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SUTD Names Research Fellowship After Professor Chan Heng Chee, Founding Chair of the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities

10 Nov 2021

In recognition of her dedication and contributions as founding Chair of the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities (LKYCIC), the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) held an appreciation event for Professor Chan Heng Chee, Ambassador-at-Large with the Singapore Foreign Ministry, on 10 November 2021 which was attended by members of the SUTD Board of Trustees (BOT), faculty and staff.
 
The LKYCIC was established in 2012 with a mission to understand how technology, harnessing social science, can provide innovation in urban solutions with effective policy frameworks. Under the leadership of Professor Chan during her tenure as founding Chair, the LKYCIC has secured more than $35M of research funding and a wide range of stakeholders, both local and overseas. Today, the LKYCIC has grown into a centre with 36 research staff and 16 affiliated faculty drawn from the interdisciplinary pillars of SUTD.
 
Professor Chan expressed her gratitude to fellow colleagues, “the Centre’s development is not my work alone. It is not just Chan Heng Chee. Without my very hard working and committed colleagues and the team of researchers we would not be where we are today.”
 
SUTD President, Professor Chong Tow Chong also announced the launch of the Chan Heng Chee Research Fellowship. “We have named this new Fellowship after Prof Chan, in recognition of her years of dedicated service and contribution to Singapore, the public service, and to SUTD and LKYCIC,” shared Professor Chong.
 
The Fellowship will be awarded to outstanding postdoctoral candidates in urban planning, engineering, architecture, computer science, or any research area relevant to SUTD. Successful applicants will be mentored by experienced senior faculty at the LKYCIC, or at any of SUTD’s pillars of study. He or she will also have the opportunity to collaborate with researchers in LKYCIC and contribute to wide ranging interdisciplinary research on cities. The Research Fellowship will be tenable for up to two years.
 
While Professor Chan has stepped down from her role as LKYCIC Chair, she continues her work as a professor at LKYCIC. Former HDB CEO, Professor Cheong Koon Hean has taken as LKYCIC Chair from 14 June 2021.