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. Peter Childs
Co-Director of the Energy Futures Lab (EFL),  Imperial College London

Biography Peter Childs FREng is the Professorial Lead in Engineering Design and was the founding Head of the Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College London. His general interests include creativity, innovation, design; sustainable energy and robotics. Prior to his current post at Imperial, he was director of the Rolls-Royce supported University Technology Centre […]

Prof. Jessica Townsend
Professor of Engineering,  Olin College

Biography Dr. Jessica Townsend is a Professor of Engineering at Olin College, where she also served as Associate Dean for Curriculum and Academic Programs, Associate Dean for External Engagement, Associate Provost, and Interim Academic Vice President for External Engagement. Dr. Townsend works as a consultant in the development of new engineering programs in the US […]

Prof. Sun Lingyun
Professor,  Zhejiang University

Biography Lingyun Sun is currently a Professor with Zhejiang University. He is also the Deputy Director of the National Institute of Design, Zhejiang University, where he is the Deputy Director of the Modern Industrial Design Institute. He is also actively engaged in AI design, information and interactive design, and theory and method of creation design. […]


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 […]

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 […]