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NUS engineers develop low-cost, flexible terahertz radiation source for fast and non-invasive screening

Led by Associate Professor Yang Hyunsoo and Dr Wu Yang from the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and NUS Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute, the research team has successfully developed a high performance and low-power driven terahertz (THz) wave emitter that could be mass-produced at low cost. The emitter is a key component of any system that uses these super-high frequency waves.

Singapore researchers push frontiers of flexible electronics

NUS Engineering has established a S$50 million research initiative to develop the next generation of flexible electronics. The researchers will develop hybrid electronics that are highly flexible and cost-effective to produce. Potential applications of such technologies include areas such as soft robotics, wearable consumer electronics, smart medical prosthetic devices, gait analysis, real-time healthcare monitoring, as well as virtual reality and gaming.

Project Cheway wins Maybank’s “Power Up Award 2016”

THE Project Cheway team, comprising students from the Chemical Engineering Students Society in NUS Engineering, came out tops and won the “Power Up Award 2016” based on judging factors, such as community impact and sustainability of the programme.

PhD student clinches IPMC Prize 2017

PHD student Ms Lim Su Bin (NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering) is one of the two winners recognised for their outstanding research and technology in the areas of precision medical and precision food; ICT grafting; cell therapy; gene diagnosis and next-generation sequencing, at the 2017 IPMC Prize Competition held in Seoul, Korea, on 19 January.

Bumblebee swims and sails to 4th place in Hawaii

At the 2016 Maritime RobotX Challenge held in Hawaii, the Bumblebee team was ranked 4th worldwide. It was the only finalist that had less than four months to work on its Autonomous Surface Vessel (ASV), as well as the only one with a full undergraduate team.

Assoc Prof Praveen Linga’s paper listed among Top 25 most cited in Energy Journal

A paper by Associate Professor Praveen Linga, published in 2013, has been listed as a “Top 25 most cited paper” in Energy Journal as of 11 January 2017. This constitutes the Top 25 most cited (top 1%) of more than 6,000 publications in the Elsevier’s Energy Journal published since 2012.

ECE professors elevated to IEEE Fellows

Three Faculty members from the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering are elevated to IEEE Fellows on 1 January. They are Professor Lim Teng Joon, Associate Professor Zhang Rui, and Associate Professor Yan Shuicheng. IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members, whose extraordinary achievements in any of the IEEE’s field of interest are deemed fitting for this prestigious grade elevation.

Biomedical Engineering team clinches top prize at BES-SEC Design Award Competition

At the recent BES-SEC Design Award Competition, held in Singapore from 7 to 10 December, at the 16th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering 2016, Yap Hong Kai (PhD student, NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering), together with his team member, Wu Po Cheng (Undergraduate student, Biomedical Engineering) and team advisor Assistant Professor Raye Yeow, Department of Biomedical Engineering, clinched the top prize.

PE Programme positions itself for the upturn in the oil industry

Despite the downturn in the oil industry, the two-year old petroleum engineering (PE) programme in NUS Engineering has been growing and strengthening its ties with the oil industry in Singapore and abroad to prepare itself for the upturn in the market.

The power of sand

The NUS Engineering research team, comprising (standing from left) Adj Asst Prof Anand Sarma, Assoc Prof Vincent Tan and Asst Prof Darren Chian Siau Chen (seated), has found that sand can absorb more than 85 percent of the energy exerted against it.

NUS Engineering researcher in the regional MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 list

Assistant Professor John Ho, from the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, is one of the ten honourees of the regional MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 competition for Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan.

ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievement Awards 2016

Professor Lim Chwee Teck, Professor Hong Minghui, and Dr Luo Sha received the ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievement Awards 2016, in recognition of their outstanding engineering achievements within ASEAN countries.

The Engineering Girl 2016

The Engineering Girl, a workshop targeting girls from lower secondary classes, aims to inspire the next generation of female engineers by encouraging the participants to explore different aspects of engineering in a fun, hands-on environment.

Six NUS Engineering researchers among the world’s most highly cited researchers

Six NUS Engineering researchers have been named among the world’s most highly cited researchers in the latest Highly Cited Researchers 2016 report published by Clarivate Analytics, formerly the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomas Reuters.

International Desalination Association confers inaugural awards

The International Desalination Association (IDA) conferred the inaugural IDA Water Reuse and Conservation Awards at its international conference on water reuse and recycling “Turning Vision into Reality”, which took place in Nice, France on 5 October.

