Welcome to the Staff Awards website, where we recognise and celebrate the achievements of our faculty and staff. If you wish to share any prizes or awards received, new appointments or memberships in prestigious boards or societies, and other notable achievements in the last six months, we would love to hear from you.
Assistant Professor Andy Tay from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at NUS Faculty of Engineering has been selected by the World Economic Forum (WEF) to be in its Class of 2020 Young Scientists. The only Singaporean to be selected for the honour this year, Asst Prof Tay is one of 25 exceptional researchers from 14 countries across the world recognised for their research at the cutting edge of discovery.
The Young Scientists community was created in 2008 to convene rising-star scientists and engage them in the work of the WEF to integrate scientific knowledge into society for the public good. The community consists of extraordinary scientists from across academic disciplines and geographies – all of whom are under the age of 40.
Dr Menusha De Silva from the Department of Geography at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has won the Area Prize awarded by the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), RGS-IBG (UK). Dr De Silva clinched the Prize, which is handed out to the best article by a new researcher in RGS-IBG’s journal every year, for her article titled “Daughter” as a positionality and the gendered politics of taking parents into the field.
Formed in 1830 for the advancement of geographical science, the RGS-IBG’s prestigious medals and awards recognise excellence in geographical research and fieldwork, teaching and public engagement. They are presented annually to individuals who have made outstanding achievements.
Professor Ho Puay Peng, Head of the Department of Architecture at NUS School of Design and Environment has been appointed the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Chair on Architectural Heritage Conservation and Management in Asia on 12 May 2020.
This is the second UNESCO Chair appointment in Singapore and NUS. Prof Ho joins the ranks of over 800 international scholars in the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme, which was established since 1992, to promote international inter-university cooperation and networking to enhance institutional capacities through knowledge sharing and collaborative work. A conservation consultant, architect and adviser to some 100 conservation projects in Singapore and Hong Kong, Prof Ho also serves on multiple international committees.
Professor Joseph Ooi, Vice Dean (Academic) at NUS School of Design and Environment has been appointed the President of International Real Estate Society (IRES) 2020.
Established in 1993 to promote real estate research and education at the international level, IRES is a federation of six regional societies namely, American Real Estate Society (ARES), European Real Estate Society (ERES), Pacific Rim Real Estate Society, Asian Real Estate Society (AsRES), African Real Estate Society and Latin American Real Estate Society.
NUS Distinguished Visiting Professor Anthony Cheetham has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II of the UK, after being named in the Queen’s 2020 New Year Honours List as a Knight Bachelor — an honour that means he will receive the title of “Sir”. Prof Sir Anthony was recognised for “services to material chemistry, to UK science and to global outreach”.
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.
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.