News of Fellows


5 December 2017

Prof. Mai, Yiu Wing has been elected a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) 2017

Election to the CAE is one of the highest academic honours that China bestows on a citizen of a foreign country.

Professor Mai was one of 18 foreign engineers and scientists from eight countries – including Microsoft Corporation co-founder Bill Gates – elected as CAE Foreign Members in 2017.

Professor Mai was recognised for his distinguished contributions to engineering mechanics and to the promotion of China-Australia exchanges and co-operation in technological sciences and engineering.

“Since 1979, for more than three decades, I have successfully supervised many doctoral students, worked with numerous research fellows and advised a great many visiting academics from China. Exchanges and research collaborations have continued even many years after they returned home,” Professor Mai said.

“As an ethnic Chinese, I am very pleased my significant efforts to engineering and to nurturing research talents for the Chinese technical professions and universities have been recognised by the Chinese Academy of Engineering.”

Professor Mai will be inducted to the CAE at a special ceremony that will take place next June in Beijing during the 2018 CAE Annual Meeting.
This is not Professor Mai’s first international research recognition. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 2008 and International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2011.

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28 November 2017

Prof. J.G. Teng elected Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) 2017

Prof. Teng Jin-guang, Hon. Secretary of the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences and Chair Professor of Structural Engineering of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU),has recently been elected a Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The highest national academic title in science and technology, the CAS membership is given to those who have made outstanding contributions to the cause of science and technology in China.

Professor Teng has conducted research for more than three decades on a wide range of topics across the broad field of structural engineering, including the structural use of fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites in construction and steel & thin-walled structures. Many of his research findings have been adopted by relevant design codes and guidelines in China, the United States, Europe, the United Kingdom and Australia. His research contributions have been recognized by many awards and prizes, including the State Natural Science Award of China, Distinguished Young Scholar Award from the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the IIFC Medal from the International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC), and the State-of-the-Art of Civil Engineering Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Professor Teng’s current research interest lies mainly in the innovative combination of structural materials, particularly emerging structural materials such as FRP composites, high-strength steel and ultra-high performance concrete, to achieve high-performance structures.


October 2017

Prof. Kei May Lau Honored with IEEE Photonics Society Aron Kressel Award

Prof. Kei May Lau has been selected as the 2017 honoree of the IEEE Photonics Society Aron Kressel Award for “exceptional contributions to hetero-epitaxy of highly mismatched III-V photonics devices by MOCVD”.

The Aron Kressel Award recognizes individuals who have made important contributions to opto-electronic device technology. The device technology cited is to have had a significant impact on their applications in major practical systems. The intent is to recognize key contributors to the field for developments of critical components, which lead to the development of systems enabling major new services or capabilities. These achievements have been accomplished in a prior time frame sufficient to permit evaluation of their lasting impact.

In the citation, IEEE Photonics Society highlighted that “Prof. Lau’s research in compound semiconductor materials and devices has had a major and singular impact on today’s high-performance and energy-saving photonics technologies ranging from lasers for ubiquitous communication to energy-efficient displays and lighting.”

She was commended for “not only strategically targeting technological challenges and goals that produced the high-performance light-emitting devices and III-V transistors directly grown on silicon, but with an eye to ultimate manufacturability and volume production as well. Thus, her long-term and consistent investment in direct growth of III-V devices on silicon by MOCVD has not only demonstrated record performance devices, but also facilitates natural device integration that leverages mature and cost-effective Si IC manufacturing.”

Her contribution to the industry was also highly praised as “her early reports of III-V/GaN on Silicon photonic devices and transistors stimulated and reinforced industrial commitments in the pursuit of commercialization of these devices. Companies worldwide have invested heavily in these directions in recent years. Her work on III-V lasers and transistors on silicon has generated tremendous interests in major corporations including Intel, TSMC, IMEC and Huawei.”

The annual award has been presented since 2000 and is given to an individual or group, up to three in number. Prof. Lau is the only honoree this year and she has received the award at the 2017 IEEE Photonics Conference in Florida, US in October.



Prof. C.C. Chan was awarded the Chinese Academy of Engineering Guanghua Engineering Excellence Prize 2016

The Guanghua Engineering Science and Technology Award is the highest prize of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, aimed at rewarding Chinese outstanding engineers and scientists who has made outstanding achievements and significant contributions to the field of engineering technology and engineering management.




Prof. Mai, Yiu Wing was awarded two major medals and prizes:

(1) The UK Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining’s 2016 AA Griffith Medal

2016 AA Griffith Medal and Prize by the UK Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) for outstanding contributions to fracture mechanics and advanced engineering materials. The Griffith Medal is given in recognition of distinguished work that has made or is making a notable contribution to any branch of materials science.

