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EEE Milestones

1980

  • Planning for NTI begin in August 1980

 

1981

  • Establishment of Nanyang Technological Institute (NTI)
  • Professor Brian Lee Chang Leng appointed as first NTI EEE Dean
  • NTI EEE pioneer staff comprising Professor Brian Lee, his secretary, a corporate support officer and 2 lecturers

 

1982

  • First School Advisory Committee formed
  • Staff strength had grown to 15 lecturers and 3 administrative support staff
  • NTI EEE first intake of 202 students from the National University of Singapore (NUS), as second-year undergraduates

 

1983

  • NTI EEE's first three divisions: Division of Electrical Engineering, Division of Electronic Engineering and Division of Computer Engineering


 

1984

  • Laying of foundation stone for the new academic complex
  • First academic year with full Year 1 to 4 cohorts

 

1985

  • First NTI convocation
  • NTI EEE was named “one of the best engineering institutions in the world” by the Commonwealth Engineering Council
  • NTI EEE WITS team clinch gold

 

1986

  • CAD / CAM Centre set up

 

1987

  • First batch of candidates for M.Eng. programme admitted
  • First Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed with Telecoms​

 

1988

  • MOU with MINDEF

 

1989

  • First Ph.D. candidate admitted
  • NTI EEE wins the International Micromouse Race
  • First batch of M.Eng. candidates graduated​

 

1990

  • First Research Fellow recruited
  • First International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics & Vision (ICARCV)


 

1991

  • NTI is renamed as NTU
  • Launched first M.Sc. (Communications & Computer Networking) programme
  • Network Technology Research Centre established

 

1992

  • NTU begins awarding its own degrees

 

1993

  • First Ph.D. candidate graduated
  • First International Power Engineering Conference (IPEC)
  • NTU EEE launched the M.Sc. (Computer Control & Automation) programme
  • Pioneer batch enrolled in the M.Sc. (Communications & Computer Networking) programme
  • NTU EEE launched another postgraduate programme, the M.Sc. (Computer Control & Automation) programme

 

1994

  • Launched M.Sc. (Consumer Electronics) programme
  • First spin-off company
    • Vital Technology Pte Ltd. It was acquired by Hewlett-Packard on March 10, 1997​

 

1995

  • Reorganisation of school
  • Spin-off company 
    • Multitech Product Pte Ltd

 

1996

  • Professor Er Meng Hwa was appointed second NTU EEE Dean
  • The Information Communication Institute of Singapore (ICIS), was transferred from the National Computer Board (NCB) to become the 7th Division of EEE
  • Part-time students joined the student cohort pursuing the B.Eng degree programme
  • Official opening of Centre for Signal Processing (CSP)
  • EEE Alumni Association (EEEAA) set up
  • Winner of Artificial Intelligence Challenge Trophy​

 

1997

  • Inaugurated the International Symposium on Microelectronics & Assembly with SPIE
  • NTU EEE organises International Conference on Information, Communications & Signal Processing (ICICS)
  • Won ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award

 

1998

  • Curriculum broadened to include Economics, Law, Engineers & Society and Entrepreneurship as core subjects
  • Spin-off company
    • Filpas Vacuum Technology Pte Ltd
    • DataMark Technologies Pte Ltd

 

1999

  • Launched the M.Sc. (Signal Processing) programme
  • Merlion Payload launched successfully on Surrey University’s mini satellite UoSat-12
  • Spin-off company
    • Nanofilm Technologies International Pte Ltd
    • Nirvana Digital Pte Ltd

 

2000

  • $25 million Microfabrication Laboratory officially opened
  • Winner of National Technology Award
  • Spin-off company
    • EcPresence Technology Pte Ltd
    • Stegami.com
    • Denselight Semiconductors Pte Ltd
    • Optimators Pte Ltd
    • Inventive Fiber Pte Ltd

​2001

  • Signed the 1st agreement with Defence Science & Technology Agency (DSTA) for joint research projects
  • Spin-off company
    • RFNet Technologies Pte Ltd

 

2002

  • NTU EEE professor awarded Young Scientist Award
  • EEE premises extended to S2.1 and S2.2

 

2003

  • 6 new Research Centres established
  • Launched M.Sc. (Photonics) programme
  • NTU EEE helped spearhead a scientific breakthrough for a ceramic laser

 

2004

  • Launched M.Sc. (Power Engineering) programme

 

2005

  • Professor Kam Chan Hin appointed as third NTU EEE Dean
  • Collaboration with Technische Universitat Munchen (TUM)
  • Professor Er Meng Hwa received prestigious Honorary Fellowship from Institute of Electrical Engineers (UK)

 

2006

  • NTU EEE Professor wins Engineering Achievement Award
  • Spin-off company
    • Cu3D Technologies Pte Ltd

