NUS and Autodesk Appoint Two Term Professors at NUS Engineering Design and Innovation Centre
SINGAPORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Engineering and Autodesk, Inc. today announced the appointment of two NUS-Autodesk Term Professors at the NUS Engineering Design and Innovation Centre (EDIC). They are Dr. Pang Sze Dai and Dr. Kevin Kuang Sze Chiang, Assistant Professors with the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, as well as the Design-Centric Curriculum (DCC) which is offered by EDIC.
Dr. Pang and Dr. Kuang were selected for their excellent mentorship, ability to foster interaction and teamwork among students, as well as their experience in nurturing the explorer’s spirit among students and to encourage them to think out-of-the-box. The appointments will take effect from 1 July 2012 for a term of three years.
The two Term Professors will play a leading role in the development of the DCC and will also drive integration of Engineering Design and Digital Prototyping and Visualisation technology within EDIC, in particular through DCC projects. The appointment follows a Memorandum of Understanding between NUS Faculty of Engineering and Autodesk, signed in February 2012, to further research in next-generation engineering design and education. Besides helping to develop the curriculum, the NUS-Autodesk Term Professors will also facilitate Autodesk software training and certification for the NUS Faculty of Engineering and its students. In addition, the two Term Professors will explore new applications for Autodesk software, particularly in the areas of facilitating communication, and collaborative innovation across multidisciplinary teams.
Engineering projects by DCC students in which Autodesk software is being used include the NUS FSAE (Formula Society of Automotive Engineering) racecar project, as well as the NUS Eco-car project. These flagship design projects have been hosted by the Faculty of Engineering since 2001 (FSAE racecar project) and 2006 (Eco-car project). New projects in the pipeline include the development of robotic devices to help stroke patients regain their mobility.
Dr. Pang, an expert in protective and sustainable building technologies, said: “I am looking forward to sparking students’ interest in design, taking projects from start to finish, and tackling challenges from a holistic viewpoint. As an NUS-Autodesk Term Professor, I will also be instrumental in helping instill team spirit among students from different disciplines when they work on projects, so that they are able to solve problems from multiple perspectives.”
Dr. Pang’s profile is available at http://www.eng.nus.edu.sg/civil/people/cvepsd/cvepsd.html.
Dr. Kevin Kuang is active in the research areas of smart structures, advanced composites, structural health monitoring, wireless remote sensing and sensor technology – in particular optical fibre-based sensors. For his detailed profile, please visit: http://www.eng.nus.edu.sg/civil/people/cveksck/kevin.html.
Elaborating on the significance of the NUS-Autodesk Term Professorship, Professor Tham Ming Po, EDIC Director, said: “Technology and skills in the use of professional software are important components in the design process. The two appointed Professors will be able to guide and help DCC students using Autodesk software for projects related to the three broad themes of Smart, Sustainable Cities; Engineering in Medicine; and Future Transportation Systems. These are three themes that embody issues being faced by Singapore and many other parts of the world.”
George Abraham, Head of Education for Worldwide Emerging Markets at Autodesk, added: “We are cultivating the creators of tomorrow by supporting students’ drive to conceive and communicate design ideas, and by inspiring solutions for local and global issues. Through the DCC curriculum and the two appointed Professors’ expertise, engineering students will have access to more than 20 Autodesk software products. Students will graduate with the confidence that they use the same technology as professionals around the world.”
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About National University of Singapore (NUS)
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NUS has three Research Centres of Excellence (RCE) and 22 university-level research institutes and centres. It is also a partner in Singapore’s 5th RCE. NUS shares a close affiliation with 16 national-level research institutes and centres. Research activities are strategic and robust, and NUS is well-known for its research strengths in engineering, life sciences and biomedicine, social sciences and natural sciences. It also strives to create a supportive and innovative environment to promote creative enterprise within its community.
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