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8 February 2018

Team Eco-Box wins 2nd place at the Sembcorp Marine Green Wave Environment Competition

Image: ME students and Team Eco-Box members Tan Sihan and Leonard Tan receiving the award from Guest-of-Honour Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources.

Congratulations to our NUS Mechanical Engineering undergraduates for winning 2nd place at the Sembcorp Marine Green Wave Environment Competition! The award was presented to the team, Team Eco-box, by Guest-of-Honour Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, during the award ceremony held on 2 February 2018 at the Marina Mandarin Singapore. As part of their 3rd year design project funded by the NUS Office of Environmental Sustainability, the team had designed a reusable lunchbox rental machine, in hopes of reducing the use of disposable takeaway containers in the NUS campus. Inspiration was taken from a lunchbox rental booth set up at the Arts Canteen (The Deck), but the endeavour was manpower-intensive. Thus an automated solution was developed to enable the community to borrow and return the reusable lunchboxes at their own convenience. The team’s prototype was put on trial at Raffles Hall (student hall of residence) to much positive feedback.


Team members (from left) Bushra Rasheed Kareem, Tjong Wei Zheng, Mrinalini, Tan Sihan, and Leonard Tan.
(Members not present: Edwin Lai and Nyeow Low Chen)


(The project has since been worked on by their juniors in subsequent design project teams. If you would like to find out more about our design projects, or if you are an industry representative keen on being part of our industry-sponsored design projects, do get in touch with our Design Project Manager, Stanley at



26 January 2018

Turning old clothes into multifunctional cotton aerogels

Image: (From left) Assoc Prof Duong Hai Minh and Prof Phan-Thien Nhan with the cotton aerogels

A team of researchers from NUS Mechanical Engineering have found new use for old clothes. Led by Assoc Prof Hai Minh Duong and Prof Nhan Phan-Thien, the research team has successfully turned disused cotton fabrics into highly compressible and ultralight weight cotton aerogels that are multifunctional.  The cotton aerogels can be used to keep military water bottles cold, as well as control of rapid bleeding caused by gunshot wounds or other deeply penetrating wounds which can be life-threatening.

(Straits Times article:

10 January 2018

NUS ME researchers pioneer water-based, eco-friendly and energy-saving air-conditioner

Image: The team of researchers, (clockwise from bottom right) Assoc Prof Ernest Chua, Dr Md Raisul Islam, Dr M Kum Ja, and Dr Bui Duc Thuan, with their prototype.

NUS ME researchers have pioneered a new “green” air-conditioning system that cools air to as low as 18 degrees Celsius without the use of energy-intensive compressors and environmentally harmful chemical refrigerants. It uses a dehumidifier and the concept of evaporative cooling – such as when a layer of water on your skin vapourises and takes the heat away from the skin, leaving one to experience a cooling effect. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, the novel system is portable and it can also be customised for all types of weather conditions. The invention is also 20-30 percent cheaper to manufacture than conventional air-cons, and could save millions in capital and operating costs, as well as valuable space in buildings.

(Straits Times article:

20 December 2017

PhD student Sun Yao wins Best Poster Award at AFM2 international workshop

Image: Sun Yao (left) receives the Best Poster Award from Prof. R. Ramesh (right) from the University of California, Berkeley.

NUS Mechanical Engineering third year PhD student, Ms. Sun Yao (supervisor: A/Prof Zeng Kaiyang), was awarded the Best Poster Award at the recent 2017 International Workshop on Atomic Force Microscopy for Advanced Functional Materials (AFM2held in Wuhan, China, 8-10 December 2017.



More than 300 participants attended the annual workshop, many from the United States, China, Singapore, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Portugal, Korea, Japan, etc.

The scope of the workshop was expanded to cover the advanced characterization of materials, structures, and devices for information technologies, energy conversion and storage, as well as biological systems, reflecting the ever-increasing impact of the AFM community. It offers an exciting scientific forum to exchange ideas, strengthen collaborations, and foster friendships.

