NTU School of Materials Science and Engineering - Celebrating 30 Years

The NTU School of Materials Science and Engineering is 30 years old! Since her inception in 1991, MSE has grown by leaps and bounds as she continues to leave an indelible mark in both Education and Research. During these three decades, MSE has been led by four former Chairs – Professor Fong Hock Sun (2000 – 2004), Professor Freddy Boey (2004 – 2010), Professor Ma Jan (2010 – 2012) and Professor Subbu Venkatraman (2012 – 2018); each leaving a legacy for the next to build upon. Professor Fong, our first Chair, was largely focused on building MSE as a Materials education institution in Singapore. Professor Boey subsequently drove MSE’s research to greater heights, putting MSE on the international arena. Professor Ma, though sadly left us before his time, strove to ensure that our teaching curriculum was industrially-relevant and our students future-ready. Professor Venkatraman, who himself has spun-off several companies from MSE, was a role model in encouraging more faculty to fly the entrepreneur flag in MSE. By this time, MSE was ranked #1 in the world based on the US News Ranking. 

While MSE had the privilege to be led by commendable leaders, her growth was also largely a result of the strong camaraderie among the faculty, research and administrative staff, without each our story would have been very different. While some of our faculty continues to educate the next generation of students, some have retired and others are leaving their marks in other universities. Our research staff have also progressed in their careers, with a substantial proportion contributing to Singapore’s economy. A reasonable number have also become faculty back in their home countries and continue to be in touch with MSE. Our administrative officers, the backstage crew – though often away from the limelight, are likened to oil in the MSE machinery. The daily operational matters, be it academic, research or students, are driven by our reliable administrative team. 

A school will not be a school without this key group of people – our students. Over the years, our students and alumni continue to make MSE proud. Each year, MSE graduates a new batch of students. Over the years, many of them have progressed into senior engineering and leadership positions in their various roles. Despite their hectic schedules and family commitments, many still return to MSE and contribute in diverse ways; some as mentors, and others as role models to our students. Without them, MSE would have been just an empty shell. Together, we have now risen further to be ranked #1 in both the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings and the US News Ranking.

While we reflect back on our achievements, MSE is also looking ahead into the future. Aligned to Singapore’s vision and economy, MSE continues to integrate new courses into our programme – e.g., Artificial Intelligence. MSE has also moved into agri-food and sustainable materials as part of our nation’s efforts in growing this capability. At the same time, MSE continues to attract the best faculty and students in Singapore and across the globe. We are confident that Materials Science will play an even bigger role as we move towards a healthier living and more sustainable future! Together as a team, we are ready to do our part to build a better future for the current generation and the generations to come!

Please join us in commemorating our 30th Anniversary as we join hands in bringing MSE to even greater heights!


MSE Management Team (2021)

MSE's 30th Anniversary - Virtual Celebration on 3 March 2022

Celebrating MSE’s 30 Years of Research and Academic Excellence
On 3 March 2022, the School of Materials Science and Engineering, NTU Singapore, commemorated its 30th anniversary (1991-2021) with a virtual celebration. The virtual celebration gathered friends and family of the MSE community to recollect the School’s humble beginnings from a teaching department to a world-class hub for elite Engineering education and cutting-edge research. 2021 not only witnessed the celebration of NTU’s “30 years of Momentum”, it also marked MSE’s 30 years of unprecedented growth to becoming one of the leading Materials Science and Engineering institutions in the world. MSE and NTU’s 30th anniversaries in 2021 exemplify the uniformed pursuit of academic and research excellence, and in many ways, they embody the “OneNTU” spirit in achieving NTU’s 2025 strategic goals.

Message from NTU President Professor Subra Suresh

Message from Professor Louis Phee, Dean, College of Engineering

Message from Professor Lam Yeng Ming, Chair, MSE

MSE30 – Milestones

MSE30 – Hear from our graduates

Messages of Congratulations and Well-wishes for MSE’s 30th Anniversary

MSE's 30th Anniversary Commemorative Video

Let us walk you down memory lane starting from 1991 when MSE was known as the School of Applied Science to now, as the School of Materials Science and Engineering, a full-fledged engineering school. Look out for familiar faces, as we journey through our history and reflect upon the journey of MSE.

