Alan Ho


Sr. User Experience Designer, Autodesk

Location: Singapore


A former mechanical engineer / product designer with extensive design experience in the consumer electronics and semiconductors capital equipment industries. Alan is currently working as a User Experience Designer in a software company that makes PLM, CAD and CAID applications.

Passionate and focused in seeking solutions of complex business and user problems in creative ways; by focusing on the end user to design products that are usable, engaging, functional and profitable.

Work experience

Autodesk, Product Designer
October 2007 - Present, Singapore, Singapore

 Provide mentorship to team members in Shanghai while maintaining cross interaction and collaboration between Munich and Novi, MI members.
 Propose strategic enhancements to company products. Distils information into a set of features that will benefit the customer in the most efficient way.
 Assists in coordinating and facilitating of usability tests and other target customer research to validate existing and future feature design.
 Composes technical and highly detailed specifications to outline product, feature, and functional requirements. Responsible for delivering design documentation for use by a wide range of audiences. Reviews feature implementation, test plans and documentation to ensure accuracy.
 Partners with development team to drive successful implementation of product design specifications. Tracks development issues and drives closure of design projects.

o Developed Productstream Professional and Vault design specifications for 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 releases.
o Developed design specifications and prototypes for AutoCAD, AutoCAD Mechanical, AutoCAD Electrical and Inventor add-ins for better integration with the Productstream Professional and Vault client.
o Co-developed design and developed Pro/ENGINEER and SolidWorks add-ins with external agencies for Productstream Professional and Vault integration.
o Published design practice articles at the ‘Designing the User Experience at Autodesk’ blog.

Electroglas, R&D Mechanical Engineer
March 2006 - September 2007, San Jose, California, United States

 Perform structural and thermal studies utilizing COSMOS and COSMOSWorks Finite Element Analysis (FEA) packages.
 Development of precision mechanism designs using SolidWorks for wafer probing systems.
 Resolving product design issues from root cause determination, and as required follow through ECO implementation of resolution.
 Development of reliability and qualification test platforms for mechanical systems / subsystems.
 Perform failure analysis for mechanical components and subsystems.

o Redesigned the Z-drive system and installed new functional test program to increase performance and enhance reliability.
o Prepared and conducted Highly-Accelerated Life Testing (HALT) on developed designs.
o Redesigned the optical alignment system on the 200mm 4090u+ cameras.
o Initiate manipulator, chuck and positioning drive design projects on the 200mm 4090u+ probing machine for Thin Wafer handling.
o Filed patent for invention of the Thin Wafer Chuck. (US Patent Application Number: 12/175,359)
o Administered the PDMWorks Product Data Management System.

PerkinElmer Fluid Sciences, Design Engineer
August 2002 - February 2006, Singapore, Singapore

 Development of aerospace, semiconductor and ultra-high vacuum components using Pro/ENGINEER; mainly bellows, seals and valves.
 Preparation of drawings using techniques in accordance to ANSI, AWS and ASME standards.
 Design checks which include material selection and stress amplitudes against service life and operating variables.
 Assumed design authority status from Warwick, RI and Daytona, FL sites.
 Creation and maintenance of item master records and BOM data in MRP system.
 Research and experimental collection of fatigue data.
 Project costing and management. o Conduct and undergo (Transactional) Green Belt Six Sigma projects.

o Improvised design code on bellows stress calculations o Successfully developed numerous designs for customers such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), Tokyo Electronic (TEL), Axcelis Technologies, Unaxis…
o Designed and developed piezoelectric actuated valve concept.
o Developed and managed of regional NPI and engineering framework.
o Setup and administered Pro/INTRALINK Product Data Management System.

Philips, Product Engineer
February 2001 - August 2002, Singapore, Singapore

 Involved in consumer product design using Unigraphics. (Conduct DFA and FMEA in the product creation process)
 Raise engineering changes through modification /update of designs.
 Approve first article sample and make prompt decision in production process.
 Conduct engineering trial runs and pilot production for new development projects.
 Conduct cost reduction and innovation projects.
 Coordinate logistic supplies and equipment to ensure production stability during NPI phrase.
 Raise corrective actions to solve production problems.
 Involvement in ongoing improvement teams to improve working environment and consumer call-rate issues.
 Member of plastics and decoration research cluster.

o Successfully completed five projects (Two facelift projects: Hair styler, 1000W basic entry hair dryer; and three new projects: 2000W high powered hair dryer, hair colorant dispenser, 1600W mid range hair dryer)
o Conducted and documented hot-foil stamping, vacuum metallization and In-Mold decoration research and trials.