FIRST Industry Workshop

26 July 2017 (Wed)

Countdown to the FIRST Industry Workshop 2017


Fostering Industrial Research Success Together (FIRST)
Industry Workshop 2017

Date: 26 July 2017 (Wed)
Time: 0930 to 1700hrs
Venue: SUTD Auditorium and Campus Centre
Address: 8 Somapah Road, Singapore 487372

What is the FIRST Industry Workshop?

The annual FIRST Industry Workshop aims to build, foster and expand industry-academia research collaboration between SUTD and industry partners.

At the FIRST Industry Workshop, high-ranking industry veterans will share their expertise and experience, while SUTD graduate students and researchers will showcase their innovative and multidisciplinary research projects.

The 2017 theme is Creating our Future, Building Singapore’s Economy Together, which focuses on how innovation and skills are critical to Singapore’s future economy.
FIRST Industry workshop 2017

Programme Details

AM Session

Event Registration/ Refreshments
Welcome Address by Prof. Yeo Kiat Seng,
Associate Provost, Graduate Studies & International Relations, SUTD
Keynote Address by Mr Mitchell Young
General Manager, IBM ASEAN
Keynote Address by by Mr Chan Pin Chong
Senior Vice President for AP-Hybrid,
Electronics Assembly, Wedge Bonders,
Capillaries and Blades
Business Lines
Kulicke & Soffa
Forum Panel Discussion –“Fostering Innovation and Developing Skills for Singapore’s Future Economy: How?”
Forum Panel Composition
Representatives from Applied Materials, Linkedin, IBM, Inventis Investment, SPRING Singapore and the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce
Representative from Davies Collison Cave LLP
11:45AM onwards
Buffet Lunch & Networking Session

PM Session

Research Poster Showcase
Featuring graduate research clustered around the following RIE2020 strategic research focuses:
• Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering
• Digital Solutions & Services
• Urban Sustainable Solutions

SUTD Campus Tour
Showcasing SUTD’s research and fabrication facilities. These include:
• SUTD-MIT International Design Centre
• SUTD Fabrication Lab
• iTrust Research Testbeds

Industry Booths Showcase
Industry Partners will showcase their innovative and ground-breaking products, solutions and services.
Closing Address by Prof. Ricky Ang,
Director of Graduate Studies
FIRST Research showcase Prize Presentation
Teaching Award Prize Presentations
Afternoon Tea & Networking Session
End of Programme

Keynote Speakers

The FIRST Industry Workshop 2017’s Keynote Speakers will kick off the event by sharing their extensive experience, insight and wisdom on the current challenges faced by industry and the challenges associated with business innovation.

Mitchell Young

General Manager,

  • Profile
Mitchell (Mitch) Young has more than 25 years of experience in the technology industry. He joined IBM in 1996 and his previous appointments have included Director, IBM Tivoli Software for Asia Pacific (based in Shanghai, China) and Enterprise Sales Leader, Asia Pacific.

Mitch was named General Manager, IBM ASEAN, in January 2016, where he oversees IBM’s regional operations including sales and distribution, manufacturing, procurement, global delivery, and support functions for the ASEAN markets.

Mitch and his team focus on helping clients, partners, developers and start-ups transform by applying IBM’s leading cognitive solutions, cloud platform, and industry capabilities.

Prior to his current appointment, Mitch served as Client Advocacy Executive in the office of the IBM President, Chairman and CEO, Ginni Rometty. Before leaving for his year-long assignment in New York, US, Mitch was Vice President for IBM Software, ASEAN.

Mitch holds a Bachelor of Engineering, Mechanical & Manufacturing from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Mitch currently resides in Singapore and is accompanied by his wife and three lovely children.

Chan Pin Chong

Senior Vice President, AP-Hybrid, Electronics Assembly, Wedge Bonders, Capillaries and Blades Business Lines,
Kulicke & Soffa

  • Profile
With more than 24 years of engineering and operations experience in the semiconductor and electronics industry, Chan Pin has held numerous strategic positions. These include Senior Technical Director of Engineering and General Manager of Strategic Business Unit in Greater China at KLA-Tencor.

Chan Pin was also the Vice President of Sales and General Manager at Form Factor, where he started the Singapore MEMS factory, and the Global President & CEO at Everett Charles Technologies, where he pioneered test and probe technologies.

Chan Pin joined K&S in 2014 as Vice President of Wedge Bonders business group, which he successfully revitalised by diversifying the business into the battery bonding market. Chan Pin was appointed as Senior Vice President of K&S’s AP-Hybrid, Electronics Assembly, Wedge Bonders and Consumables Business Lines in December 2016.

Chan Pin has a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom. As a Singaporean, Chan Pin is a Brigade Second-in-Command (NSMan) of a combined-arms division.