YBhg Dato' Dr. Mohamed Ariffin Bin Hj. Aton began his career as a Process Engineer with Esso Refinery in Port Dickson, Malaysia and later moved into academia by joining Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia as a lecturer. After numerous appointments, Dato' Ariffin left UKM in 1989 to be part of Petronas Research & Scientific Services Sdn. Bhd. as the Deputy Director, Downstream. Upon the corporatisation of PRSS in 1994, he was appointed as PRSS's Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer. He was the President and Chief Executive Officer of SIRIM Berhad from 1996 until his retirement in 2007. YBhg Dato' holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Leeds and a BEng (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Surrey. He is Chairman of the National Measurement Council of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Fellow member of the Institute of Engineers Malaysia, Fellow member of the Malaysian Scientific Association and a Chartered Member of Institute of Chemistry Malaysia. YBhg Dato' is currently a Director of Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor Berhad, HeiTech Padu Berhad and Khazanah Nasional Berhad.
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