News – Engineering Leadership – Institute for Engineering Leadership http://ielstaging.net Wed, 01 Nov 2017 07:56:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.11 Tackling Fatigue Detection for PSA Truck Drivers – An InnoVenture Team’s Success Story. http://ielstaging.net/tackling-fatigue-detection-psa-truck-drivers-innoventure-teams-success-story/ Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:03:45 +0000 http://ielstaging.net/?p=4983       Tackling Fatigue Detection for PSA Truck Drivers An InnoVenture Team’s Success Story   By Chua Zhijie, Student Writer   PSA unboXed is PSA International’s corporate venture capital arm that invests in start-ups with innovations that bring strategic value to PSA. As their secondary mission is the cultivation of the next generation of entrepreneurs […]

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Tackling Fatigue Detection for PSA Truck Drivers

An InnoVenture Team’s Success Story

 

By Chua Zhijie, Student Writer

 

PSA unboXed is PSA International’s corporate venture capital arm that invests in start-ups with innovations that bring strategic value to PSA. As their secondary mission is the cultivation of the next generation of entrepreneurs by working with institutes of higher learning, they offered their office & co-working space as venue for the pitch. As one of the problem statement providers for InnoVenture 2016, PSA was interested in seeing the winning team pitch their solution. The panel consisted of Mr. Oh Bee Lock (PSA’s Head of Group Technology), 2 Managing Directors in charge of the terminals in Singapore, and several heads of departments who are vital in the continuation and realization of solution.

The invited team, Subtle Safety, is composed of Jaipal Singh and Christoph Zimmermann. Both Year 2 Material Science undergraduate students, Jaipal and Christoph signed up individually for the competition, attracted by the structure of the competition and challenging problem statements. The budding entrepreneurs hit it off very well after attending one of the InnoVenture Bootcamps and hence decided to embark on a shared InnoVenture journey – they have never looked back since.

PSA’s terminals in Singapore run 24/7 and port workers have to cope with 8-12 hour shifts. Many port workers have jobs that are physically demanding and require mental focus . For example, truck drivers complete thousands of trips every day in Singapore’s port alone to ensure a smooth flow of containers to destinations worldwide. Mental alertness is critical to do a job well and to respond quickly in any circumstance. PSA is keen to explore systems that would detect and warn truck drivers and fleet managers of signs of fatigue, so that steps can be taken before mishaps occur. Avoiding accidents reduces the costs incurred and improves the overall efficiency of the company.

The team pitched their solution clearly outlining the problem, how their solution would differentiate itself from competitors in terms of technology and value, the product development timeline, and most importantly the market size and relevance for PSA. What impressed the panel most was the team’s analysis and subsequent rephrasing of the problem statement. Rather than focus on symptoms of fatigue in drivers, the team focused on “irregular driving patterns” which they could pick up with various sensors for the driver and the truck. Based on the data gathered, a more accurate analysis as to the cause and recommendations to prevent reoccurrences can be made. A driver falling asleep, being distracted, drunk, or a truck with a punctured tire will show similar irregularities, but they are definitely not the same! The team further impressed the panel by showcasing a self-made truck cabin simulator in which they can test their solution.

Being impressed by the team’s creativity, perseverance and enthusiasm for solving the problem, and appreciating that the team’s lab-scale prototype would need further validation on technological feasibility and business viability, PSA offered the team the opportunity for incubation through their PSA unboXed’s Technology Incubator Program! The program includes use of PSA unboXed facilities (workspace and mentors), access to port resources (truck drivers and equipment) and as well as S$50,000 in funding to continue the project.

The team has accepted the offer and is excited and eager to take their solution forward and apply their solution in a live port environment. Congratulations to Subtle Safety!

 

InnoVenture

InnoVenture, the annual technopreneurship competition of the Faculty of Engineering at the National University of Singapore, challenges students to solve real engineering problems faced by real companies (www.innoventure.com.sg). Students from all faculties and graduate levels are allowed to participate in the  competition. They are guided through the process of creating successful products and potentially companies in hands-on experiential learning workshops and one-on-one mentor sessions. The process and methodology focuses on demonstrating solutions that are Customer Desirable, Technologically Feasible and Business Viable.