CEE students win top prizes at the Productivity Challenge 2016

Five undergraduate teams from the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) won four of the top five prizes, including the Champion and second runner-up, at the third run of the Productivity Challenge 2016.

NUS Engineering bags three awards at IChemE Singapore Awards 2016

At the Institution of Chemical Engineers’ (IChemE) awards dinner held on 21 October, NUS Engineering researchers picked up awards in three categories, namely the Energy Award (Singapore), the Research Project of the Year Award (Singapore), and the Young Chemical Engineer in Research Award (Singapore).

Two scientists receive this year’s national science and technology awards for their outstanding contribution in research and innovation

Professor Liu Bin, with the Department of Biomedical Engineering, was conferred the President’s Technology Award 2016, while Dr Benjamin C. K. Tee, Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Department of Materials Science & Engineering and the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, was recognised with the Young Scientist Award (YSA) 2016.

Honoured at the Great Women of Our Time Awards 2016

Associate Professor Ho Ghim Wei of the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Engineering Science Programme is this year’s Great Women of Our Time Awards recipient in the Science and Technology category.

New Bayesian model to understand Alzheimer’s disease and brain disorders

NUS researchers have developed a new mathematical modeling strategy to explain why symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease can be drastically different among patients. Alzheimer’s disease affects ten percent of the elderly population. It is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other mental functions.

Among the world’s top ten for Engineering and Technology

The latest Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016–2017 by subject has placed the National University of Singapore (NUS) among the top 20 in the world in four subject areas – Engineering and Technology, Computer Science, Business and Economics, and Physical Sciences. It is the leading Asian university in all four subject areas.

What’s next after Newater?

A commentary on membrane technology, in which Professor Neal Chung Tai-Shung (Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering) was featured as one of the world’s leading scientist in membrane research. Prof Chung’s work is part of Singapore’s effort to become a world leader in membrane and water research. In a study by Lux Research, an independent research company, NUS had been ranked the world’s top university in water and membrane research, ahead of those from the Netherlands and the United States. The report opined that as Singapore develops its research capabilities, it has to continually look for top scientists who are not just leaders in their fields, but also team builders able to train a younger generation.

A step forward in defeating 'Godzilla-like' cancer

Associate Professor Huang Zhiwei (Department of Biomedical Engineering) partnered with Dr Lim Chwee Ming at the National University Cancer Institute, to fine-tune the Raman spectroscopy technique for detecting nose cancer. This technique enables the team to detect cancerous signals 10 to 15 per cent sooner, translating to a higher survival rate and faster recovery.

Analysing single cancer cells for personalised care

Measuring 7.5cm by 2.5cm, a microfluidic chip developed by researchers from NUS Engineering and Clearbridge mFluidics, a start-up specialising in a single cell research, allows cancer cells to be captured for single cell analysis. The microfluidic chip is developed by Professor Lim Chwee Teck (Department of Biomedical Engineering) and his former PhD student, Dr Tan Swee Jin, who is now Technical Director of Clearbridge mFluidics. The device is able to capture any of the diverse cells that make up a tumour for single cell analysis, and allows cancer to be detected earlier.

Engineering as agent for social change

Dr Teo Ho Pin, Mayor of North West District, has invited forty NUS Engineering students to the Mayor’s Network @ North West – Youth Leaders on 14 September 2016. Organised by the North West Community Development Council (CDC) and the Engineering Design and Innovation Centre (EDIC), the Mayor’s Network @ North West – Youth Leaders is a networking session for tertiary youth leaders to encourage volunteering in the community and promote ground-up initiatives.

EIAS helps students to stay connected and relevant in the Engineering industry

NUS Engineering kick-started a series of industry-focus events for engineering undergraduates to get up-close and personal with industry partners. The inaugural Engineering Industry Awareness Series (EIAS) is a series of informal and insightful sessions taking the broad themes of Advanced Manufacturing (18 August), Engineering Consultancy and Services (26 August), and Sustainability & Environment (8 September).

Recognising the achievements and contributions of NUS Engineering alumni

The NUS Engineering Alumni Gala Dinner 2016, held at the Kent Ridge Guild House, is an annual occasion for renewing ties and strengthening the NUS Engineering bond, as well as celebrating the achievements of the Faculty, as a family.

Quantum Technology to Enhance Resolution of Microscopes and Telescopes

NUS engineers have discovered new optical techniques that can measure the separation between two light sources more precisely than ever before, potentially improving the resolution of microscopes and telescopes by orders of magnitude.

Novel sonic crystal window mitigates noise

Researchers from NUS Engineering have developed a window design using sonic crystals to mitigate noise from traffic and construction, while allowing for natural daylight and ventilation. For years, sonic crystals are mainly used as noise barriers.

