Thursday, Oct 18, 2018

Tan Thiam Soon

President

Company
Singapore Institute of Technology

Bio

Professor Tan Thiam Soon is the President of Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT). He obtained his B. Eng in Civil Engineering from University of Canterbury and subsequently obtained his MS and PhD from California Institute of Technology. Prior to joining SIT, he was with National University of Singapore for more than 26 years and was a Professor of Civil Engineering.

Professor Tan’s main research interests are in land reclamation, deep excavation and soil improvement. Professor Tan received the ASTM’s C.A. Hogentogler Award in 2007 and the Best Research Paper Award 2008 from the Japanese Geotechnical Society. He was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2008, Minister of Transport’s Distinguished Innovation Award in 2008, Ministry of National Development’s 2015 Minister’s Award (Team) and the Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 2017.

Professor Tan is a registered Specialist Professional Engineer (Geotechnical). He is a member of the Future Economy Council and board member of SkillsFuture Singapore as well as the Land Transport Authority.

 


Education

1979 - Colombo Plan Scholarship

1979 - Bachelor of Engineering (First Class) Civil Engineering, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

1982 - Master's of Science (Civil Engineering), California Institute of Technology, United States

1985 - PhD (Civil Engineering), California Institute of Technology, United States

1990 - Institution of Engineers, Singapore, Inaugural Innovation Award (Merit) for land reclamation techniques

2007 - ASTM's 2007 Hogentogler Award

2008 - Best Research Paper Award 2008, Japanese Geotechnical Society

2008 - Minister's Innovation Award 2008, Distinguished Award, Ministry of Transport

2008 - Public Administration Medal (Silver), National Day Awards 2008

2015 - Ministry of National Development’s 2015 Minister’s Award (Team)

2017 - Public Administration Medal (Gold), National Day Awards 2017

 

Professional Membership

  • Member, International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering
  • Specialist Professional Engineer (Geotechnical Engineering), Singapore
  • Fellow, Institution of Engineers, Singapore
  • Fellow, Singapore Academy of Engineers
  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Member, Geotechnical Society of Singapore

 

Areas of Expertise

Geotechnical engineering, higher education

 

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