Four of the School of Engineering's leading academics have been included in HKUST's landmark Named Professorship Program launched to honor eminent faculty and recognize donor supporters of the University. A total of 13 professorships were conferred at an inauguration ceremony in February, with five more established to recruit further top caliber academics from around the world.
The partnership for excellence covers an array of areas including engineering, nanotechnology, aerospace, science, business, social science, and others. Members of the community have been enthusiastic in their response to the program, providing generous support for the setting up of endowments for the named professorships.
The School's honorees for recently established professorships are Prof Chung Yee Lee, Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management, who was named Cheong Ying Chan Professor of Engineering, Prof Tongyi Zhang, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, appointed as Fang Professor of Engineering, and Prof Matthew McKay who became the Hari Harilela Associate Professor of Electronic and Computer Engineering.
In addition, Prof Hoi Sing Kwok, Electronic and Computer Engineering, is the Dr William M W Mong Professor of Nanotechnology, one of the existing named professorships.
The University has received donations for five more named professorships to strengthen and expand different areas, including the New Bright Professorship in Engineering and the Swire Professorship in Aerospace Engineering. Four professorships were also set up especially for the HKUST Institute for Advanced Study.
President Prof Tony F Chan noted that the accomplishments of the named professors in their respective fields were recognized at the forefront of international scholarship, helping the University to develop into a world-class research institution. He also expressed his gratitude to community donors for their wholehearted support.