Faculty Directory


Pan Tso-Chien

Executive Director
Institute of Catastrophe Risk Management

ICRM's Office: N1-B1b-07a
Tel: (65) 6592-1866
Email: CPAN@ntu.edu.sg


  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, California, USA
  • MSCE, University of California, Berkeley, California, USA
  • BSCE, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan

Career details:

  • Professor, Nanyang Technological University
  • Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological University
  • Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological Institute
  • Senior Lecturer, Nanyang Technological Institute
  • Senior Engineer, Advanced Technology Division, Bechtel National, Inc., San Francisco, California, USA
  • Associate Engineer, URS/John A Blume & Associates, San Francisco, California, USA

Official Appointments:

  • Executive Director, Institute of Catastrophe Risk Management, Nanyang Technological University
  • Dean, College of Engineering, NTU (May 2006 - June 2011)
  • Dean, School of Civil & Environmental Engineering, NTU (2005 - 2006)
  • Chair, School of Civil & Environmental Engineering, NTU (2006 - 2007)
  • Member, Management Board, Temasek Laboratories @ NTU
  • Fellow, Renaissance Engineering Programme, NTU

Professional Societies:

  • Fellow, Academy of Engineering, Singapore
  • Fellow, The Institution of Engineers, Singapore
  • Governing Board Member, Global Earthquake Model Foundation, OECD
  • Director, World Seismic Safety Initiative, International Association for Earthquake Engineering
  • Director, International Institute for Construction Technology Information, Japan
  • President, Earthquake Society, Singapore
  • International Advisory Board, Inter-Graduate School Program for Sustainable Development and Survival Societies, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Member, Global Engineering Deans Council
  • Member, Engineering Accreditation Board, The Institute of Engineers, Singapore
  • Member, Advisory Panel, Home Team Academy, Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore
  • Member, Seismological Society of America
  • Member, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, California, USA
  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Member, Structural Engineers Association of Northern California

Professional Registrations/Licenses:

  • Professional Engineer, Singapore, 1997
  • Professional Engineer, California, USA, 1981
  • Professional Engineer, Taiwan, 1975


  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Smart Structures and Systems
  • Editorial Board Member, Institute of Engineering Singapore, Journal A: Civil and Structural Engineering

  • Damage Assessment of buildings subjected to dynamic loading
  • Structural design for blast loading and missile impacts
  • Vibration isolation for structures and equipment
  • Seismic hazard, vulnerability and risk assessments
  • Partial List of Publications

Prize received

  • Defence Technology Prize Individual R&D Award 2010, The Ministry of Defence, Singapore 2010 (in recognition of outstanding leadership and contributions to Singapore’s defence)
  • Defence Technology Prize Team Award 2006, The Ministry of Defence, Singapore 2006 (in recognition of PTRC’s outstanding technological contributions and innovations in the enhancement of infrastructure protection and the optimisation of land use for SAF Applications)
  • The Public Administration Medal (Silver) 2006, Government of Singapore, National Day Honours, 2006
  • Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award 2004, The Institution of Engineers, Singapore, 2004 (in recognition of an outstanding engineering project which has made significant contribution to Singapore’s development)
  • Japanese Government Research Awards for Foreign Specialists, Science and Technology Agency, Prime Minister’s Office, Government Japan, 1996-1998 and 2000-2004