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​Creation of 50 new named faculty chair professorships at NTU 

Published on: 03-May-2019

At the university town hall on 26 March 2019, NTU President Prof Subra Suresh announced the creation of 50 new named faculty chair professorships as part of a major effort to recognise outstanding achievement at early, mid-career and senior faculty levels.

The initiative is part of an ambitious plan, first announced at the university town hall meeting in August 2018, to create up to 100 new term chair professorships over five years to attract, nurture and retain outstanding faculty at NTU.

Prof Suresh told the university community that following concerted efforts to realise this, NTU had benefitted from new funds from external gifts and the accompanying matching endowment that have been specifically set aside for term chair professorships for all levels of faculty ranks in NTU’s academic colleges and autonomous institutes. 

Announcing the appointment of NTU faculty to the newly-created chairs, Prof Suresh said: “NTU Singapore continues to grow in global stature and impact as a result of the remarkable accomplishments of our faculty in research, education and innovation that benefit knowledge creation, industry and society. To recognise and celebrate our faculty accomplishments, I am delighted that we have been able to more than double the number of chairs available to date at NTU.”

New mechanisms for the creation of the named professorships were established by the President’s Council, in consultation with the Advancement and Development Committee of the NTU Board of Trustees, with nominations for named chair appointments gathered from a very competitive pool of highly accomplished faculty that were carefully evaluated by the Provost’s office.  

“There are many more deserving candidates for term chairs at NTU than there are resources available to support named chair professorships. To address this issue, we are also continuing to strengthen and accelerate our efforts to raise gifts and matching endowment for named chair professorships,” he added.  

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The following are the 50 faculty members appointed to the newly-created named professorships and five others newly appointed to existing named professorships.

Full Professor Chairs:

James Best, Dean of Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine and President’s Chair in Medicine

John Chambers, President’s Chair in Cardiovascular Epidemiology 

Mary Chan, 2019 Board of Trustees Chair in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

Chan Siew Hwa, Co-Director of Energy Research Institute at NTU (ERI@N) and President’s Chair in Energy

Chen Xiaodong, President’s Chair in Materials Science and Engineering

Ralf Emmers, Dean of S Rajaratnam School of International Studies and President’s Chair in International Relations

Christine Goh, Director of National Institute of Education and President’s Chair in Education (Linguistics & Language Education) 

Balazs Gulyas, President’s Chair in Translational Neuroscience

Jimmy Hsia, Dean of Graduate College and President’s Chair in Mechanical Engineering

Benjamin Horton, Acting Chair of Asian School of Environment and President’s Chair in Earth Sciences

Robert Kennedy, Dean of Nanyang Business School and Goh Tjoei Kok Professor in Business Management (new appointment to an existing chair professorship)

Lam Khin Yong, Vice President (Research) and President’s Chair in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Ling San, Provost and Vice President (Academic) and President’s Chair in Mathematical Sciences

Joseph Liow, Dean of College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and Tan Kah Kee Chair in Comparative and International Politics (new appointment to an existing chair professorship)

Liu Hong, Chair of School of Social Sciences and Tan Lark Sye Chair in Chinese Language and Culture (new appointment to an existing chair professorship)

Luke Kang Kwong Kapathy, Chair of School of Humanities and President’s Chair in Linguistics

Subodh G Mhaisalkar, Associate Vice President (Strategy & Partnerships), Director of Energy Research Institute at NTU (ERI@N) and President’s Chair in Energy

Miao Chunyan, Chair of School of Computer Science and Engineering and President’s Chair in Computer Science 

Ng Wun Jern, President’s Chair in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Ong Yew Soon, Director of Data Science & Artificial Intelligence Research Centre@NTU and President’s Chair in Computer Science

Sam Park, President’s Chair in Strategy and International Business 

Louis Phee, Dean of College of Engineering and Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professor in Mechanical Engineering (new appointment to an existing chair professorship)

Peter Preiser, Associate Vice President (Biomedical & Life Sciences), Interim Dean of College of Science and President’s Chair in Biological Sciences

Euston Quah, Albert Winsemius Chair in Economics (new appointment to an existing chair professorship)

Upadrasta Ramamurty, President’s Chair in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering

Simon Redfern, Incoming Dean of College of Science and President’s Chair in Earth Sciences 

Daniela Rhodes, Director of NTU Institute of Structural Biology and President’s Chair in Structural Biology

Stephan Schuster, Research Director (Meta-’omics & Microbiomes) of Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE) and President’s Chair in Genomics

Shane Snyder, Executive Director of Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NEWRI) and President’s Chair in Water Technologies

Teoh Swee Hin, President’s Chair in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

Wang Rong, Chair of School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and President’s Chair in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Tim White, Associate Vice President (Infrastructure & Programmes) and President’s Chair in Materials Science and Engineering

Nikolay Zheludev, Director of Centre for Disruptive Photonic Technologies, Co-Director of Photonics Institute and President’s Chair in Physics

Early-Career and Mid-Career Faculty Chairs:  

An Bo, Associate Professor and 2019 President’s Council Chair in Computer Science and Engineering

Erik Cambria, Associate Professor and Provost’s Chair in Computer Science and Engineering

Christine Cheung, Nanyang Assistant Professor and Provost’s Chair in Medicine 

Cho Nam Joon, Associate Professor and Materials Research Society of Singapore Chair in Materials Science and Engineering

Sanjay Chotirmall, Assistant Professor and Provost’s Chair in Molecular Medicine 

Chou Meng-Hsuan, Nanyang Assistant Professor and Provost’s Chair in Public Policy and Global Affairs 

Fidel Costa, Associate Professor and Provost’s Chair in Earth Sciences 

Gao Weibo, Nanyang Assistant Professor (NRF) and Provost’s Chair in Physics

Atsushi Goto, Associate Professor and Provost’s Chair in Chemistry and Biological Chemistry 

Emma Hill, Associate Professor and Provost’s Chair in Earth Sciences 

Ho Shen Yong, Principal Lecturer and Provost’s Chair in Physics

Liu Yang, Associate Professor and 2019 University Leadership Forum Chair in Computer Science and Engineering 

Liu Zheng, Associate Professor and Materials Research Society of Singapore Chair in Materials Science and Engineering 

Luo Dahai, Nanyang Assistant Professor and Provost’s Chair in Medicine 

Nripan Mathews, Associate Professor and Provost’s Chair in Materials Science and Engineering 

Sinno Jialin Pan, Associate Professor and Provost’s Chair in Computer Science and Engineering 

Hirotaka Sato, Associate Professor and Provost’s Chair in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 

Krishna Savani, Associate Professor and Provost’s Chair in Business 

Justin Song, Nanyang Assistant Professor (NRF) and Provost’s Chair in Physics 

Suzy Styles, Nanyang Assistant Professor and Provost’s Chair in Psychology 

Teo You Yenn, Associate Professor and Provost’s Chair in Sociology 

Yong Ken Tye, Associate Professor and Provost’s Chair in Electrical and Electronic Engineering 

Click here to see the full list of all faculty appointed to named professorships at NTU.


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