Kan Wu  (吳 侃)

Assistant Professor

Division of System and Engineering Management
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Nanyang Technological University
50 Nanyang Avenue, N3.2, 02-07
Singapore 639798

Tel: +65 6790 5584
Fax: +65 6792 4062
Email: kan626@gmail.com


  • PhD (Industrial & Sys Eng) Georgia Institute of Technology
  • MSc (IEOR) University of California at Berkeley
  • MEng (Nuclear Eng) University of California at Berkeley
  • BEng (Nuclear Eng) National Tsinghua University

Research Interests:

  • Smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0
  • Manufacturing system performance
  • Queueing theory
  • Productivity enhancement
  • Planning, scheduling and dispatching
  • Supply chain management


Visiting Consultant of Health Sciences Authority, Singapore (6/2018 - )

  CTO and Founding Team Member (1/2010 – 12/2010) 
  • Cycle time and yields optimization for inspection tools 
  • Senior Researcher under NSF Grant 0956911
Inotera Memories
  Manager in Industrial Engineering Department (7/2003 – 8/2005) 
  • New Fab layout design and ramp-up schedule control 
  • Capacity planning and productivity improvement 
  • Simulation model development 
  • Budget control for Fab expansion 
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC)
  Senior Engineer (6/1998 – 8/2001) 
  Central Planning & Production Control Departments 
  • Demand analysis and allocation plan 
  • Tape out plan management 
  • Production control and MPS plan 
  Consultant Team of Operational Excellence (9/2001 – 7/2003) 
  Manufacturing Information Technology Division (MITD)
  • Supply chain management 
  • Fab scheduling and dispatching system design
  • Simulation model development 
  • Internal training for production control and scheduling
TEFEN USA, Industrial Engineering and System Analysis
  Industrial Engineering Consultant (6/1996 – 6/1998) 
  • Cycle time reduction and WIP management for semiconductor fabs 
  • Capacity planning and productivity improvement 
  • New fab ramp-up schedule control and layout design 

Publications Funding  and   Patents;

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Associate editor of APJOR 
Associate editor of IEEE CASE 2014

Area Expert in the Steering Committee of the Industry 4.0 in the Future of Manufacturing, Singapore
IEEE Technical Committee of Semiconductor Manufacturing Automation
IEEE Technical Committee of Sustainable Production and Service Automation
Organizer of a Special Session in IEEE CASE 2014  
Chair of the 11th Modeling and Analysis of Semiconductor Manufacturing 
   Conference, 2015,   Huntington Beach, CA, USA
Organizer of a Special Session in IEEE ICIT 2016
Co-organizer of a Special Session in IEEE CASE 2017

Honors and Awards:

  • Silver Medal of Taiwan Continuous Improvement Award (with UMC), 2018
  • Best Paper Award of International Symposium on Semiconductor Manufacturing Intelligence, 2016
  • Excellent Paper Award of International Conference on Computers & Industrial Engineering (CIE 46), 2016
  • The 3rd Place of IIE Pritsker Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2010
  • Dissertation: New results in factory physics – insights from the underlying   structures of manufacturing systems
  • National Scholarship for Overseas Study, Taiwan, 2005
  • TSMC MITD Excellent Employee Award, 2002
  • TSMC e-Operations Symposium’s Best Paper Award, 2002
  • TSMC MITD Patent Star, 2002