Smart and cost-effective green solution to safeguard our environment

A pair of Year 4 Engineering Science Programme (ESP) students, Messrs Lim Zeming and Tan Yan Han, participated in the inaugural Climate Innovation Challenge from 12 to 14 August 2016. Jointly organised by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), JTC and National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS), Strategy Group, the three-day hackathon - which is opened to the public - saw some 32 teams brainstormed and proposed new ideas that would help enhance innovation and sustainability in non-residential buildings and outdoor spaces.

Engineering an innovative transport system for sustainable future mobility

A group of NUS Engineering students from the Engineering Science Programme is participating in the Land Transport Authority (LTA) Engineering Challenge for Sustainable Future Mobility. The competition aims to build up Singapore’s engineering talent pool by encouraging innovation, creativity and engineering skills among tertiary students and Engineering professionals to co-create projects to help create an attractive and robust land transport network.

Hwa Chong Institution Team 2, winners of the Amazing Lab Race 2016

This year’s champs, Hwa Chong Institution Team 2, took home the Challenge Plaque, which will stay in the “hall of fame” of their school for a year till the next champion takes them away, plus $625 worth of book vouchers. Organised by the Ministry of Education and NUS Engineering, the Amazing Lab Race is an annual lab-based event.

Lloyd’s Register and NUS Engineering join forces to develop solidified natural gas (SNG) technology for natural gas storage

A research contract agreement has been signed between researchers from NUS Engineering and Lloyd’s Register Global Technology Centre Pte Ltd. A team from the NUS Centre for Energy Research & Technology (CERT), led by Praveen Linga, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is developing a novel and cost-effective technology – storage of natural gas as solidified natural gas (SNG) via clathrate hydrates.

NUS students who excelled in their studies

Ms Rajakumar Amritha, since young, has understood the importance of Engineers in solving problems in a practical way to benefit the society. She joined the Electrical Engineering Course in NUS having followed the footsteps of parents who are both Engineers. 22 year old Amritha excelled in her course and graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) with Honours (Highest Distinction).

Recognising Adjunct Associate Professor Tam Chat Tim’s contributions to Singapore’s Q&S ecosystem

Singapore’s quality journey started in her first stage of development as an independent nation, when she separated from Malaysia with no natural resources. Since then, the quality journey has underpinned Singapore’s economic and social development.

NUS to fire up engineers with new curriculum

About 1,500 engineers graduate from the National University of Singapore (NUS) a year, but the estimate is that only half of them stay in the profession. The others go into finance, marketing and sales. To arrest this leakage, the university is revamping its curriculum and teaching to get undergraduates excited about engineering and the diverse career paths engineers can pursue - from research and development to entrepreneurship.

Introducing The Delta, the world’s lightest electric paraglider trike

Designed and built by eight NUS Engineering students in the Innovation & Design-Centric Programme (iDCP), The Delta is the world’s lightest electric paraglider trike. It is especially built for the National Geographic Channel’s new series “Machine Impossible”.

NUS Engineering Researcher receives WSSET Innovation Awards 2016

Associate Professor Chua Kian Jon Ernest was conferred the WSSET (World Society for Sustainable Energy Technology) Innovation Awards under the theme on Energy Efficiency. The WSSET Innovation Awards recognise the achievements of private individuals and organisations in new sustainable technologies, as well as encourage the wider application of these new developments.

NUS Engineering signs MOU with the Korean Register of Shipping

NUS Engineering, through its Centre for Offshore Research & Engineering (CORE), and the Korean Register of Shipping (KR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 27 July 2016, to explore collaborative efforts in research activities focusing on maritime noise and vibration, as well as other potential maritime, and offshore engineering research topics.

Recipients of the IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards 2016

Two NUS Engineering teams are among the recipients of the IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards 2016, which recognise the outstanding achievements of engineers in Singapore. They received their awards from Mr Ng Chee Meng, Acting Minister for Education (Schools) and Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport, during the National Engineers Day (NED) on 23 July 2016.

Paving the way for future spin wave-based technologies and applications

Key to any modern electronic logic circuits and fundamental applications - such as diodes, isolators, gyrators and circulators – is a strong nonreciprocal (unidirectional) spread of signals, which controls the signal flowing to a desirable direction.

First batch of NUS Engineering Industrial Postgraduate Programme students graduate

They are the first batch of PhD students who have completed the Industrial Postgraduate Programme (IPP), a special track programme offered by NUS Engineering. Drs Arun Shankar Narayanan; Kyaw Ko Ko Htet; and Steven Chong received their scrolls at the NUS Commencement 2016 on 12 July 2016.

