Dr Lim Jian Wei Mark is the CEO of Aliena Pte Ltd and Space Expert-In-Residence to the Darwin Innovation Hub.
In this role, apart from overseeing the development and commercialization of Aliena’s current and emerging product line – which includes ultra-low power Hall-effect thruster systems for miniaturized commercial platforms in space; he also takes the lead in championing the building of a regional platform for the space industry. This platform aims to be a strategic collaborative endeavor between Northern Australia and Singapore, and aims to leverage on strengths, talent, infrastructure and assets present in both the academic and industry ecosystem for space in Northern Australia and Singapore. The goal of such a platform aims to provide turnkey solutions for commercial entities interested in deploying applications for the businesses in space, through facilitating development of platforms & payloads, contracting launch opportunities, and running applications through ground tracking stations.
Dr Mark Lim is also currently an Adjunct Research Professor and Principal Investigator with Nanyang Technological University – Singapore, helming research topics in emerging fields such as nuclear fusion, fission, low enthalpy engineered underground geothermal systems, and space systems engineering at the Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Satellite Research Centre (SaRC).
Dr Lim’s career milestones include spending 10 years in the Civil Service after receiving prestigious Government Scholarships for his Undergraduate and Post-graduate degrees. During which, he was involved in a few pioneering projects including serving as a pioneer team that inaugurated Singapore’s Centre of Innovation for Energy (Ecolabs), as well as being part of the founding team that commissioned the first electric propulsion test facility in Singapore. Throughout his career in the Civil Service, he has also received numerous awards for research, teaching, and excellence in mentorship of students.
Dr Lim is an elected Lifetime Member of the Institute of Physics Singapore, and a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS).
Dr Lim is a strong advocate of STEM education, and spends time volunteering with non-profit organizations to co-ordinate talks and engagement activities within schools to encourage students to pursue careers and courses of study in STEM-related fields.