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My name is Lee Chu Keong (“Lee” is my surname), and I am a teacher. I come from Klang, a pretty big town in Malaysia (in the state of Selangor Darul Ehsan) about an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur. Klang is famous for its bak kut teh and its crows. In Klang, I studied at the La Salle Primary (Standard 1 to 6) and Secondary (Form 1 to 5) Schools, and then at the Anglo Chinese School (Lower and Upper 6). In 1986, After obtaining my STPM (the Malaysian version of the A-Levels) results, I came over to Singapore to study. I chose to study chemical engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and I graduated in 1990. This makes me a chemical engineer by training.

After graduating, the first organisation I worked for was McDermott South East Asia, where I was a process engineer.  I pretty much worked on ChemShare’s Design II simulation software, the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet, and Wolfram Mathematica every day at McDermott, and became pretty proficient at them. After about a year at McDermott, I decided to try teaching.  I have been at it since then.

The first school I taught at was Singapore Polytechnic (in the Chemical Process Technology Department, now called the School of Chemical and Life Sciences). At Singapore Polytechnic, I was a "plumber". This meant that I taught a variety of subjects, depending on the "requirements and exigencies of the polytechnic". My stint at SP taught me how to be flexible. I could be teaching organic chemistry to industrial technology students one semester and the foundation of optics to optometry students the next (this actually happened). I taught at Singapore Polytechnic for slightly over eight years. Next, I taught for a short time (slightly less than two years) at Temasek Polytechnic.

In 1997 (while I was still teaching at Singapore Polytechnic), I decided to pursue my masters at Nanyang Technological University. I took a long time, but finally graduated in 2000 with a Master of Science (Information Studies). Right after graduating, I started teaching at NTU, and there, I was inspired to do my doctoral studies. Professors Schubert Foo and Suliman Hawamdeh were my doctoral supervisors. They pretty much left me to chart my on course, to find my own area, and to do my own thing. I graduated with a PhD in 2008.  Sometimes, life comes a full circle.  In 2016, I became the programme director for the Master of Science (Information Studies), the very programme I studied some twenty years before. One of the things many potential applicants to the MSc (Information Studies) programme ask me is this: What can I do after completing the programme? I've never said it, but certainly, one possibility is to become its programme director some day.

Today (approximately 28 years after I taught my first class, gasp!), I teach at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI), in Nanyang Technological University.  For fifteen years, I taught in two postgraduate programmes, namely, the Master of Science (Information Studies) and Master of Science (Knowledge Management).  In 2015, I taught the undergraduates for the very first time (Foundations of Information Analytics (CS2400), in the Information Analytics track).  In 2016, the powers that be at WKWSCI made the Information Analytics module a core module (so CS2400 does not belong to any track any more).  I guess I’ll be teaching this module for some time to come.

I am currently the programme director for the Master of Science (Knowledge Management) programme, and for a brief period (about 2 years), I was also the programme director of the Master of Science (Information Studies) programme.  I have diverse interest, and I have taught various modules in both the MSc (Knowledge Management) and MSc (Information Studies) programmes — Music and Art Sources and Services; Science and Technology Sources and Services; Management and Business Sources and Services; Sources and Searching; Foundations of Knowledge Management; and Information and Knowledge Assets.

From 1st July 2018, I took on the role of Associate Chair (Students).

Whatever role, appointment, position, or responsibility I take on, at the end of the day, I am still a teacher, and teaching is something I enjoy doing very much. Perhaps because of this, I’ve been told that I’m a “natural” and “authentic” teacher.  I am humbled that I won the Nanyang Education Award (School Level) in March 2015, mostly by having fun.  I’m really blessed because I’m doing what I love, and I'm being paid for doing it.

I like to experiment, and now, I am experimenting with teaching using stamps and first day covers.  I take my students out on walks sometimes, because I think walking can help them think “out-of-the-box”.  They also tell me things they would not otherwise tell me during these walks.

Other than teaching, two projects occupy quite a bit of my time:

(I) Things.Photos (

Things.Photos is a digital library of artefacts (manmade things) from around the world.  (More about here.)

(II) The Mathematics Digital Library, or MathDL (

The Mathematics Digital Library (MathDL) is a digital library of mathematics questions, taken mostly from out-of-print (but not necessarily out-of-copyright) mathematics textbooks. (More about MathDL here.)

In my free time, I'm trying to learn Python. Take it from me -- it's not easy, but then, I'm reminded that "Nothing Great is Easy" is inscribed on Matthew Webb's memorrial.

Once again, thank you for dropping by, and thank you also, for reading a little about me. If you're ever at the Nanyang Technological University, drop by for tea or coffee!




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