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Research engineer with expertise in materials modeling, including 8 years of experience in algorithm development and implementation, high performance computing, and applied statistics and mathematics.

Work History

Sep 2008Present

Research Engineer

Institute of High Performance Computing, Agency for Science, Technology and Research

Model materials processes: nucleation and growth, and diffusion.

Employ computational methods: kinetic Monte Carlo, molecular dynamics, time cone, moment reconstruction, population balance, cluster analysis, and optimization.

Collaborate on projects in oil and gas, and aerospace.

Publish journal and conference papers, promote open source software, and mentor students.

Jun 2007Aug 2007

Bank Intern

Development Bank of Singapore

Edited credit policy documents.

Developed credit reporting database.

Created process maps outlining operating procedures.

May 2006Aug 2006

Research Assistant

Cornell University

Designed interferometer for noise reduction in single-molecule experiments.

Characterized lasers, optics, and microscopes.

Developed code for data acquisition and analysis.

Jul 2004Aug 2005

Relief Teacher

Raffles Institution

Taught math and science to secondary school classes of 30 students.

Jan 2002May 2004

Military Policeman

Singapore Armed Forces

Enforced military discipline through several operations: anti-riot, spot checks, and offender arrests.

Trained for wartime operations: HQ security, traffic control, and prisoner-of-war management.


Aug 2007May 2008

M.Eng. Engineering Physics

Cornell University

GPA: 4.3

Earned David Delano Clark Award for best project: Compensation of wake-field-driven energy spread in Energy Recovery Linacs.

Aug 2004Dec 2007

B.Sc. (Summa Cum Laude) Engineering Physics

Cornell University

GPA: 4.2

On dean's list every semester.

Earned Trevor R. Cuykendall Outstanding Senior Award.


Software Usage

Unix~Office~LaTeX~Origin~Solaris Studio~Visual Studio~Comsol~Labview

Code Development

C++~Fortran~Java~Visual Basic~Python~Julia~Matlab~Mathematica

High Performance Computing


Language Proficiency



Jhon, M., Lau, Y. H., Quek, S. S., Wu, D. T. (2013). Inverse processing-structure relation for the nucleation and growth mechanism: proceedings of 2012 MRS Fall Meeting held in Boston, 25-29 November 2012, v1524. Cambridge University Press.

Lau, Y. H., & Wu, D. T. (2012). Multiple-to-dominant path collapse of linked-flux model for diffusion-limited nucleation. Journal of Crystal Growth: Special Issue for ICMAT, 362C, 13-15.

Lau, Y. H., P. Iványi & B.H.V. Topping (Eds.). (2011). A provident parallel dynamic Monte Carlo method: proceedings of the Second International Conference on Parallel, Distributed, Grid and Cloud Computing for Engineering held in Ajaccio, 12-15 April 2011. Paper 70. Civil-Comp Press.

G.H. Hoffstaetter, M.G. Billing, Y.H. Lau. (2008). Wake-field Compensation in Energy Recovery Linacs. Proceedings EPAC 08, Genoa/IT, 4340-TUPP039.

G.H. Hoffstaetter, Y.H. Lau. (2008). Compensation of Wakefield-driven Energy Spread in Energy Recovery Linacs. Physical Review ST-AB, 11(7).