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Professor Hang Chang Chieh (CC)

Executive Director
Institute for Engineering Leadership

In his professional life, Prof CC Hang has worn, and continues to wear, many hats – academic, policy-maker, entrepreneur, corporate mentor. Driving all these is a passion to continually learn, relearn and create value from his experiences through others or directly. It is a characteristic that in his early years caused him to switch from a course of study headed towards medicine to engineering. In his words “I thought, at that time, instead of being a doctor, if I became an engineer, I could help the country create wealth, and more people could afford healthcare.”

Following a stint in Shell, he entered the NUS Faculty of Engineering as an academic and was subsequently appointed to three senior roles—Vice-Dean of the faculty of engineering in 1985, head of the department of electrical engineering in 1990, and deputy vice-chancellor (research and enterprise) in 1994—during which time he had to oversee the university’s transformation from a primarily teaching institution to one that is research intensive. In parallel, he became the founding deputy chairman of the National Science and Technology Board (NSTB) in 1991, a part-time position he held until 1999. For his contributions to championing research in NUS and NSTB, Singapore awarded Professor Hang the Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 1998, and the National Science and Technology Medal in 2000.

Now back at NUS as the Executive Director of the Institute for Engineering Leadership, after first heading the NUS’s division of engineering and technology management from 2007- 2016, Prof Hang continues to challenge himself, and others, to stretch their boundaries with an eye not on chasing wealth but to work towards creating value for others.

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