Engineering Mechanics Department
Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC), A*STAR
Current position: I am a senior scientist in the Engineering Mechanics Department at A*STAR Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC). I have 10 years of post-PhD research experience in mechanics of materials and structures, with expertise in theoretical modeling, engineering simulation, and scientific computing.
What I do: My current research focuses on developing nonlinear field theories and constitutive models for soft active materials, which respond to various external stimuli and exhibit a variety of complicated and interesting phenomena in mechanics, such as coupled physics, large nonlinear deformation, viscoelasticity, and instabilities. I have extensive experience in implementing numerical techniques and finite element methods to solve mechanics problems. I was the manager of the defunct Soft Matter Capability Group at IHPC (2013-2017) and have led various projects on smart materials.
Previous experience: I have co-authored 26 publications in journals such as Science, on topics ranging from composites to soft materials and soft machines. My citation counts exceed 1600 with a h-index of 16 (Google Scholar). 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.