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Prof Ooi Kim Tiow
Professor, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
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Dr. Ooi Kim Tiow is currently a Professor at the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. In addition to his academic duties, he also serves as the Chairman of NTU's Teaching Council. Over the years, Dr. Ooi has held several positions, including Associate Vice President of Alumni Engagement and Associate Provost for Alumni. Within MAE, he has served as Chair of the School, Associate Chair (Academic), and Assistant Chair (Students).

He obtained his BEng and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, U.K., in 1986 and 1990, respectively. Throughout his 30-year career at the university, Dr. Ooi has been bestowed the Teacher of the Year Award thrice and has received The Nanyang Award for Excellence in Teaching twice. He is also recognized as a prolific inventor, with numerous patents to his name, some of which have been successfully commercialized.

His innovative works have won numerous local and international awards, including the World's Best Technology Showcase in the USA in 2009. In 2014, he was honored with the Nanyang Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award. Subsequently, in 2017, he received the Institute of Mechanical Engineering in the UK's Fluid Mechanics Group-Donald Julius Groen Prize. In 2019, he was awarded the TECO Green Tech International Competition Bronze Medal. Most recently, in 2021, he attained the Gold Award at the International Borneo Innovation Exhibition and Competition.

Dr. Ooi has authored more than 150 research papers published in international journals and conferences, and he currently holds editorial roles, including Editor in Chief, Associate Editor, and Editorial Board Member for various international journals. Furthermore, he plays an active role on international advisory boards for conferences in the UK, Europe, Korea, China, and India.

Dr. Ooi is a co-author of a book and chapters in encyclopaedias. His expertise is sought after by engineering companies both locally and internationally. He is also a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHARE).
Flow and heat transfer study of refrigeration system and cooling system, in particular the refrigeration compressor. Detail mathematical simualtion and measurement of compressor performance. Novel compressor designs and performance improvement. Microchannel flow and heat transfer. Optimisation design of refrigeration components and systems. Recently he also researches into enhanced microchannel heat transfer in macro geometry.
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