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Message from the Chair

Tan Choon Hong

The School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences (SPMS) is one of the three schools forming the College of Science at Nanyang Technological University, and consists of three divisions: Chemistry & Biological Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, and Physics & Applied Physics. Since its inception in 2005, our school has grown significantly in size and reputation, and we now have over 120 faculty members, 2500 undergraduate students, and 360 graduate students.

We offer our undergraduate students a world-class learning environment, including the opportunity to do research in various scientific disciplines. We also provide opportunities for students to collaborate with their peers on hands-on projects to develop practical solutions for real-world problems. Many of our graduates have gone on to find good jobs with marquee employers such as Bloomberg, BP, Citibank, GlaxoSmithKline, and Singapore Airlines. Others have gone on to post-graduate education at top institutions of learning worldwide, including Harvard, the London School of Economics, UC Berkeley, and University College London.

SPMS faculty members are highly active in research, and well-known internationally for their outstanding research accomplishments. Many of our faculty members are experts in more than one scientific domain; for example, we have chemists creating new materials, mathematicians making impact in computer science, physicists working in financial engineering, etc. The numbers of publications and competitive research grants received by SPMS faculty members have increased steadily over the years. Our publications in top tier journals and conferences have increased from 52 in 2005 to 644 in 2017! Over the last 5 years, SPMS faculty members have received more than S$150 million in competitive research grants from external agencies, and to date we have been joined by 27 National Research Foundation (NRF) Fellows and National Research Foundation (NRF) Investigators. We also have 21 excellent young researchers, who are also recipients of the Nanyang Assistant Professorship.

I invite you to visit the wonderful ecosystem of research and education in SPMS.

Tan Choon Hong
Professor and Chair
School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, NTU