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Leong Eng Choon








Associate Professor
BEng (Hons), MEng, PhD, Sr. MIES, MSEAGS, MASCE, PEng (Singapore)
Office: N1-01c-80
Tel: (65) 6790-4774
Email: cecleong@ntu.edu.sg




Education

  • BEng (Hons), National University of Singapore
  • MEng, National University of Singapore
  • PhD, The University of Western Australia

Career details

  • Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological University
  • Senior Lecturer, Nanyang Technological University
  • Lecturer, Nanyang Technological University

Official Appointments

  • Head of Division: 2005-2008

Member of Professional Societies

  • Member, Southeast Asian Geotechnical Society
  • Senior, Member, Institution of Engineers Singapore Member, Institution of Engineers Singapore
  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Professional Engineer, Singapore

Editorial Board Member

  • Environmental Geotechnics
  • International Journal Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment
  • Canadian Geotechnical Journal
  • Geotechnical Engineering Journal of the SEAGS & AGSSEA


Main research interest

  • Unsaturated Soils
  • Soil Dynamics
  • Advanced Laboratory and Field Tests
  • Numerical Modelling
  • Foundation Engineering

Current research project

  • Tree risk management: Parameterization of mechanistic wind risk models in Singapore
  • The Development of Slope Management and Susceptibility Geographical Information System
  • New soil-water management technologies for sustainable urban greenery


  • Cheng, Z., Leong, E.C. (2018) Determination of damping ratios for soils using bender element tests Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, 111(8): 8-13.
  • Wijaya, M. and Leong, E.C. (2016). Equation for unimodal and bimodal soil-water characteristic curves, Soils and Foundations, 56(2): 291-300.
  • Leong, E.C. and Wijaya, M. (2015). Universal soil shrinkage curve equation. Geoderma, 237–238: 78–87.
  • Aung, A. M. W.; Leong, E. C. (2015). Application of weighted average velocity (WAVe) method to determine Vs,30, Soils and Foundations. 55(3): 548-558.
  • Cheng, Z. and Leong, E.C. (2014). A hybrid bender element – ultrasonic system for measurement of wave velocity in soils. ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal, 37(3): 377–388.
  • Leong, E.C. and Aung, A.M.W. 2013. Global Inversion of Surface Waves Dispersion Curves Based on Improved Weighted Average Velocity (WAVe) Method, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 139(12): 2156-2169, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0000939
  • Leong E.C. and Rahardjo H., 2012. Two and three-dimensional slope stability reanalyses of Bukit Batok slope. Computers & Geotechnics, 42(1):81-88. doi:10.1016/j.compgeo.2012.01.001.
  • Leong, E.C., T.T. Nyunt, K.S. Low, 2011. Local Displacement Transducer With Anderson Loop. Geotechnical Testing Journal, 34(6): 676-684.
  • Leong, E.C., Anand, S., Lim, C.H., 2011. Mitigation of Ground Shock Effects on Buried Structures–Advantages of Unsaturated Ground, Applied Mechanics and Materials, 82: 740-745, doi:10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMM.82.740.
  • Leong, E.C., Zhang, X.-H. and Rahardjo, H., 2011. Calibration of a thermal conductivity sensor for field measurement of matric suction. Geotechnique, 61, doi: 10.1680/geot.9.P.008.
  • Leong, E.C., Lee, C.C. and Low, K.Y., 2009, An active control system for matric suction measurement, Soils and Foundations, 49(5): 807-811.
  • Leong, E.C., Cahyadi, J. and Rahardjo, H., 2009, Measuring shear and compression wave velocities of soil using bender–extender elements, Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 46(7): 792-812.
  • Leong E.C., Widiastuti, S., Lee, C.C. and Rahardjo, H., 2007, Accuracy of suction measurement, Geotechnique, 57(6), pp. 547-556.
  • Leong. E.C., Anand, S., Cheong, H.K. and Lim, C.H., 2007, Re-examination of peak stress and scaled distance due to ground shock, International Journal of Impact Engineering, 34(9), pp. 1487 – 1499.


  • Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment, Excellence in Reviewing, 2018
  • La Trobe Asia Visiting Fellow, 2016
  • National Day Award – Pingat Bakti Setia, 2014
  • Koh Boon Hwee Scholar’s Mentor Award 2012
  • SPRING Singapore Merit Award 2010, 2017
  • SAC Assessor Award (Distinguished) 2010
  • SAC Assessor Award (Bronze) 2005, (Silver) 2006, (Gold) 2009
  • ASTM International Award for “Outstanding Article on the Practice of Geotechnical Testing”, 2006
  • Visiting Scholar, Kyoto University 1998, 1999, 2000
  • Japan Society for Promotion of Science Fellowship 1997, 2003
  • Australian Overseas Postgraduate Research Scholarship 1988-1991
  • University Research Scholarship, National University of Singapore, 1986-1988