An Evening with Ambassador Lui Tuck Yew
Embassy of the Republic of Singapore
You are cordially invited to an exciting evening at the Embassy of the Republic of Singapore with H.E. Lui Tuck Yew, and Rajeev Ram, Prof. of Electrical Engineering at MIT and Researcher with Singapore – MIT Alliance.
Registration will commence at 6:30pm and the event will begin at 7:00pm, starting with a fireside chat with Ambassador Lui Tuck Yew on Singapore and Singapore-US bilateral relations, and Prof. Rajeev Ram on the dynamic faculty research partnerships and student engagement since 2007. This will be followed by a Q&A with members and attendees, networking, and a buffet dinner featuring Singaporean dishes.
Business attire is required. The name and occupations of all guests are also required.
Directions and Parking
The Embassy is located at 3501 International Place NW, Washington DC 20008. Street parking is available. There is no parking at the embassy.
The closest metro station to the Embassy is Van Ness-UDC Metro Station on the Red line of the Metro System. It is approximately 0.3 miles or 7 minutes’ walk away from the Embassy.
This event is hosted by the MIT Club of Washington
H.E. Lui Tuck Yew has been appointed as Singapore’s Ambassador to the United States of America in June 2023.
Mr Lui Tuck Yew was Singapore’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China from November 2019 to April 2023. Prior to this, he was Singapore’s Ambassador to Japan from June 2017 to October 2019. Mr Lui was the Minister for Transport from 2011 to 2015 and concurrently Second Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2011 to 2012 and Second Minister for Defence in 2015. Mr Lui was Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts from 2009 to 2011. He was first elected as Member of Parliament in 2006 and served as a Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts until 2009. Mr Lui was a Singapore Armed Forces (Overseas) scholar and served in the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), rising to the position of Chief of Navy in 1999. Mr Lui was appointed Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore in 2003 and concurrently Deputy Secretary (Land), Ministry of Transport. He joined the Housing and Development Board (HDB) as Chief Executive Officer in 2005.
Mr Lui graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from University of Cambridge, Trinity College United Kingdom in 1983. He subsequently obtained a Master of Arts Degree in International Relations from Tufts University, USA in 1994.
Mr Lui was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) (Military) in 1993, the Public Administration Medal (Gold) (Military) in 2000, and the Long Service Medal in 2005. Mr Lui is married to Madam Teng Soo Fen and they have two children. He enjoys travelling, reading, cricket, baseball and American football.
Rajeev J. Ram has worked in the areas of physical optics and electronics for much of his career. In the early 1990’s, he developed the III‑V wafer bonding technology that led to record brightness light emitting devices at Hewlett-Packard Laboratory in Palo Alto. While at HP Labs, he worked on the first commercial deployment of surface emitting lasers. In the early 1990’s, he developed the first semiconductor laser without population inversion, semiconductor lasers that employ condensation of massive particles, and threshold-less lasers.
Since 1997, Ram has been on the Electrical Engineering faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a member of the Research Laboratory of Electronics. He has served on the Defense Sciences Research Council advising DARPA on new areas for investment and served as a Program Director at the newly founded Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy. At ARPA‑e, he managed a research portfolio exceeding $100M and consulted with the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the White House. His group at MIT has developed record energy-efficient photonics for microprocessor systems, microfluidic systems for the control of cellular metabolism, and the first light-source with greater than 100% electrical-to-optical conversion efficiency. His group’s work on small-scale solar thermoelectric generation is being deployed for rural electrification in the developing world as SolSource and was recognized with the St. Andrews Prize for Energy and the Environment.
Ram holds degrees in Applied Physics from California Institute of Technology and Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.