As Singapore’s national defence R&D organisation, DSO creates the critical edge in defence technology to constitute a force multiplier of the Singapore Armed Forces’ combat capabilities. Over the years, he has built up DSO’s distinctive R&D capabilities in key areas such as guided systems, emerging technologies, robust network communications and information systems, sensor systems, electronic warfare, advanced electronics and materials, chemical-biological defence and human sciences.
Serving the Community
Mr Quek sits on several panels, boards of organisations and institutions. These include the Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing & Processing at the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Temasek Laboratories in NUS, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), as well as the Temasek Defence Systems Institute (TDSI) at NUS.
He has also been actively promoting science and technology education through his appointment as Deputy Chairman of the Science Centre Singapore and Chairman of the Engineering Advisory Committee at Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP). He also sits in the Industrial Advisory Committee of the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at NTU, the Mechanical Engineering Department Consultative Committee at NUS, the Board of Governors at NYP, and the Board of the School of Science and Technology, Singapore (SST).
Mr Quek also holds directorships in the Advanced Technology Research Centre (ATREC) – a joint venture between ST Kinetics and DSO, and Singapore Technologies (Satellite Systems) – a joint venture between ST Electronics and DSO.
He is also a Fellow of the Academy of Engineering, Singapore, an Adjunct Professor in the NUS Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and is a Member of the Institute of Leadership in the NUS Faculty of Engineering.
Honouring an Exceptional Alumnus
In recognition of his outstanding contributions in the area of defence science and technology, Mr Quek was presented the Defence Technology Prize (Individual) in 1992. He was also conferred the Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 2007.
Mr Quek Gim Pew is an inspiration to all NUS Engineering alumni. The Faculty is proud to have an alumnus of his stature and is pleased to confer the NUS Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award on him.
Mr Seah Moon Ming is Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pavilion Energy Pte Ltd and Pavilion Gas Pte Ltd. He was Senior Managing Director of Special Projects for Temasek International Pte Ltd from 1 March to 30 September 2013. Prior to joining Temasek, he was the Deputy CEO of Singapore Technologies Engineering, overseeing Singapore Technologies Aerospace, Singapore Technologies Electronics, Singapore Technologies Kinetics and Singapore Technologies Marine.
He first joined the Singapore Technologies Group in 1994 as General Manager of CET Technologies, a subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Electronics. He was promoted to Managing Director of Singapore Technologies Electronics in July 1997 and became Singapore Technologies Electronics’ President in December 1997. In Singapore Technologies, he concurrently held several senior management appointments including President of International Business and President of Defence Business.
Mr Seah was conferred the IES/IEEE Joint Medal of Excellence Award 2008 by the Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He received the Honorary Fellow Award from the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO), as well as Fellow of the ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology (AAET).
Mr Seah is also a recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, conferred by the NUS Faculty of Engineering. He was awarded the 2006 Asia Brand Innovation – Ten Most Outstanding Personality Award and the 6th International Management Action Award by Chartered Management Institute, Singapore in 2007.
In January 2008, Mr Seah was conferred the title of Honorary Citizen of Guiyang, China. He was named as one of China’s Top 10 International Chinese Achievers for Financial & Intelligent Persons in 2007 by a consortium of organisations, including the Beijing Normal University and the Chinese editions of Fortune and Time magazines.
Mr Seah holds a Bachelor of Engineering with a major in Electronics Engineering from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Science (EE) with distinction from Naval Postgraduate School, USA. He also attended the Stanford-NUS Executive Program and the Management Development & Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.
“I am humbled and greatly honoured to receive the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award. Coming to Singapore to study at the University of Singapore (now NUS) was the best decision of my life. Studying at the University of Singapore was highly enriching and a great learning experience. The environment for research and the individual attention from the professors were comparable to the best schools anywhere. Whatever little I have achieved, I owe it to Singapore and my alma mater – NUS.”
Shaping Global Landmarks as Professional Engineer and Entrepreneur
Dr Shahzad Nasim graduated with a Master of Civil Engineering degree from the University of Singapore in 1976. He chose the University of Singapore over Cornell University to study engineering at, and thus started his story in Singapore.
In 1978, Dr Nasim joined Bylander Meinhardt (subsequently renamed Meinhardt Singapore Pte Ltd) and rose through the ranks to become the Managing Director of Meinhardt. This was certainly no small feat, especially for someone who was a foreigner at that time. Dr Nasim’s career as a Professional Structural Engineer spans more than three decades. In addition to business and financial management, he is responsible for the overall coordination of multi-disciplinary professional teams, leading conceptual designs and overseeing the detailed design and construction of major and complex projects undertaken by Meinhardt.
