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Six outstanding achievers from NUS receive Singapore’s top science and technology awards

09 November 2011

Prof Soo receiving the PSTM 2011 award from President
Dr Tony Tan

(From left) Prof Tan, Prof Ooi, Prof Lim and Prof Soo with A*STAR Chairman Mr Lim Chuan Poh

Photos: A*STAR

The President’s Science and Technology Awards (PSTA) 2011 recognised eight outstanding research scientists and engineers in Singapore, four of whom are from NUS.

Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School’s Vice Dean of Clinical and Faculty Affairs Prof Soo Khee Chee received the most prestigious President’s Science and Technology Medal (PSTM) 2011, the top honours among these national awards. He is the first clinician-scientist to be awarded the PSTM. Past winners included Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine Dr Sydney Brenner, former Chief Defence Scientist Prof Lui Pao Chuen, and NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan. Said Prof Soo: “I am honored to receive the award. It is a recognition of the importance of both multidisciplinary team effort in science and also the role of clinician scientists in our biomedical sciences initiatives.”

Singapore President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam conferred the awards to the eight PSTA winners at a grand ceremony held on 8 November 2011.

The event also saw the presentation of the Young Scientist Award (YSA) to three promising research scientists and engineers aged 35 years and below, two of whom are from NUS.

Award winners from NUS
President’s Science and Technology Medal 2011
Prof Soo Khee Chee
National Cancer Centre Singapore and Duke-NUS
“For his distinguished, strategic and far-sighted contributions to Singapore’s clinical services and healthcare landscape, particularly in spearheading research led improvements in clinical care, and catalysing research in the public healthcare environment.”

President’s Science Award
Prof Ooi Beng Chin and Prof Tan Kian Lee 
NUS School of Computing
“For their outstanding contributions to database systems research for managing ‘big data’ in large-scale parallel and distributed systems”

President’s Technology Award
Prof Lim Chwee Teck 
NUS Departments of Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering
“For the development and use of novel micro biochips in the detection and diagnosis of human diseases”

Young Scientist Award
Dr Uttamchandani Mahesh
DSO National Laboratories and NUS Department of Chemistry
“For significant interdisciplinary research that bridges chemistry, biology and medicine”

Dr Yan Shuicheng  
NUS Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
“For his research on computer vision, multimedia and machine learning”

PSTA 2011, held at the Marina Bay Sands, was organised by Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

The YSA was administered by the Singapore National Academy of Science, with the support of A*STAR, and was presented by Singapore Minister for Trade and Industry Mr Lim Hng Kiang.