Singapore director of undergraduate studies

Issued: Fri, 29 Nov 2013 16:32:00 GMT

Dr Fannon Lim, BEng 1999, PhD 2003
Current position: Director, undergraduate programmes, University of Glasgow Singapore.

Dr Fannon Lim spent six busy years at Glasgow completing his BEng and PhD in Engineering, making countless new friends and travelling around Europe. Fannon rejoined the University in 2011. This time round he is not a student based in Glasgow’s Gilmorehill, but a member of staff leading undergraduate programmes for students in his home country of Singapore.

Five undergraduate programmes are now on offer by the University in Singapore through a partnership with the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT). Fannon is in charge of two of them: Mechanical Design Engineering and Mechatronics.

‘I’m really pleased to be leading these new programmes,’ explains Fannon. ‘Studying at Glasgow was one of the best times in my life and it’s nice that I can bring my experiences and knowledge to students in Singapore.’

After his time at university in Glasgow, Fannon returned to Singapore and began his career as a research scientist for Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology Caption & Research (A*STAR). During his time with A*STAR, he also managed a fund that bridges promising A*STAR technologies from lab scale to commercially viable ones. Most recently, Fannon was a chief operating officer for a start-up company where he played an instrumental role in developing the company’s solar and LED technologies.

Fannon brings industry knowledge and a great commitment to learning to his role with the University and he’s enjoying every minute of it. ‘It was a proud moment to watch the students graduate,’ says Fannon. ‘I was even prouder when they handed me their first business cards!’

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