This workshop was organized and hosted by the micro-and nano-technology sub-society under the Chinese Ceramic Society, China University of Geosciences and International Advisory Board of PFM Workshop. This is the fourth time that the workshop is held in China, following the successful workshops in Beijing University of Science and Technology in 2010, Nanjing University in 2013 and Beihang University in 2016. The best poster awards were selected from more than 80 posters presented during the workshop, Ms. Sun Yao being one of nine award winners. The award was presented by Prof. R. Ramesh from the University of California, Berkeley.


19 December 2017

A/Prof Ernest Chua wins IET Innovation Award 2017

Image: Assoc Prof Chua Kian Jon Ernest is a recipient of the IET (Institute of Engineering Technology, UK) Innovation Award 2017 under the Sustainability category. (Background: Innovative Hybrid Membrane and Composite Desiccant System)

For his research on energy and sustainability, NUS Mechanical Engineering’s Associate Professor Chua Kian Jon Ernest, was awarded the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Innovation Award 2017 on 15 November 2017.

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15 November 2017

Prof Seeram Ramakrishna is one of twelve NUS researchers among the world’s most highly cited

Professor Seeram Ramakrishna from the NUS Department of Mechanical Engineering is once again named among the world’s most highly cited researchers in the latest 2017 Highly Cited Researchers report published by Clarivate Analytics. He is one of six from the NUS Faculty of Engineering, among twelve from NUS. Professor Seeram was also listed in the 2016 report.

7 November 2017

ME Class of 1992 celebrates 25th anniversary reunion with a scholarship

Image: ME92 Class 25th Reunion Dinner Group Photo

The Mechanical Engineering Class of 1992 (photo) held a memorable 25th Anniversary Reunion Dinner on 15 September 2017 at the NUSS Kent Ridge Guild House. The celebration was especially meaningful as the Class of ME92 championed and raised S$200,000 for a scholarship fund – the ME92 Class Scholarship Endowed Fund. The fund will benefit financially disadvantaged undergraduates studying mechanical engineering at NUS.

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27 October 2017

A/Prof Ernest Chua wins IChemE Energy Award 2017

Image: A/Prof Ernest Chua and the IChemE Energy Award 2017.

In recognition of his research effort and contribution to Energy and Sustainability, Associate Professor Ernest Chua Kian Jon was conferred the ‘IChemE Energy Award’ at the IChemE Singapore Awards 2017 on 19 October 2017.

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16 October 2017

Smart utilities plant for the tropics

The eco-friendly system harvests waste energy and is suitable for building clusters and underground cities.

Developed by NUS ME research team led by Associate Professor Ernest Chua, the novel system could pave the way for a more environmentally friendly and cost-effective way of producing key essentials for daily living – electricity, water, air-conditioning and heat. It is suitable for housing and building clusters, as well as underground cities, especially those in the tropics.

(Straits Times article:

7 August 2017

NUS Bumblebee Autonomous Systems team places 3rd at annual international Robosub Competition

Image: (from left to right) Associate Professor Ernest Chua Kian Jon, Professor Chou Siaw Kiang and Dr Md Raisul Islam

Congratulations to our Bumblebee Autonomous Systems team for their hard work and dedication in representing Singapore and placing third in the 20th Annual International Robosub Competition held in San Diego, USA!

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27 July 2017

NUS ME researchers win Best Paper Award at the World Engineers Summit on Low Carbon Cities and Urban Energy

Image: (from left to right) Associate Professor Ernest Chua Kian Jon, Professor Chou Siaw Kiang and Dr Md Raisul Islam

Associate Professor Ernest Chua Kian Jon and team, comprising Professor Chou Siaw Kiang and Dr Md Raisul Islam from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, were conferred the Best Paper Award at the recent “World Engineers Summit – Applied Energy Symposium and Forum”  held at Suntec City (18 – 21 July 2017), Singapore.  The third biennial conference showcases the latest research findings and engineering innovations in support of a low carbon future and sustainable development. Recognised globally for their research endeavours on membrane and adsorbent dehumidification for air conditioning applications in the tropics, their award-winning paper describes the development of a hybrid solution that markedly improves air dehumidification.