Dr Nasim has built a regional reputation for providing highly innovative, buildable and cost-effective solutions for tall buildings and complex infrastructure projects. Projects led by him include some of the landmark commercial offices, residential, retail and entertainment complexes, such as the Marina Bay Financial Centre, The Sail @ Marina Bay, One Raffles Quay and the 63-storey One Raffles Place in Singapore, as well as The Dubai Mall and the 82-storey Ocean Heights in Dubai.
In 2010, Dr Nasim undertook a buyout of the entire Meinhardt Group from its Australian owners, and moved the global headquarters from Melbourne to Singapore. Today, Dr Nasim provides leadership as Executive Chairman of the Meinhardt International Group, with responsibility for the Group’s strategic direction, global business expansion, key clients and major projects, including the Group’s programme for mergers and acquisitions with a view towards possible IPO listing. He spearheaded the strategic expansion of Meinhardt in China, South East Asia and the Middle East. Presently, the Meinhardt Group has 42 offices worldwide, employs 4,000 staff and is the largest global engineering company owned and headquartered in Singapore.
Serving the Community
The infrastructure, educational, healthcare and building projects undertaken by Dr Nasim has impacted the lives of many people. Through Meinhardt’s 42 global offices, Dr Nasim has contributed to flying Singapore flag internationally.
Dr Nasim is actively involved in and has given of his time and services to professional and statutory boards related to the construction industry. He was a member of the Professional Engineers Board, Singapore, from 2006 to 2008, a Board of Architects member from 2006 to 2008, Board member of the Building and Construction Authority from 2001 to 2005 and a member of the Economic Strategies Committee (Land Use Sub-Committee), Ministry of National Development, from 2009 to 2010.
Dr Nasim has also served on the advisory committee of educational institutions through his membership of the Management Board of the NUS Institute of South Asian Studies, the Advisory Committee for the NTU School of Civil & Environmental Engineering from 2000 to 2004 and NTU’s School of Civil & Structural Engineering’s Academic Audit Visiting Committee in 1999.
Honouring an Exceptional Alumnus
In recognition of his entrepreneurship achievements through Meinhardt’s rapid expansion internationally, Dr Nasim has garnered a string of prestigious awards. These include the inaugural Distinguished Professional Engineer Award by the Professional Engineering Board in 2014, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Engineering) Award in 2012, the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz Medal of Excellence by the Government of Pakistan in 2006 and the Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Rotary-ASME Singapore in 2004.
Dr Shahzad Nasim is certainly an inspiration to all NUS Engineering alumni. The Faculty is proud to have an alumnus of his stature and is pleased to confer the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award on him.
Master Architect of Singapore’s Water Supply
After graduating with First Class Honours in Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from the University of Malaya in 1967 and a Masters in Systems Engineering from the then University of Singapore in 1971, Mr Tan Gee Paw went on to build a successful career in the area of environmental and water management.
He started his illustrious career as an Engineer in the then Public Works Department and joined the then Ministry of the Environment in 1974. During his time with the Ministry, he was involved in the clean-up of the Singapore River, and he was responsible for drawing up the master plan and chairing the inter-agency committee to clean up the river. This massive project was completed ten years later and its impact is still felt today as it brought about the redevelopment and modernisation of much of Singapore. It also paved the way for the development of the Marina Barrage. For his efforts, Mr Tan was conferred the Clean Rivers Commemorative Gold Medal in 1987.
Mr Tan’s contributions to Singapore’s environmental and water sector continued in his capacity as Permanent Secretary (Environment) from April 1995 to March 2001 and as Chairman of PUB since April 2001. Under his leadership, Mr Tan ensured the sustainability of Singapore’s water supply through the diversification of Singapore’s water sources to form the Four National Taps, a long-term water supply strategy to meet Singapore’s needs for generations to come.
Mr Tan was also instrumental in overseeing the development of NEWater, Singapore’s own brand of recycled water. He further guided PUB in introducing Singapore’s first desalination plant at Tuas in 2005, as well as increasing the water catchment area from half to two-thirds of Singapore’s land area, boosting the supply of local catchment water.
The development of the Deep Tunnel Sewerage System, a used water superhighway, was spearheaded by Mr Tan and this transformed the way used water is collected, treated and disposed of, making it more efficient and cost-effective.
