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15 December 2016

NUS Engineering team has found that sand can absorb more than 85 per cent of the energy exerted against it

Image: From left: Adjunct Asst Prof Sarma, Asst Prof Chian and Assoc Prof Tan fired projectiles into a sand block using a gas gun to test the sand’s absorption capabilities.

The team, comprising of Assistant Professor Darren Chian Siau Chen from NUS Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), Associate Professor Vincent Tan from NUS Mechanical Engineering and Adjunct Assistant Professor Anand Sarma from CEE said the study points to the wide-ranging potential applications of sand, beyond glass making, building construction and land reclamation. A key application is in modern defence systems, which has yet to be thoroughly explored.

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21 November 2016

Prof Seeram Ramakrishna once again named among world's most highly cited researchers

Image: Professor Seeram Ramakrishna

Professor Seeram Ramakrishna has 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. He was among eleven researchers from NUS who are in the 2016 report. He was also named in the same report for 2015.

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16 November 2016

Asst Prof Duong Hai Minh wins JEC Asia 2016 Innovation Award

Image: Dr Duong Hai Minh (far right) with other JEC Asia 2016 award winners. (Other winners are listed here: http://www.jeccomposites.com/events/jec-asia-2016/innovation-awards/winners)

Asst Prof Duong Hai Minh was awarded the JEC Asia 2016 Innovation Award for his aerogel technique to mass-produce carbon nanotube fibres. JEC Asia 2016 is an International Composites Event and was held at the Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore, from 15-17 November 2016.

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26 October 2016

A/Prof Ernest Chua receives IChemE's Research Project of the Year Award

Image: Assoc Prof Chua Kian Jon, Ernest (right) receiving his Research Project of the Year award.

Associate Professor Ernest Chua Kian Jon picked up the Research Project of the Year Award (Singapore) for his project ‘Membrane dehumidifiers to reduce energy consumption’ at the recent IChemE Singapore Awards held on 21 October 2016. For his winning project, A/Prof Chua has developed foil-like membranes to sieve out water molecules in air conditioning systems, reducing energy consumption by 35%. He is one of three NUS award recipients at the IChemE Singapore Awards 2016.

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16 September 2016

12 NUS ME students awarded American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Scholarships

A total of 12 NUS Mechanical Engineering students specialising in Offshore Oil and Gas Technology have been awarded the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Scholarship – 3 of whom were awarded the scholarship in AY2015/16 Semester 2, and 9 others in AY2016/17 Semester 1. Each student will receive the scholarship value of $20,000, which will be disbursed over 2 semesters.

Congrats to the awardees:

  1. Jonathan Yap Shi-Hao
  2. Lim Wai Khit
  3. Luah Xin Hao
  4. Denie Harith Azman
  5. Julian Ng Wai Leong
  6. Kim Un Yong
  7. Lee Hong Yee
  8. Lim Zhe Kuan
  9. Muhammad Haiqul Bin Mahboh
  10. Prerak Agarwal
  11. Sim Hong Kiat
  12. Tong Jun Jie

For more information on the Offshore Oil & Gas Specialisation, please click here.





16 September 2016

[Event] NUS Greater Good Series: Engineering for the future

Image: (from left) Prof Chua Kee Chaing, Prof Lim Chwee Teck and Mr Peter Ho. (Credits: NUS Development Office)

Organised by the NUS Development Office, the NUS Greater Good Series event on 9 September 2016 was titled “Engineering for the future” and featured talks by Professor Lim Chwee Teck (from the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Mechanical Engineering) and Mr Peter Ho (CEO, HOPE Technik Pte Ltd, and alumnus of NUS Mechanical Engineering).

The NUS Greater Good Series features talks by leading minds on topics related to philanthropy. These include generosity, giving and service to the community, as well as leadership, personal well-being and mental resilience. The Series aims to raise awareness of philanthropy and its impact on society. The Series was made possible thanks to a generous gift from Newsman Realty Pte Ltd.