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26 July 2017

NUS launches $18m Centre for Additive Manufacturing (AM.NUS)

Image: (Screenshots from Youtube video – see link below.)

We are proud to announce the launch of the NUS Centre for Additive Manufacturing (AM.NUS). Supported by NUS, NAMIC and EDB, the S$18 million Centre will leverage NUS’ expertise from the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Faculty of  Engineering, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Dentistry and School of Design and Environment to develop and apply ground-breaking 3D-printing technology in biomedical and healthcare fields.

AM.NUS will also work with industry partners to develop and transfer 3D-printing technologies for biomedical applications.

Hear what Professor Jerry Fuh, the Co-Director of AM.NUS, Thrust Lead of Restorative Repair & Implants, from NUS Mechanical Engineering has to say about AM.NUS in this video:

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Click here for the The Straits Times article.

24 July 2017

(NED Special) A/Prof Lee Kim Seng shares about his aquaponics system and his views on Engineering on Channel 8's Hello Singapore

Image: (Screenshot from Channel 8 Hello Singapore programme) Associate Professor Lee Kim Seng during the interview.

As part of National Engineers’ Day, Channel 8’s Hello Singapore invited two professors from NUS Engineering for a live TV interview – Assoc Prof Lee Kim Seng from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Asst Prof Tan Swee Ching from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. During the interview, A/Prof Lee Kim Seng’s shared with the hosts the workings of his aquaponics project with his FYP students, as well as his views on how Engineering has and will continue to impact society, as well as its prospects.

Click here to watch the full interview (in mandarin). (From 23:12 onwards.)

30 June 2017

NUS ME-LTA project on noise barriers wins Merit Award at MND R&D Awards 2017

Image: Associate Professor Lee Heow Pueh (second from left) and Associate Professor Lim Kian Meng (third from left) with the award.

Inspired by several things, including an owl’s silent flight, a collaborative project by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) had developed a new noise barrier design that reduces noise by up to 30 per cent.

The innovation clinched a merit award at the Minister for National Development’s Research & Development Award, given out by National Development Minister Lawrence Wong on Thursday morning (June 29).

NUS ME Associate Professors Lee Heow Pueh and Lim Kian Meng worked with LTA on this project, which spanned 1.5 years. The noise barriers has been implemented at the East Coast stretch of the Thomsom-East Coast Line construction sites, and LTA plans to implement the new design at its future work sites.

Click here for the Straits Times article to find out more.

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6 June 2017

Students try their hand at urban farming in Singapore

Image: Associate Professor Lee Kim Seng (first from right) and his three final-year project students (from left) Kibria Shah, Lim Zi Xiang and Boo Jia Yan with their aquaponics system.

Associate Professor Lee Kim Seng and his three final year project students were featured in the Straits Times for their aquaponics setup at the Eng Kong Cheng Soon community garden in Lorong Kismis. Aquaponics combines aquaculture, the raising of edible fish, with hydroponics, growing vegetables without soil. This hybrid setup by the students combines two of the three common methods of setting up an aquaponics system, allowing the students to grow a wider variety of plants. The system has also yielded about 6kg of vegetables, such as butterhead lettuce, spring onion and Chinese cabbage, in the past two months.

Click here for the Straits Times article to find out more.

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1 June 2017

A/Prof Manoj Gupta presented with Mahatma Gandhi Samman (Award) by NRI Welfare Society (India)

Image: Associate Professor Manoj Gupta (left) receiving his award from His Excellency Philippe Le Gall, High Commissioner of Seychelles to India (centre) and Deepak Singh (Convener, NRI Welfare Society of India)(right).

