Vice President (Applied Research), Singapore Institute of Technology
Associate Professor Susanna Leong is the Vice President (Applied Research) at the Singapore Institute of Technology. She oversees the development and growth of applied research, including formulating and implementing strategies, policies and processes to enhance the quality and integrity of research activities in the university.
Her current research interests are in biomolecular engineering and bioprocess engineering for applications in food, healthcare and bioremediation. Her ongoing research projects are done in close partnerships with local enterprises, multinational companies and government agencies with the intent to drive translation.
A/Prof Leong sits on several national technical panels, including Startup SG Tech and food scientific review panels. She is also an editorial board member for a number of international peer-reviewed scientific journals, including ‘Chemical Engineering Science’ and ‘Food and Bioproducts Processing’.
Her previous appointments at SIT include serving as Cluster Director of the Food, Chemical and Biotechnology cluster, as well as Assistant Provost (Applied Research). Her research accomplishments have been recognised through several awards, including the Tan Chin Tuan Fellowship in Engineering, most cited author for ‘Food and Bioproducts Engineering’ (2006-2009), and the Danckwerts-Pergamon Prize awarded by Cambridge University. She was a recipient of the Public Administration Medal (Bronze), National Day Award in 2018. A/Prof Leong is currently a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, and holds an Adjunct faculty appointment at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore.
A/Prof Leong graduated with a BEng (First Class Honours) and MPhil in Chemical Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University.