All-rounded student scores

Lim Shengyu is Singapore’s national basketball player who recently graduated with first class honours from NUS Engineering. While at NUS, this all-rounded student embraced student life, staying at NUS Temasek Hall and playing with the hall band as its guitarist.

Age is not an issue

Youthful-looking Ganasekar s/o Sinnakannu is NUS’ oldest graduate from a full-time engineering programme this year — the 42-year-old Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) Naval Warfare System Expert (Navigations Systems) graduated on 12 July with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering with Honours (Merit). Ganasekar was also presented with the Alcatel-Lucent Technologies Prize, awarded to the Electrical Engineering student with the best Communications Engineering final year project.

Elected as Academician of Academia Sinica

Proffessor Liu Li Fan, Philip has been elected as Academician of Academia Sinica by the 32nd Convocation of Academicians from 4 to 7 July 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan. Prof Liu has been recognised and honoured for his expertise in the Engineering Sciences.

AGUPP students become ‘Airnovators’

The Airbus Group University Partnership Programme (AGUPP), established by the global aerospace leader Airbus Group, launched its first Airnovation Summer Academy on 3 July 2016 at TU Delft in the Netherlands.

One of the world’s top 20 best universities for Engineering

The latest ShanghaiRanking Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2016 has placed NUS Engineering among the global top 20 universities for five of seven Engineering subjects. The Faculty is also in the top five in the world for Chemical Engineering, and Energy Science & Engineering.

NUS is Asia’s top university

NUS has retained its top spot in the 2016 edition of the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Rankings: Asia. The QS Asia University Rankings uses 10 key metrics to compare Asian universities, including academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty-student ratio, papers per faculty, the proportion of international faculty and students, and proportion of inbound and outbound exchange students.

Developing solidified natural gas technology for natural gas storage

Natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel that meets stringent environmental norms to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. With the inevitable global shift to a natural gas-based economy, there is an increasing need to develop technologies to store natural gas on a large scale.

Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors' Award 2016

Mr Tan Chuan Fu, a former student of Engineering Science Programme, together with Dr Zhu Liangliang, from the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering research team supervised by Associate Professor Ho Ghim Wei, have clinched the Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors' Merit Award in the Open Category.

Four NUS Engineering projects received EMA funding for energy storage innovations

On 3 June, the Energy Market Authority (EMA) gave out S$15 million in research grants to six projects aimed to develop cost-effective energy storage innovations that could be deployed in Singapore.

Making undetectable sensing possible

For their innovative discovery, Assistant Professor Qiu Cheng-Wei and his team from the Department of Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering have the humble chameleon to thank.

NUS Engineering researchers are among the winners of the 2015 Applied Energy Awards

Two papers published by NUS Engineering research teams have been listed as “Top 40 most highly cited Research and Review papers” in the Journal of Applied Energy as of 10 January 2015.

Unveiling technology to 3D-print customised tablets

NUS Engineering researchers, from the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, have found a way to use 3D printers to produce low-cost tablets that can be customised to a patient’s needs.

NUS Engineering Open House 2016

NUS Engineering Open House 2016 promised a fun carnival atmosphere for more than 400 prospective engineering students, who turned up at the foyer of the Engineering Auditorium to register and meet with faculty members, current students and alumni on 14 May.

NUS FSAE R16 Team clinches 12th position out of 120 teams

Besides being ranked 12th worldwide (out of 120 teams) at the recent annual Formula SAE International Challenge in Michigan, US (11-14 May), the NUS FSAE team also attained the following achievements.

2016 DCP Project Showcase

2016 Innovation & Design-Centric Programme (iDCP) Project Showcase, held at the foyer of the Engineering Auditorium, featured more than 20 exciting projects, completed by students over the course of the semester.

Recognised for his work on interaction of nanomaterials with blood plasma proteins

PhD student Mr Kenry (NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering) is one of the winners recognised for their outstanding research and technological development in functional materials.

Making powerful magnetic memory devices possible on flexible platforms

Magnetoressistive Random Access Memory (MRAM) is emerging as the next big thing in data storage. It is a relatively new technology, but it has so many advantages that it may became a leader in memory storage.

Accolade from ACerS

Associate Professor Palani Balaya has been recognized by the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) as an “ACerS Global Ambassador” for his outstanding efforts in developing global collaboration and outreach for the Society’s initiatives, as well as for his leadership in the organisation of the Asia Pacific Ceramic Cooperation Summit (APCC Summit) held at the University in February this year.

