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SIMTech IF Team

Diverse. Collaborative.

The Innovation Factory is an eclectic place that houses a cross-disciplinary team with varied interests, skills and expertise. United by the passion for improving the human experience through thoughtful design, each individual balances a breadth of interest and capabilities with depth of expertise.

By building trusting and cooperative relationships amongst ourselves, we help our members to become product owners build stronger relationships with their customers. Drawing on our vast network of research institutions and collaborators, we work together to solve complex problems and design innovative, sustainable solutions that move our clients and our world into the future.


Our Culture :

Autonomous. Empowering. Safe. Playful.

The Innovation Factory team taps on the traits of both clan and adhocracy cultures to spur innovation. Innovation strives when  the team adopts a psychologically safe and collaborative culture that leverages on the strong  bonds  between  each member, while  granting autonomy and empowering each individual to take initiatives and responsibility of their projects.

Forging a tight knit team that encourages members to be empathic to each other's weaknesses and strengths is paramount for adoption of this culture.

Business & Operations Team

Rayner Ng

Rayner Ng
Director

Rayner joined the Innovation Factory in February 2020 and prior to that, he was responsible for the development of industrial automated solutions for smarter factory at Venture Corporation. In 2017, he led the National Robotics Programme (NRP) efforts to drive a vibrant and innovative robotics ecosystem that can provide solutions to fuel the Smart Nation initiative.

Before returning to Singapore, Rayner worked in Foshan and Guangzhou, China as Engineering Director for DENTSPLY Sirona. In that role, he led R&D and Product Management operations and pursued Manufacturing Operations Transformation that embarked on Industrial 4.0. In addition, he has held other key R&D positions at Hill-Rom and Welch Allyn.

Rayner holds Masters Degrees in Technological Design (Rapid Product Development) from NUS & Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Biomedical Engineering from NTU and a MBA from California State University. He obtained his Bachelor Degree in Electronic Engineering from University of Sheffield.

Darren Ong

Darren Ong
Assistant Business Operations Manager

With 14 years of corporate and operations experience under his belt, Darren began his career in the banking and finance industry where he managed and thrived in both front and back end operations. Prior to joining A*STAR, Darren served as an Operations Manager and Head Of Department in the offshore oil and gas industry for more than 8 years, running numerous project ventures in India, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. He has also built and managed large project teams, guiding career development plans, training and appraisal initiatives.

Currently Darren leads the business and operations activities of Innovation Factory, working with senior management teams in the planning and execution of strategic activities that includes business development, marketing and industry outreach. Darren is trained in Business and Marketing, and holds a MBA from University of Sunderland.

Joyce Ling

Joyce Ling
Senior Industry Development Manager

Joyce is Innovation Factory’s Senior Industry Development Manager, and actively promotes SIMTech’s capabilities, identifying industry partners and securing industry collaborations. Joyce provides industry needs to researchers to develop technology capabilities in manufacturing processes related to aerospace/automotive components, focusing on light weighting and product life enhancement. Joyce also engages government bodies, non-profit organizations and industry partners on SIMTech’s sustainable development initiatives.

Derek Chan

Derek Chan
Assistant Industry Development Manager

Derek Chan is currently the Assistant Industry Development Manager for Innovation Factory, with a focus on helping local companies to become product owners in the areas of MedTech and Healthtech industries.

Derek believes emerging technologies such as Microfluidics and Printed Electronics can reshape how medical diagnostics are delivered by providing faster, continuous, and reliable medical data, and hopes companies can quickly adapt to these technologies.

Research & Development Team

Jasper Chua

Jasper Chua
Build Lab Manager (Joint Appointment)

Jasper is an experienced Senior Research Engineer in 3D printing technologies, specialising in Metal Laser powder-bed fusion technology (L-pbf) and Design for Additive Manufacturing. He is currently serving as the Innovation Factory Build Lab Manager where he provides in-depth manufacturing know-how and design experience for Innovation Factory related projects.

He has led multiple Innovation Factory projects, showcasing Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies to the industry from as a tool for prototyping to production. He has worked with Industries ranging from Aerospace, Semi-conductor to Consumer products and has a wide range of design and manufacturing experience in these industries. He is also highly skilled in Engineering Design and Computer-aided Design (CAD).

His current interests revolve around using AM technologies to develop Sustainable alternatives to manufacturing through upcycling and reduction of waste materials.

He graduated from NTU with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2016 and is currently pursuing a Masters in Innovation by Design in SUTD.

Duane Lye

Duane Lye
Industrial Design

Trained in Industrial and Graphic Design while having a background in both Mechanical Engineering and Business, has allowed Duane to approach problems from a multi-faceted perspective. At heart, he is essentially an innovator, problem solver, entrepreneur and designer.

An award winning designer who has an insatiable thirst for challenges, he has won multiple international design awards over the years and represented SIMTech A*STAR to win the internationally acclaimed A' Design Award in 2019 and 2021. Using his experience of more than 8 years in industrial & graphic design, he transforms ideas to reality while pushing concepts to new frontiers by generating innovative and aesthetically pleasing award winning solutions which fundamentally centres around user experience and functionality.

