Dr May Sim is currently a Senior Lecturer (Industry) at the School of Applied Science in Republic Polytechnic. She collaborates closely with the industry to conduct applied science based research projects in areas such as aerospace, transport, packaging, non-destructive techniques (NDT), composites and plastics.
Upon graduation from Loughborough University with a PhD in Aeronautical Engineering, she joined SIMTech as a Senior Research Engineer to lead in various projects and providing consultancy services to industries related to material failure analysis, diagnostic methods, and X-ray inspection characterisation activities.
As an Intellectual Property and Commercialisation Manager at the Industry Liaison Office of NUS, she managed the university’s intellectual property in the areas of electronics and food technology before joining QSA Global as an International Sales Manager and solely oversaw the regional markets in China and Asia in the areas of gamma radiation sources and various NDT. She is a qualified Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) trainer and is currently certified by NEA to conduct the Licensing Basic Ionisation Radiation Safety Course.
Together with her team, Dr May clinched the MOE Innergy commendation award in 2019 for a project on the ‘Development of E-Scooter Wheelchair’ and filed a Singapore Provisional Patent for her innovative efforts in design novelty and fabrication techniques. She also helmed a leadership role as the Programme Head for the ‘Specialist Diploma in Advanced Composites’ course. In 2020, she was awarded The Crescendas Medal and Prize for Outstanding Engineering Physics Teacher (Polytechnics/ITE) 2019 by the Institute of Physics Singapore.
As the principal investigator for this project funded by RP, May led her team to design a power attachment that can be attached to an e-scooter, proposed to resolve the need for wheelchair users to switch between manual and electric wheelchairs as they commute to different locations and environments. This was done by prototyping an adjustable adapter using additive manufacturing technology. Upon producing the prototype, the project team gathered feedback from users that provided more insights on the comfort level and convenience of using the adapter. A Singapore provisional patent was filed on the design of the adjustable adapter and subsequently successful licensed non-exclusively to a company.
- Materials - Product Design & Development
- Manufacturing - Product Design & Development, Prototype Build