The Organising Team

The STEM Innovation Conference is a joint collaboration between Yale-NUS and NUS faculty members.

Bryan Penprase
Yale-NUS, Director, Yale-NUS Centre for
Teaching and Learning (Chair)

Professor Penprase holds a BS in Physics and an MS in Applied Physics from Stanford University, and a PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of Chicago. He is the Frank P. Brackett Professor of Astronomy at Pomona College, in Claremont, CA. Professor Penprase was an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow at Yale University during the academic year 2012­ — 2013, where he served as a member of the inaugural curriculum committee and helped design many of the common curriculum science courses. Professor Penprase was also the co-Director of the Liberal Arts Consortium for Online Learning, and has led in organising a conference on the Future of Liberal Arts in India in Bangalore in 2013. Professor Penprase will be helping to organise other Global Liberal Arts conferences in the coming years.

Bryan Penprase
Yale-NUS, Director, Yale-NUS Centre for
Teaching and Learning (Chair)
Adrian Lee
NUS, Deputy Director, Centre for the
Development of Teaching and Learning

Dr. Adrian Lee read Natural Sciences at Downing College, University of Cambridge. For his work on small trapped-ion clusters, he received the ICI Prize in Theoretical Chemistry. After graduation, he worked briefly at the British Antarctic Survey under the supervision of Prof. Howard Roscoe. There he helped develop code to retrieve NO2 column amounts from zenith-sky spectrometers. Following this, he took up a Ph. D. scholarship at the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, under Prof. John Pyle FRS. In 1997, he completed his doctorate entitled ‘Numerical Modelling of Stratospheric Ozone’. A highlight of his doctoral studies was the development of a chemical forecasting methodology. In recognition of the use of this methodology during the ASHOE/MAESA international research campaign, he was awarded the NASA Achievement Award in 1995. He subsequently won a University Merit Award in 2000. Dr. Lee continued his research in atmospheric science in Prof. Pyle’s research group until 2002, when he was awarded the Singapore Millennium Foundation Fellowship. This fellowship brought him to the National University of Singapore. His research under the fellowship centred on developing models to understand the economic cost of air pollution and global warming. Following the fellowship, Dr. Lee took up a faculty position at NUS as a Lecturer in 2005 and was subsequently promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2008. He is currently the Director of the Special Programme in Science (SPS) in the Faculty of Science.

Adrian Lee
NUS, Deputy Director, Centre for the
Development of Teaching and Learning
Eunice Tan
Yale-NUS (Life Science)

Dr Eunice Tan graduated with a Life Sciences degree from the National University of Singapore. Her honours project involved studying the paternity of highland moss using microsatellite markers. The project sparked her love for field biology and her Masters’ research studied the functional significance of web decorations of orb-weaving spiders in Yunnan, China and Singapore. For her doctoral research at the University of Melbourne, Dr Tan examined the evolution of colour patterns in Australian chrysomeline leaf beetles using a combination of phylogenetic comparative analyses and field experiments.

Eunice Tan
Yale-NUS (Life Science)
Tim Wertz
Yale-NUS (Math Computational Science)

Dr Timothy Wertz received his bachelor’s degree from Alma College, where he majored in Mathematics, Physics, and Foreign Service. He went on to obtain a Master’s degree in Mathematics from San Francisco State University, for which his research focused on interpolation and sampling in spaces of analytic functions. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis, where his dissertation research concerned eigenvector localisation and related phenomena.

Tim Wertz
Yale-NUS (Math Computational Science)
Kiat Hwa Chan
Yale-NUS (Physical Science)

Dr Chan Kiat Hwa received his doctorate in Chemistry from Princeton University in 2010, under the auspices of an Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) National Science Scholarship (PhD), after working on developing chemical tools to explore iron trafficking by Mycobacterium tuberculosis in human macrophages. Thereafter, and prior to joining Yale-NUS College, he carried out postdoctoral research at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, A*STAR, where he worked on exploring the versatile properties of water-based peptide gels in biomaterial applications. His current research interests include probing the impact of select bioorganometallic molecules on cellular processes, as well as the development of water-based organometallic gels for studying gelation. Dr Chan loves badminton and detective fiction, and hopes to promote the detective spirit of inquiry in his classes.

Kiat Hwa Chan
Yale-NUS (Physical Science)