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19 August 2016

Researchers led by A/Prof Lee Heow Pueh develop sonic crystal windows to fight noise pollution

Image: A/Prof Lee Heow Pueh (right) and Dr Lee Hsiao Mun and their team worked on the innovative windows. The human dummy helps create a realistic acoustic environment in experiments.

Researchers led by NUS ME A/Prof Lee Heow Pueh have designed windows that could allow people to work better, sleep more soundly, breathe fresher air and save on electrical bills all at once. The newly developed window can halve noise pollution even while open.

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3 August 2016

Assoc Prof Francis Tay and team wins Best Paper Award at Industrial Conference on Data Mining (ICDM)

Image: Associate Professor Francis Tay Eng Hock, Department of Mechanical Engineering, NUS.

The paper, titled “Data mining in medicine: relationship of scoliotic spine curvature to the movement sequence of lateral bending positions”, was co-written by Associate Professor Francis Tay Eng Hock (Department of Mechanical Engineering), ME PhD student Athena Jalalian, and Associate Professor Gabriel Liu Ka Po (Department of Orthopaedic Surgery).

The award was conferred at the Industrial Conference on Data Mining (ICDM) held in New York, 13 – 17 July 2016. The ICDM is the sixteenth conference in a series of industrial conferences on Data Mining that is held on a yearly basis, during which researchers and industrial people from various fields will present theoretical aspects and their applications, and the results obtained by applying data mining.

In ICDM, the Best Paper Award goes to the paper that makes a significant contribution to the field in terms of application or in terms of a new method for data mining. The paper should be well written and clearly demonstrate the method or the solved application. Three papers are announced before the conference for Best Paper Award. The final decision on the winner is made after the presentation of the papers. The award is sponsored by IBaI Solutions www.ibai-solutions.de.





29 July 2016

A/Prof Ernest Chua conferred WSSET (World Society for Sustainable Energy Technology) Innovation Award

Image: Associate Professor Ernest Chua with his WSSET Innovation Award.

Assoc Prof Ernest Chua received the WSSET Innovation Award at the 15th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies (SET 2016) held in Singapore (19 to 22 July 2016). His research within the Department of Mechanical Engineering relates to the development of a hybrid membrane composite‐desiccant air dehumidification system that has been successfully applied to the treatment of latent load due to humid air.

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27 July 2016

NEA Feature: Developing cellulose aerogels from paper waste

Image: Assistant Professor Duong Hai Minh with his cellulose aerogel.

Asst Prof Duong Hai Minh and his research team has found a way to put paper waste to good use by successfully developing them into cellulose aerogels, which have many potential applications, ranging from cleaning up oil spills to insulating buildings. The research work by Dr Duong and his team has been featured in the Singapore National Environment Agency (NEA)’s biannual ENVISION magazine.

Click here to read the feature article in NEA’s ENVISION Magazine.





14 July 2016

NUS ME students turn "Airnovators" at Airbus' Airnovation Summer Academy

NUS ME students Leow Zi Qin and Zhang Huichen were among forty students (representing 17 nationalities) who were selected from the Airbus Group University Partner Programme (AGUPP)’s partner universities, to attend the first Airnovation Summer Academy at TU Delft in the Netherlands 🇳🇱 Just one of the many opportunities that await you at NUS ME!

Read more at https://nus.edu/29Zutg5.
More info about the Airnovation Summer Academy:http://bit.ly/airnovation.

(Pictures courtesy of Airbus Group.)





13 July 2016

Congrats ME Class of 2016!

The ME graduating class of 2016 attended their Commencement Ceremony on 12 July 2016, were presented with their much-deserved degrees, and were thereafter treated to a lunch reception organised by the Department of Mechanical Engineering. At the reception, the graduands were given a souvenir to remember their time in NUS and were also invited to take photos at our photobooth to commemorate the happy occasion.

The department would like to, once again, congratulate the ME Class of 2016 and we wish all graduates the very best!

Photos from the ME Commencement Reception: bit.ly/nusmegradrecep

 





8 June 2016

Asst. Prof. Duong Hai Minh wins 2016 TechConnect Innovation Award for recyclable cellulose aerogels

Created by Asst. Prof. Duong Hai Minh and his research team, the non-toxic, ultralight, flexible, extremely strong and water repellent cellulose aerogels have a plethora of applications, including oil spill cleaning, heat insulation and packaging. Other possible applications include usage as coating materials for drug delivery, as well as smart materials for biomedical applications.

