Wong Nyuk Hien

Fellow

Teaching Aspirations

Teaching to me is not just about having the students to achieve the specified sets of learning outcomes. It is also about the learning experiences that the students have acquired during the process. Though it is crucial to impart whatever technical skill sets or knowledge to the students to better prepare them to enter the working world, the learning experiences that the students go though in terms of putting on their inquisitive mind, their critical thinking process as well as their ability to examine issues at the theoretical level and effectively transfer to practical solutions to me is even more crucial. This requires a very careful design of the curriculum to inject the necessary components for such learning experiences.

Biodata

Prof. Wong is currently the Deputy Head in charge of academic matters and professor in the Department of Building, School of Design and Environment. He graduated with a B.Sc (Building) (2nd Upper) in 1985 and a Master degree in Building Science in 1991 from National University of Singapore. He received a gold medal award for being the best student in the MSc (Building Science) programme. Subsequently, he received the Overseas Graduate Scholarship (OGS) to do a PhD programme at Carnegie Mellon University in USA and graduated in 1998. Prof. Wong has also been the Deputy Head (Research), Programme Director for B.Sc (PFM), Programme Director for Master of Science (Building Science) as well as Programme Director for Bachelor of Building (Construction Management) and Bachelor of Building (Construction Economics). In terms of research, Prof. Wong was the principal investigator of a number of research projects related to Urban Heat Island, urban climatic mapping and greenery, in collaboration with the various government agencies, such as Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), National Parks Board (NParks), Housing Development Board (HDB), National Environmental Agency (NEA) and Building Construction Authority (BCA). Prof. Wong was also one of the key Principle Investigator for the development of the first Zero Energy Building at BCA Academcy. Prof. Wong has published more than 300 international referred journal and conference papers and was the co-author of 9 books and has been invited to deliver keynote papers and research findings in various conferences and symposiums. He has also been invited to serve in the various advisory committees both locally and internationally.

On being a part of the Academy…

After being involved in the academic administration of the department for more than 15 years as program directors of both the graduate and undergraduate programs as well as Deputy Head in charge of academic matters, I hope to bring this experience to the academy in terms of academic reform. Being passionate in teaching, I also hope to share my own personal teaching philosophy with the academy with the objective to further strengthen the teaching and learning processes.

Teaching Awards:

  • NUS Annual Excellent Teaching Award 2001/2002 
  • Nominated by SDE for the NUS Outstanding Educator Award 2002/2003
  • NUS Annual Excellent Teaching Award 2003/2004
  • Teaching Honours List 2003/2004, School of Design and Environment
  • NUS Annual Excellent Teaching Award 2004/2005
  • Teaching Excellence Award 2006/2007, School of Design and Environment
  • NUS Annual Excellent Teaching Award 2006/2007
  • NUS Teaching Honour Roll 2008
  • Nominated by SDE for the NUS Outstanding Educator Award 2013/2014
  • Teaching Excellence Award 2013/2014, School of Design and Environment
  • NUS Annual Excellent Teaching Award 2013/2014
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