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Event: 5th Singapore Space Symposium

Published on: 24-Jul-2018






Nanyang Technological University, Satellite Research Centre


Lecture Theatre LT2A, North Spine, Level 1 (Location Map)



1. Promote research and development activities on the spacecraft bus, payload and satellite applications.
2. Increase awareness on space industry’s direction.
3. Foster collaboration on satellite technologies between public institutions and industries.


Keynote Speaker

Dr. Charles Elachi is Professor (Emeritus) of Electrical Engineering and Planetary Science at the California Institute of Technology. From 2001 to 2016, he was the Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Vice President of California Institute of Technology. During his 16-year tenure, he oversaw the development and operations of over 45 flight missions and instruments.

He has been a Principal Investigator on a number of NASA-sponsored studies and flight projects including the Shuttle Imaging Radar series (Science Team Leader), the Magellan Imaging Radar (Team Member), the Cassini Titan Radar (Team Leader) and a Co-Investigator on the Europa Sounding Radar.

In 1989, Dr. Elachi was elected to the National Academy of Engineering and has served on a number of academy committees. Dr. Elachi has received numerous awards, including the Aviation Week Lifetime Achievement Award (2016), 2016 National Space Trophy, Association of Space Explorers (ASE) Congress Crystal Helmet Award (2012), National Academy of Engineering Arthur M. Bueche Award (2011), Space Foundation J.E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award (2011), the America’s Best Leaders by U.S News & World Report and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (2006), the Royal Society of London Massey Award (2006), and the IEEE Medal of Engineering Excellence (1992).

In 1988, the L.A. Times selected him as one of "Southern California's rising stars who will make a difference in L.A." In 1989, Asteroid 1982 SU was renamed 4116 Elachi in recognition of his contribution to planetary exploration.

In-line with the theme for Singapore Space Symposium 2018, Professor Elachi shall be speaking on the topic - Advances in Remote Sensing for Earth Observations and addressing the importance of incorporating space technologies for the realization of a smart city in Singapore.


Opening Address

Professor Louis Phee is currently the Dean of the College of Engineering, at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Prior to his Deanship, he has served 3 years as Chair of the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. He graduated from NTU with the B.Eng (Hons) and M.Eng degrees in 1996 and 1999 respectively. He obtained his PhD from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy in 2002 on a European Union scholarship. His research interests include Medical Robotics and Mechatronics in Medicine. He is currently a recipient of the prestigious National Research Foundation (NRF) Investigator Award. Prof Phee had previously served as the Program Manager of A*STAR’s inaugural MedTech Program. He was the founding CEO of EndoMaster Pte Ltd, a company he co-founded to commercialize a surgical robotic system he developed. Professor Phee was awarded the Young Scientist Award (2006), the Outstanding Young Persons of Singapore Award (2007), the Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award (2011), the President’s Technology Award (2012), the Nanyang Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award (2013) and the Nanyang Alumni Achievement Award (2017).​​

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