Victor Shim is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS). His current research interests include dynamic material behaviour, cellular materials, penetration of high-strength fabrics, and response of components and products to shock loads. He established the Impact Mechanics Laboratory at NUS and is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Impact Engineering. A Singaporean, he went to the University of Auckland in 1973 to pursue his Bachelor’s degree, supported by a scholarship from the New Zealand government. Upon completion, he returned to Singapore to fulfil three years of military service and served as an officer in the artillery. Thereafter, he was appointed an academic tutor at NUS, and concurrently undertook research in sheet-metal forming for his Master’s degree. He then proceeded to Cambridge University in 1982 on an NUS scholarship and did his PhD in Impact Mechanics, returning in 1986 to a faculty position at NUS. He has been a Visiting Scientist at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (1989) and a Visiting Scholar at UC San Diego (1996-97). He is a registered Professional Engineer and a Senior Member of the Institution of Engineers, Singapore. He has received numerous awards for Teaching Excellence and Innovative Teaching, has been conferred a Singapore National Day Public Administration Medal (Silver), has held several senior management appointments at NUS, and is currently the Associate Vice-President for Global Relations. He is also an Independent Non-executive Director of VICOM Ltd, a publicly listed company that provides mechanical and vehicle testing services.

Current Appointments

Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Senior Advisor, NUS Global Relations Office
Associate Editor, International Journal of Impact Engineering
Editorial Board Member, Defence Technology
Independent Non-executive Director, VICOM Ltd

Contact Information

Department of Mechanical Engineering
National University of Singapore
9 Engineering Drive 1, Singapore 117575
Tel: (+65) 6516-2228; Fax: (+65) 6779-1459

Academic/Professional Qualifications/Membership

• PhD, University of Cambridge, UK
• Master of Engineering, National University of Singapore
• Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Honours), University of Auckland, New Zealand
• PEng, Singapore Professional Engineers Board
• Senior Member, IES (Institution of Engineers, Singapore)


• Commonwealth Colombo Plan Scholar, Auckland University (1973-76)
• Mechanical Engineer, Auckland, New Zealand (1976-77)
• Military Service, Singapore Armed Forces (Officer Training; Artillery Officer,1977-80)
• Tutor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, NUS (1980-82)
• Overseas Research Scholar, University of Cambridge, (1982-86)
• Academic Faculty, Department of Mechanical Engineering, NUS (1986-present)
• Visiting Scientist (JSPS-sponsored), Tokyo Institute of Technology (Oct 1989)
• Visiting Scholar, University of California, San Diego (1996-97)

Research Interests

• Impact Mechanics and Dynamic Stress Analysis
• Dynamic Behaviour of Materials (metallic/polymeric/nanocomposite)
• Mechanics of Cellular and 3D-printed Materials
• Ballistic penetration of high-strength fabric
• Response of products and components to impact

Established the Impact Mechanics Laboratory at NUS in 1991. The Lab has facilities for high speed mechanical/materials testing, such as drop testers, gas guns, Hopkinson/Kolsky bars, temperature chambers, high-speed optical and infra-red cameras, microscopes, dynamic force, acceleration and velocity sensors with accompanying signal conditioning and high-speed digital data storage equipment. Computer workstations with finite-element software enable numerical and simulation work. The laboratory facilitates fundamental and applied research, as well as collaboration with and services to industry.

Major Management / Administrative Responsibilities

• Senior Advisor, NUS Global Relations Office (2021)
• Associate Vice-President, NUS Global Relations Office (2018-2020)
• Vice-Dean (External Relations & Outreach), Faculty of Engineering (2008-2017)
• Department Deputy Chair (Outreach), Dept. of Mechanical Engineering (2005-08)
• Member, Faculty Promotion and Tenure Committee (2006-08)
• Director, NUS Office of Corporate Relations (2003-05)
• Head of External Relations, NUS Office of University Relations (1999-2000)
• Assistant Dean, Faculty of Engineering (1995-96)
• Department Deputy Chair (Administration), Dept. of Mechanical Engineering (1996, 97-99)