In SIMTech he bridges the gap between A*STAR’s patented cutting-edge technology and clients though the marketing and packaging of technologies into easily adoptable and convincing products. A resourceful team player who enjoys being at the leading edge of new ideas, innovation and technology.

Audrey Ng

Audrey Ng
Product & UI/UX Design

Audrey is a product designer who often uses creative approaches to solve problems, always energetic and eager to learn new skills. Audrey's curiosity led her to look at the world through a creative lens, contemplating her work with multidisciplinary approaches. She has always considered that joy, knowledge, and creativity go hand in hand. Therefore, she had studied engineering, product design and pursued her master research in alternative sustainable material. She is determined to create impacts through her research in the sustainable design industry.

Currently, Audrey is focusing on product development and media design. Her work mainly revolves around user experience projects with problem solving, creation and awareness through different mediums. She fully utilises her design expertise in product design, visual direction and research skills set in every project she does.

As a result, she published a paper and was granted with Best Design Exhibition Award of International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC) 2017 in Hawaii, USA, two International 3D Printed wearable design awards and several international design exhibitions on her research outcomes. Besides, she has been actively involved in artistic projects. One of her collaboration projects is Pulse, a big scale outdoor installation exhibited at Singapore Night Festival 2018.

Wai Hoong

Leng Wai Hoong
Industrial Design & Human Factors

Wai Hoong is a trained Industrial Designer with nearly 20 years of industry experience, and graduated from Swinburne University of Technology in Industrial Design and also holds a MBA from Northampton University. He has designed and developed a wide range of consumer, commercial & medical products that have been successfully launched in the market.

Wai Hoong’s areas of expertise lie in product aesthetic/styling, CMF, User Interface, Ergonomic & Human Factor, Branding, Labelling and Packaging and also conducts quantitative and qualitative research that helps translate customer insights into various design opportunities.

Rachel Ng

Rachel Ng
Industrial Design

Rachel has a cheerful personality, and loves meeting new people and sharing new experiences with others regardless of age - allowing her to work in tandem with others. Having worked in various media and design fields coupled with her product design experiences, she draws inspiration from her environment, using daily life as a muse and seeking creative and innovative ways to express them.

Trained in product design, Rachel avoids limiting herself to only digital mediums and often finds ways to balance out traditional medium and media design. She enjoys working on unconventional projects that are shunned due to their sensitive nature (be it "taboo" topics or quirky themes), and in the process creating an innovative product and graphic designs portfolio.

Rachel currently works as a product designer and research engineer at Innovation Factory, and uses her experiences to solve problems and create innovative designs that are ready for the market.

Yen Kheng

Tan Yen Kheng (Dr)
Electronics Design

Yen Kheng joined Innovation Factory’s Technical Team as a Senior Engineer, and is an Electrification and Digitalization expert with more than 20 years’ experience in power electronics engineering practices. Yen Kheng’s core strengths lie in the fields of research, design and productization of mechatronic systems.

Han CS

Han Chin Siew
Electronics Design

Chin Siew started his career 30 years ago as a R&D engineer in the consumer electronics industry, designing award winning consumer electronics for the global audio & video consumer market. Chin Siew has amassed an extensive skillset for the product creation processes required of a full-fledged design engineer – from product concept, architecture, development, global manufacturing to field support. 

Chin Siew’s core capabilities encompasses electrical/electronic design, new product introduction, large scale manufacturing, customer quality management, automotive electrification and environmental testing, and holds certifications in Quality Management/Operational Excellence, and Lead Auditor in various Quality Management Systems.

Pamela Tan

Pamela Tan
Mechanical Design

After graduating from Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering - specialising in Healthcare Engineering Design in Engineering Product Development, Pamela currently sits in the Mechanical Engineering department of Innovation Factory as a Research Engineer. Previously, Pamela was project lead in the development of a staircase cleaning robot at ROAR Lab-where cleaning and maintenance robotic solutions were developed-in SUTD over a year.

Lua Ying Han

Lua Ying Han
Mechanical Design

Lua Ying Han graduated from Nanyang Technological University as a Mechanical Engineer, and has since developed multiple patented products from the conceptual stage to mass production over the past 8 years in the consumer industry.  Ying Han is also an experienced R&D consumer product engineer, managing and overlooking various product creation processes and projects. This cultivated a mind-set of being a cost-effective innovator with a strong understanding in the needs and wants of consumers and various stakeholders, thus creating high customer satisfaction products.

With a vision of bringing positive impacts to the world, Ying Han looks toward a more sustainable future through the design and development of leaner and greener products, from the initial phase through to the end of life.

Jonathan Hawkins

Jonathan Hawkins
Mechanical Design

Jonathan Hawkins (Jonny) graduated from Portsmouth University with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering. Post-graduation, he has worked on delivering small and large-scale projects, from wind turbines to aircraft shims, as a researcher and project manager.

Jonny is also an experienced design engineer for medical respiratory devices. This work has given him a wide understanding of the need for innovation in a fast-paced environment. He delivers precision and reliability under tight regulations and circumstances as well as the need to ensure total user satisfaction at time of project completion. Jonny has a passion for conceptualising new ideas and solutions for the needs of an ever-changing future.

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