Professor Tan Thiam Soon

President, Singapore Institute of Technology

Professor Tan Thiam Soon is the President of the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT). He obtained his BEng in Civil Engineering from the University of Canterbury and subsequently his MS and PhD from the California Institute of Technology. Prior to joining SIT, he was with the National University of Singapore for more than 26 years and was a Professor of Civil Engineering.

Professor Tan’s main research interests are in land reclamation, deep excavation and soil improvement. 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 awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2008, Minister of Transport’s Distinguished Innovation Award in 2008, Ministry of National Development’s 2015 Minister’s Award (Team) and the Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 2017. He was also conferred an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Education by Wheelock College (US) in 2018, and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Engineering by the University of Glasgow in 2019.

Professor Tan is a registered Specialist Professional Engineer (Geotechnical). He is the Deputy Chairman of the Building Construction Authority, a board member of the Land Transport Authority and a member of the 44th Council of Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan.  
 

Professor Tan Thiam Soon