Professor Su Guaning is President Emeritus and Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. As NTU President 2003 to 2011, he led a quantum jump in research and education capabilities in NTU, establishing new schools, new undergraduate programmes, major research centres and fund raising and alumni functions. He oversaw a seven fold increase in competitive research funding and served as founding Chairman of the Global Alliance of Technological Universities. He also developed strong links with China including 18,000 alumni in important positions throughout China. His current research interests are in signal processing, complex adaptive systems, technology innovation and entrepreneurship.
Besides teaching and research he serves on the International Advisory Boards of King Abdulaziz University and Hong Kong Polytechnic University as well the Council of Hainan University. He is a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University and Board Supervisor on the Board of the Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City Joint Venture Company. He spends considerable time on tapping NTU’s China alumni and promoting closer links between China and Singapore in innovation, entrepreneurship and the commercialization of inventions.
Professor Su was one of the first few defence research engineers when he started his career in the Ministry of Defence, Singapore in 1972 and led the initial build-up of electronic warfare capability. He served as Director Defence Science Organisation 1986-1997, Deputy Secretary (Defence) 1998-2001 and founding Chief Executive of the Defence Science and Technology Agency 2000-2002. Prof Su was a founding Board member of the National Science and Technology Board and served as Deputy Chairman from 1998 to 2000.
Professor Su is a President's Scholar, Registered Professional Engineer, Founding Fellow of the Singapore Academy of Engineering and the ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology. He is also Honorary Fellow and Past President of the Institution of Engineers, Singapore. His professional awards include FEIAP (Federation of Engineering Institutions of the Asia Pacific) Engineer of the Year 2011, National Science and Technology Medal 2003, Singapore Computer Society Hall of Fame Award 2003, IES/IEEE Joint Medal of Excellence 2002 and ASEAN Engineering Award 2002.
He was conferred the Meritorious Service Medal 2011, Public Administration Medal (Gold 1998 and Silver 1989), Long Service Medal 1998 and Public Service Medal 1997 by the President of Singapore; the Chevalier of the Legion of Honour 2005 by the President of France, the Friendship Award 2011 by the State Council, China and the Guangdong Friendship Award 2012 by the Guangdong Provincial Governor.