Dr David Low

David developed the ARTC from a conceptualised public-private partnership programme, focusing on remanufacturing capabilities in 2012, to a full-fledged A*STAR Research Institute in 2017, focusing on translational advanced manufacturing and remanufacturing R&D with the industry. Under his leadership, the ARTC grew from a team of 6 core staff to over 250 core staff today. David established the ARTC industry membership framework and spearheaded the signing of the legal membership agreement, spanning across an initial 19 companies in 2013 to over 70 industry members in 2019.


The ARTC membership ecosystem brings together MNCs and OEMs, technology and service providers, and SMEs from the aerospace, heavy machinery and fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sectors. ARTC has established strong ties with over 70 industry members including Coca-Cola, DMGMORI, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, SAESL, Shell, Siemens, Zeiss, and over 30 SMEs. ARTC has co-created various solutions with its members, and in some instances, partnered with SMEs to commercialise solutions before implementation in their factories located in Singapore and around the world.

Prior to joining ARTC, David was the Chief of Manufacturing Technology and the Head of Process Technology Research Centre at Rolls-Royce Singapore Pte Ltd, where he steered the organisation’s pioneering efforts to develop advanced manufacturing capabilities in Singapore for global deployment. David also spent significant time in Rolls-Royce’s global facilities in Germany, UK, US, Singapore and Sweden. For his outstanding contributions, he received the prestigious Sir Henry Royce Team Award for Engineering Excellence in 2012.

Trained as a researcher in mechanical engineering and laser materials processing, David started his research career at SIMTech in 2002 and eventually held the appointment of Group Manager for Machining Technology. In 2007, David was presented the MTI Borderless Gold Award for establishing the A*STAR Aerospace Programme.

David has published over 50 journals, conferences, patents and book publications. His publications have attracted over 1300 citations with a H-index of 20.

David received his PhD and Bachelor degree (First Class Honours) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Technology (UMIST), now known as The University of Manchester. He received his Executive MBA from INSEAD and Tsinghua University.


David is also on the board of governors at Singapore Polytechnic and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU). He is a Fellow and Chartered Engineer of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and a Senior Member of the Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES).


Dr Wong Chow Cher

Dr Wong Chow Cher is the Technical Division Director of the Intelligent Product Verification and Data-Driven Surface Enhancement groups and concurrently the Coordinating Director for Business Development and Industrial Additive Manufacturing Facility in the Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC), led by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). His responsibilities in his current role include mapping out technical and business strategies, as well as delivering research outcomes for ARTC’s industry members.


Prior to this, Chow Cher was the Programme Manager in Rolls-Royce Singapore where he had led and developed manufacturing capabilities in the area of surface enhancement for aero-engine components, through Rolls-Royce funded programmes and collaborative research partnerships with local and foreign universities as well as research institutes.


In 2010, Chow Cher worked in the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), A*STAR, where he was a Research Team Leader for metal forming technology, focusing in the area of R&D of modelling & simulation in different metal forming processes.


Throughout his research career, Chow Cher has published over 30 journals and patent publications in the field of metal forming and surface enhancement. 


Chow Cher received his PhD and Honors degree (First Class) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Lean Six-Sigma Black Belt practitioner. He also received his MBA (Merit) from the University of Bradford, UK.

Dr Andy Lee

Dr Andy Lee is the Business Development Director of the Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC) of the Agency for Science, Technology And Research (A*STAR).

Prior to this, Dr Andy Lee worked and managed in various industries ranging from agro-biotech, contract manufacturing, to food & beverage. 

Dr Andy Lee was trained as a nano-ceramics composite materials scientist with a Ph.D. from the University of Sydney, Australia.

Dr Bertil Brandin

Dr Bertil Brandin is based in Singapore. He spent over nine years in Asia developing the engineering and maintenance services business of ABB, a leading international OEM, holding various service related management positions. He implemented ABB’s new service strategy across the South Asia, significantly increasing its service business. In China, Bertil started-up the outsourced maintenance businesses of ABB, winning and executing the first external outsourced maintenance contract for one of the world largest pulp and paper production lines at the time.

Bertil joined ABB in 2008 from Siemens Medical Solutions, where he held various management positions, including Business Manager Clinical Chains, European Sales, and General Manager Health Services, Italy.  Previously, Bertil worked at Siemens Corporate Research in Munich, successfully leading the development of a new software verification technology.

