Nanyang Technology University

Academic Profile
Asst Prof Sathyan Subbiah

Assistant Professor 
Division of Manufacturing Engineering 
School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering 
College of Engineering 



Email: SATHYANS@ntu.edu.sg
Phone: (+65)6790 4861 
Office: N3.2-01-25 
Education
  • PhD Georgia Institute of Technology 2006
  • MS University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 2000
  • BTech Indian Institute of Technology, Madras 1997
Biography
Sathyan Subbiah joined NTU in July 2007 as an assistant professor. He has previously worked as a research engineer at SIMTech Singapore and as a manufacturing engineer at the US-based automotive company Hayes Lemmerz International for three years. He is well experienced in dealing with industrial projects and continues to establish industrial contacts to do consultancy projects and write joint proposals for funding application to national agencies. He is a member of the professional socities ASME, SME, and ASEE. He is also very interested in teaching and exploring new engineering teaching methods that incorporate technology for effective learning. He has co-taught a TiP course on machining at SIMTech in 2007.
Research Interests
My background and training is in the area of precision machining and related areas such as fixturing. I try to apply this expertise to different fields such as production of micro-fluidic devices, aerospace and marine polishing process development, solar cell manufacturing, and micro-nano feature/parts development. My expertise includes both experimental tinkering and process modeling using finite element models. In the experimental side I have experience using statistical methods and design of experiments to enhance process understanding.
Research Grant
  • Academic Research Fund Tier 1 (2008-) [by MOE]
  • Academic Research Fund Tier 1 (2011-2014) [by Ministry of Education (MOE)]
  • Clean Energy Research Programme (2011-) [by Economic Development Board (EDB)]
  • NTU - Rolls-Royce - NRF (2014-)
  • NTU-Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems Pte Ltd (RRFCS) Research Collaboration (2009-) [by Rolls-Royce PIc]
  • NTU-Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems Pte Ltd (RRFCS) Research Collaboration (2010-) [by Rolls-Royce PIc]
  • NTU-Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems Pte Ltd (RRFCS) Research Collaboration (2012-2014) [by Rolls-Royce PIc]
  • Rolls-Royce PIc (2011-2013) [by Rolls-Royce PIc]
  • Rolls-Royce PIc (2012-2013) [by Rolls-Royce PIc]
  • Rolls-Royce PIc (2012-2014) [by Rolls-Royce PIc]
  • Rolls-Royce PIc (2014-) [by Rolls-Royce PIc]
  • SIMTech - NTU Joint Lab (2012-) [by A*STAR Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech)]
Current Projects
  • Characteristics of Belt Linishing - Phase II
  • Characteristics of Belt Linishing - Phase III
  • Characterization and Simulation of the Sub-micron Flatness of Precision Turned Surface Topography
  • Cold Rolling Development
  • Cold Spray Development for Aerospace Applications
  • Compliant Abrasive Process Model and Integrated Tool Trajectory Planning
  • Efficient wafering and texturing of single and multi-crystalline silicon for solar cells
  • In-Process Sensing
  • Micro Texturing of Cutting Insert Tools for Turning Process
  • Next Generation Large Area Dimensional Measurement
  • Novel machining processes for texturing of large surfaces
  • Novel plasmonic concepts for improved broadband light absorption in thin film solar cells
  • Robotised Finishing for Civil Aerospace - I
  • Robotised Finishing for Civil Aerospace - II
  • Robotised Finishing for Civil Aerospace III
  • Robotised Finishing for Marine Engineering - I
  • Robotised Finishing for Marine Engineering - II
  • Roller burnishing for Civil Aerospace - I
  • Shaped LE Re-profiling: Part 2
  • Smart End-of-Arm Tooling
  • Spherical Bore Machining Process Optimization
  • Studies of Robotics Requirements for Finishing Processes
  • Surface Finish Measurement of Difficult to Access Areas and Internal Channels
  • Ultra-High Frequency Vibratory Finishing Process Development
  • Workpiece monitoring in media finishing process
Selected Publications
  • Karthic R. Naraynan, I. Sridhar, S. Subbiah. (2010). Effect of Cold Work on the Mechanical Response of Drawn Ultra-Fine Gold Wire. Computational Materials Science, 49(1S), 119-125.
  • Ahmed Syed Adnan, Sathyan Subbiah. (2009). EXPERIMENTAL INVESTIGATION OF TRANSVERSE VIBRATION ASSISTED ORTHOGONAL CUTTING OF AL2024. International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture, Accepted.
  • A. S. Adnan, S. Subbiah. (2009). Experimental investigations of transverse vibration assisted orthogonal cutting of al-2024. ASME International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference.
  • K. Saptaji, S. Subbiah. (2009, July). Minimising Burr Formation in Micro-Milling of Aluminum Alloys Using Carbide Cutting Tools. Paper presented at International Conference on Materials for Advanced Materials, Singapore.
  • S. Subbiah and S. N. Melkote. (2007). Effect of Finite Edge Radius on Ductile Fracture Ahead of the Cutting Tool Edge in Micro-Cutting of Al2024-T3. Materials Science And Engineering A-Structural Materials Properties Microstructure And Processing, .
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