Professor Lam Khin Yong
Chief of Staff and Vice President (Research) | Nanyang Technological University Singapore
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 previous role as Associate Provost, he played 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 3 granted patents and research output of over 280 papers in international refereed journals with
a citation count of more than 6500 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 Singapore Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) Defence Technology Prize for contributions in Underwater Shock
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. Recently, he was recognised with an Honorary Chair Professorship award from Asia
University, Taiwan and an honorary professorship diploma from Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU),
Russia. He is also a visiting professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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 [email protected] He is currently the Management Advisory Board Co-Chair of the [email protected]
Corporate Lab, Co-Chair of the SMRT Smart Urban Rail Corporate [email protected], Co-Chair of the NTU-Delta
Corporate Lab, 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.