Dean's background educationally is industrial design, engineering, multimedia and math, and he grew up in sort of a business and accounting environment. Dean believes that in today's world, the future is obsolete almost as soon as it happens, to stay ahead, he can’t just be an expert in one field. He has to be able to work in between discipline, explore the uncharted area between mathematics and design, between technology and psychology, between science and art. Ergo, he works really hard to amalgamate those interdisciplinary elements into his career development. More about Dean's career can be found below.
School of Computing Science, Newcastle University September 2016 - Current
School of Computing,
Urban Sciences Building,
1 Science Square, Newcastle Helix,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 5TG
Position : Demonstrator and Marker/Teaching Assistant
Digital Interaction Group@Culture Lab (Currently known as Open Lab) June 2014 – June 2015
49 King's Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RS, UK
Position : Graphic and Digital Design Technician (Part-time Fixed-Term Contract)
• Developed 3D models for educational games and VR apps.
• Worked with the University’s Marketing Department and National Health Services (NHS) producing various graphic works of digital campaigns for research purposes.
• Designed UI/UX for several apps such as Labella, DFTL, and Intake24.
• Successfully delivered merchandise designs such as beer mat for several local and international conferences.
Ackles Design Group 10 October 2010 - August 2012
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Position : Founder / Director
Registered with the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) on 10 October 2010 (10.10.10), Ackles Design started with two students who shared the same principal in avant-garde designs, technologies and fast-paced creative industries. Prior to the official registration, the company ran on a freelance basis for almost six months.
Dean, who founded this company during the 5th semester of his undergraduate studies served as a Director and Marketing Executive actively recruited other four members to increase the company strength and expand the business. A few months upon official registration, the company formed together with Isz Photography and altered the name to the Ackles Design Group.
The main activities and ventures of this company were to provide designs, multimedia work, consultation and industrial support to the clients. The Ackles Design Group serves clients from corporate agencies to individuals who needed of their quality service.
During establishment, Dean has developed the company into a profitable agency with stable income just within the first year. Ackles Design Group acquired consistent work contracts within the first 6 months, resulting in, 200% profit in overall from the initial company’s revenue. Under Dean's management, the company achieved all of the work targets and extended strong affiliation with local renowned companies and organisations.
On August 2012, after scrutinising the company’s direction and evaluating his own ambitions, Dean decided to terminate Ackles Design Group and embarked another challenge in his life.
Ackles Design Group’s clients including:
Continental Core April 2010 - June 2010
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Position : Intern as Designer and Design Consultant
Job Spec :3D Modeller, 3D Animator, Graphics Designer
While working at this company, Dean managed to grow this company’s revenue by increasing trust of local and international clients through design consultation and works that used and published on websites, magazines, brochures, and billboards.
Petronas Service Station
June 2011 - September 2012
Kedah, Malaysia and June 2006 - July 2008
Position : Manager (Family-owned Company)
Dean's work description and contribution at Kerjasa Petroservice
ITW ECPS January 2005 - June 2005
Position : Internship as Asisstant Engineer and Machinist at Tooling Department
During his internship at ITW, Dean has successfully controlled the flow of tooling equipment in line with factory’s production assembly by preparing in advance the stock of die-casting mould. He started to do that once he found out that after he examined the technical drawing received from engineer and passed it to the machinists, the machinists will start the process of preparing the diecast mould from beginning although the measurement and form of external part of the diecasts are the same and will be used at the same production machines. The only thing that different is the internal part of the diecasts. As a response, when he had free time, he prepared the stock of diecasts by machined out the rough materials aligned to the standard external measurement to prepare the diecast stocks beforehand. Once required, he handed the checked technical drawing together with the diecast that already been machined its external part to the machinists, the machinists then only need to prepare the internal part of the dieast. This reduced the time of diecast preparation and increased work efficiency in the production line. Dean also managed to reduce the amount of waste die-cast material by performing rigorous drafting and properly plan the operation of CNC, lathe and milling machines.