Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
KEC 1007

Speaker Information

Ali Asghar Mirarefi
Senior Coordinator
International Research Program of the Advanced Digital Sciences Center
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Abstract

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) has developed deep relations with educational and
research institutions in Singapore.

Over the past two decades, Illinois has been successful to build Joint Degree program in Chemical and
Biomolecular Engineering with National University of Singapore (NUS), a PhD partnership program
(AUIP) with Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and currently has physical presence
in Singapore through creating and operating a research center in IT area, called Advanced Digital
Sciences Center, ADSC, funded by A*STAR.

A*STAR is the lead agency for fostering world-class scientific research and talent for a vibrant
knowledge-based and innovation-driven Singapore. A*STAR oversees 14 biomedical sciences (BMRC)
and physical sciences and engineering (SERC) research institutes (RIs), and six consortia & centers,
located in Biopolis and Fusionopolis as well as their immediate vicinity.

Top ranked local universities; the National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological
University (NTU), Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), and Singapore Management
University (SMU) offer scholarships and opportunities to qualified international students to pursue PhD
studies on their campuses.

In addition, A*STAR offers 3-month internship opportunities at their Research Institutes (RIs), under a
program named SIPGA, to qualified international students to develop interest in research and pursuing
PhD studies.

In collaboration with local universities, A*STAR also offers 4-year scholarships to qualified international
students to pursue their PhDs in Singapore while carrying their research at universities or RIs under a
program called SINGA.

To expand collaborations with other universities, A*STAR also provides opportunities and scholarship to
currently enrolled PhD students in their home institutions to come to Singapore, take advantage of
excellent facilities in RIs and continue their PhD research for a period of 1 to 2 years while co-supervised
by scientists at RIs under a program called, ARAP.

As A*STAR funded research center, ADSC admits Interns and PhD candidates who will carry out their
research under the supervision of Illinois faculty and researchers in the research center located in
Fusionopolis and receive a degree from local universities. ADSC also can host currently enrolled PhD
students in their home institutions under the ARAP program.

Speaker Bio

Prof. Mirarefi, a retired member of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is currently the Senior Coordinator, International Research Program of the Advanced Digital Sciences Center, ADSC, which is a center for research led by faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

ADSC is fully funded by the Agency of Science, Technology and Research, A*STAR, and is located at the Fusionopolis research facility in Singapore.

Prior to his retirement, Prof. Mirarefi had served in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and then as the Director of International Research Partnerships, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign responsible. He has been instrumental in building research programs and collaborations with reputable universities and research institute around the world.