NUS FACULTY OF ENGINEERING - MILESTONES

1956 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.
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.
2006 Division of Engineering Science Programme (ESP) was launched.
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.
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.