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. Chen Wei
Professor,  Engineering Design Northwestern University

Biography Dr. Chen is the Director of the Integrated Design Automation Laboratory (IDEAL), Director of the Predictive Science & Engineering Design (PSED) Cluster, and Co-Director of the Design Cluster. Her research goal is to develop rational and computationally efficient design methods based on data science, optimization, statistical inference, and decision analysis for use in engineering […]

Prof. Andreas Lendlein
Director,  Institute of Biomaterial Science

Biography Prof. Lendlein is the Director of the Institute of Biomaterial Science of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht at Teltow and Full Professor for Materials in Life Sciences at the University Potsdam. Andreas Lendlein serves on the Board of Directors of the Berlin-Brandenburg Center for Regenerative Therapies and is a member of the medical faculty of Charité, […]

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 […]


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 […]

Dr. David Ong
Board Member of Singapore,  International Chamber of Commerce

Biography Dr David Ong received his Bachelor, Masters and PhD degrees all from USA. He has strong engineering background in robotics, mechatronics and semiconductors, and yet a very successful businessman and entrepreneur. He is one of the privileged few Singaporeans who has the rare opportunity to work on NASA projects. Dr Ong holds several leadership […]

Scott Maguire
VP Global Engineering & Operations,  Dyson Singapore

Biography Dyson Ltd is a British technology company established in the United Kingdom by James Dyson in 1991. It designs and manufactures household appliances such as vacuum cleaners, air purifiers, hand dryers, bladeless fans, heaters and hair dryers. As of February 2018, Dyson had more than 12,000 employees worldwide.[5] In January 2019 it was announced […]

Yong Thiam Chong
Deputy President, International Business President, Mobility Business,  ST Electronics (Info-Software Systems) Pte. Ltd.

Biography Mr. Thiam Chong Yong has been Deputy President of International Business at ST Electronics (Info-Software Systems) Pte. Ltd., since January 1, 2011. Mr. Yong has been Deputy President of International Business at Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited at Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd. since January 1, 2011. He served as the President of Large-Scale Systems Group […]