Academic Profile : Faculty

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Prof Er Meng Hwa
Emeritus Professor, School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Professor Er Meng Hwa is currently an Emeritus Professor with the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Professor Er Meng Hwa has a long track record of distinguished academic and administrative service to Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore in various top leadership positions, including Deputy President, Acting Provost, Vice President (International Affairs), Senior Associate Provost, Dean of School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Acting Dean of Graduate Studies. He had also founded the Centre for Signal Processing and NTU Satellite Engineering Programme and served as the Founding Dean of College of Engineering. He was elected to NTU Senate and Advisory Board of NTU Academic Council. He also served on NTU Senate Education Committee and NTU Teaching Council.

His illustrious career over a span of 38 years has been characterised by outstanding contributions to education, research, management and public service, all of which have combined to see him receive a number of significant honours for his work. These honours include being the first Singaporean and first academic in Asia to be conferred the prestigious title of Honorary Fellow by the London-based Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) in 2005 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to engineering research, education, public and social services. In 2016, he was named one of the world’s 126 most influential engineers –and the only Singaporean in this group – by Britain’s Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). In 2017, he was conferred the degree of Doctor of Engineering, honoris causa by the University of Newcastle in recognition of his illustrious list of achievements and contributions to his field. He was presented the IES-IEEE Joint Medal of Excellence in 2015 for playing a pivotal role in innovating and revolutionising scientific research and education. He was conferred the prestigious Alumni Medal for Professional Excellence in 2016 by the University of Newcastle in recognition of an outstanding record of professional excellence in leadership, knowledge and professional practice. He was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Gold), National Day Awards by the President of the Republic of Singapore in 2006 for his significant contribution to the growth and international standing of NTU. He received the IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award in 2001. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award 2021 by NUS Faculty of Engineering for his outstanding contributions to the engineering profession. He is featured in the Who’s Who in Engineering, Singapore (3rd Edition) by the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES), 2020, profiling some 250 outstanding engineers and recognising their contributions to Singapore’s development and progress. He is the recipient of the EEE Year 1 and 2 Teaching Excellence Award for Academic Year 2020/21. In recognition of his immense contributions to engineering education and research, NTU and Singapore education as a whole, he was awarded the prestigious Nanyang Award for Meritorious Achievement in 2023. Following retirement from his academic career, he was conferred the prestigious honorary title of Emeritus Professor in recognition of his distinguished scholarship and exemplary service in 2023.

His outstanding contribution to engineering, education and public service is underpinned by an impressive research track record in the fields of smart antenna array signal processing, satellite communications, computer vision and optimisation techniques. He has secured and completed a total of 32 research projects with a cumulative grant value of approximately S$49 million and has published over 266 papers in international journals and conference proceedings and 6 book chapters. He also holds 5 patents. In pursuing excellence, he spearheaded the development of core capabilities in satellite communication technology and Low Earth Orbit (LEO) micro-satellite technology in collaboration with DSO National Labs which led to the successful launch of the first Singapore designed and built experimental micro-satellite (X-Sat) in 2011. It has put NTU and Singapore on the world map in micro-satellite technology. His contribution in micro-satellite technology has been featured in NTU's 30th anniversary celebration commemorative book - 30 Years of Momentum. 

Internationally, he has been invited by Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) to serve on its 8-member International Advisory Board in its 125 years history. He was invited to serve on the International Advisory Board (IAB) for the University of Oman Project by the Government of the Sultanate of Oman. He was also invited by Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan to serve as Tokyo Tech Advisor for Education. He served as the Secretary General of the Global Alliance of Technological Universities (GlobalTech). He chaired the Asian Science and Technology Pioneering Institutes of Research and Education (ASPIRE) League and the Steering Committee of the ASEAN University Network (AUN)/SEED-Net. He served on the Executive Committee of the Global Engineering Education Exchange (Global E3) under the Institute of International Education (IIE), New York. He also served on the Administrative Board of the Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL) and the Steering Committee of the Presidents’ Forum of Southeast Asia and Taiwan Universities (SATU Presidents’ Forum). He was invited as keynote speaker/panellist at several international conferences and summits including THE Young Universities Summit, THE Research Excellence Summit, QS-APPLE Conference and W100 Annual Conference. He was also invited by THE as the inaugural speaker for its "THE In-Conversation" series. He has been invited to conduct sharing sessions on "Strategies for Internationalization of University" for more than 400 universities from China, India and ASEAN countries under the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration (NCPA), Nanyang Business School (NBS), and NIE International (NIEI) Executive Programmes.

Currently, he serves on the Board of Governors of NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, and the Executive Committee of the Academy of Engineering, Singapore (SAEng). He is the Discipline Expert on "Singapore as a Connected City", appointed by SAEng. His previous board involvements include : ST Engineering Satellite Systems Pte Ltd, TCM Practitioners Board, NIE International Pte Ltd (as Chairman from 2012 to 2015), Singapore Sports School, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore-MIT Alliance, Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Centre for Strategic Infocom Technologies, NIE Council, SP PowerGrid Limited, Professional Engineers Board, Engineering Accreditation Board, IES Council, DSO National Laboratories, PowerGrid Ltd, Singapore Polytechnic, Kent Ridge Digital Labs, Data Storage Institute, Nanofilm Technologies International Pte Ltd, Singapore Technologies (ST) Electronics Ltd, NTU Ventures Pte Ltd (Chairman), BITwave Pte Ltd, NTI/NTU Council, Nanyang Polytechnic – FSI Management Council, National IT Skills Certification Programme, and Centre for Signal Processing. 

He had served on numerous NTU’s committees and national committees and as consultant to MNC and local companies. His contributions to the public and community are extensive and over the course of three decades. He had been invited by Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) to chair a Review Panel to review SUSS Education System in 2021. He served on SIM Academic Quality Panel, SIM International Academic Panel, SIM University External Academic Audit Panel, Ngee Ann Polytechnic School of Engineering Review Committee (Chairman) and Republic Polytechnic International Academic Review Panel. He chaired the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Advisory Committee of Singapore Polytechnic.

He received his BEng (Electrical) degree with First Class Honours from National University of Singapore (NUS) and PhD degree in electrical and computer engineering from University of Newcastle (UON), Australia under a UON postgraduate research scholarship. His PhD work was patented by the Commonwealth Government of Australia and UON. He attended NATO Advanced Study Institute under a Fellowship programme.

He is a Life Fellow of IEEE and IES, a Honorary Fellow of IEE and ASEAN Federations of Engineering Organisations (AFEO), a Fellow of AAIA, a Fellow of Academy of Engineering, Singapore (SAEng) and ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology (AAET), a registered Professional Engineer (PE) and ASEAN Chartered Professional Engineer (ACPE).

1. Array Signal Processing - Robust Broadband and Narrowband Beamforming Techniques - Basic Array Theory & Pattern Synthesis Techniques - Partially Adaptive Array Design - Microphone Array Design - Audio Beam Loudspeakers 

2. Image Processing and Computer Vision - Image Processing of VLSI Chips - Images Resolution Enhancement Techniques - Medical Imaging 

3. Satellite Communications - LEO Satellite Communications Technology 

4. Optimization Techniques - Constrained and Unconstrained Optimization Techniques 

5. DSP Applications & Implementations - Surround Sound System - RSA Cryptosystem - Microphone Array - Audio Beam Loudspeakers 

Secured and completed a total of 32 research projects with an accumulative grant of $48,706,851.