Prof. Khin Yong La
Pofessor Lam Khin Yong is the Chief of Staff and Vice President (Research) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). His past appointments include CEO of NTU Innovation from 2012-2013, Associate Provost for Graduate Education & Special Projects from 2008 to 2011 and the Chair of School of Mechanical & 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.
Professor Lam has secured total research funding in excess of $250m, 3 granted patents and research output of over 270 papers in international refereed journals with a citation count of more than 6000 and H-index of 43. 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 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. 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@NTU Corporate Lab, 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, Executive Director of IPI Limited and Co-Chair of the Advanced Remanufacturing & Technology Centre of Singapore.