(2) The Engineers Australia Mechanical College’s 2016 AGM Michel Medal

2016 AGM Michell Medal by the Mechanical College, Engineers Australia for outstanding service to mechanical engineering through “long-standing eminence relating to the science and practice of Mechanical Engineering, with a good balance of ingenuity, a vast range of theoretical knowledge and applications”. The Award perpetuates the memory of Anthony George Maldon Michell FRS (1870-1959), an outstanding Australian Mechanical Engineer who was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1934 and was awarded the Kernot Medal in 1938 and the James Watt Medal in 1943.

Prof. C.C. Chan at the backdrop of the Prince Philip Award ceremony

Prof. C.C. Chan at the backdrop of the Prince Philip Award ceremony

Prof. C.C. Chan received the Royal Academy of Engineering U.K. Prince Philip Award in May

The Prince Philip Medal awarded bi-annually to an engineer of any nationality who has made an exceptional contribution to engineering as a whole through practice, management or education.

Professor Way KUO - elected as a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Engineering

Professor Way KUO

Prof. Way Kuo – Elected a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Engineering

Professor Way Kuo, President of City University of Hong Kong, was elected a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Engineering during the general meeting of the Academy on 23 May, 2014 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of engineering science and practice and promoting modern technological innovations. Professor Kuo is a pioneer in designing the reliability of electronics and nuclear systems. His book, Optimization of Systems Reliability, is deemed a classic in reliability studies.

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Prof Wong Ching-ping

Prof. Wong Ching-ping Elected Foreign CAE Academician

Prof. Wong Ching-ping, Dean of Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong has been elected a foreign academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), in recognition of his remarkable contributions in the field of electronic engineering. He will be officially inducted into the Academy at the 2014 CAE Annual Meeting in Beijing in June 2014.

Foreign CAE academicians are elected by all current academicians of CAE. They must be internationally recognized scholars or experts with extraordinary technical knowledge and accomplishments in the art and science of engineering. They have also made significant contributions in promoting the development and international collaboration of engineering in China.

Prof. Jin-Guang Teng (Right) with one of his collaborators, Dr. Lik Lam (Left), at the award ceremony in Beijing

Prof. Jin-Guang Teng (Right) with one of his collaborators, Dr. Lik Lam (Left), at the award ceremony in Beijing

Prof. Jin-Guang Teng honored with National Natural Science Award

Prof. Jin-Guang Teng, Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Science sand Chair Professor of Structural Engineering of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), together with his collaborators (Prof. Lu Xinzheng of Tsinghua University, Dr Lik Lam of PolyU and Prof. Ye Lieping of Tsinghua University), was honored at the National Science & Technology Award Conference held in Beijing on 10 January 2014 with a State Natural Science Award (second-class), China’s most prestigious award in the field of natural science. They were recognized for their pioneering research on the behavior and design of structures strengthened with advanced fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites. Their research outcomes have been widely cited by researchers around the world, and have been adopted by civil engineering design guidance documents in China, the US, the UK, and Australia.

Prof. C.C. Chan (middle) received the WFEO Medal of Engineering Excellence, with WFEO President Alex Al-Kharafi (right) and Executive Director Tuhani Yousef (left), 13 Sep 2013

Prof. C.C. Chan (middle) received the WFEO Medal of Engineering Excellence, with WFEO President Alex Al-Kharafi (right) and Executive Director Tuhani Yousef (left), 13 Sep 2013

Prof. C C Chan honored by WFEO, HAE and RAE

The World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) has awarded its 2013 Medal of Engineering Excellence to Prof. C C Chan for his contributions to the advancement of theory, practice, commercialization of electric vehicles and creative engineering education. It cited his “constructive psyche” shaping his engineering career, which, at every prospect, is driven to uncover improvements. This is supported by a mind of exceptional clarity, speed, and wisdom of judgment, as well as accompanied by creativity and a seemingly inexhaustible energy and quiet determination. At the World Engineers Summit on 13 September in Singapore last year, Prof. C C Chan was presented the Medal which will be presented biennially hereafter, to spot the practice, theory and public contributions of engineering.

Subsequently, Prof. C. C. Chan was elected Honorary Member of the Hungarian Academy of Engineering on 18 September 2013.

In a recent press release of the Royal Academy of Engineering in the U.K. Prof. C C Chan again made the headlines. Dubbed the “Father of electric vehicles”, he has been awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering‘s highest individual award, the Prince Philip Medal, for his contribution to engineering. He will be receiving the Medal on 2 July 2014 at the Royal Opera House in London.