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All Hands on Board! – An Article about the Maker Workshop. http://ielstaging.net/hand-board-article-maker-workshop/ Sat, 09 Sep 2017 09:28:48 +0000 http://ielstaging.net/?p=4942       All Hands on Board! – InnoVenture’s Maker Workshop (9 September 2017)   By: Rennes Lee, Student Writer   Started in 2013, InnoVenture is the annual technopreneurship competition organized by the Institute for Engineering Leadership at the National University of Singapore. The competition tasks students to make use of both engineering and business […]

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All Hands on Board! – InnoVenture’s Maker Workshop

(9 September 2017)

 

By: Rennes Lee, Student Writer

 

Started in 2013, InnoVenture is the annual technopreneurship competition organized by the Institute for Engineering Leadership at the National University of Singapore. The competition tasks students to make use of both engineering and business knowledge to come up with real world solutions for real world problems faced by real companies. The skills needed to succeed in this competition are diverse and broad and hence attract a wide range of students from across the university. To make it even more exciting, the winners of the competition receive a prototyping grant to develop their concepts and bring it to real-life. The competition is split into 4 major workshops (Maker Workshop, Design Workshop, Business Workshop, How to Pitch) and 2 pitching events (Idea Launch and Demo Day).

This year the competition kicked off with the Maker Workshop on the 9th September 2017. InnoVenture is privileged to have InnoSparks, National University Hospital and PSA International as the problem statement providers this year.

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The Problem Statement Representatives – Malcolm (InnoSparks), Pi Rui (PSA), Jensen (NUHS)

The projects this year sure are challenging! InnoSparks for instance is looking for efficient solutions to help cool spaces, PSA is asking students to help provide solutions for signaling and preventing containers that are stacked out of sync on the container yard, while NUSH requires more efficient and cost-effective solutions to help turn patients who are bedridden and develop painful ulcers from inactivity. The students listened intently to the problem statements given by the company representative as the session provided invaluable industry insights to the participants for solutioning.

 

The challenge is to provide solutions that are feasible, desirable and viable and pitch the solution to the representatives at IdeaLaunch (Nov 2017). To help them in their creativity, the students had the opportunity to participate in practical workshops conducted by MakeDemy and NUS Hackers. The students were spoilt for choice as they had to make a quick decision of going for three out of the five available workshops to attend. The workshops ranged from 3D Modelling for Digital Fabrication, Introduction to Arduino, Soldering and Basic Electronics, Cardboard and Prototyping and Prototyping with Power Tools. All the workshops were hands on and interactive.

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Aside from gaining new skills and knowledge the participants were able to meet and interact with other like-minded individuals from across the university, and from various graduate levels. The energy and enthusiasm by this year’s participants were palpable as they tried their best to complete the mini group projects they were assigned to do during the short amount of time they were given.

The workshops were an eye opener for many students and many saw this as an invaluable and important step to aid them on their journey. After the workshops, the students felt more confident in approaching the problem statements as they acquired many useful skills and knowledge.

The Maker Workshop kicked off the InnoVenture competition. In subsequent weeks the students will learn more about Design methods, Finances and Pitching to help them in solutioning and eventually coming up with a feasible, viable and desirable solution. Good luck to all our participants!

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A special thank you to our 2017 InnoVenture problem statement providers and supporters!

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Webcast of 11th DSS Lecture http://ielstaging.net/webcast-11th-dss-lecture/ Tue, 01 Aug 2017 06:07:55 +0000 http://ielstaging.net/?p=3635 Webcast of 11th DSS Lecture 11th Lecture of the Distinguished Speaker Series by Institute for Engineering Leadership  Speaker: Mr Loh Kin Wah, Managing Partner, Beijing Jianguang Asset Management Co., former EVP, Global Sales and Marketing, NXP Semiconductor Netherlands, President & Chief Executive Officer, Qimonda AG, Munich, Germany, and EVP, Communication Group, Infineon Technology. Abstract: In recent months, there […]

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Webcast of 11th DSS Lecture

11th Lecture of the Distinguished Speaker Series by Institute for Engineering Leadership 

Speaker: Mr Loh Kin Wah, Managing Partner, Beijing Jianguang Asset Management Co., former EVP, Global Sales and Marketing, NXP Semiconductor Netherlands, President & Chief Executive Officer, Qimonda AG, Munich, Germany, and EVP, Communication Group, Infineon Technology.

