Fellow of 2009, TONG, Professor, Timothy W. 唐偉章


FHKEng (2009) A1 B3 C1

Academic degrees:
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, 1976, Oregon State University, Corvallis; M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, 1978, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, 1980, University of California, Berkeley

Professional qualifications:
– Associate Fellow, AIAA; Fellow, International Thermal Conductivity Conference;
– Fellow, ASME

Honours, affiliations and other appointments:
– University of Kentucky, Assistant Professor; Associate Professor (1980-85; 85);
– Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, Society of Automotive Engineers (1985);
– Arizona State University, Associate Professor; Professor (1986-90; 90-96);
– Administrative Intern, Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost (1991-92);
– Acting Director, Centre for Energy Systems Research (1994-96);
– Teacher of the Year, Pi Tau Sigma, (1994, 95, 96);
– Sandia National Laboratories, Faculty Sabbatical;
– Summer Faculty (1993; 94);
– U.S. National Science Foundation, Program Director, Thermal Transport and Thermal Processing (1996-97);
– Colorado State University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Professor and Department Head (1996-2000);
– The George Washington University, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Dean (2000-08) and Professor of Mechanical Engineering;
– The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, President (2009-now)

Area of Expertise:
Heat Transfer

A specialist in heat transfer, Professor Timothy W. Tong has spent more than two decades as an influential researcher, scholar and teacher in this field of mechanical engineering and published more than 80 articles and 7 edited books. While serving as Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the George Washington University, Professor Tong established the Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer and Commercialization to foster technological innovation and practical relevance of research efforts. Professor Tong was appointed President of the Hong Kong Polytechnic, the largest UGC-funded tertiary institution in Hong Kong, on 1 January 2009 leading the University towards its next level of excellence.