S.K. Chou obtained a B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Singapore, and a D.E.A. and Doctor-Ingenieur from Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Arts et Metiers, Paris, under a French Government Scholarship. He joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore, as a lecturer, in 1980, and is presently Professor. He is jointly appointed to the NUS Energy Studies Institute as its Executive Director.From 1990 to 1992, he was seconded to the Science Council of Singapore and the National Science and Technology Board as Executive Director. In 1992, he helped establish the NUS Industry and Technology Relations Office (INTRO), where he was Director from 1992 to 2000. In 1995, he helped found the NUS Technology Holdings Pte Ltd (NUSH), a wholly-owned NUS company responsible for seeding new technology start-ups from university research and inventions. He held the position of Managing Director of NUSH from 1995 to 2001. He was Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, NUS, from 1998 to 2003, and Vice-Dean (External and Industry Relations) of the Faculty of Engineering from 2003 to 2008.
Just after graduating from Hyderabad University, India (1993) in the area of Solid State Ionics, Dr. Palani Balaya joined IISc, Bangalore as a Research Associate (1994-1996) and worked on insulating materials. He later joined the Inter University Consortium Mumbai, as a Scientist (1996-2001) before moving to Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart as a Guest Scientist (2001-2006) to work in the area of Nano-ionics. Dr. Palani Balaya joined the Faculty of Engineering, NUS as an Assistant Professor in January 2007. Since July 2014, he works as an Associate Professor at NUS. His research areas include energy conversion and storage. Specifically he works on fast chargeable lithium-ion battery for EV applications, sodium-ion battery for micro-grid and solar housing applications. He is one of the founding members of Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore in NUS. He serves as a Topical (Battery, Fuel Cell, Capacitor) Editor for the Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry. He was recipient of Global Star Award (2015) from American Ceramic Society, prestigious US DARPA grant twice on battery research, the Max Planck Fellowship etc., He has served in Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change as a Co-ordinating Lead Author for the Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation, in 2011. He serves in international advisory boards for several conferences on Energy Storage, also has successfully organized several conferences/ symposia on Batteries and Energy Storage in Singapore, USA, Canada, Mexico etc. Up to date, he has published 75 articles, filed 8 patents during his stay at NUS and delivered 45 invited/keynote talks since 2007.