Abstract:
In recent months, there has been increasing urgency in efforts to push Singapore to transform itself in the face of global and technological disruptions. As Singapore diversifies and deepens its global connections & innovation networks, enterprises need to match this with skills to enable them to innovate and scale up, as well as be more pro-active in partnering each other & with others to create and capture opportunities.

SMEs are a critical component of Singapore’s plans to remain competitive. There have been numerous initiatives to help local enterprises scale up, be more productive and innovative. However, in light of such rapid global and technological disruptions, SMEs need to think & be global from the get-go, with or without government assistance.

Mr Loh Kin Wah has held senior management positions in global tech MNCs. In recent years, he has become increasingly active in high-tech investments in China, and advises SMEs in Singapore and elsewhere. Kin Wah will share his insight on growth-oriented tech SMEs which he believes can power Singapore into its next stage of growth leveraging on technology innovation.

The 11th Lecture included a discussion featuring panellists with direct experience in working with and in technology enterprises.

Panellists:

  • Mr Chew Ker Yee, Vice President, Business Operations, Wangi Industrial
  • Dr Lim Ser Yong, Executive Director, Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology

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Internship & Job Opportunities http://ielstaging.net/internship-job-opportunities/ Sun, 18 Jun 2017 16:34:43 +0000 http://www.pisteuomedia.com/nus/?p=3471 Companies and Opportunities Immerzen Labs Software Developer Software Development Intern Lemnis Technologies Computer Vision Engineer Embedded Systems Development Engineer Computer Vision Intern Hardware Intern (electronical/electronics) Hardware Intern (mechanical/mechatronics) Electronics Engineer Computer Graphics Engineer R&D Scientist Unity Developer Intern Computer Graphics Intern Click here to view more information. Structo Engineering Intern Market Analytics Intern Transcelestial Technologies Embedded Hardware […]

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Companies and Opportunities

Immerzen Labs

  1. Software Developer
  2. Software Development Intern

Lemnis Technologies

  1. Computer Vision Engineer
  2. Embedded Systems Development Engineer
  3. Computer Vision Intern
  4. Hardware Intern (electronical/electronics)
  5. Hardware Intern (mechanical/mechatronics)
  6. Electronics Engineer
  7. Computer Graphics Engineer
  8. R&D Scientist
  9. Unity Developer Intern
  10. Computer Graphics Intern

Click here to view more information.

Structo

  1. Engineering Intern
  2. Market Analytics Intern

Transcelestial Technologies

  1. Embedded Hardware Engineer
  2. Operations/Web Intern
  3. Machine Vision Engineer

If you are keen in any of the above positions, please contact us at:

+65 6601 2738
Email: iel_info@nus.edu.sg

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Explore-Eng Endress+Hauser http://ielstaging.net/explore-eng-endresshauser/ Tue, 28 Feb 2017 22:11:17 +0000 http://www.pisteuomedia.com/nus/?p=3245 NUS students and staff in a group picture with Endress+Hauser staff during the visit 28th February 2017 Instrumental to the World Explore-Eng Endress+Hauser   “People for Process Automation” – the motto of instrumentation company Endress + Hauser was well evidenced in that many of the company’s top-brass were present to interact with 17 NUS Engineering […]

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28th February 2017

Instrumental to the World

Explore-Eng Endress+Hauser

 

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“People for Process Automation” – the motto of instrumentation company Endress + Hauser was well evidenced in that many of the company’s top-brass were present to interact with 17 NUS Engineering students during a learning visit to the company. The visit was part of the NUS Institute for Engineering Leadership’s Explore-Eng series, which gives students an opportunity to visit engineering companies to find out more about their work, innovation in companies and possible career opportunities.

