Temasek Defence Professor

Prof. Lui Pao Chuen

Professor Lui Pao Chuen Appointed as the Inaugural Temasek Defence Professor

Congratulations to Professor Lui for his appointment as Temasek Defence Professor! This appointment at Temasek Defence Systems Institute (TDSI) is in recognition of his outstanding and impactful scholarly accomplishments, which are internationally acknowledged. Professor Lui will take up his appointment on 1 January 2021.

TDSI aspires to be constantly on the forefront of systems thinking, systems design & improvement, and systems engineering. As a Temasek Defence Professor, Professor Lui is well suited to promote and strengthen the capability in defence systems-related cross disciplinary research in NUS, and contribute to the growing international profile and standing of the university. Commenting on the appointment, Professor Lui said:

I am delighted by the honour that NUS has conferred on me. I look forward to sharing the lessons learnt in the planning and development of defence systems to large scale systems at the national level - like Changi Airport, Tuas Mega Port and Climate Change Defences.

Widely known for his expertise in defence technology and large-scale systems engineering, Professor Lui will continue to nurture the next generation of defence scientists and systems engineers through the teaching of the Master of Defence Technology and Systems programme and short courses. Professor Yoon Soon Fatt, Director of TDSI, said:

Professor Lui brings with him deep expertise in defence technology and outstanding commitment to systems engineering and systems thinking. Under his mentorship, TDSI looks forward to further enhance strong interests in cross-disciplinary research, and to pursue collaborative opportunities with our partner universities and other institutions. I wholeheartedly welcome Professor Lui into the TDSI team.

Once again, congratulations to Professor Lui on his new appointment to the Professorship!

About Professor Lui Pao Chuen

Professor Lui retired in 2008 after serving 41 years in the Ministry of Defence and 22 years as Chief Defence Scientist. He is currently serving as adviser to the National Research Foundation, Prime Minister’s Office and adviser to six other Ministries and Government Agencies. He serves on the board of twelve research institutes and corporations. He is a member of the Changi Airport Group Executive Committee for Airport Development, member of the MPA Next Generation Port 2030 Steering Committee, member of CARTS (Committee on Autonomous Road Transport in Singapore) and member of the ERP2 Technology Advisory Panel.


National Science & Technology Medal

“For his outstanding leadership in the build up of science and technology capability for the nation and its exploitation for major systems of national impact”.

Inducted into Naval Postgraduate School Hall of Fame

“Professor Lui Pao Chuen has modernised the Singapore military, establishing an operations analysis organisation within the Ministry of Defence that focuses on information technology, systems engineering, and operations research. He also established a cooperative education program between the NPS and the National University of Singapore.”

The NPS Hall of Fame recognises the accomplishments of distinguished alumni and friends, who through the attainment of positions at the highest levels of public service, have made the greatest contributions to society, their nations and to the NPS.

Pioneer Award of International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)

"For dedicating his life to systems thinking and application, resulting in both an unparalleled impact in Singapore, and advances in the development of systems engineering around the world."

Conferred an Honorary Fellow of the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organizations

Institute of Physics of Singapore President Medal

IES the Lifetime Engineering Achievement Award

Scout distinguished service silver award from President Dr Tony Tan

Defence Technology Medal (Outstanding Service) from Ministry of Defence

Aviation Pioneer Award from the Singapore Institute of Aviation Engineers

Temasek Defence Professorship


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