Benjamin C.K. Tee, Ph.D
Benjamin Tee is currently Staff Scientist at Institute of Materials Research and Engineering and adjunct Assistant Professor in the National University of Singapore (NUS) and National Technological University (NTU). He is also awarded the prestigious NRF Fellowship in 2017. He obtained his doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2013 and applied a needs-driven R&D approach as a Stanford Biodesign Global Innovation Fellow in 2014.
He has created several new platform technologies for large area tactile sensing for robotics, medical devices and prosthetics applications. His work included designing microstructures to enhance mechanical sensitivity of thin elastic films for use in flexible pressure sensors. In addition, he has also help create highly stretchable yet transparent electrodes for sensing applications. Furthermore, he also created the world’s first repeatably self-healing electronic sensor skin technology. More recently, he developed artifical mechanoreceptors that mimic the digital output of biological mechanoreceptors for potential use in neural prosthetic devices. These works are in several highly cited research papers on electronic sensor skins and wearable technologies in major journals such as Science, Nature Materials and Nature Nanotechnology. He has filed 8 patents, with 3 granted and issued on this work.
Dr. Tee has also won numerous international awards that recognized his work, including the prestigious MIT TR35 Innovators Under 35 Award, MRS Graduate Student Award (Gold) and TSMC Outstanding Student Research Gold and Academy award. He believes in a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach to identifying and solving research questions. He also has entrepreneurial experience and co-founded Privi Medical to create technologies for unmet clinical needs.
He obtained an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering (EE) from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (class of ’03) and a Masters (EE) from Stanford (class of ’06). He is grateful to the people of Singapore for his knowledge acquisition journey.