Associate Professor Manoj Gupta was presented with the Mahatama Gandhi Samman (Award) by His Excellency Philippe Le Gall (High Commissioner of Seychelles), on 27 May 2017, during the Global Indian Conclave on International Economic Development event held in Bangkok, Thailand. The award is conferred by the NRI Welfare Society, which is based in India, and chooses 30 individuals of Indian origin from all over the world who are doing well in their field of work. (NRI: Non-Resident Indian)

18 May 2017

NUS Formula SAE team races to No. 14 worldwide

Image: The NUS FSAE team at the recent annual Formula SAE International Challenge in Michigan, US (10-13 May 2017).

Congratulations to the NUS Formula SAE team, who is once again in the top 15 worldwide, placing 14th worldwide (out of 120 teams)! Awesome job guys!

The team’s other achievements:

  • Rank no.3 for Marketing Presentation
  • Rank no.9 for Engineering Design
  • Rank no.7 for Acceleration
  • Rank no.12 for Fuel Efficiency

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15 May 2017

Team MechFly's flapping wing MAV takes 1st and 3rd places at Taiwan's unmanned aircraft competition

Image: Team MechFly with their flapping wing MAVs. Embedded photo shows the 1st place trophy and 3rd place plaque.

Heartiest congratulations to Team MechFly 2017! The team clinched both 1st and 3rd places in the Flapping Wing category of the Taiwan Innovative Unmanned Aircraft Design Competition (TIUADC) held at Gangshan, Taiwan on 6 May 2017.

Due to the team size limitation set by the competition organiser, Team MechFly was split into two smaller teams and both participated with similar flapping wing MAV platforms, but fabricated using different materials and techniques. The MechFly teams faced tough competition from the reigning champion team from ROC Air Force Academy (Taiwan), and trailed behind in the missions. While one of the MechFly teams had to settle for second runner-up after the final flight trial, the other MechFly team had one last chance to win the championship. The team then executed a risky strategy during their last flight trial and decided to fly through the highest score hoop repeatedly. The risk stemmed from the hoop being the smallest one, and many teams tried but failed, much less doing it repeatedly. The strategy eventually paid off thanks to the excellent piloting skill of the team captain and the exceptional stability of the flapping wing platform, and the team emerged champions! Great job guys!

More information about Team MechFly

Team MechFly is a flapping wing micro-air-vehicle competition team sponsored by Airbus, consisting of eight NUS Mechanical Engineering undergraduate students. The team designed and fabricated flapping wing MAVs from scratch, which includes an iterative design process that covers multidisciplinary knowledge like aerodynamic analysis, finite element method (FEM) analysis, computer aided design (CAD), computer aided manufacturing (CAM), fabrication and assembly, flight tests, etc.

Flapping wing is a bio-inspired solution to create small flying machines. It is known that flapping wing is aerodynamically more efficient than conventional rotary wing and fixed wing at very small scale due to the utilization of unsteady aerodynamics. However, the challenges of designing a flapping wing MAV are unsteady aerodynamic and structural optimization, electronics miniaturization, fabrication of small parts, and flight stability, of which some of these areas are still on-going research. Hence, the team has to conduct quite a lot of literature survey, and improvise along the way. The whole process is a real engineering challenge that pushes the team to the limit of their innovation and project management skills.

In March 2017, the team participated in the Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competition (SAFMC). SAFMC is the largest annual flying machine competition in Singapore since 2009, mainly participated by schools and institutions of higher learning (IHL) in Singapore. The team competed in the Unconventional Category, aiming at demonstrating one of the most unconventional and lightweight platforms in the competition. Although the team did not manage to finish the flight mission, the MechFly turned out to be the lightest platform in the competition, and the only platform that is not a multi-rotors configuration. Due to that, the team was given the Special Recognition Award, and it is the only team that was being featured on Cyberpioneer, the official news website of the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF).

