University Awards
Recognising Excellence
  • A pioneer in defence science research with more than 35 years of engineering experience, Prof Quek has been involved in the creation of critical technological capabilities for the defence of Singapore, including those related to guided weapons and other unmanned systems. As Chief Defence Scientist, he provides strategic guidance for the development of these and other technologies. Before assuming his current appointment, he was MINDEF’s Deputy Secretary (Technology and Transformation), Chief Research and Technology Officer, and Chief Executive Officer, DSO National Laboratories. He has also put in place key initiatives to spur innovation and excellence in the development of our defence technological capabilities.
  • He demonstrates a visionary zeal throughout his career in pursuing science and technology for national interest, and is an inspiring mentor to researchers.
  • Prof Quek helped to establish the Temasek Research Fellowship scheme in local universities to attract outstanding young researchers to conduct and lead defence research.
  • He initiated the formation of two new research centres in NUS — the Singapore Institute for Neurotechnology in 2013 and Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research in 2010.
  • He also helped NUS establish ties with many world-renowned universities and research institutes, and arranged overseas visits for NUS researchers to collaborate on research projects. As CEO of DSO, he was instrumental in establishing SWIFT — the national wind-tunnel facility at NUS.
  • Prof Quek’s vision of developing an indigenous engineering capability for small satellites led to the development of XSAT — the nation’s first indigenously developed microsatellite launched in April 2011. It laid the foundation for the development of most of the Singapore satellites launched in December 2015, including Singapore’s first commercial earth observation satellite by ST Electronics, and two NUS-developed satellites. Through his mentorship, an NUS team successfully demonstrated a multidrone calligraphy performance at Singapore Airshow 2014 and a synchronised multidrone light show at “The Future of Us” Exhibition in January 2016.
  • Fellow, Academy of Engineering, Singapore (2012)
  • Chevalier (Knight) of Légion of Honour of the French Republic (2011)
  • Public Administration Medal (Gold), Singapore (2011)
  • Honorary Fellow, Institution of Engineering, Singapore (2009)
  • Public Administration Medal (Silver), Singapore (1996)
  • Public Administration Medal (Bronze), Singapore (1989)
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