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Faculty/Staff Achievements

Winner of InnovPlus Challenge – June 2020

Dr Bina Rai, Senior Lecturer with the Science, Mathematics and Technology cluster, led the winning team at the InnovPlus Challenge June 2020. Partnering with Serious Games Asia Pte Ltd and FXMedia Internet Pte Ltd, the SUTD team was presented the Flame Award, securing a S$200,000 grant to develop an Immersive Technology in a Training & Assessment Platform (I-TAP) prototype to trial with actual learners.

Organised by iN.LAB of the Institute for Adult Learning (IAL), this half-yearly competition seeks to provide a platform for organizations, learning experts and technology partners to collaborate and present innovative, feasible and scalable solutions to real learning challenges faced by the industry.


World’s 50 Most Renowned Women in Robotics

Assistant Professor Malika Meghjani
, with the Information Systems Technology and Design pillar, has been named one of the world’s 50 most renowned women in robotics by Analytics Insight in its June 2020 special edition. This special edition recognises the top dynamic women in the robotics industry who are leading their way to unprecedented excellence.

Analytics Insight is an influential platform dedicated to insights, trends and opinions from the world of data-driven technologies.

Professor Ricky Ang Elected as Fellow of IOP

Professor Ricky Ang, Head of the Science, Mathematics and Technology Cluster, has been awarded fellowship of the Institute of Physics (IOP), recognising his position as a leading physics professional who is progressing the future of physics.
Founded in 1874, IOP is a United Kingdom - based learned society and professional body that works to advance physics education, research and application.

The IEEE Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Prize 

Professor Tony Quek (Head of Pillar, ISTD) together with his PhD student, Dr Thinh Quang Dinh, were awarded the 2020 IEEE Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Prize for their excellent paper 'Offloading in Mobile Edge Computing: Task Allocation and Computational Frequency Scaling'.

Dr Thinh graduated from the SUTD PhD programme in January this year.

7th S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore

Professor Chan Heng Chee, Chair of the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities at Singapore University of Technology and Design, has been appointed the 7th S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore (Academic Year 2019/20). Professor Chan is also Ambassador-at-Large with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chair of the Board of Trustees at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

To recognise the contributions of the late Mr S R Nathan who dedicated his life to public service and the advancement of Singapore, the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) established the S R Nathan Fellowship for the Study of Singapore in 2013.

Past S R Nathan Fellows include Professor Tan Tai Yong, President and Professor of Humanities (History) at Yale-NUS College, as well as Dr Cheong Koon Hean, CEO of the Housing and Development Board.

Singapore Good Design (SG Mark) 2020

Three SUTD designs were awarded the Singapore Good Design (SG Mark) 2020, under the categories of Architecture, Experience Design and Interior Design. Other categories include Product, Digital Solution, Branding, and a SG Mark 2020 Special Category for Sustainable Design.

Organised by Design Business Chamber Singapore (DBCS), the SG Mark’s overarching goal is to impact businesses, improve quality of life of different communities (individuals, corporations and countries) and influence culture. In its 8th year running, a total of 66 projects were awarded this year.


AIRMESH : 3D Printed Stainless-Steel Space
AIRLAB SUTD (Carlos Banon and Felix Raspall)
Assistant Professor Carlos Banon, ASD
Client: Gardens by the Bay

Experience Design

Design Odyssey
SUTD-MIT International Design Centre

Interior Design

Timescapes : SUTD 10th Anniversary Time Capsule
AIRLAB SUTD (Carlos Banon and Felix Raspall)
Assistant Professor Carlos Banon, ASD


AIRLAB and AirMesh Shortlisted for INDE.Awards

The AIRLAB (Architectural Intelligence Research Lab) and the AirMesh have been shortlisted for the 2020 INDE.Awards, under the categories of ‘The Design Studio’ and ‘The Influencer’ respectively.

A total of 10 designs have been shortlisted for The Influencer, which celebrates truly iconic designs; while 12 design studios across the region have been shortlisted for The Design Studio.

The AirMesh, developed by AIRLAB at Singapore University of Technology and Design, is the first 3D printed structure approved for temporary occupation in Singapore by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA). Located at Gardens by the Bay, the pavilion reinterprets a traditional Chinese lantern and lights up in dynamic colour gradients.

Lead architects, Assistant Professor Carlos Banon and Felix Raspall are also the co-founders of AirLab.

Bronze Medal at the Axiom Business Book Awards

Sixteen Shades of Smart, a book published by the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities (LKYCIC), SUTD together with IMD Business School, was awarded the bronze medal under the Business Intelligence/Innovation category at the Axiom Business Book Awards 2020, the largest and most respected guidepost for business books in today’s new world of publishing.

The book contains case studies of sixteen cities from different regions in the world, discussing how these cities are adopting smart technologies to deal with urban challenges. The pioneering and collaborative research focused on five key areas: health & safety, mobility, activities (including environmental and cultural), opportunities (including educational and professional), and governance in a digital environment. LKYCIC undertook the research and writing on the Asia-Pacific cities in SUTD.