Head of Centre

Head of Centre

hoc-itDr Than Cheok Fah
Head of Centre

Dr Than Cheok Fah is currently the Head of Centres for HELP CAT/ARU Engineering Programmes. He obtained his Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) at University of Malaya (UM) in 1977. While serving as a tutor in the Mechanical Engineering Department, UM from 1978 to 1981, he conducted postgraduate research on Solar Energy for the award of Master of Engineering Science degree in 1981. From 1981 to1982, he worked in a consulting engineering firm and rejoined UM as a lecturer in 1982. He obtained a staff scholarship in 1986 to pursue his PhD study in Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA, where he was enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering Department and took a number of courses offered by the Center for Fire safety Studies. He completed his PhD dissertation on fire-induced flow and rejoined UM as an academician in 1989.

Dr Than has many years of experience in the academia. He was with UM from 1982 to 2006, Monash University (Sunway) from 2006 to 2008 and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) from 2008 to 2013. He has provided technical expertise and consultancy service to private and semi-government firms during the above periods. On administration, he has served as Deputy Dean, academic development and undergraduate programmes for more than four years at UTAR before joining HELP CAT. He has published and presented articles on solar energy, fluid flow, heat transfer and fire safety in local and international journals and conferences.


Mr John Rajkumar @ David

Senior IT Lecturer

BSc (Computer Science) (Clemson)

MSc (Computer System Management) (Maryland)

As the course leader of the Anglia Ruskin University IT programmes, Mr David supervises final year projects and oversees he IT internship programme. Prior to joining HELP CAT, John worked in the software industry for over 20 years. His expertise includes Project Management, IT Quality Assurance and IT Market Research.

He worked in the United States for 11 years as an IT defense contractor for the US Navy, Army, US Coast Guard and as project manager for the US Supreme Court Payroll and Personnel System.  In Malaysia, he has worked for multinational companies supplying ERP systems all over the world through traditional and online channels. John’s interests are in Cloud Computing, Big Data and IT Project Management.