Professor Tan Thiam Soon is Vice Provost (Education) at the National University of Singapore. He assists the Provost in setting educational directions and policies for the University, in ensuring high academic standards, and in education quality assurance. He has oversight of the Registrar's Office, Office of Admissions, Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning and the Centre for Instructional Technology. He also helps to coordinate the research under the virtual Integrative Sustainability Solutions Research Cluster and is also concurrently the Director of the Energy Office in the Office of the Deputy President (Research and Technology).
Prof Tan is a faculty member with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and was Dean of Admissions from 2005 to 2007. Developing broad knowledge of NUS' undergraduate educational policies, programmes and initiatives across the University, he has also previously served in Faculty as well as University-level roles.
Graduating from the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) in 1979 under a Colombo Plan Scholarship, Prof Tan subsequently obtained his MS and PhD from the California Institute of Technology. He joined the Department of Civil Engineering in 1986. His main areas of research interest are deep excavation, soil improvement, land reclamation and soil characterisation. He has given invited and keynote lectures at a number of international conferences and received the ASTM's C A Hogentogler Award for 2007 and the Best Research Paper Award 2008 from the Japanese Geotechnical Society. He also received the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2008.
Prof Tan is a registered Professional Engineer (Geotechnical) in Singapore and has been involved in numerous consulting jobs in Singapore concerning deep excavation, land reclamation and other geotechnical problems. He is a member of the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board and a Director of NUS High School of Math & Science.