     

    2007

    • NTU EEE launched the B.Eng. (Information Engineering & Media) programme
    • S$10 million Electromagnetic Effects Research Laboratory (EMERL) officially opened
    • NTU EEE and Technische Universitat Munchen (TUM), Germany offered joint M.Sc. (Microelectronics) programme
    • Collaboration with Wuhan University
    • Research general elective offered to undergraduates
    • Collaboration with Georgia Institute of Technology

    2008

    • Merged M.Sc. (Integrated Circuit), M.Sc. (Microelectroncis) & M.Sc. (Photonics) programmes, and launched M.Sc. (Electronics) programme

     

    2009

    • World’s fastest satellite Internet connection by NTU EEE Professor
    • NTU EEE signed a joint research agreement to set up a $9 million research laboratory with aRfic to advance RFIC technology in Singapore
    • NTU EEE also made another association with aerospace industries in 2009 when it entered into a collaboration with Rolls-Royce
    • NTU EEE made a significant breakthrough in the design of Probabilistic CMOS (PCMOS)

     

    2010

    • NTU EEE and Columbia University offered dual Ph.D. programme in Electrical & Electronic Engineering / Electrical Engineering
    • Dr Zhu Miao won the coveted World Future Foundation PhD Prize in Environmental and Sustainability Research
    • Launch of VIRTUS, the Integrated Circuit Design Centre of Excellence

    2011

    • Professor Cheng Tee Hiang appointed as Acting Chair, fourth head of NTU EEE
    • Successful launch of first made-in-Singapore satellite X-SAT
    • Launch of 7 mega research centres
    • VIRTUS’ very own Chipset created 1,000x faster than Bluetooth
    • NTU EEE professor creates next generation Human Computer Interface for everyday objects

     

    2012

    • NTU EEE professor invents a novel intelligent system which predicts traffic flow in Singapore

     

    2013

    • Professor Yoon Soon Fatt assumed office as NTU EEE Chair
    • NTU EEE Prof Sun Xiaowei and his team invent a "smart" window
    • NTU EEE was awarded with multiple Competitive Research Programme (CRP) projects from the National Research Foundation (NRF)
    • Spin-off company
      • Intelligent Data Technologies Pte Ltd
      • IQ Solutions Pte Ltd
      • Immersive Sound Scape Pte Ltd

     

    2014


    • VELOX-I and VELOX-PIII launched into space
    • S$75 million Corporate Lab, set up jointly by NTU EEE and Rolls-Royce
    • Photonics Institute launched
    • Professor Wang Qi Jie was awarded President’s Science and Technology Awards - Young Scientist Award
    • A new invention from NTU EEE Professor See Kye Yak makes it possible to conduct real-time inspection of trains and tracks without affecting rail operations
    • NTU EEE made a major advance in random laser technology
    • Spin-off company
      • Air T & D Pte Ltd

     

    2015

    • ​Collaboration with Thales Alenia Space, S4TIN (Smart Small Satellite Systems in NTU) lab
    • S$22 million Smart Mobility Test Bed launched on NTU campus
    • Si-COE officially opened
    • NTU EEE and US scientists develop rapid test for liver toxicity
    • NTU EEE and ST Engineering launch joint Corporate Lab
    • Spin-off company
      • Biorithm Pte Ltd
      • IOT Smart Bio Film
      • Hillhouse Technology Pte Ltd
      • KdotP Soft Pte Ltd

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    2016
     

     

    • ​4 NTU EEE professors elected IEEE Fellows​
    • President's Technology Award
    • QS Subject Focus Summit
    • The two newest NTU EEE satellites are the VELOX-CI – Singapore’s first climate monitoring satellite; and VELOX-II, the world’s first small satellite which carries a “communication-on-demand” technology which can send data back to NTU anytime and anywhere in space.
    • NTU ​Electrical and Electronic Engineering School Ranked 4th by ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking Academic Subjects 2016
    • New NTU EEE smart chip makes low-powered, wireless neural implants a possibility
    • ​NTU EEE and Delta Electronics set up S$45 million lab for smart technologies 
    • NTU EEE and SMRT launch research laboratory to boost rail reliability
    • NTU EEE’s SaRC part of team that receives the President's Technology Award for their satellite TeLEOS-1

     

    2017

    • ​NTU EEE successfully launches its 7th satellite, from the International Space Station (ISS)
    • ​NTU EEE and NXP Semiconductors launch Singapore’s first Smart Mobility consortium
    • NTU EEE invents ultrafast camera for self-driving vehicles and drones
    • Inaugural NTU EEE Expo
    • NTU EEE and Schaeffler Group set up joint lab to develop smart mobility devices