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Updated: 03/21/2013 03:22 | By Channel NewsAsia

NUS sets aside S$1m for aerospace research

NUS sets aside S$1m for aerospace research

NUS sets aside S$1m for aerospace research

SINGAPORE: The National University of Singapore (NUS) has set aside some S$1 million to promote aerospace research with the launch of its new Centre for Aerospace Engineering (CAE).

This initial funding will support aerospace—focused research, education and outreach activities at the centre over three years.

The centre was launched in collaboration with three industry partners — DSO National Laboratories, SIA Engineering and ST Aerospace.

The Aeronautical Engineering Specialization within the Mechanical Engineering Department offers eight modules. The new virtual centre will be supported by eight physical laboratories at NUS Faculty of Engineering. The intake into the specialization is expected to rise from 30 to 50 per year.

The global aircraft fleet is expected to double over the next two decades driving significant demand for manufacturing and aftermarket services.

As the leading aerospace hub in the region, Singapore is expected to ride on this wave of growth.

As such, the new Centre for Aerospace Engineering will be key in providing industry—relevant programmes.

Minister of State for Finance and Transport, Josephine Teo, explained: "The CAE will undertake R&D projects that help boost the productivity and capabilities of our aerospace sector. I look forward to the CAE being an effective bridge between industry and academia — a place where the industry can tap on the expertise of NUS’ academics and budding researchers, making clear and tangible contributions to the aerospace sector and our economy."

As part of the programmes being rolled out by the new centre, students can now look forward to guest lectures provided by DSO National Laboratories, ST Aerospace and SIA Engineering.

They will also offer students final year projects, design projects and internships.

Director for CAE, Professor Tay Tong Earn, said this will help students learn better by applying technologies in the real industry setting.

Prof Tay said: "The student may not be aware of all the good things and the technologically exciting things that are available in the industry. So by doing this, they will open up their eye and provide them a way to see that they are many, many new exciting development and newest technologies available. For example, you have the newest aircraft and what are the technologies going into this aircraft so the students can get to know how these technologies are being applied in the industry."

The centre will kick off with 20 NUS reasearchers participating in various projects.

— CNA/fa

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