Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Prof Lam Khin Yong

Senior Vice President (Research)
Professor, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Prof Lam Khin Yong

Professor Lam Khin Yong guides NTU’s university-wide research and its implementation as Vice President (Research), a position he has held since 1 May 2014.

He was previously NTU’s Acting Provost (March – December 2017), Chief of Staff (2011 – 2017), Acting CEO of NTU Innovation (2012 – 2013), Associate Provost for Graduate Education & Special Projects (2008 – 2011), and Dean/Chair of the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (2006 – 2008).

He has been a driver of NTU’s collaborations with major industry and academic partners, including the setting up of corporate labs on campus with Rolls-Royce, ST Engineering, SMRT, Delta and Singtel.

In his previous role as Chief of Staff, he oversaw the operations of the President’s Office. As Associate Provost, he played a strategic role in growing NTU’s graduate and research programmes and spearheaded joint PhD programmes with top universities globally, including the Technical University of Munich, the University of Cambridge and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has also contributed to NTU’s world-class positioning within the National Research Foundation’s Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE) initiative since 2007.

Before joining NTU, he was the Founding Director of the NUS Centre for Computational Mechanics and the NUS-MINDEF Underwater Shock Laboratory, Programme Director of the IHPC-MINDEF High Performance Computing Centre, Founding Executive Director of the Institute of High Performance Computing and Founding Executive Director of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) Graduate Academy.

In addition, he has held directorship positions in the then NSTB and A*STAR Holding companies as Director of ETPL Investment and KRDL Holdings. Professor Lam was also the Technical Advisor to the Executive Chairman of ETPL, Programme Advisor for the High Performance Computation Programme of the Singapore-MIT Alliance (SMA) and Deputy Director of SMA. He worked with the MD of A*STAR and Executive Chairman of ETPL to set up the Managing Director Office and ETPL at A*STAR.

Professor Lam has five patents and a research output of over 300 papers in international refereed journals with a citation count of more than 6,500 and an H-index of 45. In 2017, he was awarded the French National Order of the Legion of Honour (Chevalier) for advancing research between Singapore and France. He has also received the Honorary Professorship Diploma award, the highest honour and recognition from Lomonosov Moscow State University, as well as an Honorary Chair Professorship awarded by Asia University, Taiwan, in recognition of his research achievements and the links that he had established with the industry. He was also the first academic to lead a research team to win the national Defence Technology Prize.

He chairs various steering and governance committees, including the NTU-Delta Corporate Lab Steering Committee and the NTU-ST Engineering Corporate Lab Management Board, among others.

He obtained his BSc with First Class Honours in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London and his Master’s and PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Research Interests
Computational mechanics, Development of refined meshless (element-free)techniques. Smart materials modelling for active control. Computational nanoscience/BioMEMS/Hydrogels. Multiscale simulations. Computational methods in engineering.
Current Projects
  • Monetary Academic Resources for Research
  • NTU-PKU Joint Research Institute Research Projects
  • Research on Improving Business Environment for Guangzhou Development District and Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City
Selected Publications
  • Zhixin Zhan, Hua Li, KY Lam. (2019). Development of a novel fatigue damage model with AM effects for life prediction of commonly-used alloys in aerospace. International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, 155, 110-124.
  • Zhixin Zhan, Hua Li, KY Lam. (2019). A Novel Fatigue Damage Model for Life Prediction of Aerospace Metal Materials Fabricated by Additive Manufacturing. 10th International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies (ICMAT) 2019.

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