Dr. Keith Choon Chiang FOO

Senior scientist
Engineering Mechanics Department
Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC), A*STAR

About me at IHPC: I am a senior scientist in the Engineering Mechanics Department at A*STAR Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC). With more than 10 years of post-PhD research experience in mechanics of materials and structures, my expertise lies in theoretical modeling, engineering simulation, and scientific computing. In an earlier role, I also served as the manager for the now-defunct Soft Matter group at IHPC, and have led various projects on smart materials.

My research: My research focuses on the mechanical behaviour of materials and structures. I have studied basic processes like damage and failure in sandwich composites, as well as deformation, viscoelasticity, and charge transfer in polymers. I have also worked on developing applications for smart actuators, artificial muscles, energy harvesters, and soft robots. Over my career, I have published ~30 publications (Google Scholar: >2000 citations, h-index=19) in high-impact journals such as Science, Advanced Functional Materials, Extreme Mechanics Letters. Other work includes industry engagement with partners from the electronics and aerospace industries.

Previous experience: Prior to my current position, I was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University. I hold a PhD in mechanical engineering from NTU, where I graduated top of my cohort for my B.Eng. (Mech.) degree.

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