Facilitating the session was Mr. Lim Khay Guan, CEO and Managing Director at Endress+Hauser (S.E.A.) and NUS alumni. Mr. Lim kicked off the session with an insightful presentation of the company’s work and culture. Mr. Lim explained that despite being a multi-national corporation, Endress+ Hauser remains a family business and thus its motivations are more long-term as compared to publicly-listed companies. This business ethos encourages the development of deep and long-lasting relationships with their customers ensuring a good understanding of the industries in which they engage. In Endress+Hauser, soft skills are regarded to be as important as technical skills as “people problems” can be as difficult to solve as technical problems.

The Center of Competence for South East Asia works on very complex problems and develops custom-designed solutions based on the needs of its clients.  One such example in which this was evident is the case of custody transfer Mass Flow Meter (MFM), where the company developed solutions to help the bunkering industry enhance transparency of the bunkering process and reduce the chances of bunker malpractices and disputes. Moreover, compared to the conventional sounding method, using the MFM system for bunker delivery allows ships to enjoy up to 3 hours or 25% time savings per bunker delivery. With greater efficiency in bunkering operations, the bunker craft operators can also optimize the turnaround time of their bunker tankers to bunker more vessels. The students were given an insightful introduction to the problem and the physical solution during their visit.

The bunkering solution, and several of the other examples shown in the showroom highlighted the interdisciplinary nature of the instrumentation industry. Engineers from varied backgrounds (chemical, mechanical, electrics, civil) are required to provide innovative and safe solutions in a range of industries (food & beverage, oil & gas, life sciences, chemicals etc).

Following the sharing by Mr. Lim and other staff members, students were taken on a tour of the office and facilities. Students visited the showroom where Endress+ Hauser’s products were displayed, including the bunkering solution. Innovative solutions were explained giving a good understanding of the innovation timeline of solutions. It was highlighted that while in the past several different meters were required for a given function, these functions can now be carried out with a single meter.

The company was also an early adopter of wireless technology, adding in such modules to its meters from the mid-1990s which allowed data to be centrally collected and analyzed.

To round up the visit, Mr. Lim introduced all the attending Endress+Hauser staff and gave them the opportunity to explain their current job responsibilities and backgrounds. All of them had engineering backgrounds but could also be found in varied functions such as Finance, Marketing, HR and Product Management. The staff emphasized that their engineering knowledge & skills formed the foundation of their competencies, and are essential to them doing their current jobs well even if they are in non-engineering functions. Understanding the engineering perspective behind a product’s marketing campaign or the engineering costs of a product is crucial in communicating effectively with their customers and in developing products that best meet their needs. In this way, strong relations are built with their customers.

Michael Ow, a third year Industrial and Systems Engineering student said that the visit helped him learn more about the company’s product line and job opportunities. He said: “I also learnt that many engineers sometimes do not use much of what they learn (in university) in their jobs, and have to keep learning on the job”. The immersion into a real-world environment was thus an eye-opener to the students allowing them a different perspective of the type of skills they need to build before entering the job market and for them to adopt a continual learning mindset.

The students left with great exposure to the instrumentation industry and new insights on how their engineering backgrounds can lead to many exciting opportunities.

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Daring to ask questions and a spirit of adventure http://ielstaging.net/daring-ask-questions-spirit-adventure/ Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:37:01 +0000 http://www.pisteuomedia.com/nus/?p=3261 Ms Aw sharing with students during the session 18th February 2017 Saturday Sharing Session organised by Institute for Engineering Leadership Daring to ask questions and a spirit of adventure Aw Kah Peng With 22 years in the public service at the Economic Development Board and as CEO of the Singapore Tourism Board, it may be […]

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Ms Aw sharing with students during the session

18th February 2017
Saturday Sharing Session organised by Institute for Engineering Leadership

Daring to ask questions and a spirit of adventure

Aw Kah Peng

With 22 years in the public service at the Economic Development Board and as CEO of the Singapore Tourism Board, it may be hard to believe that Ms Aw Kah Peng is in fact trained as an engineer – she graduated from the National University Singapore in 1990 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. During a sharing session with students, she shared her experiences during her career and as a leader.

Being ‘Kaypoh’

Ms Aw’s unusual career path elicited a question on uncertainties in planning for a career. As a student in junior college making decisions for a university course, Ms Aw was not sure what she wanted as she interested in many things, such as music (She plays the piano) and different languages. Her father advised her to be practical, even though she was unsure of what she was getting herself into.

