Weekly Questions –

Hello! We really enjoyed getting to know more about NUS and Singapore so we thought it would be best to start asking biweekly questions again. To start:

  • What is the biggest difference between what you thought Chemical Engineering was going to be and what it actually is?
  • What has been your most memorable experience during you time as a Chemical Engineer?

Looking forward to your response!


Purdue AIChE: Cooking with Singapore!

Thanks for sending us a recipe! We had a lot of fun making Char Kway Teow. We had to be somewhat creative with the ingredients because some of the stores didn’t have everything! If you guys have time, here is a recipe for you! https://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/perfect-apple-pie/1fc2b60f-0a4f-441e-ad93-8bbd00fe5334 Hope you enjoy!

Here is the video:

NUS- Prof. Praveen Linga

Self-introduction (education, working experience)

I had by education in chemical engineering right throughout my undergraduate to doctoral degree. I obtained a Bachelor degree from the University of Madras in 2000 ,then went on to obtain my Master degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur. I obtained my PhD degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC). After working for about a year as a post-doctoral fellow in UBC, I joined as an assistant professor in the department of chemical and biomolecular engineering here at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Currently, I am an associate professor in the department. I also serve as the the co-lead for natural gas research in the centre for energy research & technology at NUS.

Which module you teaching in NUS?

I co-teach a number of modules in Chemical Engineering at different levels that includes Heat and Mass Transfer, Process Synthesis and Simulation and Future Fuels Options (post graduate module).

Which area are you specialized in? Can you share more about the FYP research supervised by you?

I work in the frontier areas of water, energy and environment. More specifically, I work on gas (clathrate hydrates) pertaining to several applications like seawater desalination, CO2 capture and sequestration, energy storage and LNG cold energy utilization. My research group at NUS particularly focuses on enhancing the kinetics of hydrate formation for several applications of interest by developing novel reactor designs, experimental methods and techniques. In a nutshell, I am interested in both fundamental and applied aspect of research.

Over the past six years, final year project (FYP) research done by undergraduate students has contributed significantly to my research productivity and research innovation. A fascinating journey I have had in NUS is in motivating and inspiring our very own undergraduates to pursue top-notch research and to encourage them to write research papers within their final year or UROP project timeline. This fruitful journey has resulted in our excellent undergraduates contributing in 16 journal publications (7 as first author and 9 as co-author) so far.  What is more satisfying is that undergraduate students have received top research awards within the University and externally for their research projects.

Hey Purdue! We have some doubts!

Check out the video and help us to clear our doubts! =)

  1. In NUS, industrial attachment (IA) is compulsory for every undergraduate, do Purdue University have this requirement?
  2. For NUS, we need to complete a final year project in the last semester before graduation. Is it similar to Purdue? What are the most interesting and popular research topics in Purdue?

A Word from our Past President

It gives me great pleasure to see the AIChE NUS Student Chapter in its 2nd year running. When the Student Chapter was first formed in 2014, we had the aim of empowering our members, to enable them to have the best foundation to fulfill their careers in the chemical engineering industry. Over the last 2 years, NUS AIChE has organised various extra-curricular events, such as the Industry 7 Series – comprising industry visits and talks by key industry players, and Student Mentorship Programme.

This year saw the organisation of an Industrial Attachment (IA) program panel sharing, of which I was part of the panel. The sharing was a great opportunity for current undergraduates to understand first-hand about the IA program from seniors and alumni, especially when IA is now a compulsory part of the NUS Chemical Engineering curriculum.
I am also heartened to see increased collaboration between the AIChE NUS Student Chapter and our sister chapter in Purdue University, which led to being featured on AIChE’s Chenected Blog! Establishing connections with a sister chapter was a decision my committee had made in the early months of the NUS Student Chapter, and I am glad that it was a step in the right direction.
There is still much room for growth, and I wish the AIChE NUS Student Chapter the very best in their efforts to enhance and enrich the student experience in NUS Chemical Engineering!
Terence Tan
President (2014-2015)
AIChE NUS Student Chapter
1st Management Committee