Managing Complex Situations in Emerging Economies and More Challenging Markets

In an age of rapid transformation, it is imperative for businesses to be competent in “Managing Complex Situations in Emerging Economies and More Challenging Markets” in order to stay competitive, and on April 15, Ms Olivia Lum shared just that at the 9th Lecture of the IEL Distinguished Speaker Series, which took place at the Engineering Auditorium.

Sembcorp and NUS launched Corporate Laboratory at NUS Engineering

SEMBCORP Industries (Sembcorp) and the National University of Singapore (NUS) established the Sembcorp-NUS Corporate Laboratory on Wednesday, 20 April 2016. Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security, and Chairman of the National Research Foundation (NRF) Singapore, was the Guest-of-Honour at the launch event.

NUS unveils R16: The latest car in its FSAE race car bloodline

The latest NUS FSAE race car was unveiled with much excitement on 6 April at NUS Engineering’s foyer. Christened ‘R16’, the newest car represents the key blend of technology and features with the unique NUS FSAE’s signature car design.

Dr Thomas Teh wins the esteemed Savio L-Y. Woo Young Researcher Award

Dr Thomas Teh has garnered the prestigious Savio L-Y. Woo Young Researcher Award in the recent International Symposium on Ligaments & Tendons - XV (ISL&T-XV).

NUS researchers are developing new technology to utilise LNG cold energy for seawater desalination

Around 663 million people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water due to growing population and the continuing reduction of clean water supplies. Furthermore, climate change has resulted in irregular rainfall, reducing levels of underground water to alarming levels.

NIWH and NUS signed MOU to jointly develop and operate a research centre in Nanjing, China

The Nanjing International Water Hub (NIWH), which is being developed by Sembcorp Development Ltd (Sembcorp), signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with Singapore’s Public Utilities Board (PUB) and the National University of Singapore (NUS) respectively to explore a series of collaboration programmes, with the aim of assisting Singapore small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to bring new technologies and water treatment solutions into the Chinese and international markets.

NUS Engineering courses in top 10 of QS World University Rankings by Subject

The NUS Engineering has fared well in the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject. Five of the Faculty’s subjects were ranked among the top 10.

NUS Engineering Awards and Recognition Ceremony 2016

12 high achievers at the NUS Engineering were recognised at the Awards and Recognition Ceremony 2016. Professor Ben Chen was appointed Provost’s Chair.

Swiss Route for Engineering Students

NUS Engineering graduates will soon be able to pursue a postgraduate degree, while learning the ropes of entrepreneurship at the latest NUS Overseas College (NOC) in Switzerland.

Two Engineering Researchers among Top 100 Asian Scientists

Two NUS Engineering researchers are among Asia’s top 100 scientists who have made an impact in 2015 in a list published by the Asian Scientist Magazine in January 2016.

Novel "green" aerogels that can clean oil spills, plug gunshot wounds... and more

Paper waste can now be converted into a very useful and environmentally-friendly product known as "cellulose aerogels".

Accolades for two Engineering dons from prestigious American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

In recognition of their remarkable contributions to the field of biomedical engineering, Professors James Goh and Lim Chwee Teck will be inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

Two prominent Singaporean researchers returning home to join NUS Engineering

These experts in logistics and supply chain management and advanced electronics will help to drive industry collaboration and translational research at NUS.

Five NUS Engineering researchers in Thomson Reuters’ 2015 list of world leading scientific minds

Four NUS Engineering researchers listed in 2014 as the world’s leading scientific minds by Thomson Reuters, are among the top again. Out of the 11 researchers from NUS in Thomson Reuters’ 2015 list, five are from NUS Engineering.

Light and easy-to-use robotic glove to help patients regain hand movements

NUS BIOMEDICAL Engineering team led by Assistant Professor Raye Yeow has designed and developed a robotic glove which can help stroke patients restore the use of their hands.

The road to F1— for the only Singaporean engineer in the industry

He was sold on being a Formula 1 engineer – since he was in Primary 5 after watching F1 when surfing the Internet. His dream came true. Today, Mr Gautham Ramesh is an engineer specializing in aerodynamics and CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) with Red Bull Technologies and is now based in Oxford, UK. He is the only true-blue Singaporean working as an F1 engineer.

Look how far Engineering Science has taken me

Engineering Science at NUS Engineering has proven to be a great choice for Mr Wang Cong. The Programme has instilled in him an enquiring and probing mind that does not stop even when targets are met, and results are obtained.

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