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:
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:-
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:
A/Prof Thian Eng San
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
For more information on the Offshore Oil & Gas Specialisation, please click here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
(Pictures courtesy of Airbus Group.)
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
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.
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.
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!
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 email@example.com.
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/
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/.
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|
|Tan BC, Vincent|
|Commendation List||Koh SJ, Adrian|
|Lim Tee Tai|
|Loh Wai Lam|
|Seah Kar Heng|
|Tay Cho Jui|
|Teo Chiang Juay|
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Competing with 119 teams from the US and Europe, it also bagged several other accolades at the 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.)