Dr David Low is the Chief Executive Officer of the Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC) of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). He is responsible to establish the ARTC, a new public-private partnership, to rapidly transform best-in-class capabilities and innovations into high value added customer solutions for manufacturing & remanufacturing applications.
Prior to his current role, David was the Chief of Manufacturing Technology – Singapore of RollsRoyce Singapore where he set up and led the Manufacturing Technology department in Singapore to develop Manufacturing Technology capabilities in Singapore and the region, through both internal development and collaborative research partnerships, and delivering these capabilities into the RollsRoyce businesses globally. In 2012 David won the prestigious Sir Henry Royce Team Award for Engineering Excellence.
Prior to joining Rolls-Royce in 2007, David worked in the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), a unit of A*STAR, where his last role was the Group Manager for Machining Technology , which focussed in the R&D of machining and laser materials processing technologies.
As a researcher, David has conducted industrial research for numerous companies and published over 50 journal, book and patent publications in the field of laser materials processing.
David is a member of the Materials Science and Engineering Departmental Consultative Committee at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is a member of the Editorial Board for the international journal Lasers in Engineering. More recently he participated as a member of the Foresight Expert Panel for National Research Foundation (NRF) in Advanced Materials and Manufacturing.
David received his PhD and First Class Honours Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology – UMIST (now The University of Manchester). David is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). He received his MBA from the Tsinghua-INSEAD Executive MBA (TIEMBA) programme.
Dr Andrew Soutar is currently the Director of Research Liaison and runs the Project Management Office in ARTC, after joining the centre in 2013.
Andrew graduated from the University of Exeter with a PhD in Chemistry in 1989. He then started his career with the Cookson Group in the UK, developing materials for manufacturing and assembly of printed circuit boards. He relocated to Singapore in 1996 to work for GINTIC (now the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology), first of all in the area of Electronics Packaging and then in the Surface Technology Group, where he worked on developing functional coatings based on sol-gel chemistry.
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.
Dr Andy Lee is the Deputy 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.
Mr Chia Kiang Sum is the Deputy 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.
Mr Nicholas Yeo, Technical Director 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.
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.
Mr Christopher Mason is the Deputy Technical 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.
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 Timo Bretschneider is a Deputy Technical Director in the Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC) of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore.
The ARTC is a contemporary public-private partnership focusing on translating research to industry applications. It is industry-led with more than 50 industry members across various sectors spanning topics from aerospace to fast moving consumer goods.
Previously, Timo was the Head of Airbus Group Innovations Singapore and held the position of an Assistant Professor at the Nanyang Technological University beforehand. He conducted academic and industrial research for various companies and has over 90 journal, conference, patent and book publications to his credit.
Timo received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees (1st Class honours) in Computer Science from the Technical University of Clausthal, Germany.
Alastair recently joined ARTC as the Deputy Director Industry Partnerships. Prior to this, he spent the last 5 years in the UK working for the High Value Manufacturing Catapult based in Strategic Development Team at The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC). As a young engineer, Alastair served as a technical apprenticeship in the ceramics/ petrochemical industry in the UK followed by 10 years as a draughtsman in the defence industry.
He studied for his manufacturing Degree and Masters in Manufacturing Systems in the 90s and graduated in his PhD at Cranfield University in 2000.
Alastair has worked in Singapore before originality at GINTIC in the Centre for Supply Chain Management and later at Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech). While at SIMTech, he was one of the pioneers of A-STAR’s Operation and Technology Roadmapping (OTR) initiative.
Dr Wong Chow Cher is the Deputy Technical Director & Senior Scientist of the Intelligent Product Verification and Surface Enhancement Group in Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC). His responsibilities in his current role include mapping out technical strategy, managing 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 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 and research institutes.
In 2010, Chow Cher worked in the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), one of the science and engineering research institute under A*STAR. In SIMTech, he was a Research Team Leader for metal forming technology, in the area of R&D in modelling & simulation in different metal forming processes. In his research career, Chow Cher had published over 20 journals and patent publications in the field of metal forming and surface enhancement.
Chow Cher received his PhD and First Class Honors bachelor degree 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 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.