Her career at the Economic Development Board (EDB) came about precisely because of her curious nature. One day while at work at a small laboratory dealing with polymer technologies, there were several Japanese visitors led by an EDB representative. She chatted with them, and several days later received a call from the EDB representative. This eventually led to a job despite that her initial motivation for meeting the representative’s boss was the free lunch, she said in jest.

Giving advice to students on mapping out their career path, she said: “There’s no magic formula, ask questions. Companies know you don’t know anything fresh out of school, and the only thing you can and should do is to talk to people.”

She encouraged students to be curious. She said: “(In my experience) The ones who are curious and engage people, they go far compared to those who sit on a desk in front of a computer.”

A Spirit of Adventure

Ms Aw also encouraged students to have a sense of adventure – “if something sounds interesting, go for it, and if you don’t be prepared to make a change.” It was in this spirit that saw Ms Aw accept overseas postings to Chicago and London during her time in EDB, as well as her move to become CEO of Singapore Tourism Board (STB). She said: “I didn’t know anything about tourism, but I told myself that I would learn.”

Even though she found her time in public service particularly meaningful, she later realised that “while governments can enable, it is companies that create jobs”. She got a call from Shell, not unlike the call she received from EDB as a fresh graduate. Yet it was not the same – “This time it was different, out of school you can pretend you don’t know anything, after 22 years it is a different conversation. You have to be clear about what you’re looking for. For me, it was that I wanted to know how to run a business.”

While only four years into the job at Shell, she is already into her third job, running a business worth about three billion dollars. She said: “I am learning every day how to run a multi-billion-dollar business, (and) the one thing I take from all these years (of experience) is, how do I…inspire them (my team) to do good things.”

Motivating People

She also responded to a question from a student who asked how she would inspire her team, especially when morale is low. She said: “First you must ask yourself if you have the passion, and why you are passionate. Talk to your team about it, but they have to make choices for themselves, you cannot make it for them”. Even though not everyone would stay on, move on with those who do decide to do so.

Ms Aw also shared about learning to ‘read’ people – having an opinion about other people, even if you don’t share with them. Over time, this becomes instinctive and you learn how to best build on the strengths of a team. She shared an anecdote of a colleague she works with remotely and whom she only meets in person a few times a year. Yet when they do meet, they discuss things outside work, sometimes even meeting his family. In doing so, she builds good relations and rapport with her colleagues by getting to know them on a personal level.

Staying Anchored

Through her long and illustrious career, Ms Aw shared that it was her family who has kept her anchored. She said: “My husband moved with me when I was posted overseas, and every time I moved, he needed to find a new job. Your family, loved ones that will help you to anchor. It’s not a bad thing, they won’t hold you back. There are things you will do for the people around you, who will invite you to think about your choices.”

Finally, she shared what has driven her throughout her career. She said: “After 22 years in public service, the one thing I take away is the mission that creates jobs for my country that drives me. You can keep moving, and every day you’re busy. But the purpose for me is that I’m creating good jobs for my country, (and that has been) very meaningful.”

 

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Students present ideas at InnoVenture IdeaLaunch http://ielstaging.net/students-present-ideas-innoventure-idealaunch/ Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:21:25 +0000 http://www.pisteuomedia.com/nus/?p=2770 Students at InnoVenture IdeaLaunch presenting their ideas to company representatives   25th October 2016 The hard work that InnoVenture teams have been putting in culminated in an IdeaLaunch session held on the 25th of October. The stakes were high as the seven teams sought to move into the second phase of Innoventure, where they will […]

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Students at InnoVenture IdeaLaunch presenting their ideas to company representatives

 

25th October 2016

The hard work that InnoVenture teams have been putting in culminated in an IdeaLaunch session held on the 25th of October. The stakes were high as the seven teams sought to move into the second phase of Innoventure, where they will receive prototyping grants and will continue to develop a real prototype based on their pitched solution accompanied by a viable business plan.

