NUS Science Dean and Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professor Shen Zuowei has been elected as a fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), a global science academy for the advancement of sciences in developing countries based in Trieste, Italy.
Thirty-six new TWAS Fellows were elected into its membership, including two mathematicians. Prof Shen will be among the global academy’s 1,278 fellows, representing over 100 countries.
TWAS, a programme unit within the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), seeks to bring together the world’s most accomplished scientists to address challenges in the developing world such as hunger, disease and poverty through research, education, policy and diplomacy.
Prof Shen is a mathematics professor of international renown. He was nominated for his fundamental contributions to wavelet and Gabor frame theory and their applications. He is a pioneer of a frame-based approach for image processing and analysis, and has developed many efficient algorithms that solve real life problems in various applications. He has also played a leadership role in promoting applied mathematics in Southeast Asia, and consistently features on the annual Highly Cited Researchers report.
“I am honoured to be elected as a fellow of TWAS,” said Prof Shen, who has been working in NUS for over 26 years and has developed his academic career at the University.
“I want to express my deep gratitude to my colleagues for their unceasing support over these years. This recognition by TWAS shows that NUS provides an excellent and stimulating environment for students and staff to excel. I hope that this will attract many talented young people to join NUS and to develop their careers here.”
Prof Shen also holds fellowships of the Singapore National Academy of Science, Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the American Mathematical Society. He has also received the National Science Award of Singapore, in 1998.