Professor Tan Thiam Soon
Professor Tan Thiam Soon is the President of Singapore Institute of Technology. He used to assist the Provost in setting educational directions and policies for the National University of Singapore in ensuring high academic standards and education quality assurance. Prof Tan is currently a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His past positions include Vice-Dean for Undergraduate Programmes in the Faculty of Engineering, and later Dean of Admissions from 2005 to 2007.
Graduating from the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) in 1979 with a Colombo Plan Scholarship, Prof Tan subsequently obtained his MS and PhD from the California Institute of Technology. He joined the then Department of Civil Engineering in 1986. His main areas of research interest are land reclamation, soil improvement, soil characterisation and deep excavation. He has given keynote lectures at a number of international conferences and received the ASTM's C. A. Hogentogler Award for 2007 and the Best Research Paper Award in 2008 from the Japanese Geotechnical Society. He also has received the silver Public Administration Medal from the President of Singapore in 2008.
Prof Tan is a registered geotechnical engineer in Singapore and has been involved in numerous consulting jobs in Singapore concerning deep excavation, land reclamation and other geotechnical problems. He is a Director of the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board, and a Director of NUS High School of Math & Science.
On August 18th, 2011, Professor Tan Thiam Soon was appointed as a member of the consultation committee of WFF.