The teams each presented their proposals to a panel of judges comprised of representatives from the companies that provided the problem statements, as well as members of the Institute for Engineering Leadership team. They were judged based on four criteria – customer desirability, technology novelty and creativity, technological feasibility and business viability. A wide range of solutions were proposed, for example, Team UNO which was working on the National University Hospital (NUH) problem statement, which concerned the tracking of nurses’ efficiency in the wards, proposed a data tracking system using Bluetooth transmitter. The group emphasised not just the data logging aspect, but also the processing of data in a meaningful way through machine-learning. They team suggested that their product would only cost a quarter of what NUH now pays for their current system.

Other teams had similarly innovative ideas. Team Innov8tion worked on the PSA problem statement. They developed a system to monitor truck drivers’ alertness in an effort to prevent accidents, emphasising early detection of drivers’ fatigue. This is achieved through a system of eyelid and head tracking, ocular movement, eye blink parameters monitored by cameras and sensors in the truck cabin.

Some solutions were simpler but no less creative; TrioblazerS, which worked on the Nestle problem statement came up with a simple way of detecting spoilage in food products such as yoghurt. It proposed a customised pH meter costing just $0.02 for a sticker which could be attached to food products packaging.

Following their presentations, the teams’ ideas were scrutinised by the company representatives, who quizzed participants on their technology, business models and the viability of their proposals. In the end, four teams progressed to the next round who can surely breathe a sigh of relief that their hard work had paid off. Teams who have progressed to the next round will move into phase two, where teams be supported by Innoventure and IEL as they develop a working prototype and a validated business plan. This culminates in DemoDay which will take place next year, where they will present their prototypes and refined business strategies.

Dr Goh Wei Ping, Senior Resident Physician at NUH who attended the IdeaLaunch, initially came with some scepticism as the problem statements were extremely challenging. He was pleasantly surprised by the ideas the groups came up with. He said “I love how the participants injected fresh perspectives to the problems and came up with innovative ideas to address them. This is an ideal platform for different industries to come together and share their own experiences and expertise.”

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Tiny chips, huge potential http://ielstaging.net/tiny-chips-huge-potential/ Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:15:59 +0000 http://www.pisteuomedia.com/nus/?p=2765 A group pictures with staff of Infineon, representatives from IEL and NUS students   Explore-Eng Infineon Technologies 2nd November 2016 We often take the technology around us for granted and fail to realize the complex systems at work. At the heart much of these technology are powerful semi-conductors such as those made by Infineon Technologies. […]

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Explore-Eng Infineon Technologies
2nd November 2016

We often take the technology around us for granted and fail to realize the complex systems at work. At the heart much of these technology are powerful semi-conductors such as those made by Infineon Technologies. As part of the Explore Engineering series, 30 students from NUS had the opportunity to visit Infineon’s ‘shop floor’ first-hand, and learn more about the company during a visit to the regional headquarters located off Kallang Way.

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Infineon has operations worldwide and about 35,000 employees, and while its semi-conductors are not produced in Singapore, the Singapore office specializes in testing Infineon’s most advanced products. It was this that students got to see during the visit to the ‘shop floor’, a three-level facility in which chips are put through testing machines to ensure that they have been built to the highest standard and that they would continue working even in extreme conditions. Examples of applications of such semi-conductors include battery management chips found in mobile phone to monitor battery use, and identification chips found in passports.

A highlight of the visit was seeing Infineon’s latest technologies in use as part of their ‘smart factory’ initiative, in which processes are being increasingly automated in an effort to increase efficiency and productivity at the company. It is also to ensure the welfare of staff, who may have difficulty carrying out physical tasks as they grow older. An example of innovation is a transport and storage system throughout the facility. In the past, operators had to manually cart around heavy and bulky boxes of chips that are to undergo testing. However, there is now an automated conveyor belt and storage system with a capacity of 9000 crates which delivers the right boxes to the testers at the machine, eliminating the need for staff to physically move around these boxes.

Another example is an automatic-loader system for the testing of chips. While staff previously had to insert chips into a testing board manually, a tedious and delicate process, it has now been automated with the help of customized machines. Even so, more technology is on the way to being implemented including autonomous guided vehicles that will operate in the facility.

Sebastian Shen, a graduate student in Supply Chain Management, especially enjoyed the tour to the testing facility. He said “I’m from the software industry so this is my first time entering a manufacturing line. It’s great to see the adoption of technology in within the factory floor and how they are helping the aging workforce.”

