Keynote Speaker

Prof. Tan Kiang Hwee

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Professor TAN KIANG HWEE is a faculty member of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS) since July 1981. He obtained his doctorate degree from the University of Tokyo, Japan in 1985. He specialises in the area of structural concrete and composites and has carried out extensive research on external prestressing, fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) reinforcement, fibre-reinforced concrete, and sustainable concrete and construction. Professor Tan is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES), Japan Concrete Institute (JCI) and Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE). He is a member of editorial boards for more than ten international journals, including ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE Journal of Composites for Construction, Cement and Concrete Composites, JCI Journal of Advanced Concrete Technology, and others. He is a registered professional engineer and has also been a consultant in structural engineering to several agencies in Singapore.

Plenary Speaker

Prof. Ho Chee Cheong

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia

Prof. HO Chee-Cheong received his MSc (1999) and PhD (1973) degrees from the University of Bristol, United Kingdom. He started work at the Rubber Research Institute Malaysia in 1973 before joining the University of Malaya in 1975 where he progressed to become a full professor in 1992 and Head of Department in 1994. After his mandatory retirement in 1999, Dr. Ho was appointed R&D Director of a Glove manufacturing company, Thailand (1999 -2002) before returning to academic as the Foundation Dean and professor of a newly established university, AMIST University, Malaysia (2002-2006). He was appointed the first Vice-Chancellor of First City University College, a newly established university in Kuala Lumpur (2015-2017). He is an Adjunct Professor of Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia since 2008. Dr. Ho specializes in latex chemistry and technology, particularly in the use of green technologies for latex processing and glove dipping. He was awarded the DSc degree by University of Bristol in 1998 for his contribution to understanding the colloidal and surface properties of natural rubber latex and elucidating its film formation mechanism. He received the Science and Technology Award by the Malaysian Toray Science Foundation in 1997. He was later honoured with the National Science Award for research in 1999 in recognition of his lifelong research work on colloidal systems of values to the Malaysian economy (natural rubber latex, palm oil mill effluent, industrial applications of palm oil emulsion and tin tailings slurry). Dr. Ho is a Past President of the Malaysian Institute of Chemistry and a Senior Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia. He was elected a Fellow of the ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology in 2010 and the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK in 1990.

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