Prof YONG Kwet Yew
Acting Deputy President (Administration)
Vice President (Campus Infrastructure)
Professor Yong Kwet Yew is Professor of Civil Engineering, Acting Deputy President (Administration) and Vice President (Campus Infrastructure) at NUS. He oversees the sustainable planning, development and operations of campus infrastructure at Kent Ridge and Bukit Timah Campuses including the S$1 billion University Town, a sustainable award winning development. A graduate of the University of Sheffield, England, under a Grouped Scholarship and George Senior Fellowship, he joined NUS Dept of Civil Engineering in 1979. He has held senior leadership positions including Head of Civil Engineering, Founding Director of Centre for Soft Ground Engineering, Chairman of NUS-MINDEF Centre for Protective Technology and Co-Chairman of NUS-MINDEF Infrastructure Committee. He was elected Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Singapore in 2001 and Honorary Fellow of the same institution in 2015, and was appointed Accredited Adjudicator, Singapore Mediation Centre in 2005.
Prof Yong’s research is a microcosm of the infrastructure development in Singapore. In the early 1980s during the building boom, his research was on performance of pile foundation. Some of the findings were later incorporated into the Singapore Code for Pile Design. In the late 1980s, his research with several colleagues on land reclamation led to an award winning layered clay-sand scheme of reclamation using marine clay as an alternative to sand-only fill for reclamation. In the 1990s, several innovative methods of ground improvement were developed to control movements associated with deep excavations in urbanised Singapore. In the 2000s, with the rapid development of underground transportation, his focus was in the effects of tunneling on nearby buildings. Going into the 2010s, his interest has been on sustainable development in land-and-resource scarce Singapore and he was invited to be Co-Chair and Scientific Lead in the national MND-NRF R&D Committee on Land & Livability. He has published more than 200 technical publications and delivered over 30 keynote/guest lectures at international conferences.
Prof Yong is Past Chairman of the Association of Geotechnical Societies in Southeast Asia and chairs/chaired several national and professional committees in land transport and construction including the International Panel of Advisers to Land Transport Authority, Singapore and the high-level Development Projects Advisory Panel to the Ministry of Finance, Singapore.
He received the Faculty of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award (1993, 1994 & 1996) and the Faculty Hall of Fame for Teaching Excellence (1997). A recipient of the Outstanding Geotechnical Engineer Award 2016 from Geotechnical Society of Singapore, he also received commendations from the Ministry of Manpower in 2000, Ministry of Education in 2006, Distinguish Service Award from Ministry of National Development in 2016 and 3 National Day Awards - Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2000, Public Service Medal in 2004 and the Public Service Star in 2008 – for significant contributions to the University, construction safety and land transport respectively.