Seeram Ramakrishna

Seeram Ramakrishna

Dean of the NUS Faculty of Engineering in Universidad Nacional de Singapur

Professor Seeram Ramakrishna graduated with a PhD degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Cambridge, UK, in 1992. He began his academic career as a Visiting Lecturer to the Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto, Japan, from 1993 to 1995. He was awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Fellowship in 1996 and joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the National University of Singapore as a Senior Lecturer in 1997. Subsequently, he was promoted to the rank of Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering in early 2003.  He also received management training at the Harvard Business School in 2001.

Professor Seeram is currently the Dean of the NUS Faculty of Engineering and Co-Director of the NUS Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Initiative (NUSNNI). He also serves the university as Director of NUS Enterprise, and Director of Industry & Technology Relations Office (INTRO). He sits on the management boards of NUS Technology Holdings Private Limited and NUS America Inc. as a member; and on the Board of Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), Ministry of Law, as Director.  He successfully led the Bioengineering Initiative which subsequently became an academic department at the NUS Faculty of Engineering.  He is a senior faculty member of the NUS Graduate School for Integrative Science & Engineering.

Professor Seeram's research group is focused on the development of polymer nanofibers for tissue engineering, bone substitute, molecular filter, and molecular recognition applications.  Fundamental studies are aimed at understanding the interactions of cells with polymer nanofibers with different biological, chemical and physical properties.

Professor Seeram is a peer reviewer for 12 international journals and guest editor of several special issues of prestigious journals: Composites Science & Technology, Plastics, Rubber & Composites, and Materials Technology World.  He published over 140 research papers in international journals, contributed 3 edited book volumes, 1 authored book and 16 book chapters in the fields of textile composites and biocomposites.  He is the inventor of nine new technologies with applications in biomedical field.  He has also supervised more than 10 post doctoral fellows, 11 PhD degree students, 50 master degree students, and 60 undergraduates since 1993. 

He organized and chaired a number of international conferences, including the International Symposium on Advances in Polymers and Composites, Singapore, ICMAT.  He is also a member of international professional organizations such as ASME, ASM, MRS, AUTM and SID. 

He has received numerous research awards and honors worldwide, which include Japan Society of Fiber Science Endowment Award (1993), Lee Kuan Yew Fellowship (1996), American Society for Mechanical Engineering (ASME) best paper award (1997), Japan Society for Artificial Organs (JSAO) Young Investigator Award (1997), Asian-Australasian Society for Composite Materials (AACM) Outstanding Young Researcher award (1998), NUS Outstanding University Researcher Award (1999), International Faculty of Artificial Organs (INFA) Senate Member (2001), Visiting Professor, University of Delaware, USA (2002), and Visiting Professor, Queen Mary College, University of London (2003).

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