Professor Chua Chee Kai
Head of Pillar, Engineering Product Development
Cheng Tsang Man Chair Professor


Chee Kai is the Head of Pillar for Engineering Product Development at SUTD.  Prior to SUTD, he was a professor at the Nanyang Technological University for almost 3 decades, serving as Head of Division (1999-2008) and Chair (2011-2014) at the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Executive Director of the Singapore Centre for 3D Printing (2014-2019). For his service, he was awarded The Public Administration Medal (Silver) by the President of Singapore in 2014.

At SUTD, Chee Kai is also the Chair Professor for the Cheng Tsang Man Professorship where he hopes to advance both education and research for the Engineering Product Development pillar. He would like to prepare graduates for the ever-changing world and to undertake impactful research that is relevant to Singapore.

Chee Kai is an active contributor to the Additive Manufacturing (AM or 3D Printing) field for over 29 years, where his re-design of AM processes for innovative devices such as tissue engineering scaffolds are highly regarded by the scientific community. He is now active in 3D printing of electronics, food, metals and polymers.  He won the prestigious International Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Excellence (FAME) Award in 2018.  As at 2019, he has contributed more than 300 technical papers, generating more than 11,000 citations, and co-authored four books including “3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing: Principles and Applications (5th edition)” and “Bioprinting: Principles and Applications”.  In addition, he is the chief editor of “Virtual and Physical Prototyping”, as well as the chief editor of International Journal of Bioprinting”.