Koh Tieh Yong graduated from Imperial College with First Class Honours in Physics in 1994 and obtained his PhD in Atmospheric Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001. He was a Visiting Scientist with Ecole Polytéchnique at Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique and then a Research Scientist with Temasek Laboratories at National University of Singapore. In 2004, he became an Assistant Professor at School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University and later gained tenure as Associate Professor. In 2016, he moved to Singapore University of Social Sciences to teach Sustainability Science. As of 2023, he is pursuing further studies in Mathematical Physics. He continues to engage in consultancy and run workshops on Weather, Climate and Sustainabiliy Science.
Tieh Yong received Koh Boon Hwee Scholars Award three times in 2011-2012 for inspirational teaching and Nanyang Education Award 2013. He was one of three examiners in Asian Physics Olympiad 2014. He served in the 2019 Curriculum Review Committee for Pre-University Geography under Ministry of Education, Singapore. In research, he was an expert reviewer for Fifth Assessment Report of Inter-governmental Panel for Climate Change (2013) and contributed to ASEAN State of Climate Change Report (2021). He was a secretary for Atmospheric Sciences section of Asia Oceania Geosciences Society from 2010 to 2022. He is an editor for "Scientific Online Letters on the Atmosphere" and currently co-chairs the Working Group for Asia-Australia Monsoon under World Meteorological Organization.
Tieh Yong is passionate about mathematical physics, atmospheric dynamics, geophysical mixing, and Southeast Asian weather and climate. He applies his knowledge to support sustainable development of society.