Celebrate MSE@NTU – An Active Moving Event

With 2021 marking NTU MSE’s 30th Anniversary, the School launched the first commemorative event in August 2021, Celebrate MSE@NTU – An Active Moving Event. In the fun run/walk activity held from 27 August to 26 September, participants challenged themselves to go the distance for a good cause and brought the community of MSE faculty, staff, alumni, students and their family and friends together. 

At the close of the challenge, 211 out of 291 registered participants completed at least 30 km for individual or 15 km for parent & child category. All proceeds received from the participants and sponsors will go to the MSE Advancement Fund to support student development activities and overseas exchange of financially needy students. 

MSE thanks all participants and sponsors for their participation and effort towards the success of Celebrate MSE@NTU.

Celebrate MSE@NTU – Terrarium Workshop (Online)

A terrarium-making workshop was held virtually on 20 November 2021 for the MSE community, which was attended by 67 faculty, staff, alumni and students. The terrarium kits were pre-distributed to the participants and were assembled during the workshop. The proceeds of the event went to supporting the Lions Home for the Elderly.

It was an exciting experience for the whole family to participate in the educational and fun-filled terrarium making workshop. This workshop is a great initiative to show our support to the frontline workers and elderly. – Dr Alagappan Palaniappan, Principal Research Fellow, MSE

The virtual terrarium workshop organized by MSE was really fun and engaging, from the ‘ginseng’ and soil, to making our own terrarium, it was a truly memorable one. Not only did I get to enjoy myself during the workshop, but I am also glad the proceeds will go towards supporting the Lions Home for the Elderly. Thank you MSE for the fun and meaningful event on a Saturday. – Ms Tan Pei Leng, PhD student

The event is well-organized and the trainer is engaging and entertaining. Good balance of introduction & type of terrarium and the pace of the hands-on part. An event for a good and worthy cause. – Dr Cheah Jun Wei Jason, Temasek Labs.

Presentation of Gift by MSE to Lions Home For The Elders

MSE Chair, Professor Lam Yeng Ming, with Assoc Prof Joachim Loo, Associate Chair (Students) presented a gift of half-year supply of masks to Ms Patsy Pang, Director of Nursing, who received on behalf of Lions Home For The Elderly. This was held on 15 March 2022 at the Bishan Home. The masks were bought from the proceeds of the Terrarium Workshop held on 20 November 2021, an event under the MSE 30th anniversary celebrations. 

Thank you to the MSE community for making this possible. 

[in photo: Ms Li Yun, Ms Esther Kiew, Ms Pang, Prof Lam, Prof Loo, and Mr Patrick Lai]

MSE Beach Clean Up at East Coast Park

A Beach Clean Up was held at East Coast Park on 26 March 2022. Forty-four students, alumni, staff and their family members collected over 12 kg of trash at various locations in the area, in solidarity with Singapore’s clean and green initiative. To cap off the event, a lucky draw was held with participants taking home retail vouchers, with the top five receiving S$20 each. 

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MSE's 30th Anniversary Colloquium Series

As MSE celebrates its research excellence built over the last 30 years, and with the aim of promoting Materials Science research within the NTU community, MSE's 30th Anniversary Colloquium Series was launched in July 2021. 

The speakers and topics from the Series are: 
19 Apr 2022Promises of Nanotechnology: A ReviewProf Pulickel AjayanRice University
4 Feb 2022Supersonic collisions of microparticles on metal: In-situ studies at the nanosecond and micrometer scalesProf Christopher A. SchuhMassachusetts Institute of Technology 
6 Jan 2022Nanoscale Structure and Rheology of Edible FatsProf Alejandro MarangoniUniversity of Guelph, Canada
23 Sep 2021Data-Enhanced Multiscale Theory of Operando Energy Conversion SystemsProf Karsten Reuter Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society
31 Aug 2021Ultralow Power Flexible ElectronicsProfessor Arokia NathanDarwin College, University of Cambridge 
28 Jul 2021What Have Minerals Done for Us? Environmental Materials as Societal & Intellectual ResourcesProfessor Simon RedfernCollege of Science, NTU