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PANG Sze Dai

Professor, National University of Singapore

Associated professor of NUS, currently working on research in the area of protective building and sustainable building technologies

Biography

Dr. PANG Sze Dai graduated from the National University of Singapore with B.Eng. (First Class Honours) and M.Eng. degrees in 2001 and 2002 respectively under the Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP), and from the Northwestern University with Ph.D. degree in 2005. He researched on the behaviour of profiled steel-concrete composite structures subjected to blast loading for his M.Eng thesis and on the size effect arising from energetic and probabilistic fracture mechanics in the mechanical properties of quasi-brittle materials for his Ph.D dissertation. 
Dr. Pang joined the National University of Singapore in 2006 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and the Engineering Science Programme (ESP). He designed and taught modules for the newly set-up ESP and the fresh approach towards students' learning was awarded the Faculty of Engineering Innovative Teaching Award. The students that he has mentored in CEE and ESP has won multiple awards at faculty and university levels which include the Faculty Innovation and Research Awards, University Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Awards, University Student Achievement Awards. At international level, the teams that he has mentored for the annual international earthquake design competition in Taiwan and has won top awards every year. On top of the teaching of modules and mentoring of students, he has been active in administrative roles as the Acting Programme Manager for the M.Sc (Civil) and M.Sc (Geotech) programmes in 2008-2010, and is currently the Curriculum Coordinator for the Design-Centric Curriculum which is delivered by Engineering Design and Innovation Centre. 
Dr. Pang is currently working on research in the area of protective building and sustainable building technologies using principles from bio-mimicry and is also researching on the size effect in cementitious and metal matrix composites. He has attracted close to S$3 million in research funding as Principle Investigator and collaborator. He has served on the committees for a number of major conferences, reviewed for multiple journal articles and also served as external reviewer for national research projects. He has also provided his expertise to the industry for consultations on structural dynamics, steel structures and seismic engineering.


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