Lim Seh Chun
Professor & Associate Provost for Student Affairs
Telephone: +65 6499 4567
Pillar / Cluster: Engineering Product Development
Seh Chun began his role at SUTD in May 2014. Prior to joining SUTD, he was the Deputy Dean of Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He also oversaw the Design-Centric Programme in the NUS Engineering Faculty. During that period, he chaired the NUS Institutional Laboratory Safety Committee, and was a member of the NUS Nominating Committee for Honorary Degrees and Emeritus Professorships. He was also the former Head of the NUS Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chief of Staff at the NUS President’s Office/Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Acting Director of Institutional Resources, and an Associate President. He was appointed the first Chairman of the NUS University Promotion & Tenure Committee, and served as Chairman of two NUS business entities: Singapore University Press and WizLearn Pte Ltd.
Seh Chun is well known internationally for his work with Prof Mike Ashby in the development and construction of wear-mechanism maps. He has authored/co-authored a number of well-cited papers on wear-mechanism maps and made invited presentations at prestigious international conferences, including the Gordon Research Conference in Tribology and the World Tribology Congress. He has been involved in organising international conferences in areas such as Engineering Materials and Tribology, including chairing the first International Conference on Advanced Tribology, Singapore; and co-chairing the series of International Conferences on Materials for Advanced Technology ICMAT2003 to ICMAT2009, Singapore. He has also served as member of Scientific or Advisory Committee of a number of international conferences in Tribology and Materials Education. He is co-organising with Prof Mike Ashby of Cambridge University, the first Asian Symposium on Materials Education to be held in Singapore in December 2014.
Seh Chun has been involved in a number of Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) review panels. He is currently a member of the review panel for the A*STAR Joint Council Office (JCO) project grants. He sits on the Board of SBS Transit Ltd and the Board of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra as well as serving as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra.
- 1977 BA (Hons) Engineering Science, Oxford University
- 1983 MA, Oxford University
- 1983 MEng National University of Singapore
- 1986 PhD Cambridge University
- Tribology of engineering materials
Awards and Achievements
- 1974 Singapore Public Service Commission (PSC) Overseas Merit Scholarship
- 1975 St John’s College, Oxford, Scholarship
- 1975 St John’s College, Oxford, Book prize
- 1982 National University of Singapore (NUS) Overseas Graduate Scholarship
- 1991 Fellow, The Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK
- 1991 Chartered Engineer (C.Eng.), UK
- 1993 Fellow, The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, UK
- 1994 Professional Engineer (P.Eng.), Singapore
- 1996 Good Service Medal (Singapore Armed Forces)
- 2003 National Service Medal (Singapore Armed Forces)
- 2005 Public Administration Medal (Silver)
- 2006 Long Service Medal
- 2012 Fellow, The Institution of Engineers, Singapore
- Lim SC and Brunton JH, “A dynamic wear rig for the scanning electron microscope”, Wear, Vol. 101, 1985, pp. 81-91.
- Lim SC and Ashby MF, “Wear-mechanism maps”, Acta Metallurgica, Vol. 35, 1987, pp. 1-24.
- Lim SC, Ashby MF and Brunton JH, “Wear-rate transitions and their relationship to wear mechanisms”, Acta Metallurgica, Vol. 35, 1987, pp. 1343-1348.
- Lim SC, Ashby MF and Brunton JH, “The effects of sliding conditions on the dry friction of metals”, Acta Metallurgica, Vol. 37, 1989, pp. 767-772.
- Lim SC, Liu YB, Lee SH and Seah KHW, “Mapping the wear of some cutting-tool materials”, Wear, Vol. 162-164, 1993, pp. 971-974.
- Lim SC, Lim CYH and Lee KS, “The effects of machining conditions on the flank wear of TiN-coated high speed steel tool inserts”, Wear, Vol. 181-183, 1995, pp. 901-912.
- Lim SC, “Recent developments in wear-mechanism maps”, Tribology International, Vol. 31, 1998, pp. 87-97.
- Lim SC and Lim CYH, “Effective use of coated tools – the wear-map approach”, Surface & Coatings Technology, Vol. 139, 2001, pp. 127-134.
- Lim SC, “The relevance of wear-mechanism maps to mild-oxidational wear”, Tribology International, Vol. 35, 2002, pp. 717-723.
- Lim CYH, Lim SC and Gupta M, “Wear behaviour of SiCp reinforced magnesium matrix composite”, Wear, Vol. 255, 2003, pp.629-637.
- Lim SC, “Wear maps”, in Encyclopedia of Tribology, Q. Jane Wang and Yip-Wah Chung (ed), Springer-Verlag, 2013, pp 4007-4012.
- Sinha SK, Satyanarayana N and Lim SC (ed), “Nano-tribology and Materials in MEMS”, Springer-Verlag, 2013, ISBN 978-3-642-36935-3.