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Marking 10 years of the Temasek Defence Systems Institute at NUS

13 July 2011

Minister Ng testing the Flexible Impact Protection Materials System at the exhibition

The Temasek Defence Systems Institute (TDSI) can take pride in having played a significant role in grooming many of Singapore’s key technology drivers, across organisational boundaries, over the last 10 years. Singapore Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen was speaking at TDSI’s 10th anniversary commemorative celebration held in NUS on 12 July 2011.

Incepted in 2001, TDSI aims to bring together military staff and defence technologists in an education and research environment, and to produce graduates who understand the complexities of a modern military force.

“TDSI must stay focused and continue to train a vital pool of systems thinkers and engineers who will develop new concepts and capabilities for our defence. As our needs in defence capabilities become even more challenging and demanding, TDSI needs to continuously enhance its programmes to stay relevant and ahead,” urged Dr Ng.

NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan said that the 10th year celebration of TDSI, as a strategic alliance between NUS and the US Naval Postgraduate School, is a very special milestone in this partnership. He said: “By working together, we have been able to leverage on our complementary strengths to produce outstanding graduates, as well as develop world-class defence-related educational programmes that will contribute meaningfully to our national defence.”

TDSI’s flagship dual-degree Master of Defence Technology and Systems (MDTS) Programme and other defence-related education programmes has produced more than 1,000 graduates. In conjunction with the Institute’s anniversary celebration, TDSI also saw its 8th batch of MDTS programme students being conferred their degrees at the NUS University Cultural Centre on 12 July.

An exhibition was also held to showcase TDSI’s development over the past decade and some of its cutting-edge research. An interesting project showcased at the exhibition was the Flexible Impact Protection Materials System led by Assoc Prof Vincent Tan of the NUS Department of Mechanical Engineering. Shear thickening materials and fluids introduced into an armour system create a lightweight and flexible body armour that can better mitigate trauma caused by small arms projectiles, fragments or blasts. This system will be useful for military personnel protection.

To date, TDSI has completed 24 research projects with an additional 39 ongoing projects. A third of the completed projects have been operationalised.

The TDSI 10th anniversary commemorative celebration was attended by some 300 guests, including representatives from the Ministry of Defence, NPS, Defence Science and Technology Agency, DSO National Laboratories and ST Engineering.