Chak Man Andrew Yip
Data Scientist & Full Stack Developer

Andrew hails from Hong Kong. He is a PhD Candidate at KAUST in Saudi Arabia focusing on renewable energy resource assessment using high-resolution simulation and statistical analysis. He is also an avid developer who has created a VR game, an [instant app]( that serves 20,000+ people on campus, and a [chatbot]( that represents Saudi Arabia in the Facebook Bots for Messenger Challenge 2017. Andrew is passionate about developing local ecosystems of tech entrepreneurship. He leads the Facebook Developer Circle in Jeddah, and recently hosted the Chatbot IoT Hackathon during the Winter Enrichment Program at KAUST. In the past two years, he has been awarded at two Startup Weekend events, selected as a regional finalist in the Hult Prize 2016, and participated at hackathons in Dubai, Beirut, and Tallinn. He recently got into tabletop game design and is working on his first [card game on Circular Economy](
Saudi Aramco
2011-06-01 - 2011-08-31
Intern (Technology Management)
  • Prepared 50 technical briefs on new technology venture opportunities for Intellectual Asset Management
  • Interviewed in-house scientists on innovation practices and company IP policies
University of Rome “La Sapienza”
2010-05-01 - 2010-07-31
Research Intern (Bioinformatics)
  • Automated pipeline for identifying genomic mutation under Prof. Anna Tramontano
Facbeook Developer Circle: Jeddah
2017-10-24 - Ongoing
  • Coordinated the local AI Masterclass workshops
  • Organized Hack Day for the Community Challenge
Maker Space at KAUST
2017-02-01 - Ongoing
  • Organized and coached the Chatbot IoT Workshop and Hackathon at WEP2018
  • Organized and judged at the Design4KAUST competition
  • Supervise and promote weekly workshop activities
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Applied Mathematics and Computational Science - PhD
2012-09-01 -
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Applied Mathematics and Computational Science - MS
2010-09-01 - 2012-05-30
Lewis and Clark College
Mathematics and Economics - BA (magna cum laude with departmental honors in Economics)
2006-09-01 - 2010-05-30
High-altitude wind resources in the Middle East
Nature Scientific Reports

Wind resource characterization in the Arabian Peninsula
Applied Energy

Hankel determinants of sums of consecutive Motzkin numbers
Linear Algebra and its Applications

Partnership with God: a partial solution to the problem of petitionary prayer
Religious Studies

Ragn-Sells Special Prize
Garage48 (Circular Economy)
Designed a card game to inspire thinking in the principles of circular economy.
Bots for Messenger Challenge Finalist
Developed a recipe exploration and sharing chatbot on the Messenger platform.
Arab Competition Finalist
MIT Enterprise Forum
Designed a volunteer platform for refugees and host population interactions.
Best Execution
Startup Weekend Hong Kong (Maker)
Designed and prototyped an indoor wiring system for event photography.
Hult Prize Finalist (Dubai)
Hult Prize Foundation
Presented a solution for economic empowerment of underemployed women through shared home-cooking.
Best Validation
Startup Weekend Hong Kong (Change Makers)
Designed a platform for creative professionals to exchange skills and share expertise.
Mandarin Chinese
Data Science
  • R / Shiny
  • Python
  • Spatial Statistics
  • Network Analysis
  • Agent Based Modeling
Web Development
  • Vue.js
  • Node.js
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Facebook Messenger Platform
Mobile Development
  • Cordova (iOS / Android)
  • Playing Pipe Organ
  • Teaching Piano
  • A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition) (2011)
  • Ultimate General: Civil War (2017)