|Professor Lam Khin Yong is the Chief of Staff at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and his key responsibility is to assist the President and Provost by ensuring that decisions made by senior academic leaders are well implemented. Prior to his current appointment, he was the Associate Provost for Graduate Education & Special Projects from 2008 to 2011 and the Dean/Chair of the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from 2006 to 2008. As Associate Provost, he had strategically grown NTU’s graduate programmes, including spearheading joint PhD programmes with top universities overseas.
Professor Lam has held many key academic, research and administrative appointments. These include his appointment as Founding Director of the Centre for Computational Mechanics and the NUS-MINDEF Underwater Shock Laboratory. In addition, he was the Program Director of the IHPC-MINDEF High Performance Computing Centre. He was also the Founding Executive Director of the Institute of High Performance Computing and the Founding Executive Director of the A*Star Graduate Academy.
As Executive Director of A*Star Graduate Academy, he initiated PhD training collaborations between A*Star and universities including NTU, NUS, Karolinska Institutet, Imperial College London, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Dundee, Carnegie Mellon University and University of Cambridge.
In addition, he held directorship positions in the then NSTB and A*Star Holding companies including as Director of ETPL Investment Pte Ltd and KRDL Holdings Pte Ltd. Professor Lam was also the Technical Advisor to Executive Chairman of ETPL, Program Advisor for the High Performance Computation Program at 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.
For his contributions to Computational Mechanics, he received National/University Awards from NUS and the then NSTB. He was also the first academic to lead a R&D Team to win the MINDEF Defence Technology Prize for contributions in Underwater Shock Technology.
He obtained his first degree in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College and his Masters and PhD degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also attended the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. Given his extensive experience in pioneering and leadership roles, Professor Lam is instrumental in positioning NTU in the Campus for Research Excellence And Technological Enterprise (CREATE), an initiative under the National Research Foundation, which brings together world-class international research universities, corporations, Singapore-based universities and research institutions to collaborate and work together. He is also the Co-Scientific Advisory Director for the TUM-CREATE Centre on Electromobility in Megacities.