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Prof. Dr. Kristina Shea
Professor,  Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich

Kristina Shea is Professor for Engineering Design and Computing at ETH Zürich. Her research focuses on developing cutting-edge computational models, methods and tools that enable the design of more innovative and complex engineered systems and products. A secondary aim of the research is to automate design and fabrication processes. Her research is interdisciplinary combining engineering, […]

Prof. Dean Neikirk
Professor,  The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Dean P. Neikirk is a Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, and holds the Cullen Trust for Higher Education Endowed Professorship in Engineering. He received a B.S. degree in physics and mathematics from Oklahoma State University in 1979, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees […]

Prof. Alex Duffy
Professor,  University of Strathclyde Glasgow

BSc, PhD, CEng, CITP, FHEA, FBCS, FIED, HFDS Alex Duffy is a Professor of Systems Design, Director of the Computer Aided Design Centre, and currently Head of Department of Design Manufacture and Engineering Management, at the University of Strathclyde. His main research interests have been the application and development of artificial intelligence techniques in design, […]

Prof. Jonathan Cagan
Professor,  Carnegie Mellon University

Jonathan Cagan, Ph.D., P.E., is the George Tallman and Florence Barrett Ladd Professor in Engineering, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, with courtesy appointments in the School of Design and Computer Science. He is an expert in product development and design methods for early stage product development. His research focuses on […]


Fong Saik Hay
Chief Technology Officer,  ST Engineering Limited

Biography Mr. Fong Saik Hay is the Chief Technology Officer of ST Engineering Limited. ST Engineering is one of the largest engineering corporation in Singapore with over 23,000 employees; revenue of US$5bn, presence in 23 countries with products covering land, air, sea and electronics. Mr. Fong graduated from National University of Singapore with First Class […]

Peter Ho
Director,  HOPE Technik Pte Ltd

Peter is one of the Directors at HOPE Technik Pte Ltd, a company he co-founded in 2006. HOPE Technik is an engineering solution provider specializing in niche areas of high-tech engineering, with departments in Unmanned systems, Defence, Bio-medical, Smart Logistics and Special Vehicle arenas. Peter serves as CEO where he guides the company towards long-term […]

Tan Pek Yew
General Manager,  Panasonic R&D Center, Singapore

Tan Pek Yew, is currently a General Manager at Panasonic R&D Center Singapore, heading the Energy Solution Engineering group where he focuses on developing renewable energy systems and energy management solutions for B2B and B2G. His previous assignments include overseeing Research and Development directions of wireless mobile and audio-visual technologies for Panasonic Research and Development […]

Chandran Nair
Managing Director,  National Instruments, Southeast Asia

Mr Chandran Nair has been the Managing Director for National Instruments Singapore since 2003, where he is responsible for running the National Instruments business in Southeast Asia. Under his leadership, NI Singapore has successfully expanded its business regionally, setting up operations in Malaysia, Thailand and Philippines. With his directives, NI has grown its market share […]


Dr. Kurichi Kumar
Director of Research & Technology, Asia ,  Rolls Royce

Kurichi Kumar is the Director of Research & Technology – Asia for Rolls-Royce. In this role, he is responsible for Research & Technology programs and collaboration activities with various research partners in the Asia Pacific region. In addition, he also manages the company’s Advanced Technology Center operations in Singapore. Prior to joining Rolls-Royce, Kurichi held […]

Dr. Melvin Zin
Head of Corporate,  3M Singapore

Senior Manager 3M Electronics Markets Materials Division | Electronics and Energy Business Adjunct Assistant Professor School of Materials Science and Engineering | Nanyang Technological University Dr. Melvin Zin is presently Senior Manager of 3M Electronics Markets Materials Division for 3M China Region, based in Shanghai. He was most recently Head of Corporate Research Laboratory, based […]