Under his stewardship, he also led PUB to bag the Stockholm Industry Water Award in 2007, one of the highest accolades for outstanding achievements in the global water arena.
Serving the Community
Mr Tan generously shares his expertise and experience in environmental and water management by serving on several advisory panels, including the Environment and Water Technologies International Advisory Panel (EWT-IAP), the Centre for Water Research and Institute of Water Policy at the National University of Singapore, the Clean Water Programme at Nanyang Technological University and many more. He is also an adjunct professor at the NUS Faculty of Engineering.
Beyond the environmental and water sector, Mr Tan has played a substantial role in his capacity as a member of the Presidential Council for Religious Harmony. He is also a member of the Advisory Panel of the Centre for Liveable Cities, among many others.
Recognising His Contributions
In recognition of his outstanding contributions, Mr Tan was conferred numerous awards and honours. He was bestowed the Distinguished Service Order (2010), the President’s Award for the Environment (2007), the Medal of Commendation at the NTUC May Day Awards in 2005, the Meritorious Service Medal (2001) a Special Award (Gold Medal) for Clean River Commemoration (1987) and the Public Administration Medal (Silver; 1978).
He was also honoured internationally with the University of Westminster (UK) and Sheffield University (UK) conferring him an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science and Honorary Doctorate in Engineering, respectively.
Honouring An Exceptional Alumnus
Mr Tan is an inspiration to all NUS Engineering alumni. The Faculty is proud to have an alumnus of his stature and is pleased to confer the NUS Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award on Mr Tan Gee Paw.
“It is the job of engineers to put together commercially viable and sustainable solutions, and transform plans into reality for the betterment of society. It has been my great privilege to have trained and worked in this rewarding field, and I am honoured and humbled to receive this award, which I share with my whole team at SembCorp Industries.”
Leading the Growth of a Global Energy, Water and Marine Powerhouse
Mr Tang Kin Fei graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Singapore in 1974 and completed the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD in 2000. Mr Tang joined the Sembcorp Group, after over 10 years of technical and managerial experience at oil giant Esso and at a Dutch engineering and construction company. He now heads Sembcorp Industries as Group President & CEO.
Over Mr Tang’s more than 25 years at Sembcorp, he has played a key role in its growth into a focused energy, water and marine group with operations in 16 countries across six continents. Mr Tang was instrumental in starting Sembcorp’s Utilities business, and in developing it into a trusted developer, owner and operator of energy and water assets. Today, this business is the largest profit contributor to the Sembcorp Group.
Mr Tang spearheaded the development of Singapore’s first multi-utilities facility on Jurong Island as well as its first privately-developed power plant. He also led and concluded the landmark West Natuna Gas Sales Agreement, which marked the first time natural gas was imported into Singapore on a commercial basis.
Moving beyond his strong home base of Singapore, Mr Tang piloted the expansion of the Utilities business to 50 locations across 15 countries worldwide. Today, this overseas wing contributes over half of the business’ profit.
As Sembcorp’s Group President & CEO, Mr Tang continues to enjoy the challenge of building businesses that provide stable earnings and sustainable growth. To this end, he is looking to nurture Sembcorp’s Urban Development business into a third pillar for the group, alongside its more established Utilities and Marine businesses. Throughout his career, Mr Tang has held a number of philosophies close to heart. These include a belief in the importance of continuous learning and in making sure one has a strong foundation in order to achieve success. His next goal for Sembcorp is to transform it from an international company to a truly global one, with enhanced, world-class capabilities and best-in-class governance, systems and processes.
Serving the Community
Outside of Sembcorp, Mr Tang is active in the local business community, He is an executive committee member and Vice Chairman of the Singapore Business Federation council, as well as a council member of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry. He serves on several China-Singapore, Saudi-Singapore and Abu Dhabi-Singapore business councils. Mr Tang is a director and member of the governing board of the Cambridge Centre for Advanced Research in Energy Efficiency in Singapore, a research centre set up by the University of Cambridge in collaboration with Singapore universities and the National Research Foundation, to study carbon assessment and abatement for the petrochemical industry.
In 2008, Mr Tang was appointed as a Singapore representative to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), where he served from 2008 to 2011. He also headed ABAC’s Sustainable Growth Working Group as its Chair in 2011 and as its Co-chair from 2009 to 2010. Mr Tang is the immediate past president of the Singapore Water Association. He was a member of the board of International Enterprise Singapore from 2005 to 2011, the last two years of which he served as its Deputy Chairman.
