Faculty Development Program

SUTD Assistant Professors Jason Gu, Sun Jun and Chau Yuen practice "mens et manus" by building wooden cube puzzles in the MIT Hobby Shop.
Photo: John Yong

The MIT-SUTD Faculty Development Program (FDP) is an important piece in the creation of innovative academic culture at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Its role is to help shape the identity and culture of the new SUTD faculty, to promote a spirit of collaboration, and to lay the foundation for a new kind of education that is:

  • based on interdisciplinary courses
  • validated by design projects
  • created through teamwork
  • sustained by research
The program fosters these elements by means of integrated mentorship, building both individual skills and collective understanding. Program instructors Professor de Neufville and Dr. Bagiati aim to help SUTD faculty explore MIT’s institutional culture, and adapt it to their own context.

During the year-long program, visiting faculty participate in bi-weekly seminars or workshops provided by the FDP instructors and invited guests. Topics include various aspects of academic life and pedagogy at MIT. Additional experiences, such as participation in hands-on team projects, provide the visiting faculty with deeper insight into the &ldquot;mind and hand&rdquot; culture of MIT. Visiting faculty are encouraged to partake fully of the MIT academic environment and life, seeking mentorship from senior faculty members, and establishing research collaborations to be pursued upon their return at SUTD.

Our Instructors


richard de neufville

Professor of Engineering Systems and Civil and Environmental Engineering



AIKATERINI (KATERINA) BAGIATI

STEM Curriculum and Pedagogy Expert