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DPM opens research building in NUS

21 September 2010

OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF T-LAB BUILDING: (From left) NUS Deputy President (Research and Technology) Prof Barry Halliwell; Singapore's Minister for Education and Second Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen; NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Mr Teo Chee Hean; Ministry of Defence Permanent Secretary (Defence Development) Dr Tan Kim Siew; and Ministry of Defence Chief Defence Scientist and Chief Research and Technology Officer Mr Quek Tong Boon
The T-Lab Building at NUS was officially opened by Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Mr Teo Chee Hean on 20 September 2010. The S$42 million building is a joint development by NUS and the Singapore Ministry of Defence (MINDEF). The 11-storey building spanning 24,700 square metres is the first permanent home of Temasek Laboratories (TL@NUS) and its opening also marks the 10th anniversary of TL@NUS this year.

At the official opening, Mr Teo said: "The cornerstone of MINDEF's strategic partnership with NUS is the establishment of the Temasek Laboratories or TL@NUS in 2000. Over the past decade, TL@NUS has made significant contributions to the SAF [Singapore Armed Forces] with its research in selected areas of science and technology critical to Singapore's defence and security."

TL@NUS aims to evolve into a centre of excellence for upstream, basic research in defence science and technology in support of national requirements. Helmed by Prof Lim Hock, TL@NUS' main research areas are aeronautical sciences, cognitive science, electromagnetic, information security and signal processing.

On the University's long-standing relationship with MINDEF, NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan noted: "Our collaboration with MINDEF has produced industry-specific research which has been translated into useful applications aimed at strengthening the defence and security of Singapore."

"The NUS-MINDEF Joint Applied R&D Cooperation Programme and the Temasek Research Fellowship are two such initiatives that have attracted outstanding researchers to undertake relevant defence-related research projects. Aside from research, NUS also contributes towards our local defence industry by nurturing a strong pool of engineering and scientific talent which forms the nucleus of our engineering and R&D efforts," added Prof Tan.

Special features at TL@NUS include a closed-loop subsonic wind tunnel, high-lift wings, an antenna test chamber as well as a free space measurement laboratory. To-date, there are more than 70 researchers at TL@NUS.

While TL@NUS occupies the North Wing, the T-Lab Building also houses in its South Wing the NUS Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Initiative, the Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore as well as research laboratories of the Division of Environmental Science and Engineering, the NUS-GE Singapore Water Technology Centre and the NUS Environmental Research Institute.