Mr Tang is also the Council Chairman of Ngee Ann Polytechnic, a director of the Defence Science and Technology Agency of Singapore, as well as Vice Chairman and a trustee of the Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital, a charitable hospital for needy patients.
Honouring an Exceptional Alumnus
In recognition of his outstanding contributions, Mr Tang was named the nation’s Best CEO for companies with a market capitalisation of $1 billion or more, at the Singapore Corporate Awards in 2014. Under his leadership, Sembcorp has won a slew of prestigious awards. These include being named Asia’s Leading Private Sector Developer by Project Finance International in its Asia Best Practice Citations in 2014, the “Leader in Wastewater Treatment for Chemical Industrial Parks” at the China Water Industry Annual Awards in 2013, and “Water Company of the Year” at the Global Water Intelligence Global Water Awards in 2010.
Mr Tang Kin Fei is an inspiration to all NUS Engineering alumni. The Faculty is proud to have an alumnus of his stature and is pleased to confer the NUS Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award on him
Mr Teh is the founder and Group Managing Director of MMI Holdings Ltd, a Singapore public listed electronics contract manufacturing company.
He was a Board Member of the Economic Development Board, Chairman of the Centre for Wireless Communications, a member of the Governing Board of the Singapore-MIT Alliance.
Mr Teh has an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National University of Singapore.
He was conferred our Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award in 2000.
Dr Yaacob Ibrahim graduated from the University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering (Honours) (1980), and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering (1984). He worked as a structural engineer before proceeding to pursue a PhD at Stanford University in 1984.
In 1990, after a stint at Cornell University as a post-doctoral fellow, he returned to Singapore and joined NUS. He served in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering as an Associate Professor until 1998. During his time at NUS, he received a departmental Teaching Excellence Award and in 1997, co-founded the Centre for Robust Design, which undertook research into reliability issues relating to products and processes of industries in Singapore.
Serving the Community
Dr Yaacob has been active in community service since his school days and has been involved with the Association of Muslim Professionals, Jamiyah, Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura and the Nature Society. He has been a member of various boards and committees, and has served on the boards of the Civil Service College, the National Heritage Board, Temasek Polytechnic, and as a trustee of NTUC Income. He has been associated with Yayasan Mendaki since its formation and has been its Chairman since March 2002. He is also a member of the Steering Committee and Executive Committee for Environment and Water Technologies, one of the Strategic Research Programmes spearheaded by the National Research Foundation.
As Minister for Community Development and Sports (now Minister for Communications and Information), Dr Yaacob promoted social cohesion, encouraged volunteer sector growth and accountability, and championed sports for all. Under his leadership, the Singapore Sports School was opened and plans made for a Sports Hub. As a member of the Steering Group on Population set up by MCYS, he helped formulate initiatives and policies to address declining birth rates in Singapore.
As Minister-in-Charge of Muslim Affairs, he worked tirelessly to uplift the living standards, confidence, and resilience of the Malay/Muslim community. He has done much to advance racial harmony and the appreciation of multiracialism.
As Minister for the Environment and Water Resources (2004 – 2011), he helped Singapore secure a reliable and resilient water supply through the development of the “Four National Taps” (water from local catchment areas, imported water, reclaimed water – known as NEWater – and desalinated water). He permitted reservoirs to be used for recreational activities without compromising water quality and called for the enhancement of canals so that they add value to the neighbourhoods and Singapore as a ‘City of Gardens and Water’. Dr Yaacob remains a heartland MP to his constituents in Moulmein-Kallang GRC.
Passionate about environmental ownership and sustainable development
As co-chair of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for Sustainable Development (IMCSD), Dr Yaacob continuously emphasises and promotes efforts to deal with the challenge of climate change. The Sustainable Singapore Blueprint launched in April 2009 by the government, sets out Singapore’s strategies to achieve a more vibrant economy as well as a more liveable environment for the future. This Blueprint has been well-received and was commended by the Mexican Environment Minister at the informal Ministerial meeting on climate change.
Recognising His Contributions
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the engineering profession and nation, he was conferred an Honorary Fellowship by the Institution of Engineering, Singapore (IES), its highest honour.
Honouring an Exceptional Alumnus
Dr Yaacob is an inspiration to all NUS Engineering alumni. The Faculty is proud to have an alumnus of his stature and is pleased to confer the NUS Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award on him in 2010.
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