Curriculum Vitae

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PhD, Mechanical Engineering. Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore,

B. Eng., Mechanical & Production Engineering.
Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, 2000-2004               

Professional Experience

Scientist, Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) A*STAR, Singapore, Dec 2012-Present

Capability Group Manager (Soft Matter Group), Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) A*STAR, Singapore, Apr 2013-Sep 2017

Post-doctoral Fellow, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, USA, Nov 2010-Nov 2012. Advisor: Professor Zhigang Suo.

Research Engineer,
Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) A*STAR, Singapore, Sep 2008-Oct 2010

Awards and Honours
  • 3rd Prize in Soft Material Robot Challenge, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2017
  • A*STAR Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2010 
  • A*STAR Graduate Scholarship, 2004 
  • Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal for first in general proficiency, NTU, 2004 
  • Institution of Engineers Singapore Gold Medal, NTU, 2004 
  • IMechE Singapore, Frederic Barnes Waldron Best Student Prize, NTU, 2004 
  • ExxonMobil Gold Medal for best academic record, NTU, 2004 
  • A*STAR Pre-Graduate Award, 2004 
  • Merck Sharp & Dohme Gold Medal for best academic record, NTU, 2003 
  • Vicom Book Prize, NTU, 2003 
  • IMechE Singapore, The Institution Best Student Prize, NTU, 2002 
  • 2nd Prize in Design & Automation (Team), Innovation & Design 21, NTU, 2001

Funded Projects

Principal Investigator, Nonlinear dynamics of smart structures and materials for marine and offshore applications, A*STAR SERC Grant, Oct 2013 - Sep 2016.

Investigator, FEM thermomechanical stress analysis on electronic packages, EPCOS Pte Ltd, 2009-2010


Full publication list and pdfs are available here: Publications

Professional Activities

Reviewer for international journals:
Applied Physics Letters; Extreme Mechanics Letters; International Journal of Solids and Structures; Smart Materials and Structures; International Journal of Applied Mechanics; Sensors and Actuators A; Applied Physics A; Journal of Physics D; IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics ASME; Journal of Applied Physics; Polymer Bulletin; Applied Mathematical Modelling; Meccanica; Europhysics Letters; International Journal of Modern Physics B; Composites Science and Technology; Composite Structures; Composites Part A.

Conferences and Posters Presentations:
  • Choon Chiang Foo, Jun Liu, Zhi-Qian Zhang. Modeling of dissipative dielectric elastomers affected by viscoelasticity and current leakage8th ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on Smart Structures and Materials, Madrid, Spain, 5 - 8 June 2017, p 480-489. (presented)
  • Choon Chiang Foo, Zhi-Qian Zhang. Modelling viscoelastic dielectric elastomers. 6th International Conference on Computational Methods (ICCM), Auckland, NZ, 14-17 July 2015. (invited speaker)
  • Hareesh Godaba, Choon Chiang Foo, Zhi-Qian Zhang, Boo Cheong Khoo, Jian Zhu. A dielectric elastomer actuator coupled with water: snap-through instability and giant deformation. Proc. SPIE 9430: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD), 94302C, San Diego, California, United States, 1 April 2015.
  • Zhi-Qian Zhang, Choon Chiang Foo, GR Liu. An immersed smoothed finite element method for analyzing fluid-structure interaction systems consisting of dielectric elastomers. 11th World Congress on Computational Mechanics (WCCM XI), Barcelona, Spain, 20-25 July 2014.
  • Richard Baumgartner, Alex Kogler, Choon Chiang Foo, Rainer Kaltseis, Christoph Keplinger, Zhigang Suo, Siegfried Bauer. Fast triggering of instabilities in balloon membranes by dielectric elastomer actuators. Proc. SPIE 8687: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD), San Diego, California, USA, 17 April 2013. 
  • Choon Chiang Foo, Leong Keey Seah, Gin Boay Chai. A modified energy-balance model to predict low-velocity impact response for sandwich composites. 17th International Conference on Composites/Nano-Engineering (ICCE-17), Hawaii, USA, 26 Jul - 1 Aug 2009. (presented)
  • Choon Chiang Foo, Leong Keey Seah, Gin Boay Chai. A model to predict low-velocity impact response and damage in sandwich composites. RSAF Aerospace Technology Seminar, Singapore (2009). (presented)
  • Choon Chiang Foo, Leong Keey Seah, Gin Boay Chai. A study on the impact damage of honeycomb sandwich structures. A*STAR Graduate Scholars’ Symposium on Biomedical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering (AGSS’06), Singapore (2006). (presented)
  • Choon Chiang Foo, Leong Keey Seah, Gin Boay Chai. Low velocity impact failure of aluminium honeycomb sandwich panels. 5th International Conference on Mechanics and Materials in Design (M2D-5), Porto, Portugal, 24-26 July 2006. (presented)
  • Choon Chiang Foo, Leong Keey Seah, Gin Boay Chai, Yin Chee Peh. Mechanical properties of aramid paper honeycomb. 12th International Conference on Composites/Nano-Engineering (ICCE-12), Tenerife, Spain, 1-6 Aug 2005. (presented)
Professional Meetings:
  • Secretariat Team for ASEAN COST-67 Sub-Committee meeting, Singapore 2014
  • 2nd Global Young Scientists Summit (GYSS@one-north), Singapore, 2014
Service in Youth & Science Outreach Activities at IHPC:
  • Speaker at IHPC Student's Seminar, March 2017
  • Speaker at NUS High School of Mathematics and Science Career Day, May 2014
  • Supervisor for undergraduate FYP student, 2013-present
  • Committee Member for National Science Challenge, 2009-2010 
  • Committee Member for IHPC Seminar Series (LCS), Aug 2009 
  • Speaker at A*STAR Junior College Students Seminar, Dec 2009 
  • Supervisor/Co-supervisor for undergraduate research interns, 2009-2010
Committee service at IHPC:
  • Chair, Technology Readiness Level Working Committee, Mar 2013-May 2013
  • Co-chair, Staff Suggestion Committee, July 2009-Nov 2010 
  • Member, Working committee for People Developer Award, Sep 2009-Sep 2010