Students also had the opportunity to hear from the experiences of company staff, including experts from the Development Centre during a panel discussion. They shared on their work in the company as well as skills that university students would need as they graduate into the work-force. Staff from the Human Resources department also shared with students possible opportunities within the company including internships and leadership programs. Carrie Lin, a Chemical Engineering undergraduate, said: “The panel discussion was helpful in helping us better understand the right attitudes (required for the job) and (hearing about) the work, life and health balance of Infineon’s employees was pretty encouraging.”

The students left with a new-found knowledge of the workings of the company, and a great appreciation for the tiny chips inside such ubiquitous devices and technology.

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Students dressed in smocks during the visit to the ‘shop floor’

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The ‘External Closed Innovation’ Model of Innovation at Rolls-Royce http://ielstaging.net/external-closed-innovation-model-innovation-rolls-royce/ Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:01:08 +0000 http://www.pisteuomedia.com/nus/?p=2758 Professor Ric Parker, CBE, FReng Director of Research and Technology, Rolls-Royce plc (retired) with members of the audience.   IEL Distinguished Speaker Series, 25th October 2016 By: Andre Theng, Student Reporter Our world today is becoming increasingly open. This extends even in corporate innovation with open innovation practices becoming increasingly adopted. In open innovation, companies […]

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Professor Ric Parker, CBE, FReng Director of Research and Technology, Rolls-Royce plc (retired) with members of the audience.

 

IEL Distinguished Speaker Series, 25th October 2016

By: Andre Theng, Student Reporter

Our world today is becoming increasingly open. This extends even in corporate innovation with open innovation practices becoming increasingly adopted. In open innovation, companies tap on external ideas as they look to advance their designs & technology to compete in markets that are rapidly changing.

It was thus illuminating to see that Rolls-Royce is doing the exact opposite, in what Professor Ric Parker, the recently-retired Director of Research & Technology terms the ‘external closed innovation’ model. In an insightful evening sharing with engineering students and industry veterans, at the 10th Lecture of the IEL Distinguished Speaker Series, Professor Parker shared his take on how innovation could result in both social good and wealth creation.

Professor Parker highlighted the importance of innovation, which he described as both “a process and an outcome”, as having the potential to solve global issues. He did so through a sharing of his experiences with Rolls-Royce on different aspects of innovation. Professor Parker discussed various models of innovation, which he explained through the use of a matrix giving examples of different strategies. For example, Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works which develops top-secret military hardware, would be considered a closed internal model of innovation, whereas 3M where Arthur Fry invented the 3M’s Post-it Note®, would be considered an example of an open internal model.

 

The ‘external closed innovation’ model is one where technology is developed exclusively for Rolls-Royce, but one which focuses on partnerships with external parties to facilitate the development. In the case of Rolls-Royce, the company had made a conscious decision not to build its own research centre and decided to work with universities instead, fostering an intimate relationship between the two.

It now has a network of University Training Centres (UTC) all around the world, each focusing on a specific area of R&D. The model has worked well for Rolls-Royce, which highly values these mutually-beneficial partnerships. Aside from universities, it also works with government agencies for funding & support for infrastructure and to attract top researchers. In this way, Rolls-Royce is able to develop technology strategies that stretch from five to 20 years depending on the scale of development.

Through this model, Rolls-Royce has been at the forefront of technology development in engine propulsion systems, powering record-breaking and highly innovative aircraft including the Boeing 787, the Concorde and the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Professor Parker also discussed how innovation could result in other benefits for society. He shared on the Clean Sky project, which is concerned with developing new technology to make aircraft more environmentally friendly. Rolls-Royce is a major partner of the project, where it works closely with 600 other partners from all over the European Union.

In concluding, Professor Parker emphasised that innovation was “vitally essential” to turn bright ideas into wealth in Singapore, and elsewhere. He added that innovation was also a means for engineering solutions to tackle some of the big problems the world is facing.

Following the talk, participants were invited to field questions. In response to a question on how universities can help students to become more innovative, he encouraged students to go back to basics and ‘make stuff’ instead of just sitting in front of a computer, and in doing so, reignite a passion for creating and discovering.

In his words – “innovation is fun and exciting”!

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