Professor Tan Thiam Soon is the President of Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT). He graduated from University of Canterbury and subsequently obtained his MS and PhD from California Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Singapore Institute of Technology, he was with National University of Singapore for more than 26 years and was a Professor of Civil Engineering and held various positions including Vice-Provost (Education) and Dean of Admissions.
Professor Tan’s main research interests are in land reclamation and soil improvement, with a particular focus on the reuse of unwanted soils from underground construction activities. Professor Tan received the ASTM’s C.A. Hogentogler Award in 2007 and the Best Research Paper Award 2008 from the Japanese Geotechnical Society. He was also awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver), Minister of Transport’s Distinguished Innovation Award in 2008 and Ministry of National Development’s 2015 Minister’s Award (Team).
Professor Tan is a registered Specialist Professional Engineer (Geotechnical). He is a member of the Council for Skills, Innovation and Productivity (CSIP) and also sits on the boards of SkillsFuture Singapore and Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE).