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Student Chapter Mentorship Programme

Under the AISG Student Chapter initiative, AISG undertakes to support the learning and acquisition of AI/Data Science skills of students from the various Student Chapters, to grow their interest and the passion to pursue a career in the industry after graduation. 


One of the privileges of Student Chapter members is exclusive excess to mentors who are experienced and practicing AI professionals in Singapore. These mentors can provide practical guidance to students who are starting out in their learning journey in AI, as well as career advice on pursuing an AI or Data Science career after graduation. For details on engaging a mentor, please download the factsheet here. If you are ready to apply to seek mentorship, you may download the Request for Mentor form here.

Panel of Student Chapter Mentors

Desiree Chen

Vice President, CFO Unit

Company:
Singapore Exchange

Education:
NUS (MSc Business Analytics)

Technical Competency
Cloud Computing, Data Engineering, Analytics, Python, R

Introduction
My career is not always linear. I have honed my expertise across various business and technology-related functions, in both the public and private sectors. I am most looking forward to the exchange of ideas and perspectives in the mentoring journey.

Yap Siew Lin

Senior AI Engineer

Company:
AI Singapore

Education:
NUS (MSc Materials Science and Engineering)

Technical Competency
NLP, Predictive Models, Product Development, Business Analytics

Introduction
Experienced hands-on engineer by training, from physical product development on IC packages to software development on AI bricks. The process and experience of doing both hardware and software development helps in levelling up the conceptualisation of technical project. Having gone through different economic cycles and mid-career switch, my personal journey and engineering background could be a good reference to you and perhaps can help to clear any mind blocks if you need guidance to decide if engineering is the real pursuit.

Lim Tern Poh

Asst. Head, AI Standards

Company:
AI Singapore

Education:
SMU (BBM (Finance))

Technical Competency
NLP, Predictive Models, Product Development, Business Analytics

Introduction
Tern Poh is an Assistant Head (AI Standards) at AI Singapore. He provides advisory services to enable organizations to undertake the development and deployment of AI minimum viable models. He is also working on AI standards to establish trust and drive AI adoption. Tern Poh started his career as a Trainee Trader at Bunge before becoming the APAC Purchasing Manager (IT Innovation) at Procter & Gamble. Coming from a business background, he understands the importance of bridging engineers, clients, and stakeholders to translate analytics insights into impact at scale.

Sidney Tio

Senior AI Engineer

Company:
AI Singapore

Education:
NUS (B.Soc Sci (Psychology))

Technical Competency
Computer Vision, GANs, RL, Psychology, HR

Introduction
Sidney has a background in Psychology and HR before transiting to become an AI Engineer. Nowadays, he is interested in RL and Computer Vision. Let me know if you are interested in a career in AI, and would like to know more about behind-the-scenes for HR stuff!

Siavash

Senior AI Engineer

Company:
AI Singapore

Education:
NUS (Phd Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Technical Competency
Programming, Computer Vision, Systems Thinking, Machine Learning, Technical Leadership, Biomedical Engineering

Introduction
Hi! I am a Senior AI Engineer at AI Singapore where I focus on mentoring apprentices, project scoping and other cool stuff. Previous to this, I was in MedTech start-up where I was the first employee focusing on Machine Learning, Software Product Management and Android Programming. Before that, I was doing my PhD at NUS-A*TAR in the area of Brain-Computer Interfaces. I've always been fascinated with teaching and making sure I can convey what I'm trying to explain. I believe that the most valuable things to be shared are personal experience and I think I do have more than a few things that I can share with people who are eager to listen.

Shafir Ahmad

Senior Technical Consultant

Company:
AI Singapore

Education:
NTU (B Eng (Electrical and Electronics))

Technical Competency
Machine Learning, MLOps, Digital Marketing, Web Analytics, Software Engineering

Introduction
I have varied interests and experience, ranging from software development/AI, game programming, electronics & robotics, hypnosis & psychology as well as helping people learn. People say I help translate technical jargon and concepts into simple analogies and metaphors that they can easily absorb and understand. Hence my interest in mentoring and guiding students to better ourselves in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Tan Kwan Chet

Senior AI Consultant

Company:
AI Singapore

Education:
NUS (M Tech(Enterprise Business Analytics))

Technical Competency
Computer Vision, Deep Learning, Federated Learning, Consulting

Introduction
My goal would be to help someone to navigate his/her career. I have a wide experience in various roles spanning from frontline operation staff, data analyst to consultant. You can get to know how the transition happens or even the role itself. If you want to know how it is like working in a government-linked agency, I can help to answer this too.