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27 May 2016

NUS ME researchers win "2015 Applied Energy Award" at International Conference on Applied Energy (ICAE2016)

Image: Assoc Prof Chua Kian Jon Ernest and his team (with their ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award) and their award winning cooling technology that is compressor‐less and does not use harmful chemical refrigerants.

The winning team’s review paper, titled “Achieving better energy-efficient air conditioning – A review of technologies and strategies”, was among 20 highly cited review papers published in the Journal of Applied Energy between 2013 and 2014. The paper is co-authored by Prof Chou Siaw Kiang, A/Prof Chua Kian Jon, Ernest (principal and corresponding author), and Asst Prof Yang Wenming from NUS Mechanical Engineering; and Professor J.Yan (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, and School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology, Mälardalen University, Sweden).

The 20 review papers, along with 20 other selected research papers , represent the top 2% of over 2000 papers in the journal during this period.

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16 May 2016

NUS FSAE R16 team ranks 12th out of 120 teams at annual international Formula SAE competition

The NUS FSAE R16 team ranked 12th worldwide (out of 120 teams) at the recent annual Formula SAE International Challenge in Michigan, US (11-14 May), and attained other achievements as well. Well done, guys!

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22 April 2016

ME UAV Team Takes Flight at AIAA Competition

Image: ME UAV team ‘PenguiNUS’ with Head of Department, Prof Phan-Thien Nhan (6th from right) and supervisors Research Asst. Prof. Lua Kim Boon (7th from right), Dr. Chan Woei Leong (7th from left), and Dr Jonathan Tay (5th from right).

Only the second time the NUS UAV team has competed in the AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) Foundation Student Design/Build/Fly (DBF) Competition, and this year’s team has already managed to make a vast improvement from last year’s 47th position to 32nd this year! Held 15-17 April 2016 at a Textron Aviation airfield in Wichita, Kansas, this year’s competition garnered interest from 137 teams from 24 US states and 16 other countries, making it the largest DBF competition yet held.

This year’s NUS UAV team (named “PenguiNUS”) consisted of 11 ME students, and were supervised by staff from ME and Temasek Labs. (Our students had the opportunity to utilise the wind tunnel from Temasek Labs as part of their project!)

A Great Experience for ME Students
The competition provided our students an opportunity to apply knowledge acquired in the classroom to a real-world aircraft design experience – the team designed, fabricated and tested unmanned, radio controlled aircraft in an attempt to meet design requirements and performance objectives, which are updated each contest year (new challenges!). Besides allowing students to utilise and therefore improve on their technical knowledge, lifelong skills that the team was bound to pick up on include teamwork, leadership, communication and project management skills!

Travelling to the US to compete was inarguably also an awesome international exposure for the students – the team was able to professionally connect and exchange knowledge with a large, multinational body of aviation enthusiasts, including fellow undergraduates from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

The NUS UAV team expects to continually improve and compete in the annual AIAA DBF competition, thereby benefiting all future ME students who might be keen on an aero-related design project! Should you have queries regarding the project, feel free to get in touch with Dr Lua KB at mpelkb@nus.edu.sg.

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6 April 2016

NUS ME research team wins Best Paper Award at the 9th International Conference on Digital Enterprise Technology

The research team consists of Professor Andrew Nee, Associate Professor Ong Soh Khim and research fellow, Yan Shijun. Their paper, titled “Optimal pass planning for robotic welding of large-dimension joints with deep grooves” was awarded the Best Paper Award at the 9th International Conference on Digital Enterprise Technology (DET2016), which was held at Nanjing, China, from 29 to 31 March 2016.

