Assistant Chief Executive
Innovation & Enterprise
At A*STAR, he was Executive Director (IP Management) where he executed IP strategies for productisation of technologies. He was also Executive Director of Science & Engineering Research Council (SERC) where he oversaw R&D strategy and SERC research entities related to infocomms, electronics, logistics, transport, security, and satellite. He leads substantial research efforts at Institute of Microelectronics, working on frontier microelectronic devices and key challenges in semiconductor technology. He plays a significant role in Singapore’s Future of Microelectronics initiative to steer next-generation microelectronics strategy.
He is a renowned scholar in academia and a technology leader in the semiconductor industry, with expertise in transistor architecture, device modelling and simulation, materials, tools and processing technologies.
He spent 10 years at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). He was Director of Research and Development (R&D) at TSMC where he led organisations spanning research, pathfinding, and development. He co-developed TSMC’s industry-leading 7 nm, 5 nm, and 3 nm technologies, which has impacted the world in areas such as high performance computing, artificial intelligence, and consumer electronics.
In academia, he is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS), where he was an award-winning, high impact researcher with an outstanding track record of achievements. He published 680 research papers and is an inventor of 245 U.S. patents. 44 PhD students graduated under his tutelage.
He received his Ph.D and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, and the M.Eng and B.Eng degrees in Electrical Engineering from NUS.