Tan Eng Chye

President, National University of Singapore

1985, Bachelor’s in Mathematics National University of Singapore; 1989, PhD, Yale University. 1985, joined National University of Singapore, Singapore’s flagship higher education institution and one of Asia’s top universities, as a Faculty Member, Department of Mathematics; 2003, Dean of the Faculty of Science; 2007, Deputy President, Academic Affairs, and Provost; seeded many initiatives, such as the University Scholars Programme, University Town Residential College Programme, Grade-free Year, and Technology-enhanced Education; 2006, Professor; research interests are in the representation theory of lie groups and lie algebras, and invariant theory and algebraic combinatorics; currently, 5th President and 23rd leader of the National University of Singapore. Former President: Singapore Mathematical Society; South East Asian Mathematical Society.Has been invited to speak at conferences worldwide. Has published more than 20 articles in internationally-refereed journals and conference proceedings. Co-authored three books on mathematics, including a well-known graduate text on non-Abelian harmonic analysis. Recipient: University Teaching Award for Innovative Teaching (1998); University and Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards; Public Administration Medal (Gold) at Singapore’s National Day Awards (2014). He was awarded the Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal, which honours exceptional alumni in the areas of scholarship, teaching, academic administration and public service, by Yale University in 2018. Prof Tan was also conferred an Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Southampton in 2018 in recognition of his achievements as “an innovative and exceptional teacher, and then as a distinguished and respected leader in academia”.

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