NTU and British engineering firm Rolls-Royce have had a long-standing relationship since their first engagement in 2005. Nearly a decade after their first research partnership, NTU and Rolls-Royce raised their research alliance creating the first the Rolls-Royce@NTU Corporate Lab.
Launched on 23 July 2013 with a joint investment of S$75 million, the Corp Lab is a collaboration between Rolls-Royce, NTU and the National Research Foundation as the first lab under Corp Lab @ University scheme. As a pioneering programme, the lab has successfully attained notable achievements and significant milestones in Phase 1 (2013-2018) in terms of world-class research and technology pull-through.
Building on this momentum, the Corp Lab is now embarking into Phase 2 (2019 – 2024) with S$88 million focusing on five core research areas: Rolls-Royce Electrical (RRE), Manufacturing Technology (ManTech), Advanced Repair and Materials (ARMS), Data Analytics and Complex Systems (DACS), and Internet of Things (IoT). Research in these fields is aimed at inventing more efficient and reliable energy delivery systems, developing innovative manufacturing, materials, and repair technologies to complement more robust power systems, and extracting information from equipment and processes so that operators can make timely and informed business critical decisions.
The Rolls-Royce@NTU Corp Lab is working closely with the Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) as well as the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the School of Materials Science and Engineering, the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the School of Computer Engineering.
A testament to Singapore’s reputation as a research and development hub in Asia, this new collaboration also aims to build Singapore’s human capital in the aerospace, power, and other engineering sectors, in addition to offering new job opportunities in research.
Over the years, the Rolls-Royce@NTU Corp has involved a team of more than 300 top-level researchers and technical experts. This includes Rolls-Royce staff and NTU faculty, and the Corp Lab provides training to at least 150 full-time research staff, 40 PhD and 130 Master’s & undergraduate students.
NTU has been steadily building its alliance with this leading global power systems company in the last 8 years, when research collaborations were initiated in the areas of power generation, power electronics and control systems. In 2009, the Rolls-Royce Advanced Technology Centre (ATC) was set up at NTU, and which is now recognised as a key source of innovation within Rolls-Royce. The same year, NTU embarked on a five-year research partnership with Rolls-Royce to conduct research in the areas of manufacturing process technology, computational engineering and power electronics.
In September 2011, NTU launched the joint Master of Science in Project Management with the University of Manchester (UOM) and Rolls-Royce. The Masters programme has since expanded and attracted many top professionals from other MNCs such as Keppel,keen to enrol in this unique self-paced, Internet-enabled, blended learning programme which aims at developing core competency skills in project management.
Rolls-Royce was instrumental in establishing the Advanced Remanufacturing & Technology Centre in 2011. The centre follows an industry-led private public partnership model which brings in cross-sectorial companies to work together in a collaborative R & D environment to bridge the technological gaps facing organisations. The main focus of the centre is remanufacturing processes and technologies and it currently serves the aerospace, machinery and marine sectors.
Rolls-Royce has also been participating in our NTU Industrial Attachment (IA) programme since AY2009. The first batch of students enrolled for Industrial Attachment at Rolls-Royce, Derby, in AY2013/2014.