Teo Chiang Juay

Teo Chiang Juay


My previous educational experience has reinforced my belief that teaching and research must complement each other in order for an engineering school or university to excel. Teaching constitutes a vital facet of any engineering or scientific activity. It is through teaching that research knowledge and discovery can be effectively disseminated to future generations of researchers and engineers. I make conscious efforts to share with students my passion and desire for learning, researching and innovating.

I share the belief that successful and effective teaching hinges on the appropriate choice of the teaching material, coupled with the ability to demonstrate to students the beauty and relevance of the subject. It is of vital importance to implement the teaching methodologies in such a manner so as to sustain the students’ interest and passion for the subject material. An effective teacher does not merely deliver the class material, but has to teach the students how to learn, assimilate and apply the subject material. I also appreciate that an effective teacher has to be capable of communicating his or her knowledge and insights at the level of understanding of the students. I also constantly strive to encourage my students to play an active role in their own learning.


TEO Chiang Juay received his B. Eng. and M. Eng. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the National University of Singapore (NUS), and his Ph. D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is currently an Associate Professor at the NUS Department of Mechanical Engineering. He teaches core modules, technical electives and General Education Modules related to Fluid Mechanics. His research interests include thermal-fluids, microfluidics, hydrodynamics, aerodynamics and aerospace propulsion. He currently conducts research on the use of superhydrophobic surfaces for reducing flow resistance in microfluidic applications, the use of chaotic advection for heat transfer augmentation in microchannel heat sinks, Wing-In-Ground craft aerodynamics, flow cavitation, Pulse Detonation Engines and Cross-Flow-Fans for Unmanned Air Vehicles.

About being a part of the Academy…

It is a great honor and privilege to be a part of the NUS Teaching Academy. The Academy provides a platform for fellow colleagues and educators to share our insights and experiences on the many different aspects of education, teaching and learning. I look forward to working with other Fellows of the Academy to promote innovative and effective teaching practices, with the ultimate goal of propelling NUS towards higher levels of educational excellence.

Teaching Awards / Accolades

  • NUS Faculty of Engineering Teaching Honours List (2009/2010, 2010/2011, 2012/2013)
  • NUS Faculty of Engineering “Engineering Educator Award” (2010/2011, 2013/2014)
  • NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award (2009/2010, 2010/2011, 2012/2013)
  • NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award Honour Roll (2013/2014)