NUS FACULTY OF ENGINEERING - MILESTONES

1955 Professional engineering education commenced in the then University of Malaya (UM) at Bukit Timah campus.
1958 The Department of Engineering was elevated to full faculty status when it was transferred to Kuala Lumpur, Malaya. The Singapore Polytechnic (SP), a constituent college of UM, first offered a four-year professional engineering diploma.
1968 First batch of SP graduates received the BEng degree from the University of Singapore.
1969 Faculty of Engineering was constituted under the University of Singapore with three departments: Civil, Electrical and Mechanical. It was initially located in the same buildings as the Singapore Polytechnic at Prince Edward Road.
1972 The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering was established.
1977 The Faculty of Engineering was shifted to the new Kent Ridge Campus.
1978 Establishment of joint campus between University of Singapore and Nanyang University.
1979 The Department of Chemical Engineering was transferred from the Faculty of Science. Part-time MSc courses in Construction Engineering and Industrial & Systems Engineering, and MEng and PhD research degrees were offered.
1987 Lee Seng-Lip’s method of employing seabed clay sandwiched between thin sand layers was applied to reclaim 40-hectares of land at Changi South Bay, cutting costs by a third.
1987 Tjhung Tjeng Thiang’s discovery of optimum number of television channels transmitted through a single optic fibre led to significant savings ($2.2m) for Telecommunications Authority of Singapore (TAS).
1988 Jacob Phang, pioneer of 1st NUS spinoff company, developed a scanning electron microscope (SEM) used by semiconductor companies to detect faults in integrated circuits.
1989 The Distinguished Alumni Engineering Award was instituted with Alex Chan as the inaugural recipient.
1990 The Postgraduate School of Engineering was set up.
1994 The modular system was adopted by the Faculty of Engineering.
1995 A part-time BTech programme was introduced.
1997 An undergraduate course in Computer Engineering was introduced. The Environmental Engineering programme was formed.
1998 Department of Chemical Engineering renamed Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering.
2000 Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering was renamed Department of Mechanical Engineering. Department of Electrical Engineering was renamed Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
2001 NUS Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE) project took off with HOPE 03 a race car built by Engineering students every year. Subsequently, a new race car is built each year to compete at the international competition held in the USA.
2002 Division of Bioengineering and the Bioengineering Corridor was set up.
2004 The Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering was renamed Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Environmental Science and Engineering Programme was intalled. The Engineering Faculty together with the Science Faculty set up the NUS Nanotechnology and Nanoscience Initiative (NUSNNI), resulting in the installation of the Nano-engineering Corridor.
2005 NUS Engineering PhD graduates Mervyn Fathianathan and Renuga Gopal, formed BioMers Pte Ltd to commercialise their invention of new-generation invisible braces for straightening teeth.
2006 Division of Engineering Science Programme (ESP) was launched.
2006 Yeo Yee Chia spearheaded Singapore’s research on the speed enhancement of electronic devices and nanoscale transistors with superior performance – coming out with Singapore’s smallest transistor, just 25 nanometers.
2007 Eco car Project took off with its first prototype, HOPE 07. Subsequently, Engineering students build an eco car to compete at the annual Shell Eco-Marathon. Their first Urban Concept Eco car was built in 2008, followed by a new model every year.
2009 A paradigm change in Engineering Curriculum led to the establishment of two new initiatives: Design-Centric Curriculum (DCC) and the Global Engineering Programme (GEP).
2010 Inaugural cohort of ESP students graduated.
2010 Civil Engineering and Environmental Science & Engineering merged to form the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department.
2010 A new Alumni Award, the Engineering Alumni Service Award was launched, with Gan Cheng Chian and Keith Kee as the inaugural recipients. The same year also saw the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award conferred upon Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources. A commemorative book on Engineering Education in Singapore, titled: “Singapore’s Engineer-Leaders: Partnership with the nation” authored by Dr Edwin Lee was launched at the occasion to commemorate the Faculty’s 55 years of history.
2011 The Institute of Engineering Leadership was officially launched in August.
2011 The inaugural Faculty Research Award was held in August honouring Professor Neal Chung who was conferred the Engineering Research Leadership Award; Professor Lim Chwee Teck, and Professor Zeng Hua Chun were conferred the Faculty Research Award; and Assistant Professor Yan Shuicheng was conferred the Young Faculty Research Award.
2011 NUS Engineering Lecture Series launched with inaugural lecture “Google, iPhone… What’s Next” by Professor Lian Yong in September.
2011 NUS Division of Bioengineering celebrates 10th Anniversary.
2011 Team led by Hong Minghui invented microscope to image viruses, DNAs and biomolecules as small as 50nm. This means that clinicians and researchers could study minute samples in detail and come up with better treatments for diseases.
