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National Day Awards 2021: SUTD Recipients including Public Administration Medal (Gold) for SUTD President Prof Chong Tow Chong

The Singapore National Day Awards (NDA) are a means of recognising various forms of merit and long service to the nation. This year, a total of 5,710 individuals received National Day Honours, including eight staff members from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and three pioneer members of the SUTD Board of Trustees.

SUTD President Prof Chong Tow Chong received the Public Administration Medal (Gold). Prof Chong played a vital role in growing the University as founding Provost from 2009 till 2018, and he continues to lead as SUTD President today.

SUTD recipients of the National Day Awards 2021:

  • Public Service Star (Bar) - Mrs Fang Ai Lian (PBM), Pioneer member of SUTD Board of Trustees (former), Chairman, MediShield Life Council

  • Public Service Star - Mr Philip Antony Jeyaretnam, Pioneer member of SUTD Board of Trustees (former), Former Chairman, Maxwell Chambers Private Ltd

  • Public Administration Medal (Gold) - Professor Chong Tow Chong, President

  • Public Administration Medal (Silver) - Mr Poon King Wang, Senior Director, Strategic Planning and Director, Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities

  • Public Administration Medal (Bronze) - Associate Professor Yow Wei Quin, Associate Head of Cluster (Research), Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)

  • Commendation Medal - Ms Zerlina Tay, Deputy Director, Marketing & Communications

  • Commendation Medal - Ms Angelvin Chee Parma, Deputy Director, Career Development Centre

  • Public Service Medal - Ms Low Sin Leng, Pioneer member of SUTD Board of Trustees (current), Chairperson, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts

  • Efficiency Medal - Mr Tommy Lee, Senior Manager, Human Resources & Organization Development

  • Long Service Medal - Mr Allan Chan, Deputy Director, Undergraduate Studies

  • Long Service Medal - Dr Andrew Yoong Cheah Huei, Senior Research Fellow, iTrust

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President*s Design Award 2020 - AirMesh Pavilion (Design of the Year)

The AirMesh Pavilion has been awarded Design of the Year at the President*s Design Award 2020. One of the world’s first fully functional 3D printed space frame structures, the AirMesh Pavilion is designed by the Architectural Intelligence Research Lab (AirLab) at SUTD, led by Assistant Professor Carlos Banon from the Architecture and Sustainable Design (ASD) pillar. 

“AirMesh Pavilion and the technology behind it put Singapore firmly at the forefront of global additive manufacturing of complex structures. The pavilion is an emphatic proof of concept and the first in the world to be made out of 3D printed stainless steel components.” – extracted from the jury citation

The AirMesh Pavilion has multiple bespoke components but can be assembled in just two days. This is possible with technology, which automates the design process – based on specified geometry, the parametric script calculates and generates designs of nodes and bars which are sent directly to the 3D printer. The construction sequence is also simplified by integrating as many components as possible into each node and bar, which are assembly-ready as far as possible.

Established in 2006, the President*s Design Award is Singapore’s highest honour for designers and designs across all disciplines.

Golden A' Design Award in 2020 – 2021 3D Printed Forms and Products Design Award Category

The AI Table has been granted the Golden A' Design Award in the 3D Printed Forms and Products Design Category. It is designed and created by AIRLAB co-directors Assistant Professor Carlos Banon from the Architecture and Sustainable Design (ASD) pillar and Associate Prof Felix Raspall (Adolfo Ibáñez University), together with 3 SUTD ASD alumni - Jonathan Ng Ming-En, Natalie Chen Mei Qing and Muhammad Syahid Bin Mustapa.

At first glance, the filigree, interwoven structures serving as table legs may look fragile, but in fact they are fully equal to a solid construction in terms of stability. This is achieved using AI-assisted design and 3D pattern printing combined with traditional metal casting technologies.

Find out more at the AI Table design details page.

Resources, Conservation & Recycling 2020 Best Paper Award 

Co-authored by Associate Prof Arlindo Silva (Engineering Product Development), Associate Prof Lynette Cheah (Engineering Systems and Design), Mohit Arora (SUTD PhD alumni) and Associate Prof Felix Raspall (Universidad Adolfo Ibanez), ‘Buildings and the circular economy: Estimating urban mining, recovery and reuse potential of building components’ won the 2020 Best Paper Award for the Resources, Conservation & Recycling journal. Among the 501 papers published in 2020, three papers were selected for this award.
The selection for the Award was based on criteria like rigour, novelty, importance and presentation.
Citation: Arora, M., Raspall, F., Cheah, L., Silva, A., Buildings and the Circular Economy: Estimating Urban Mining, Recovery and Reuse Potential of Building Components. Resources, Conservation & Recycling 154 (2020) 104581. (

IEEE Fellow Class of 2021 – Associate Professor Yuen Chau

For his contributions to energy efficient wireless communications, Associate Professor Yuen Chau has been elevated to IEEE Fellow, Class of 2021.

Associate Prof Yuen, a faculty with the Engineering Product Development pillar, was also awarded the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) Distinguished Lecturer (DL) and IEEE VTS Singapore Chapter Outstanding Service Award in 2020 and 2019 respectively.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the world’s largest technical professional organisation dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Less than one-tenth of one percent of the total IEEE voting membership is bestowed the prestigious honour of the IEEE Fellow each year.