Prof Harcharan Singh was the Founding Dean of the school established in 1988. He served in this capacity till 2002.
Prof Singh had formed the school, originally named as the School of Applied Sciences (SAS), together with 6 faculty and a few technicians. He relentlessly pursued to implement a new undergraduate degree programme in Computer Engineering, the first of its kind in Singapore.
Prof Singh was awarded the National Day Award - Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2001.