As the Group Director of Building & Research Institute (BRI), a research set-up under the Housing & Development Board (HDB) of Singapore, Dr Wong is responsible for leading HDB’s efforts in spearheading new innovative, cost effective solutions and technologies to create a better living environment and achieve greater sustainability.
Dr Wong has been involved in many research studies on areas relating to building materials, acoustics, prefabrication technology, urban solutions and systems, construction technology and environmental sustainability. He is also responsible for promoting smart and sustainable development initiatives in HDB buildings and estates. Some of the initiatives which he spearheaded included the development of green roof tray system, HDB Smart Town framework, deployment of solar energy systems in public housing and connection systems for precast application and complex urban systems modelling. Dr Wong is driving the holistic and comprehensive sustainable development framework to guide the development of Punggol Eco-Town. In driving Singapore’s Smart Nation agenda, HDB is championing the Smart Urban Habitat Domain and Dr Wong co-chairs an inter-agency working committee to spearhead the Smart town efforts, which aims to leverage smart technologies to make towns and estates more liveable, efficient, safe and sustainable.
Dr Wong graduated with a first class honours degree in Bachelor of Engineering in 1993 from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom and obtained a Ph.D in Civil & Structural Engineering from the same University in 1997. With notable contributions to his field of work as a Professional Engineer, Dr Wong has been conferred several awards including the Henry-Boot Award, Laverick-Webster-Hewitt Award, the Institute of Civil Engineers Award and Public Administration Medal (Silver) for his contributions to the Public Sector. He and his team have been conferred several awards, including the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) Singapore Structural Award, ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO) ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award and Energy Globe Award in 2016.
Dr Wong is also a Board member of the Singapore Green Building Council and represents HDB in the Green Mark Advisory Committee.