Prof. YUE Chee Yoon (茹智遠)

PhD (Materials Engineering), Monash University, Australia
B.Eng (Hons), Monash University, Australia
Executive Programme, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Visiting address
FYW-4328
Phone: +852 34428031

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Biography

Prof Yue was named in the World’s Top 2% Scientist in 2022 by Clarivate Analytics. His primary research activities are in materials science and engineering encompassing: nanocomposites, polymer science and engineering, adhesion science and technology, polymer blends, fibre reinforced composites, microfluidic devices, and 3D printing materials. His citations and H-index based on Scopus are 7042 and 45 respectively. In external research grants, he won over S$7.8M as Principal Investigator (PI) and S$11.6M as co-PI. The research outcomes of his PhD student on high-modulus water swellable elastomer composite were adopted commercially by Schlumberger Singapore.He is actively working on the commercialization of two inventions with colleagues.

Qualifications/Experiences

Professional Qualifications / Memberships

2004 – PresentFellow of Institution of EngineersSingapore
2012 – PresentFellow and Academician of Academy of EngineeringSingapore
1990 – 2013Member & Chartered Engineer of IMMMLondon, UK
1986 – 2013Senior Member of Society of Plastics EngineersUSA
1984 – 2013Member & Chartered Professional Engineer Of Institution of EngineersAustralia

 

Professional Experience

Academic

Nov 2023- present

Dean (SGS) and Chair Professor, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Oct 2021- present

Professor and Director, NUS Enterprise, NUS

Jun 1999 – Sep 2021

Professor, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore

Jan 1995 – May 1999

Associate Professor, School of MAE, NTU

Apr 1990 – Dec 1994

Senior Lecturer, School of MAE, NTU

Jan 1983 – Mar 1990

Lecturer, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Jun 2009 – May 2010

Visiting Scientist, Laboratory of Manufacturing and Productivity, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Jul 1988 – Nov 1988

Visiting Fellow, Dept. of Materials Eng., Monash University, Australia

 

Academic Leadership

Oct 2021 – present

Academic Director, NUS Enterprise Academy, NUS

Jan 2013 – Dec 2017

Associate Provost (Graduate Education), NTU

Sep 2011 – Dec 2012

Founding Dean, Interdisciplinary Graduate School, NTU

Jul 2011 – May 2012

Founding Director, Institute of Sports Research, NTU

Jun 2009 – May 2005

Dean, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, NTU

Apr 2005 – Mar 2015

Program Chair & SMA Faculty Fellow, Manufacturing Systems and Technology Program, Singapore-MIT Alliance

Apr 2000 – Mar 2005

Program Chair & SMA Faculty Fellow, Innovations in Manufacturing Systems and Technology Program, Singapore-MIT Alliance

Jan 1997 – May 1999

Assistant Director of Research, NTU

Nov 1995 – May 1999

Head of Division of Manufacturing Engineering, MAE, NTU

 

Awards and Service

He was awarded the Singapore Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2002. He is Member of Dean’s Advisory Council, Monash University Faculty of Engineering Australia, and Deputy Chairman of the Ngee Ann Polytechnic Engineering Advisory Committee, Singapore.

 

Key achievements at National University of Singapore (NUS) from 2021 - present

  1. Established the new PhD (by Innovation) degree in NUS. This new PhD track allows the thesis to be framed around an unmet technological, economic or societal need. The students in this programme would be potential entrepreneurs who would contribute to economic and societal impact. A few may go on to start their own venture capital firms, that will further fuel economic growth.
  2. Established the new Technology Access Program (TAP) which is an Executive Programme to connect corporates to NUS startups. It provides corporations privileged access to the NUS Intellectual Property portfolio. This new programme was setup within short period of 6 months.
  3. Directed, formulated and implemented new strategies to connect and collaborate with the top universities in South East Asia through the NUS Overseas College initiative.
  4. Directed the refocusing of outreach strategies for the highly successful Master of Science (Venture Creation) programme for greater diversity. As a result, there are now more students from many countries and also from South East Asia.
  5. Chairman, NUS Enterprise Academy Taskforce for reviewing and planning teaching and mentoring resources for GRIP, MSVC GRIP Lite and TAP.
  6. NUS representative, ASEAN University Network (AUN) Innovation Committee.
  7. Member, NUS Committee on Technology Enhanced Experiential Learning (TEEL).

 

Some key achievements at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore from 1990 - 2021

  1. He served in numerous leadership positions strategizing, creating, developing, and directing research and educational programmes in collaboration with many universities all over the world. His forte is in conducting detailed analysis, formulating strategies and implementing plans successfully.
  2. He was a core member of the University Vision team (2000 – 2002) comprising 7 senior university leadership members. He formulated strategies and successfully implemented changes to transform NTU from a teaching university into a world-class research-intensive university within 15 to 20 years.
  3. As Associate Provost (Graduate Education), he repositioned and repurposed the graduate office. He reformed PhD education to have elements of basic research and industrial relevance. He spearheaded the establishment of 24 dual PhD degrees with top universities in Europe, Japan and South Korea. He established programmes to prepare PhD graduates to be future-ready.
  4. As Founding Dean of the NTU Interdisciplinary Graduate School, he infused interdisciplinary education post-graduate programmes across the university. This enabled NTU to produce a new batch of highly relevant and sought-after interdisciplinary graduates that were capable of tackling complex problems that confront the world.
  5. As Programme Chair in the Singapore-MIT Alliance (2000 – 2011), he gained valuable insights on what constitutes a world-class university, and benefited from institutional learning from MIT. Furthermore, he saw firsthand what made MIT so entrepreneurial. Based on these, as Dean of School, he incorporated elements of innovation and enterprise in the undergraduate curriculum. He also re-positioned undergraduate education to be nimble by incorporating market trends. He championed entrepreneurship education in NTU, instilling into students a good understanding and appreciation of entrepreneurial thinking. The focus of undergraduate education shifted from teaching to learning (i.e. developing ways to enable students to learn effectively rather that information download through lectures).
  6. Served as Member, NTU Graduate College Advisory Board (2018-2020); Mentor, NTU Leadership Academy to guide promising faculty for future leadership succession; Member, NTU Teaching Council to mentor faculty in their teaching.
  7. Served as Chair, Advisory Committee, HKUST Interdisciplinary Programs Office, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Hong Kong SAR, China from 2013 to 2015.