From a young age, Yvonne had a natural inclination to do things with her hands. She would sneak into her uncle’s carpentry workshop to witness skilled hands transform ordinary planks of wood into functional furniture pieces. Occasionally, against the wishes of her parents, Yvonne would even lend her uncle a helping hand.
It was through these fond memories that Yvonne discovered her passion for engineering – making things that serve a function, and help solve problems. Today, Yvonne is a Dyson digital motor Senior Engineering Manager, and she is one of Dyson’s many bright minds working on the patented Dyson Hyperdymium™ motor.
But that’s not all. Today, she is also a teacher and engineering mentor for young budding engineers in Singapore. At the Dyson-NTU Studio, she guides engineers and inventors-to-be on how to develop products that solve problems, and to commercialise them.
What do you like about engineering?
I’ve always been curious about how things work. When things stopped working, I’d take them apart and try to fix them. I guess that’s how I discovered my passion for problem solving! The thought of how many creative solutions there are out there just waiting to be discovered – brings both excitement and joy to me as an engineer. My mom was a great source of inspiration for me. She’s remarkably persistent, creative and resourceful in how she approaches the problems she encounters at home as a home maker.
Tell us about your work with the Dyson Hyperdymium™ motor.
As a Senior Engineering Manager, I lead a team of motors engineers at the Singapore Advanced Manufacturing facility. We collaborate with engineers from our innovation campus in the UK to help translate new generations of Dyson Hyperdymium™ motors from design to manufacture.