Tan Yee Yong

Dr. Tan Yee Yong

Ph.D., B. Eng (Hons.), FHEA
Senior Lecturer
Department of Civil and Construction Engineering

Contact Details
Telephone: +60 85 630 100 Ext: 2461
Location: Skylark 3 Room 334
Email: tan.yee.yong@curtin.edu.my

Research Profile

Scopus Profile: https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=56941205800

Publons Profile: https://publons.com/researcher/2117862/yee-yong-tan/

ORCID Profile: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2780-8056

ResearchGate Profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Yee_Yong_Tan2

Research Interest

  • Vertical flow constructed wetlands
  • Faecal sludge management
  • Reactive transport modelling
  • Wastewater treatment process modelling
  • Nitrogen dynamics in wastewater and sludge treatment


Dr. Tan Yee Yong joined Curtin Malaysia in 2017. He obtained his Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Doctorate of Philosophy from Curtin University Malaysia. His research focuses on the area of subsurface flow constructed wetlands and mathematical modelling of wastewater and faecal sludge treatment.

Academic History

  • PhD Civil and Construction Engineering, Curtin University Malaysia, 2013 – 2017
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons.) Civil and Construction Engineering, Curtin University Malaysia, 2008 – 2012

Professional Experience

  • Programme Coordinator (Environmental Engineering), 2019 – present
  • Senior Lecturer, Curtin Univerisity Maysia, 2021 – present
  • Lecturer, Curtin Univerisity Maysia, 2017 – 2021
  • Tutor/Laboratory Instructor, Curtin University Malaysia, 2013 – 2017
  • Civil Engineer, Reliacon Sdn. Bhd., 2012 – 2013

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy (Fellowship number: 0244162)
  • Graduate Engineer, Board of Engineers Malaysia (Registration number: GE146730A)
  • Member, International Water Association (Membership number: 1617835)
  • Ordinary Member, Malaysian Water Association (Membership number: OM2311)

Professional Activities

  • Organizing Committee, Online Symposium “Challenges and Opportunities of Infrastructure Development in Borneo” 10 – 11 September 2021
  • Conference Secretariat and Moderator, International Symposium of Environmental and Occupational Health (ISEOH) 2020, 25 – 27th November 2020 (Virtual Conference)
  • Scientific Committee, International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE 2020), 12th – 13th March 2020, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Publication Committee, 11th Curtin University Technology, Science and Engineering (CUTSE) International Conference, 26th – 28th November 2018, Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Reviewer, Science of the Total Environment
  • Reviewer, World Journal of Engineering
  • Reviewer, International Journal of Real Estate Studies
  • Researcher, “The potential of groundwater in Malaysia’s resilient urban future”, Newton Fund & British Council Researcher Links, 9th – 12th July 2018, Putrajaya, Malaysia

Subject Taught

  • WSEN2000 Water Quality and Resource Engineering
  • ENEN4009 Environmental Engineering Design
  • ENEN4003 Environmental Integrated Design Project
  • ENEN4004 Geoenvironmental Engineering
  • CVEN2000 Civil Engineering Drawing and Surveying


  • 1 PhD (Ongoing)
  • 1 M.Phil (Ongoing)
  • 11 UG (Completed), 6 UG (Ongoing)



  1. Tan, Yee YongFu Ee Tang, Agus Saptoro. 2021. “Process-based models for nitrogen dynamics in subsurface flow constructed wetlands: A state-of-the-art review.” Environmental Reviews29(4): 491-509. https://doi.org/10.1139/er-2021-0001
  2. Tan, Yee Yong, Fu Ee Tang, Agus Saptoro, Ee Huey Khor. 2020. “Effect of loading rate and sludge deposit on a VFCW treating septage”. Journal of Applied Water Engineering and Research 8(1): 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1080/23249676.2020.1719217
  3. Bui, Jason Jie Xiang, Yee Yong Tan, Fu Ee Tang, Carrie Lee Ing Ho. 2018. “A Tracer Study in a Vertical Flow Constructed Wetland Treating Septage.” World Journal of Engineering Vol. 15 Issue: 3, pp.345-353, https://doi.org/10.1108/WJE-09-2017-0306
  4. Tan, Yee Yong, Fu Ee Tang, Carrie Lee Ing Ho, Valerie Siaw Wee Jong. 2017. “Dewatering and Treatment of Septage Using Vertical Flow Constructed Wetlands”. Technologies 5,70. https://doi.org/10.3390/technologies5040070
  5. Tan, Yee Yong, Fu Ee Tang, Agus Saptoro, Ee Huey Khor. 2015. “Septage Treatment Using Vertical-Flow Engineered Wetalnd: A Critical Review.” Chemical Engineering Transaction 45: 1531-1536. https://doi.org/10.3303/CET1545256

Book Chapters

  1. Tan, Yee Yong, Fu Ee Tang, Agus Saptoro, Ee Huey Khor. 2017. The Interaction between Outflow Dynamics and Removal of NH4+-N in a Vertical Flow Constructed Wetlands Treating Septage. In: Civil, Architecture and Environment Engineering, Volume 2 (Eds: Jimmy C.M. Kao and Wen-Pei Sung), CRC Press/Balkema, pp. 1141-1146.


  1. Tan, Yee Yong, Fu Ee Tang, Carrie Lee Ing Ho, Madeline Wong Shu Zhen. 2019. “Performance evaluation of horizontal flow constructed wetlands as primary and secondary treatment for university campus wastewater” in International Conference on Materials, Technology and Energy, 6 – 8th November 2019, Miri, Malaysia.
  2. Tan, Yee Yong, Fu Ee Tang, Carrie Lee Ing Ho. 2019. “Constructed Wetlands: Sustainable Solution to Managing Domestic Wastewater in the Rural Areas of Sarawak.” In IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, vol. 495, no. 1, p. 012063. IOP Publishing.
  3. Bui, Jason Jie Xiang, Fu Ee Tang, Yee Yong Tan, Kwong Soon Wong, Agus Saptoro. 2019. “Dewatering and Mineralization of Sludge in Vertical Flow Constructed Wetlands: A Review.” In IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, vol. 495, no. 1, p. 012069. IOP Publishing.
  4. Tan, Yee Yong, Fu Ee Tang, Valerie Siaw Wee Jong. 2014. “A Conceptual Model for Simulating the Variably-saturated Flow of a Vertical Flow Engineered Wetland-based Septage Treatment System.” In 14th International Conference Wetland Systems for Water Pollution Control, 12 -14 Oct, Shanghai, People Republic of China.

Research Grants and Consultancy Project 

  1. A New Approach to Fundamental Modelling of Sludge Dewatering Under Low-Pressure Condition, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), Principle-Investigator, RM101,012, Nov 2020 – Nov 2023 (Ongoing)
  2. A study on municipal solid waste management in Northern Sarawak, Eco-Ideal Consulting Sdn Bhd, Consultant/ Team Leader, RM50,000, Feb 2018 – Feb 2019 (Completed)
  3. Development of Sarawak e-Agrifinance in transforming the agricultural sector, Sarawak Multimedia Authority, Co-investigator, RM300,000 (Complete)
  4. Augmented reality (AR) application in student learning for wildlife conservation, Curtin Malaysia Teaching Innovation Projects (CSTIP), Co-investigator, RM2000 (Ongoing)
  5. Development of open-ended virtual laboratory in Environmental Engineering Programme, Principle investigator, RM1920, July 2020 (Ongoing)
  6. A new approach to fundamental modelling of sludge dewatering under low pressure condition, Project Leader, RM101,012, Nov 2020 (Ongoing)