Appointed Board Member - Dr. Kok Kwang Phoon

Dr. Kok Kwang Phoon

Kok‐Kwang Phoon, PhD, PEng, FSEng, FIES, FASCE is Distinguished Professor and Vice Provost (Academic Personnel), National University of Singapore. In his capacity as Vice Provost, Dr Phoon works with the Provost in academic personnel matters including recruitment and development, benchmarking and resource allocation.  He is a Professional Engineer in Singapore, an ASEAN Chartered Professional Engineer, and past President of the Geotechnical Society of Singapore.

He received his BEng (First Class Honours) and MEng from the National University of Singapore and his PhD from Cornell University where his research on reliability‐based design has influenced recent codes and specifications, including the 4th edition of ISO2394:2015.    Dr. Phoon’s main research focus is on risk and reliability in geotechnical engineering.   His research has garnered more than 6700 cites (h‐index 42) in Google.   He is the lead editor of 3 books: Reliability of Geotechnical Structures in ISO2394 (CRC Press/Balkema, 2016), Risk and Reliability in Geotechnical Engineering (CRC Press, 2015), and Reliability‐Based Design in Geotechnical Engineering (Spon Press, 2008).

His 2003 ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering paper was awarded the 2005 Norman Medal, the highest and most prestigious technical paper award in ASCE.   His 1999 Canadian Geotechnical Journal paper is listed as the second highest cited paper by the journal.  In 2010, he was conferred the highest research award, Outstanding Researcher Award, by the National University of Singapore and he was appointed the Kwang‐Hua (光华) Chair Professor by Tongji University, China.   He was appointed as Provost’s Chair Professor in 2011, Distinguished Professor in 2013, and conferred several university teaching awards, including the Annual Teaching Excellence Award and the Engineering Educator Award. In 2012, he was elected Fellow of the Academy of Engineering Singapore (FSEng).  In 2014, he was conferred the John Booker Medal by IACMAG.

He is the founding editor of Georisk (Taylor & Francis) and he is presently serving on the editorial board for the Canadian Geotechnical Journal (NRC), International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics (Wiley), Environmental Geotechnics (ICE), and Structural Safety (Elsevier).    He has delivered more than 100 presentations in 24 countries 75 cities around the world, including the inaugural S.L. Lee Lecture in Singapore, 11th J.E. Jennings Memorial Lecture in South Africa, 10th Sun Jun Lecture in China, and the 4th Wilson Tang Lecture in the Netherlands.

Dr. Phoon has been active in coordinating and promoting geotechnical risk analysis and reliability‐based design codes. He is current Chair of TC304 ‐ Engineering Practice of Risk Assessment and Management, International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE). He was past Chair of the Geo‐Institute Technical Committee on Risk Assessment and Management. He led both committees to secure the ISSMGE Outstanding Technical Committee Award (2013) and the ASCE Geo‐Institute Committee of the Year Award (2007).  He is a current board member of the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics, executive board member of the International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability, Chair Professor of The Innovation Center for Disaster Prevention in Civil Engineering, Tongji University, and a strategic advisory board member, Taiwan Building Technology Centre, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. Dr Phoon is currently driving the Lloyd’s Register Foundation Institute on Public Understanding of Risk as Interim Director. This multi‐disciplinary institute is set up to understand public perception and processes underlying attitude formation and change with the goal of enhancing dialogue between policy makers, regulators, scientists, media, and the general public.