Professor Lam Khin Yong is the Chief of Staff and Vice President (Research) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. His past appointments include CEO of NTU Innovation (2012 – 2013), Associate Provost for Graduate Education & Special Projects (2008 – 2011) and the Dean/Chair of the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (2006 – 2008). In his current role as Vice President (Research) and previously as Associate Provost, he continues to play a strategic role in growing NTU’s graduate and research 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 Agency for Science, Technology and Research (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 has also 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.
Professor Lam has secured total research funding in excess of $250m, 3 granted patents and research output of over 300 papers in international refereed journals with a citation count of more than 7000 and H-index of 45. For his contributions to Computational Mechanics, he received National/University Awards from NUS and the then NSTB (the predecessor of A*STAR). He was also the first academic to lead a R&D Team to win Singapore Ministry of Defence (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 plays an instrumental role 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 was involved in securing funding for the launch of the first NRF funded Corporate Lab with Rolls- Royce and more recently, for the NTU-ST Engineering Robotics ADVANCe Corporate Lab and the SMRT Smart Urban Rail Corporate Lab@NTU. He is currently a Member of the Tokyo Tech Advisory Board, Member of the Alstom International Science and Technology Committee, the Scientific Director of the Rolls-Royce@NTUCorporate Lab, the Chair of the SMRT Smart Urban Rail Corporate Lab@NTU, the Co-Chair of the NTU-ST Engineering Corporate Lab Management Board, Co-Scientific Advisory Director for the TUM-CREATE Centre on Electromobility in Megacities and Co-Chair of the Advanced Remanufacturing & Technology Centre of Singapore.