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Grooming professionals in Green Electronics

13 May 2011

FORGING TIES: (From left) Dr Pantelis Sophoclis Alexopoulos, Executive Director of the Data Storage Institute, A*STAR; Prof Chan Eng Soon, Dean of the NUS Faculty of Engineering and Prof Dim Lee Kwong, Executive Director of the Institute of Microelectronics, A*STAR during the signing ceremony
NUS and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) launched two new research programmes aimed at training skilled professionals in Green Electronics, a new growth area in the electronics sector. These programmes will equip NUS graduates with the knowledge and skills to plan and design green data centres and pioneer next-generation power devices for green automotive and energy harvesting.

On the timeliness of the launch of these programmes, Prof Chua Kee Chaing, Head of the NUS Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering said that the initiatives were established in response to an urgent need to tackle the global challenges of energy supply and sustainable development.

"With a focus on Green Electronics, the new research programmes will help prepare NUS graduates for even higher skilled jobs in the industry, and pioneer new technologies and innovations that will propel the electronics industry into a new era of growth," he said.

As Green Electronics has been identified as a new engine for economic growth by the Singapore Economic Development Board, Dr Raj Thampuran, Executive Director of the Science and Engineering Research Council of A*STAR, noted that the partnership has the potential to create new technologies and stimulate more industry development.

Commencing in August 2011, the new research programmes will be conducted by the NUS Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering together with A*STAR's Data Storage Institute (DSI) and Institute of Microelectronics (IME) respectively. These programmes will lead to a PhD degree for successful candidates who may be supported through scholarships provided by A*STAR and NUS.

Under the NUS and DSI programme, candidates will work on the planning and design of data centres of the future that can result in high performance services with huge energy and cost reductions. Candidates, who select the collaborative research programme with IME, will conduct research on power semiconductor devices that have applications in the global market of renewable energy systems and electric vehicles.