External Advisory Board

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The External Advisory Board was formed to serve as an independent body to assist the University and the HoP in accomplishing the mission and objectives of the education programme. The Board will focus on addressing major issues that impact achieving the mission and educational objectives of the programme, including continuous improvement in curriculum design and development, delivery, student learning experience, and research activities.

The functions of the External Advisory Board are to:

  1. help in building a strong link between the University and its constituents, and to ensure relevance and currency of the education programmes to the industry,
  2. advise the HoP in strategic planning,
  3. assist in the continuous evaluation of programme educational objectives, and proactively recommend improvements,
  4. evaluate and benchmark the students’ performance in terms of the level of learning outcome achievement, and assist in reviewing the curriculum and academic processes,
  5. advise on the latest trends in technical as well as societal aspects of the profession, and
  6. interact with the faculty and students to enhance the teaching and learning environment

The advisory board typically consists of four academicians from world renowned universities and four top executives from well-known multinational companies. They will meet at least once a year.


Prof. Richard Hague
Centre for Additive Manufacturing

Biography Richard Hague is Professor of Additive Manufacturing and Director of the Centre for Additive Manufacturing (CfAM) at the University of Nottingham. Having worked in the AM field for over 27 years, he is internationally recognized both for scientific endeavour and creating impact though industrial exploitation where he has a background of leading and managing […]

Prof. Andreas Lendlein
Professor,  University of Potsdam

Biography Dr. Lendlein received his doctoral degree in Material Science from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich, Switzerland. His research interests comprise the creation of material functions by design and implementation of multifunctionality in polymer-based materials for biofunctional implants, controlled drug release systems, healthcare technologies and soft robotics. Dr. Lendlein published 745 papers, […]

Prof. Hiroyuki Murata
Professor,  Tohoku University

Biography Professor Hiro Murata is the most pioneer of active ageing business in Japan and an internationally recognized thought leader in ageing societies. He has worked with over 550 companies and contributed to develop various innovative products and services such as Curves Japan, the world’s largest fitness chain for women in Japan, Raku-Raku phone, the […]

Prof. Sang-Gook Kim
Professor,  Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Biography Sang-Gook Kim is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He received his B.S. degree from Seoul National University (1978), M.S. from KAIST (1980), and Ph.D. from MIT (1985). He held positions at Axiomatics Co., Cambridge, MA (1986) and Korea Institute of Science and Technology (1986-1991). Then he became a corporate executive director […]


John Churchill
Chief Technology Officer,  Dyson

Biography As Chief Technology Officer, John is responsible for leading Dyson’s global engineering efforts in problem-solving, and pioneering a new generation of Dyson technologies. Prior to his current role, John served as Vice-President for Floorcare and Robotics, where he drove the innovation and development of new cord-free and robotic floorcare machines. He also led the […]

Carol Goh
Deputy Chairman,  Meiban Corporation Pte Ltd

Biography Carol Goh is the Deputy Chairman of Meiban Corporation Pte Ltd. She has 25 years of experience in the manufacturing industry in Singapore and Malaysia. Carol has seen and led Meiban from a Group turnover of S$20m to more than S$300m. Her experiences include (1) research & development, (2) system Innovation, (3) automation/Industry 4.0 […]

Lillian Shieh
Senior Director, Head of Design Asia Pacific,  Johnson & Johnson, Singapore

Biography Lillian leads J&J Design and Innovation for Asia Pacific, where her teams investigate and build solutions for better health and wellness. Throughout her career with clients as diverse as Intel and Frank Gehry, Lillian has designed experiences that consider people’s needs in a landscape of fast-moving culture and technology. Ultimately, her multi-disciplinary work and […]

Chandran Nair
Chief Executive Officer,  AEM

Biography As Chief Executive Officer of AEM, Chandran Nair takes the lead in growing the global business and expanding product offerings for the company. Together with his regional teams, Chandran is responsible for elevating AEM’s position as the global leader in offering application-specific, intelligent system test and handling solutions for semiconductor and electronics companies servingthe […]