Career

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 Dean believes that in today's world, the future is obsolete almost as soon as it happens, to stay ahead, he can’t just be an expert in one field.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, 

Newcastle University,

1 Science Square, Newcastle Helix,

Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 5TG                                                               

Position : Demonstrator and Marker/Teaching Assistant                                                   

 

As a teaching assistant, Dean successfully demonstrates and marks four undergrad and master modules. The modules are
o The Software Engineering Professional                                  o Reliability and Fault Tolerance
o Website Design and Construction                                          o Networks and Web Technologies
He also managed to improved existing marking schemes in the Microsoft Excel for two subjects that helped to reduce marking time required and supported impartiality while performing marking.

Newcastle Racecourse (Summer Work)                             June 2016 – July 2016

Newcastle, UK                                           

Position : EHS Support Staff (Part-time Outside Term-Time)       

                               

Planned evacuation routes and responsible for the safety and emergency actions of the attendees during the racecourse events and other special events such as Ladies Day.

Eat@Newcastle (Part-Time During Term Time)                 September 2015 – June 2016

Newcastle upon Tyne                                                              

Position : General 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

  • He managed 2 petrol and gas stations that operated 24 hours, each with 15 staffs and more than 3000 customers on average, per day
  • Tripled the company’s sales after 5 months of joining by supervising cashier transactions - this by making sure all items sold are properly scanned by the cashiers, prioritising sales on high-profit products such as engine oils, lubricants, etc. and by introducing campaigns such as lucky draw to promote customers to spend more on merchandise and increased the amount spent on fuel
  • He effectively managed the company’s accounts by gradually switching transactions to electronic banking which decreased administration time and cut administration work
  • Negotiated pricing with inventory suppliers by requesting them to reduce shipping costs and appointing new cost-effective suppliers, which reduced overall costs by 33%

ITW ECPS                                                                                       January 2005 - June 2005

Penang, Malaysia

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.

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