On May 6, 2017, Team MechFly flew to Gangshan, Taiwan to compete in the Taiwan Innovative Unmanned Aircraft Design Competition (TIUADC). It is the first overseas competition of any NUS Flapping Wing MAV team. TIUADC is one of the largest annual flying machine competitions in the region since 2007, and it is the only one that features a Flapping Wing Category. Traditionally, the competition is attended by schools and IHL in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Occasionally, it attracts teams from Thailand, and Indonesia. In the past, there were also fixed-wing teams from Singapore. Team MechFly participated in the Flapping Wing Category. The teams were judged by their written reports, oral presentations, and flight missions. The flight missions consisted of endurance flight (the longer flight endurance, the higher the score), straight line flight (the straighter the flight trajectory, and the faster to complete the distance, the higher the score), and trajectory flight (earns scores by popping balloons and flying through hoops). All flights were conducted using remote control and must be piloted by students.

In total, Team MechFly took home the championship and second runner-up, earned the two top spots of written report and oral presentation, full points for endurance flight, and the champion team also earned full points for trajectory flight.

Kudos to Team MechFly!

Visit Team MechFly at

Students who are interested in joining the team can contact Dr. Chan Woei Leong at


10 May 2017

Fixed-wing UAV team soars higher at 2017 AIAA Design-Build-Fly competition

Image: The NUS team with their UAV at the AIAA DBF competition at Arizona, USA. (From left to right) Dr Lua Kim Boon, Daniel Sern, Alphonsus Tay, Jaryl Ling, Khaw Yew Onn, Dr Jonathan Tay, Kelvin Kang (team leader), Saw Yu De  (Not present: Dr Chan Woei Leong).

The NUS UAV team once again participated in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)’s Design-Build-Fly Competition held from 20-23 April 2017 at Tucson, Arizona, and managed to beat last year’s 32nd placing, jumping ahead 3 places to achieve a 29th placing worldwide (out of 95 teams).

Said Dr Lua Kim Boon, the team’s supervisor, “The team solved many challenges during the competition, including having to repair the UAV after it crash landed due to strong winds and its wing snapped into two. In spite of that, the team successfully completed the ground mission and all the flying missions this year, ranking 29th worldwide.”

This was despite having to juggle working on the UAV project and studying for their final exams, which started upon their return from the competition. So kudos, guys!

The NUS UAV Competition Team’s Facebook page:

24 March 2017

NUS Engineering Awards & Recognition 2017

Image: (Left) Associate Professor Ernest Chua Kian Jon; (Right) Associate Professor Karl Erik Birgersson.

The Faculty of Engineering’s Awards and Recognition Ceremony 2017 was held on 22 Mar 2017. Award recipients from NUS Mechanical Engineering include:-


Dean’s Chair

A/Prof Ernest Chua Kian Jon


Engineering Educator Award (EEA) Honour Roll

A/Prof Karl Erik Birgersson
(Inducted into the honour roll after having won the EEA thrice in AY2012/13, AY2013/14, and AY2014/15.)


Other NUS ME teaching staff who were also recognised for their efforts in enhancing student learning are:


Honours List

A/Prof Thian Eng San


Commendation List

Dr Koh Soo Jin, Adrian

A/Prof Lim Kian Meng

A/Prof Lu Wen-Feng

Prof Seah Kar Heng

A/Prof Senthil Kumar

A/Prof Tan Beng Chye, Vincent

A/Prof Teo Chiang Juay


See other NUS Engineering award recipients here.

20 March 2017

A/Prof Manoj Gupta receives Nano Award 2017 for research in nano-materials

Image: A/Prof Manoj Gupta receiving his Nano Award at the Asian Advanced Materials Congress, 11 March 2017.

Associate Professor Manoj Gupta received the Nano Award 2017 for notable and outstanding research in nano materials and nano technology, awarded by the International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM). He was conferred the award at the Asian Advanced Materials Congress (ASAMC), organized by IAAM and held from 11 to 16 March 2017 onboard the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship cruising from Singapore.


