Wei Pin was born and raised in Penang, Malaysia. He was admitted to the National University of Singapore (NUS) for undergraduate studies in 2003. He did the NUS French Double Degree Program in which he spent his freshman and sophomore years in NUS before going to Ecole Polytechnique, France to attend the polytechnicien cycle. Halfway through the programme, he received a Bachelor of Engineering Science degree from Ecole Polytechnique in 2006 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from NUS in 2008. Upon completing the programme in 2009, he received a Diplôme d’ingénieur (M.S.E) from Ecole Polytechnique and a Master of Science in Mathematics from NUS. He then worked for a year as an instructor in the NUS Department of Mathematics before going to Brown University in 2010 to pursue his Ph.D. in Mathematics under the guidance of Prof. Joseph Silverman. He joined the SUTD family straight after he graduated from Brown University in summer 2015.


  • Ph.D. in Mathematics, Brown University, USA, May 2015
  • M.S. in Mathematics, Brown University, USA, May 2013
  • M.S. in Mathematics, National University of Singapore, Singapore, Aug 2009
  • Diplôme d’ingénieur (M.S.E) in Pure Mathematics, Ecole Polytechnique, France, Mar 2009
  • B.S. (1st class honours) in Mathematics, National University of Singapore, Singapore, June  2008
  • Gradué en ingénierie (B.S.E), Ecole Polytechnique, France, Sep 2006

Selected Publications

  1. W.P.Wong, On the Average Value of the Canonical Height in Higher Dimensional Families of Elliptic Curves, Acta Arithmetica, 166 (2014), 101-128. Preprint available at arXiv:1305.7207v4
  2. W.P.Wong, Heights and the Specialization Map for Families of Elliptic Curves over P^n, Trans. Amer. Math. Soc., 369 (2017), 3207-3220. Preprint available at arXiv:1409.3255v2.


  • Mathematics Department Outstanding Teaching Award, Brown University, 2014
  • Singapore Mathematical Society Medal and Prize, National University of Singapore, 2008
  • Lijen Industrial Development Medal, National University of Singapore, 2008
  • Prix d’option (Scientific Internship Award), Ecole Polytechnique, 2007
  • Eiffel Scholarship of Excellence, Ecole Polytechnique, Spring 2005 – Summer 2007

Research Interests

My research interests are number theory, arithmetic geometry and arithmetic dynamics. My PhD. dissertation investigates the variation of height functions and the injectivity of specialization maps for families of elliptic curves parametrised over varieties. I am able to partially generalise a result of Silverman to families of elliptic curves parametrised over P^n and obtain a similar result of Néron and Masser on the density of points in P^n for which the corresponding specialisation map is injective. I hope to generalise my result to abelian varieties parametrised over general projective varieties, as well as to explore applications of elliptic curves, such as in cryptography. On the other hand, I also develop interest in arithmetic dynamics. I am working on estimating the average of height functions on families of polynomials, which will be used to bound the average of the number of integer points in orbits corresponding to the families of polynomials.