Dr. Chian is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, National University of Singapore. He received his PhD and BEng with gold medal from Cambridge University and Nanyang Technological University respectively. His research interests are in earthquake engineering and ground improvement. Dr. Chian’s contribution in earthquake engineering lies in the field of damage vulnerability of underground structures in earthquake induced soil liquefaction. He was funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to carry out reconnaissance missions at the 2009 Padang, 2011 Tohoku and 2016 Muisne earthquakes. Dr. Chian is also an enthusiast of recycling waste material to good use. He is actively involved in collaborative research projects with local government agencies to recycle unwanted and contaminated soils from underground construction projects and sea dredging as construction and fill materials. He is a nominated member of three International Technical Councils under the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE). Dr. Chian also sits in the technical committee of SPRING Singapore to oversee and provide advice on geotechnical engineering practices in Singapore. He is presently the Vice President of the Geotechnical Society of Singapore (GeoSS). Dr. Chian has been invited to speak in a number of international conferences in Singapore, Malaysia and India. Recently, Dr. Chian’s research work at NUS led to his award of the prestigious Top 10 Innovators Under 35 in Asia by the MIT Technology Review in 2016. Other achievements include a 1st Prize in a National Technical Paper Competition and the Best Young Researcher Award at the 8th International Conference on Urban Earthquake Engineering.