Prof Dr PAN Tso-Chien
FRS Management Committee Member &
Pan Tso-Chien obtained his Ph.D. (1983) in Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering and MSCE (1978) from University of California, Berkeley, and BSCE(1975) from National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan. After graduation, he held senior engineering positions with the Bechtel National Inc. and URS/John A Blume & Associates in San Francisco. He worked on analysis and design of nuclear power facilities, fuel reprocessing and spent-fuel repository against earthquake loading and other dynamic loadings.
In 1985, Dr Pan joined NTU’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE). He was appointed dean/chair of CEE (2005), and later as Dean of College of Engineering (2006-2011). Under his leadership, engineering schools have increased external research grants from S$90m to S$200m, and they also have a large share in the S$270m grants supporting two Research Centers of Excellence at NTU.
Prof Pan was appointed founding director (1998-2011) of Protective Technology Research Centre to formulate inter-school R&D for defence applications. He is currently founding executive director to spearhead NTU’s Institute of Catastrophe Risk Management which investigates the effects of natural and man-made disasters on the society.
Prof Pan's research deals with the dynamic phenomena in Earthquake Engineering and Protective Technology. His research over the effects of long-distance Sumatra earthquakes on buildings has taken the leading role in the Asia-Pacific region.
Prof Pan has received many awards: IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award (2004), Defence Technology Prize Team Award (2006), and Defence Technology Prize Individual R&D Award (2010). He was elected in 2012 as Fellow of Academy of Engineering, Singapore.
Executive director of the Institute of Catastrophe Risk Management, Nanyang Technological University (NTU)