Swee Ping read Electrical Sciences at University of Cambridge in 1975-1978. After three years in the Singapore Armed Forces (where he held various appointments such as Battery Commander, Battalion Reconnoiter Officer and Deputy Logistics Officer), he pursued his PhD in microwave engineering at University of London in 1982-1985.
Before he was appointed as ECE Dept Head in 2001, Swee Ping had served as Secretary of Curriculum Review Committee, Director of Center for Microwaves & RF, Eng Sub-Dean and ECE Deputy Head. In addition, he has been appointed as Co-Director of SUPELEC-ONERA-NUS-DSTA Research Alliance; a joint laboratory (housed in SUPELEC, Paris, France) was set up in 2004 under this four-party alliance with particular focus on electromagnetism and radar.
His research interests include electromagnetic modeling and microwave measurements. Three of his papers have been selected for best-paper awards by Institution of Electrical Engineers, UK - two for the Electronics Letters Premium in 1985 and another for the Ambrose Fleming Premium in 1988. In addition, a conference paper he co-authored with his collaborators at National Physical Laboratory (Malvern, UK) has been ranked among the top three papers by the delegates who attended the 19th annual meeting of the Automated RF & Microwave Measurement Society (held on 27-28 September 1993 in Leeds, UK). In 1998, National University of Singapore conferred upon him the Outstanding University Researcher Award.
Since 2001, Swee Ping has been on the Editorial Board of IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory & Techniques. In addition, he has been invited to sit on the international advisory panels of University of Wellington (New Zealand) and Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (South Korea).