World Scientific authors Professors Jagadese J. Vittal and Koh Khee Meng have been awarded the Outstanding Researcher Award and Outstanding Educator Awards 2011 respectively by the National University of Singapore (NUS).
The Outstanding Researcher Award recognises researchers for their influential impact in advancing the frontiers of knowledge, and in positioning NUS at the forefront of their areas of expertise while the Outstanding Educator Award recognises the lecturers for their impactful impartation of knowledge to their students.
Professor Vittal received this prestigious award for his outstanding contributions in the area of crystal engineering. Having published more than 400 papers in internationally-refereed journals, reviews, book chapters and received more than 8,000 citations, his work has been commended as "fundamentally important and practically interesting". His forthcoming book Crystal Engineering: A Textbook is slated to be published in June this year.
Professor Koh has won 20 teaching awards from the Faculty of Science in NUS since 1994 and has published over 120 research and conference papers in reputable international journals. He has co-authored several books including Principles and Techniques in Combinatorics, Counting, Introduction to Graph Theory-H3 Mathematics, and Chromatic Polynomials and Chromaticity of Graphs.
More details about the awards can be found at http://www.nus.edu.sg/uawards/2011/winners/.
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About Professor Koh Khee Meng
Koh Khee Meng is Professor in the Department of Mathematics at National University of Singapore (NUS). He graduated from Nanyang University in 1968 and obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba in Canada in 1969 and 1971 respectively. Among several other significant appointments, Professor Koh was the chairman of the Singapore International Mathematical Olympiad Committee (1991-93), a council member of the Institute of Combinatorics and Its Applications (International) (1995-97) and the president of the Singapore Mathematical Society (1996-98). He has also won 20 teaching awards from the Faculty of Science, NUS since 1994. Professor Koh specializes in Combinatorics and Graph Theory, and has published over 120 research and conference papers in reputable international journals. He is co-author of the books: Principles and Techniques in Combinatorics, Counting, Introduction to Graph Theory-H3 Mathematics, and Chromatic Polynomials and Chromaticity of Graphs.
About Professor Jagadese J. Vittal
Professional Qualifications and Career History: B.Sc., U of Madras (1975); M.Sc., Madurai U (1977); Ph.D., I.I.Sc. (1982), PDF and Res. Associate, U of Western Ontario, Canada (1982-87); Senior Research Fellow, I.I.Sc., Bangalore (1987-89); Manager, X-Ray Facility, U of Western Ontario, Canada (1989-97); Senior Lecturer, National U of Singapore (1997-98); Assoc. Professor, National U of Singapore (1998-09); Professor (2009-); Assistant Dean, Space & Infrastructure, Research & Graduate Programs, Faculty of Science, NUS (2007-); WCU Chair Professor, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, S.Korea (2009-)
Selected Awards, Honors & Professional Activities: University Research Award, 2011; Erudite Scholar-in-Residence, Kerala State of High Education, India, 2011; Outstanding Scientist Award Faculty of Science 2007; ISCAS Bronze Medal 2001, Indian Association of Solid State Chemists and Allied Scientists, India; Royal Society of Chemistry Journal Grant Award for International Authors, 2002 & 2009; DAAD-NUS Exchange Visiting Fellowship, U of Göttingen, Germany, 2002; Chair, New Materials by Crystal Engineering Design - one of the 15 symposia of International Conf. on Materials for Advanced Technologies (ICMAT 2003), Chair, New Routes to Inorganic Materials, Films and Nanocrystals (ICMAT 2007); Founder and Organizing Committee member, Singapore National Crystal Growing Challenge (1997-2006); Manager, X-Ray Diffraction Laboratory, NUS (1997-2005); Fellow of Singapore National Institute of Chemistry (2003-); Asian Crystallographic Association, Executive Committee Member (1997-2006); Associate Editor, Journal of Synthesis and Reactivity in Inorganic, Metal-Organic and Nano-Metal Compounds (2006-), Editorial Board Member (2005); Member, International Editorial Board of Main Group Metal Chemistry (2003-); Member, Current Chemical Biology (2007-2009) and International Journal of Green Nanotechnology (2009-); Edited Frontiers in Crystal Engineering Book with E.R.T. Tiekink, Wiley, 2006; Edited Organic Crystal Engineering -Frontiers in Crystal Engineering with E.R.T. Tiekink and M.J. Zaworotko, Wiley, 2010; Keynote Speaker, 37th International Conference on Coordination Chemistry, South Africa, 2006; Edited special issue on Coordination Polymers with J.N. Moorthy, J. Mol. Structure, May, 2006; Special Distinguish Lecturer, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, S. Korea, 2009.