Mok Kay Yong

Software Engineer

Company:
Innowave Tech Pte Ltd

Education:
NTU (MSc Smart Product Design)

Technical Competency
Python, C#, C++, PLC, Machine Design

Introduction
I have 18 years of working experience in machine automation, and worked in different roles, mechanical designer, project leader, software programmer and machine platform designer. I have designed the hardware and software architecture for a patented modular and scalable machine platform. I start to learn AI, 4 years ago, to apply AI and Data science into machines. I believe my multifaceted work experience in machine automation and application of AI in machines, can help students, who are interested in exploring innovation and realising ideas for machines in manufacturing.

Anand Natarajan

Senior Project Manager

Company:
AI Singapore

Education:
Bharathidasan University (MSc Computer Applications)

Technical Competency
Project Management, Data science & AI, Telco Solution Architect

Introduction
Have been working as Senior Project Manager in various industries close to 15 years including last 3 years managing AI projects. With my passion to acquire more skills, recently completed diploma in Data science (AI) with high GPA. Always willing to learn new things and so happy to learn along with you while mentoring.

Calvin Neo

AI Engineer

Company:
AI Singapore

Education:
NUS (B.Soc Sci (Political Science))

Technical Competency
Python

Introduction
I believe that starting people down this path while they are young is the best way to get into and stay in any field. By inculcating the values of resilience and curiosity, I hope that mentees can delve much more into this highly rewarding field.

Ng Wen Xian

AI Engineer

Company:
AI Singapore

Education:
SUTD (B.Engineering (Engineering Product Development))

Technical Competency
Python, data science, machine learning engineering

Introduction
I enjoy connecting with others, listening to their experiences and understanding the things that matter to them. I have received invaluable support along my own journey in AI and I would be glad to share any relevant knowledge, experience and perspective I have gained, if it is able to help someone on their path.

Ryzal Kamis

Senior Platforms Engineer

Company:
AI Singapore

Education:
University of London (BSc Banking and Finance)

Technical Competency
MLOps, AI Engineering

Introduction
Ryzal is a Platforms Engineer dealing with MLOps toolings and workflows on a daily basis, supporting various teams within AI Singapore. Over the years, he has worked on different domains for AI use cases and has mentored aspiring AI engineers.

Before his current stint, he has worked with a multinational organisation as a research analyst and has conducted courses on data analytics and science.

Koo Seng Meng

Senior Deputy Director

Company:
AI Singapore

Education:
NUS (Masters in Technology Management)

Technical Competency
Product portfolio management, NPI, Technology Intelligence, Management

Introduction
Prior to AI Singapore, Sengmeng has more than 15 years of experience in the info-communication and media industries and joined Singapore Public Service in 2012, where he and his team shaped the billion-dollar Asia Pacific games industry, catalysed the growth of homegrown companies such as Garena (now SEA Limited) and rolled out several industry-firsts programmes. Besides AI Singapore, Sengmeng contributes regularly to the technology ecosystem and holds official appointments in PDPC AI Governance Roundtable, ISO SC421, IEEE AI Standards Committee and is an international advisor to Chulalongkorn University Technology Center. He co-founded AI Professionals Association in July 2020 and led other community development works within Singapore Computer Society, Serious Games Association Singapore. Sengmeng graduated from the National University of Singapore with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1998 and holds a Masters in Technology Management with a specialisation in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Thu Ya Kyaw

Machine Learning Engineer

Company:
NE Digital

Education:
University of Glasgow (BSc Computing Science)

Technical Competency
Augmented and virtual reality, software engineering, artificial intelligence and machine learning, tech consulting, robotic process automation

Introduction
Thu Ya is an experienced machine learning engineer who can create applications, build data pipelines, scale machine learning models and move them to production. He is also passionate about AI technologies: mainly reinforcement learning, computer vision, and generative adversarial networks. Apart from being one of the 13 pioneer graduates of the AI apprentice programme from AI Singapore, he is also a certified Blue Prism RPA developer. He contributes back to the community by organizing hackathons, conducting technical and soft skills workshops, and mentoring the next generation of developers whenever he is not coding.

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