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).