The International Digital Enterprise Technology (DET) Conference provides a forum for academia and industrialists to disseminate, to all branches industries and businesses, information and knowledge on the most recent and relevant innovations, theories and practices in electronic business and digital enterprise technology. – See more at: http://www.detconference.org/





1 April 2016

Class of 1990 sets up "ME90 Bursary" for ME students

We would like to convey our thanks to the NUS Mechanical Engineering Class of 1990, who has set up the “ME90 Bursary” fund and contributed generously to support financially-needy ME students. ME Class of 1990 alumnus, Mr Lim Kay Teck, said, “The Mechanical Engineering Department is a special unique place for us, not only academically, but also great memories of our wonderful growing three years!”

For financial aid application and queries, please visit http://www.nus.edu.sg/oam/financialaid.html.

If you would like to give to NUS, please visit http://giving.nus.edu.sg/.

 





16 March 2016

Teaching Award Winners from NUS Mechanical Engineering

Image: (From left) Assoc. Prof. Thian Eng San and Assoc. Prof. Chua Kian Jon, Ernest.

Congratulations to the following teaching award winners from the NUS Department of Mechanical Engineering! A/Prof Thian Eng San and A/Prof Chua Kian Jon, Ernest were presented with their Engineering Educator Award and Innovative Teaching Award respectively at the annual NUS Engineering Awards and Recognition Ceremony on 15 March 2016.

Engineering Educator Award Thian Eng San
Innovative Teaching Award (Silver) Chua KJ, Ernest
Honours List Chua KJ, Ernest
  Joshi SP
  Tan BC, Vincent
Commendation List Koh SJ, Adrian
  Lim Tee Tai
  Loh Wai Lam
  Seah Kar Heng
  Tay Cho Jui
  Teo Chiang Juay
  Subra V

 

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23 February 2016

Assoc. Prof. Thian Eng San leads development of new food packaging material that can extend shelf life of perishable food

Image: PhD student Tan Yi Min (left) and Associate Professor Thian Eng San with the environmentally-friendly packaging material developed from grapefruit seed extract and chitosan – a biodegradable polymer derived from crustacean shells. Photo credit: The Straits Times, Alphonsus Chern.

The new biodegradable material is developed from grapefruit seed extract and chitosan (a biodegradable polymer derived from crustacean shells), which work together to slow down fungal and bacterial growth.

“Extending the shelf life of food products also means reducing food waste and, as a result, reducing the rate of global food loss,” said PhD Mechanical Engineering student Tan Yi Min, 27, who co-led the research.

“This will bring about both environmental and economic benefits.”

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12 February 2016

Prof. Andrew Nee & Prof. Lim Chwee Teck among top 100 Asian scientists

Image: (Clockwise from top left) Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, Professor Andrew Nee, and Professor Lim Chwee Teck.

Three professors from NUS have gained a place in Asian Scientist’s inaugural Asian Scientist 100 list, the third being our NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan.

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3 February 2016

Asst. Prof. Duong Hai Minh & team turns waste paper into novel oil-absorbing material

Image: With Dr Duong (right) are (from left) mechanical engineering students Siah Jie Yang, 23, and Bowen Gu, 25. (Credit: The Straits Times, Chew Seng Kim)

This novel material is ideal for a broad range of applications such as oil spill cleaning. In fact, this cellulose aerogel is capable of absorbing oil (excluding water!) up to 90 times its dry weight – that’s 4 times more effective than commercial oil sorbents.

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7 December 2015

Asst. Prof. Ernest Chua & team wins ASEAN Outstanding Achievement Award for Air-con Technology

Image: Dr Ernest Chua Kian Jon (center) and his team members – Dr Bui Duc Thuan (left) and Dr Kyaw Thu (right) with the ASEAN Outstanding Achievement Award 2015.

Asst. Prof. Ernest Chua and team once again clinches an award – the ASEAN Outstanding Achievement Award 2015, for their breakthrough air-con technology. The award was presented during the 33rd Conference of ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (CAFEO) on 26 Nov 2015. Besides reducing energy consumption for air-conditioning, the innovative system also contributes to healthier environments in all types of buildings and even modes of transportation.