His background is in engineering and information technology across multiple sectors including industrial automation, automated manufacturing, maintenance services, healthcare and R&D. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada, a Bachelor degree from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and an MBA from IMD, Switzerland. He is a member of the Electrical Engineering Advisory Committee of Singapore’s Ngee Ann Polytechnic Council and of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He has authored over thirty-three refereed papers in international journals and conferences, and has been granted six patents.

Mr Nicholas Yeo

Mr Nicholas Yeo, Technical Division Director of Advanced Robotic Applications at Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC), A*STAR, provides technical leadership to a highly charged group of Research and Technology team. 

With a proven track record in leading global program teams across diverse industries and functions from R&D to manufacturing. Nicholas brings along an extensive portfolio of technical expertise from project management, technology exploration and innovation as well as multi-disciplinary technical functions. Complementary to his technical portfolio will be the strong business acumen and engaging businesses across a broad global network that drives leadership in the innovation and advance technology sector. 

Mr Christopher Mason

Mr Christopher Mason is the Technical Division Director of the Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC) of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). He is responsible for the technical and functional management of the Advanced Manufacturing Division as well as the Additive Manufacturing Industriallisation.   

Prior to his current role, Christopher has held a number of senior management roles for Rolls-Royce Plc. including Manufacturing Manager of Rolls-Royce’s High Pressure Turbine Blade Machining Facility and Civil Large Engine Assembly and Test. He lead the operations team that assembled and tested the first Trent XWB production engines. He has held a number of engineering management roles in Asia, the United Kingdom and Europe for Rolls-Royce PLC and managed teams of up to 60 Engineers to design and implement new products and processes. Prior to his career at Rolls-Royce Christopher worked for Alcoa and programme managed new turbine blade manufacturing technology.

Christopher is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and received is BEng(Hons) from the University of Hertfordshire and has co-authored a number of technical publications.

Dr Wang Wei

Dr Wang Wei is the Deputy Technical Division Director for the Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre's Smart Manufacturing Group. He is also the Senior Programme Manager of the Smart Manufacturing Joint Lab. Before joining ARTC, Dr Wang Wei held his position as Research Scientist with A*STAR's Institute of Materials Research & Engineering for nearly seven years. He then progressed and spent seven years on secondment with Rolls Royce as an Advanced Technologist. 

Dr Wang Wei holds Bachelor in Materials Sciences and Engineering and also a Masters Degree in Engineering, Materials Science with Zhejiang University, China. Dr Wang Wei also received his PhD in Materials Engineering with The Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.

Mr Chia Kiang Sum

Mr Chia Kiang Sum is the Director of Project Management Office (PMO) in Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC). He has responsibility over the ARTC project executions & its governance processes. 

Kiang Sum has taken on multiple management roles in the R&D environment with Hewlett-Packard, Dell & Honeywell prior to joining ARTC. He manages the R&D team in those companies through their product development cycle from concept to launch & ensures quality designs meeting product regulatory compliance requirements. In Honeywell, he manages the printer PMO team comprises of Program Managers from different continents to deliver product design across the various R&D centers & ensuring execution rigors are in place across the cross functional teams. 

Kiang Sum graduated from Nanyang Technology University with a Bachelor of Engineering–Electrical.

Dr Ong Mei Horng

Dr Ong Mei Horng, joined ARTC as the Director of FMCG Implementation after more than 25 years of working experience in well-established multinational and regional corporations in UK, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore. She was humbled to have the opportunities to work and learn from the esteemed companies such as Nestlé, Mars, Cadbury, Vitasoy, CMB Packaging and more recently Fraser & Neave Singapore. She has a proven track record in leading teams and projects, growing people, delivering growth, efficiency and lean operation for FMCG businesses. Her technical expertise includes innovation, product and process design, packaging technology, manufacturing and supply chain services, process improvement, food science and human nutrition, regulatory compliance, quality and product safety. In addition to her roles in ARTC, she will also be supporting A*STAR Food Structure Engineering for Nutrition and Health Programme, partnership between A*STAR, NUS and FIRC/SPRING under Food Science and Consumer Care Cluster. She is also an Adjunct Professor for NUS MSc. Food Science and Human Nutrition Postgraduate course. She hopes to leverage the scientific knowledge and industrial know how to develop and deploy new advanced technologies for FMCG food and personal care sectors.

Mr Derrick Lim

Mr Derrick Lim is the Operations Director of the Advance Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC) of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). 