2012 Pioneer GEP cohort graduates.
2012 Launch of the Advanced Robotics Centre in August.
2012 Design-Centric Curriculum renamed Design-Centric Programme and launches Singapore’s first Engineering-in-Medicine Module in August.
2012 Launch of the Aerospace Systems Initiative in September.
2012 Launch of the Heritage and Life Gallery in October at the Engineering Alumni Gala Dinner at Kent Ridge Guild House.
2012 Design-Centric Programme engages the Education Minister Mr Heng Swee Keat in first-ever dialogue session at the Faculty of Engineering.
2013 $1 million Centre for Aerospace Engineering (CAE) established at Department of Mechanical Engineering, a collaboration with DSO National Laboratories, SIA Engineering and ST Aerospace.
2013 Inaugural cohort of Design-Centric Programme (DCP) students graduates.
2013 NUS Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) signs Memorandum of Understanding with ST Electronics to research and develop a low cost hyper-spectra payload for earth observation.
2013 A*STAR’s Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) and the NUS Faculty of Engineering launch two new research labs.
2013 A robot carp capable of diving movements (a first in Asia) developed by ECE Department, makes international headlines.
2013 Infiniti Red Bull racer Mark Webber launches Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy at NUS Engineering, with FSAE team.
2013 Department of Bioengineering raises profile as Department of Biomedical Engineering.
2013 The $75-m Keppel-NUS Corporate Laboratory was launched at the Faculty by the Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr Teo Chee Hean who is also Chaiurman, NRF. It is the first corporate lab to be established by a local company with a university in Singapore.
2014 Technology for harvesting live cancer cells from regular blood samples developed by NUS Biomedical Engineering team led by Professor Lim Chwee Teck has contributed to the establishment of the region's first Circulating Tumour Cell Centre of Research Excellence, jointly established by Clearbridge BioMedics (a Biomedical Engineering spin-off), Singapore General Hospital and the National Cancer Centre.
2014 DCP held its inaugural showcase of students’ projects at the Engineering foyer.
2014 The Petroleum Engineering Professorships Programme and the NUS Multiphase Oil-Water-Air Flow Loop Facility were launched at the Faculty of Engineering by Mr S Iswaran, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Home Affairs and Second Minister for Trade and Industry.
2014 Department of Biomedical Engineering has developed a system that can diagnose in real time, even pre-cancerous tissues during endoscopic examination. Led by Associate Professor Huang Zhiwei, their invention, known as the In-Vivo Molecular Diagnostic System, is the only one in the world that has been clinically proven to be used safely and effectively in patients. The system is being commercialised by Endofotonics.
2014 Five Engineering researchers are among the world’s leading scientific minds, according to the Highly Cited Researchers 2014 report published by Thomson Reuters. They are Associate Professor Yan Shuicheng (Department of Electrical & Computing Engineering), Professor Lee Jim Yang (Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering), Associate Professor Liu Bin (Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering), Professor Seeram Ramakrishna (Mechanical Engineering) and Professor Zeng Hua Chun (Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering).
2014 The Faculty held its biggest outdoor event todate, in support of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. The Maritime RobotX Challenge 2014, co-organised with Science Centre Singapore and Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Foundation, opened at The Float@Marina Bay (24-26 Oct) with MG (NS) Ng Chee Khern, Permanent Secretary (Defence Development) and 2nd Permanent Secretary (Health) as guest of honour.
2015 Team led by Assistant Professor Adrian Koh at the Advanced Robotics Centre (ARC), have demonstrated a tubular dielectric elastomer actuator (DEA) able to extend to more than three times its original length, under an electrical stimulus. This is the highest reported so far, for tubular configuration. Their paper, Large actuation of an acrylic-based dielectric elastomer actuator in tubular configuration won the Silver Prize for the Most Outstanding Paper in the IEEE International Conference on Electronics, Information and Communication (ICEIC 2015) in January 2015.
2015 Civil and structural engineering course is ranked 3rd best in the world by the London-based education consultancy Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) 2015. This is an improvement of four places from 2014 when it was placed 7th.
2015 NUS FSAE car achieved the overall ranking of 7th worldwide (out of 120 teams) at the Formula SAE competition in Michigan, US (13 to 16 May). Ranking 25th in 2014, this is their best performance since 2004 when they first began to take part in the competition. Their best placing has been 19th position (in 2009 and 2012).
2015 Engineering Science Programme celebrates its 10th Anniversary, hosting the International Engineering Science Consortium (IESC)’s inaugural symposium at the Engineering Auditorium, with nine keynote lectures by top-notch engineer scientists.