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First Singaporean to head the International Academy for Production Engineering Research

08 September 2011

Prof Andrew Nee has been appointed President of the prestigious Paris-based International Academy for Production Engineering
Prof Andrew Nee from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, who is also Director of the Division of Research Administration at NUS’ Office of Deputy President (Research & Technology), has been appointed President of the prestigious Paris-based International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP). CIRP is the world’s leading organisation in production engineering research.

With this appointment, Prof Nee becomes the first Singaporean and ethnic Chinese to hold the position in the 60 years of CIRP’s history. Said Prof Nee: “I am indeed very honoured to be the first Singaporean President for the Academy. Over the last two decades, manufacturing industries have been the major thrust of economic growth in Asia, which now rival that of the EU and North America. Leveraging the international network of the pool of pre-eminent CIRP experts in manufacturing engineering will be highly beneficial to Singapore and this region. I see this as an excellent opportunity and would certainly encourage greater CIRP presence here.”

He added that his role as CIRP President will be to ensure the continuity of all the excellent CIRP activities and to embark on new projects which include nurturing graduate students in manufacturing engineering research with international mentorship from CIRP Fellows.

Previously, Prof Nee was CIRP’s Vice-President Elect and Vice President (2009-2011). He had been a CIRP Fellow since 1990, and was also the first in the ASEAN region to become Member and Fellow of the Academy.

A former Dean of the NUS Faculty of Engineering, Prof Nee currently holds six honorary and advisory professorships from China and is the regional editor of two established international journals as well as some 20 editorial board memberships. He has 10 authored and edited books and over 450 papers in journals and conferences.

Prof Nee is noted for his stamping die research which involves computer-aided design of fixtures, metal stamping dies and plastic injection moulds. The mould design technology developed led eventually to the founding of Manusoft Technology Pte Ltd in 1997. Together with Assoc Prof Ong Soh Khim, Prof Nee had also led a team from the NUS Department of Mechanical Engineering whose Augmented Reality Assistive Keyboard won the Samsung DigitAllHope Award in 2005.

Established in 1951, CIRP has some 550 academic and industrial members from 41 industrialised countries, including many internationally recognised scientists and high potential researchers.