Prior to his current role, Derrick was the Director for Infrastructure Engineering in Salesforce.com managed an intercultural team with members from cross-functions, providing the infrastructure design, build, deployment, automation, level 2 and 3 supports in a 24x7 environment globally and ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction. He travelled extensively when he was in Salesforce, primarily the United States.
His team in Salesforce Singapore contributed to the buildout of the new datacenters in London, Dallas, Phoenix and Frankfurt. The team had led the Infrastructure build and operations for Salesforce since 2013. The number of datacenters and pods the team built in just 2.5 years had exceeded what the company had built 15 years before.
Derrick had also held various senior management roles in companies like Hewlett Packard and OPUS IT Services.     

Dr Chin Sai Kong

Since April 2015, Dr Chin Sai Kong has been the Director for A*STAR Industrial Additive Manufacturing Facility (IAMF), which is a shared R&D facility for supporting metallic additive manufacturing of high-value parts.

Dr Chin joined A*STAR in 2000, first as a researcher at the institute of high Performance Computing (IHPC), and then held various positions in Science and Engineering Research Councils (SERC) contributing to various functions including industry development, cluster development, R&D grant policy and management.

Before joining A*STAR, Dr Chin worked as a postdoctoral fellow specializing in large-scale simulations of quantum systems at the Physics Department of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway.

Dr Chin obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Manchester, UK and B.Sc.(Hons) from the University of Sydney, Australia. He obtained his MBA from NUS in 2008.

Dr Jacek Kaminski

Dr Jacek Kaminski is currently a Principal Scientist (Chief of Machining Processes) in A*STAR’s Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC).

Dr Kaminski’s career in A*STAR began in August 2016, where he held various appointments including being a technical lead for Intelligent Machining test bed, senior technical advisor for young researchers at ARTC, coordinator for ARTC-NTU future Joint Lab, as well as, technical coordinator for SKF and Kennametal. Currently, Dr Kaminski is also an industrial supervisor to a PhD student which resulted in two publications and an application for Singapore provisional patent.

Prior to joining A*STAR, Dr Kaminski spent more than 15 years working in SKF Group Manufacturing Development Centre, holding various positions from a consulting engineer, to an Account Manager for SKF Group Industrial Division and eventually an Innovation Manager. During this period, Dr Kaminski also held concurrent appointment appointments as Associate and Adjunct Professor in Manufacturing at Chalmers University in 1999 and 2002 respectively. As an Adjunct Professor, Dr Kaminski was supervising several PhD students at Chalmers University and he was also one of the founding members for Metal Cutting Research and Development Centre (MCR) which actively collaborated with various Swedish large and small enterprises.  

Between 1986 and 2000, he worked at department of Production Engineering at Chalmers, Gothenburg, Sweden. Dr Jacek was awarded Licentiate of Engineering in 1990 and PhD in 1992. From 1993, he worked as Research Assistant and in 1999 I become Docent in Manufacturing Engineering. During 1995-1997, Dr Jacek was appointed as deputy prefect and during 1998 -2000 as prefect at department of Production Engineering. In October 2002, Dr Jacek was appointed as an Adjunct Professor in Manufacturing Engineering at department for Product- and Production Development and later on after reorganization at department for Materials and Manufacturing Technology, at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.

For the last 30 years Dr Jacek concentrated on research and education within manufacturing technologies with special interest on metal cutting processes. The main theme of my research is development of novel and enhancement of existing cutting processes. Special interest has been given to development of high-pressure jet assisted turning by using high coolant pressure up to 300 MPa to achieve improved production economy and possibility to use higher cutting data.

He has also concentrated my research on machining of hardened steels. The essential part of this research was understanding of influence of cutting parameters on the product surface properties like residual stresses, surface topography and heat-affected zone.

During his research carrier till date, Dr Jacek has been recipient of various accolades acknowledging my efforts on the research and development activities in SKF. Two awards which reflects his achievements in innovation and excellence include:

•                  SKF Innovation Award, received in 2004 for development of novel manufacturing method on “High Pressure Cooling in Hard Turning of Large Rings”,

•                  SKF Excellence Award, received in 2014 for development of an “Intelligent system to improve profile accuracy in hard turning operations”.

In addition to the aforementioned awards and recognitions, Dr Jacek produced 6 patents related to manufacturing processes during my employment at SKF, Sweden. He was also co-supervisor to 6 PhD students and 8 students to Licentiate of Engineering examine in Sweden.