3 March 2017

A/Prof Manoj Gupta receives "Best Written Paper" award in "Composite Materials" discipline at the 17th Australian International Aerospace Congress (AIAC)

Image: (pending)

NUS ME Associate Professor Manoj Gupta received the “Best Written Paper” award in the “Composite Materials” discipline, for the paper titled “An Insight into High Performance Magnesium Alloy/Nano-Metastable-Syntactic Composites”, at the 17th Australian International Aerospace Congress (AIAC) held on 26 Feb – 2 Mar 2017, at Melbourne, Australia. The paper is co-written by Associate Professor Manoj Gupta, and PhD students Gururaj Parande and Vyasaraj Manakari.


20 January 2017

A/Prof Manoj Gupta receives "Bharat Ratna Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Excellence Award"

Image: NUS ME Associate Professor Manoj Gupta being presented with his “Bharat Ratna Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Excellence Award” by Former Speaker Lok Sabha Meira Kumar, in the presence of Bisham Narain Singh, Former Cabinet Minister, Government of India and Ex-Governor of Tamil Naidu and Andhra Pardesh, Vaid Parkash, Member AICC and Kavinder Gupta, Speaker, J&K Legislative Assembly.

NUS ME Associate Professor Manoj Gupta was awarded with the prestigious “Bharat Ratna Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Excellence Award” in a glittering ceremony held at the India International Centre, New Delhi, on 14 January 2017. The award is named after the former President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, who was an excellent scientist, researcher and champion for the poor.

The award is managed by The India International Friendship Society (IIFS), and is conferred to successful meritorious individuals of Indian origin who have specialized in various fields such as science and technology, education, industry, fine arts, politics and social work.

13 January 2017

A/Prof Palani Balaya to serve on International Committee of Engineering Ceramics Division, American Ceramic Society

Image: NUS ME Associate Professor Palani Balaya.

At the invitation of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS), Associate Professor Palani Balaya will serve on the International Committee of the Engineering Ceramics Division (ECD) of ACerS. His term will run from December 2016 to October 2018.

10 January 2017

PhD students place 2nd at Soft Robot Challenge

Image (top to bottom): The NUS team with their 2nd place certificates, for the Innovative Technology segment, and the Robot Speed segment respectively.

The Second Soft Robot Workshop and Challenge, organized by the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Zhejiang University, was held on 24-25 December 2016 in Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China.

Soft robotics has been an intriguing topic in recent years due to its effective and harmonious interaction with the environment. Soft robotics is also a multi-disciplinary area which involves material science, mechanics, chemical engineering, control, computer science etc. This workshop and challenge attracted faculty members and students from Zhejiang University, Peking University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Harbin Institute of Technology and the National University of Singapore.

As part of the workshop programme, Assistant Professor Zhu Jian made a presentation to introduce the soft robots developed in his group. The soft robot challenge on the second day was divided into two segments, a robot speed segment and an innovative technology segment.

During the robot speed segment, PhD student Cao Jiawei presented a worm-like soft robot based on dielectric elastomer actuators and placed second.

The innovative technology segment’s objective was to demonstrate innovative soft actuators or sensors which could have potential applications in soft robots. PhD student Qin Lei presented a novel soft electroadhesion actuator with potential to be used in soft climbing robots and soft grippers. He placed second as well.

Good work, guys!

16 December 2016

A/Prof Francis Tay and team wins Best Paper Award at International Conference of Mechanical Engineering

Image (top to bottom): Associate Professor Francis Tay receiving the award at the conference; the award certificate.

The winning paper, titled “Large Scale Fabrication of Self-Powered Sensor Array Using Low-Cost Roll-to-Roll UV Embossing”, was co-authored by Dr Lokesh Dhakar, Associate Professor Lee Chengkuo, and Associate Professor Francis Tay. The award was presented to A/Prof Tay at the TSME-ICoME 2016, the 7th Thai Society of Mechanical Engineers-International Conference on Mechanical Engineering, held on 13 -16 December 2016, at Chiang Mai, Thailand.


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:

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.

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

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!

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(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!

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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

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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:

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

If you would like to give to NUS, please visit


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.)