Singapore, 03 August 2020 – The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) announced today that Dr Richard Kwok has been officially inaugurated as the new IES President at the virtual 54th IES Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 25 July 2020.
Currently the Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Trains, and Chief, Joint Readiness Inspection at SMRT Trains Ltd, Dr Kwok succeeded Professor Yeoh Lean Weng and will serve for a two-year term.
“I am humbled and excited to be elected as the 28th President of IES and to serve during this extraordinary time. Engineers play a crucial role in helping Singapore overcome varied challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. I am committed to steer IES, the national society of engineers in Singapore, to support the engineering community in developing innovative solutions to strengthen Singapore’s competitiveness and create a better future for Singaporeans,” said Dr Kwok.
With the support of the IES Council, Dr Kwok will focus on four strategic initiatives during his residency:
A) Elevating the IES Academy and other training platforms to higher standards;
B) Making accreditation processes for IES Registries more holistic and synergistic;
C) Enhancing IES membership value and outreach efforts; and
D) Enabling IES Technical Committees to achieve greater engineering excellence.
With more than 46 years of experience in various technical and management roles, Dr Kwok has made significant contributions in rail, defence, research and education to Singapore through engineering. His previous notable appointments include Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of ST Kinetics, Chief Executive Officer of Advanced Technology Research Centre and Chairman of several research laboratories at Institutes of Higher Learning.
Dr Kwok is also the recipient of multiple prestigious awards, including the Defence Technology Prize 2002 (Individual) from the Ministry of Defence, the Lifelong Learner Award and the Cheng Fook Choon Gold Award in Engineering Process Innovation and Improvement from Singapore Technologies.
– Construction+ Online