Plenary Lecture: Wednesday 14 May 2008

Materials for the future - A Singaporean and East Asian perspective
Dr Michael Khor Khiam Aik, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Dr Michael Khor Khiam Aik’s career at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, spans nearly two decades. For the last four years he has been a professor at the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He is no newcomer to the lecturing circuit, having spoken at conferences throughout east and southeast Asia.

Aik has strong links with the Institute, serving as President of the affiliated Institute of Materials (East Asia) from 1996. Prior to this, he served as honorary secretary. He is involved with the editorial board of the IOM3 journal Advances in Applied Ceramics – Structural, Functional and Bioceramics. His extensive knowledge of materials in Asia made him an ideal choice for Guest Editor of a Materials Science and Technology special issue on East Asia.

Aik is heavily involved in research at NTU and helped create a biocompatible thermal spray coating from a nanostructured feedstock. He is also Deputy Director of the Singapore office of the Singapore-MIT Alliance. On top of this, he still finds time to supervise postgraduate students.

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