Of the four First Place Awards, from more than 100 proposals, at the 2013 GE Foundation TECH Award, two were won by School of Engineering students – a tribute indeed to the excellence of the School. Following the final-round contest in Shanghai in December 2013, MPhil students Hoi Lam Chan and Hon Pan Lo, Electronic and Computer Engineering (ECE), received the award for their project "Remote Controlled Underwater Robot for Drainage Channels Maintenance", while PhD student Chubin Ou and MPhil student Jiaqi Wang, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, received theirs for the "Novel Patient-Tailored Vessel-Conformal Stent" project.
Hoi Lam's supervisors are Prof Tim Woo and Prof Wai Ho Mow, and Hon Pan's supervisor is Prof Bert Shi. Chubin and Jiaqi are supervised by Prof Matthew Yuen. In addition, ECE MPhil student Fengyu Che won a Third Place Award for his VLC project in the preliminary round contest.
The GE Foundation TECH Award was open for MPhil and PhD engineering students from top universities, and it was the first time that HKUST had been invited by the organizer.