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2 November 2015

Assoc. Prof. Ong Soh Khim wins Singapore Women's Weekly's "Great Women of Our Time" award for inspiring potential women engineers

Image: Assoc Prof Ong Soh Khim (in black, holding the bouquet) is winner of this year’s Great Women of Our Time (Science and Technology) category. She is flanked by Ms Barbara Koh, Editor-in-Chief of The Singapore Women’s Weekly; and Ms Zarelda Marie Goh, Deputy Editor.

Assoc. Prof. Ong Soh Khim, an ambassador for the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) programme initiated by the Singapore Committee for UN Women, is winner for this year’s “Great Women of Our Time” in the Science and Technology category. She is passionate in reaching out to women on the opportunities in STEM, and hopes that eventually more women will pursue careers in these fields.

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14 October 2015

Driverless car, SCOT, begins year-long trial at One-North

Image: The team with SCOT at its launch in 2014. Assoc Prof Marcelo H Ang Jr (left, leaning on car) says SCOT will be further fine-tuned to recognise road signs and other markers during its year-long trial in One-North.

Assoc. Prof. Marcelo H Ang Jr’s (NUS Dept. of Mechanical Engineering) collaboration with Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) on driverless car, SCOT (Shared Computer Operated Transport), has entered a new phase. SCOT has begun its year-long trial at the One-North business park since 12 Oct 2015 and is one of the first applicants approved by the Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) for Autonomous Vehicle (AV) testing. The team will be looking to advance the car’s self-driving capabilities during the trial.

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6 August 2015

Bumblebee AUV wins 2nd place at RoboSub 2015

The Bumblebee AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) team emerged 2nd overall at the 18th International RoboSub competition held in San Diego. This is only their 3rd attempt at the annual competition. Fantastic work, guys!

Said Esther Tan, 4th-year Mechanical Engineering student who is overseeing publicity and outreach for the team, “This competition has been an amazing and inspiring educational experience for us. Not only do we learn best practices from other competing teams but by talking to like-minded individuals, we are also exposed to new concepts. We are motivated by their passion in robotics and new technologies.”

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27 July 2015

NUS ME team wins IES Prestigious Engineering Award 2015 for breakthrough research in air conditioning

Team led by Prof. Ng Kim Choon and Asst. Prof. Ernest Chua Kian Jon has won the IES Prestigious Engineering Award 2015 for inventing the world’s first compressor-less dehumidifying and cooling system for all weather conditions.

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13 July 2015

A/Prof Marcelo Ang recognised for contributions to robotics at Innorobo 2015

For his exceptional contributions in Robotics, Associate Professor Marcelo H Ang Jr was presented the Capek Award at Innorobo 2015 (1-3 July 2015) in Lyon, France.

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10 July 2015

Asst. Prof. Ernest Chua and team wins Distinguished Award at Urban Sustainability R&D Congress for air-conditioning system with novel membrane technology

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23 June 2015

NUS ME alumna Laura Tan wins gold at SEA Games 2015 as part of national floorball team

Laura Tan is an Engineer (no surprise there), and also a national floorball player – her team recently snagged the gold medal in the SEA GAMES 2015 (Congrats!) She is featured here in 前线追踪 FRONTLINE, where she talks about juggling work and floorball practice for the opportunity to compete for Singapore.

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19 May 2015

NUS' FSAE team is world's 7th (out of 120 international teams) in latest Formula SAE

Competing with 119 teams from the US and Europe, it also bagged several other accolades at the competition:

  • World champion for Cummins Inc. Applied Technology Award for the innovative wireless telemetry system
  • 1st place for the Business presentation event
  • 2nd place for the Acceleration drag race
  • 3rd place for the FEV Powertrain Development Award, which recognises overall performance for acceleration, fuel economy, cost and the 22 km endurance race
  • 4th place for the Bosch Engineering Design Drawing Award

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30 April 2015

Students (well, technically their UAV) take off at AIAA competition

Extending from their ME3 design project, our students in the UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) design project team participated in the AIAA (The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) Student Design/Build/Fly competition in the US for the first time this year and gained much valuable experiences – just one of many that you may get to try for yourself as an ME student!
(P.S. We do have an Aeronautical Engineering specialisation if you are keen in this area.)



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