Appointment of SMI Maritime Technology Advisory Panel Members

The Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) has officially appointed nine (9) distinguished technology leaders and experts as Members of the second SMI Maritime Technology Advisory Panel (TAP) for a two-year term.

The Panel, to be chaired by SMI’s Executive Director Mr Heng Chiang Gnee, would be reviewing R&D projects, initiatives and proposals received by SMI to enhance assurance on high industry impact, relevance and scientific merits.

With the increase in the level of R&D programmes and activities, SMI announced the formation of the inaugural SMI Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) in October 2013 that comprised of technology leaders from the industry and recognised academic experts.

The first SMI TAP, which completed its two-year term on 31 December 2016, consisted of two panels serving different industry domains, namely the Maritime TAP and the Offshore TAP.

The newly appointed SMI Maritime TAP, which would be serving a two-year term between 2017 and 2018, would provide technical advisory to SMI in the maritime domain of port, shipping and maritime services.

Commencing their roles with effect from 2017, the list of SMI Maritime TAP Members who will be serving in the Panel is:

SMI Maritime Technology Advisory Panel (TAP)
(2017 – 2018)

  1. Mr Mahesh Krishnappa
    Vice President & Head of Marine & Ports ABB
  2. Mr Ravindran Pallaniappan
    Program Manager, Global Research & Innovation Centre ClassNK
  3. Mr Shaj U. Thayil
    Head of Global Technical Services CMA CGM Group
  4. Capt. Lee Cheng Wee
    Senior Consultant Global Maritime and Port Services
  5. Mr Tan Wee Meng
    Chief Technical Officer Jurong Port
  6. Mr Au-Yeong Kin Ho
    General Manager (Engineering)
    Keppel Singmarine
  7. Mr Chris Chung
    Head of Strategic Development & External Affairs (Asia)
    Lloyd’s Register
  8. Mr Nelson Quek
    Head of Engineering, Head of Tuas Planning PSA Corporation
  9. Dr Terence Hung
    Chief of Computational Engineering Rolls-Royce Singapore


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About the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI)

The Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) is a joint effort by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) in partnership with local Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs). Established in April 2011, SMI develops strategies and programmes to achieve its mission with key focus areas in sectors such as port, shipping and maritime services.

SMI charts the maritime research strategy together with the various maritime institutes at the local IHLs and promotes greater industry-academia R&D collaborations to be undertaken in Singapore. As a whole-of-Government approach, the agencies work together in initiatives driven through SMI to strengthen Singapore’s research manpower and capabilities as a global maritime knowledge hub, and enhance the overall positioning and competitiveness of the maritime industry.

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