Chua Pei Wen, Vivien

Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Postal Address:
  National University of Singapore
  1 Engineering Drive 2, E1A 07-03
  Singapore 117576
Tel: (65) 6516 2267
Fax: (65) 6779 1635
Office: E1A 05-08


Dr. Vivien Chua joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the National University of Singapore as an assistant professor in 2011. Dr. Chua received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from Stanford University in 2011 and 2008, respectively. She obtained her B.S. degree (Highest Honors) from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2005.

Dr. Chua’s research interests lie in the study of processes that influence the dynamics of the coastal ocean, rivers, lakes and estuaries, and the implications of storm surge inundation on coastal areas. Most of her research thus far focuses on the development and application of numerical models and high performance computational techniques to study surface water flows. Her work strongly relies on combining advanced numerical models with observations, and then analyzing that model both analytically and computationally to understand current conditions and to predict future behavior in the face of climate change.

For her Ph.D dissertation, Dr. Chua developed a state-of-the-art hydrodynamic model to study the circulation in San Francisco Bay, and to investigate climate change impacts on water resources in the state of California. Examples of her recent research projects include assessing numerical diffusion on unstructured grids, and determining resonance overlap and chaotic spatial dynamics in Bose-Einstein Condensates. Dr. Chua takes a strong and active interest in communicating science to the public. In collaboration with the Exploratorium Science Museum in San Francisco, she designed an exhibit of San Francisco Bay at the Outdoor Exploratorium to raise environmental awareness and to promote environmental stewardship of the Bay.

For more information on Dr. Chua’s research:


  • Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, U.S.A. 2011
  • M.S. Computational and Mathematical Engineering, Stanford University, U.S.A. 2008
  • B.S. (Highest Honors) Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S.A. 2005

Honours & Awards

  • Singapore National Research Foundation (EWT) Ph.D Scholarship (Overseas), 2008-2011
  • Stanford University School of Engineering Fellowship, 2005-2006
  • Science Applications International Corporation Best Student Paper Award, 2005
  • Georgia Institute of Technology International Student Scholarship, 2003-2005
  • Georgia Institute of Technology President Undergraduate Research Award and Travel Grant, 2004-2005
  • Sigma Xi Annual Research Conference Poster Excellent Award, 2004

Professional Activities

  • Reviewer, Ocean Modelling Journal
  • Co-chair and Energy Panel Chair, Stanford Journal of Law, Science and Policy (Oceans Symposium), U.S.A.
  • Mentor, Intel Challenge 2011, U.S.A.
  • Member, Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society

Selected Publications

  1. Chua, V. P. and Fringer, O. B. (2011) “Sensitivity analysis of three-dimensional salinity simulations in North San Francisco Bay using the unstructured-grid SUNTANS model”, Ocean Modelling, doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2011.05.007.
  2. Chua, V. P. and Porter, M. A. (2006) “Spatial resonance overlap in Bose-Einstein Condensates in Superlattice Potentials”, International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, Vol. 16, No. 4.
  3. Chua, V. P. and Holleman, R. and Fringer, O. B. “Assessing numerical scalar diffusion on unstructured grids” (To be submitted).

Conference Papers and Presentations

  1. Chua, V. P. and Fringer, O. B. “Assessing the effects of numerical diffusion in a three-dimensional unstructured-grid model of a periodically-stratified estuary”, International Workshop on Multiscale Un-Structured Mesh Numerical Ocean Modeling, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A., August 2010.
  2. Chua, V. P., Geyer, W. R. and Fringer, O. B. “Effect of freshwater inflows and tides on salt flux in a partially-stratified estuary”, SCORE Oceans Colloquium, Monterey, CA, U.S.A., April 2010.
  3. Chua, V. P. and Fringer, O. B., “Calibration of a three-dimensional model of San Francisco Bay using SUNTANS”, California Water and Environmental Modeling Forum, Monterey, CA, U.S.A., February 2010.
  4. Chua, V. P. and Porter, M. A., “Cubic-Quintic Duffing Oscillator”, Dynamic Days 2004 Annual Conference on Chaos and Nonlinear Dynamics, Durham, NC, U.S.A., January 2004.
  5. Chua, V. P. and Porter, M. A., “Spatial resonance overlap in Bose-Einstein Condensates in Superlattice Potentials”, Sigma Xi Annual Research Conference, Montreal, QC, Canada, November 2004.

Last Updated on 22 September, 2011 by Department of Civil Enginering