Prof Lui Pao Chuen
Senior Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Advisor, National Research Foundation
Advisor, National University of Singapore
Advisor, Nanyang Technological University
Professor Lui Pao Chuen was appointed to the newly created post of Chief Defence Scientist, Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) in 1986. He retired in 2008 after serving 41 years in MINDEF and 22 years in the appointment as Chief Defence Scientist.
He graduated from the University of Singapore in 1965 with a degree in Science, majoring in Physics. In 1971, he was awarded a postgraduate fellowship by MINDEF. He elected to go to the US Naval Postgraduate School and graduated with a Master degree in Operations Research and Systems Analysis in 1973
In 1975, he was appointed Special Projects Director and was responsible for the planning, system engineering and implementation of major systems for the SAF. In 1984, he was appointed acting Director, Joint Operations and Plans Directorate of the Ministry of Defence, in additional to his appointment as Director, Special Projects Organisation. In 1986, he was made Senior Director to set up the Defence Material Organization with the amalgamation of the Material Management Organization and the Special Projects Organization. He was also appointed to the newly created post of Chief Defence Scientist.
Prof Lui was on the board of directors of various Government-linked-companies, Government agencies and universities. Currently, he is holding several board appointments including the Director of Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited since 2004, Chairman of Singapore Technologies Dynamics Private Limited since 2000, Chairman of Sembcorp Design and Construction Private Limited since 2006, and Director of Singapore Technologies Kinetic since 2008. He is also a board member of several agencies and institutes including the Tropical Marine Science Institute and CRISP in NUS since 1996, NUS High School Board of Governors since 2006, Executive Committee for Environmental and Water Technologies since 2006 and Public Utilities Board since 2007, member of Governing Board, Centre of Quantum Technologies, NUS since 2007 and member of the Economic Development Board since 2008.
Prof Lui is an Adjunct Professor of the Faculty of Engineering in NUS since 1990 and recently the College of Engineering in NTU since 2007. He is the Senior Advisor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2004 and the Advisor of National Research Foundation since it started in 2006. He was appointed Chairman Project Evaluation Panel, Environment & Water Industry Development Council in 2006 and Chairman Technical Board, Environment Technology Research Programme in 2009
He was elected to the Academic Council of INCOSE (International Council on Systems Engineering) in 2007. He was recently also appointed Senior Advisor on Systems and Technology to the President in NTU and a Special Advisor to the Office of the President in NUS in 2007. He was appointed as Adviser to the President, Stevens Institute, Innovation and Technology, advisor, JTC Corporation, adviser to Singapore Land Authority and Consultant to Singapore Power in 2008. He was appointed as technology adviser to the Land Transport Authority, Expert Advisor to Ministry of Transport, adviser to the Building and Construction Authority, member of the Board of Trustees, Singapore University of Technology and Design and member of the Board of Civil Service College in 2009. He was appointed by the Ministry of finance to chair the Development Projects Advisory Panel and by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports to chair the evaluation panel for the Silver Community Test Bed Programme in 2010. He was appointed by the Board of Trustees of the Singapore University of technology and design to be Chairman of the Board’s Academic and Research Committee in 2010.
Prof Lui was recipient of a number of awards in the public service sector. He received the SAF Good Service Medal in 1975, The Public Administration Silver Medal (Silver) in 1979, The Public Administration Gold Medal in 1992 and the Long Service Award in 1997 for his 30 years of service in Singapore. He was appointed The Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star in Sweden in 1994. In 2000 he was appointed Senior Fellow the US Naval Postgraduate School and was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2002. He was inducted into the Naval Postgraduate School Hall of Fame. Prof Lui received a Teaching Excellence Award by Faculty of Engineering in NUS and the National Science & Technology Medal in 2002. He also received the Distinguished Science Alumni Award and Outstanding Service Award in 2005 and 2007 respectively from NUS. He was elected to be an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Singapore in 2008 and received the INCOSE (International Council on Systems Engineering) Pioneer award in 2009. He was made an Honorary Member of the International Honor Society for Systems Engineering Omega Alpha Association in 2010.