Message from Head

Reaching New Levels of Excellence

The MAE department has certainly been succeeding over these few years in our research and educational endeavors with support from a fully dedicated team of faculty and staff members, and of course, our students and alumni. Our 25th anniversary alumni dinner in 2016 brought back a number of former heads, colleagues and alumni who gathered and shared memories of good times gone by as well as looking at exciting ways to move forward.  

Our undergraduate programs in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering are now among the most popular programs in the School of Engineering. In recent years, the need for mechanical and aerospace engineers and related professionals in society has been huge and this has enabled our graduates to develop their professional careers without major difficulties and the situation is expected to remain the same for many years to come. Our Mechanical Engineering program has just finished a new round of accreditation by the HKIE with full recognition, and our new Aerospace Engineering program was also given the HKIE accreditation status and is expected to generate the first batch of graduates in 2018. The two new MSc programs in the Aero area have also been moving forward with full momentum, together with ENAC in France. To support the university’s initiative in Tri-modal education, our department is working closely with the School of Engineering to provide platforms for our students on three different pathways, i.e., the professional engineering career, research career and entrepreneurship tracks. Our curricula are geared towards providing support for students to build their own patterns of study throughout their period at HKUST. The thinking is indeed not only for our undergraduate students, but also for our postgraduate students, who are also doing very well in their research and professional endeavors. We encourage students to go to different parts of the world and to work with people from other countries to enhance their exposure to knowledge and other facets of life, both technically and culturally, and in this way to enrich their mindsets in pursuing innovation and excellence. I am so proud of the achievements of our alumni who are well recognized in different walks of life, having taken up positions such as engineers, managers, entrepreneurs, educators, pilots, and legislative councillors, just to name a few, who work together to make our community a vibrant one with a bright future. Our students have been successful lately in different local, regional and international competitions, and in research achievements, such as winning the most energy efficient solar car design award in Hong Kong, the Silver Award in the Cybathlon in Switzerland, and achieving Asia number 2 in the AIAA Design Fly Build competition, winning the ASM Technology Gold Award, Humboldt Research Fellowship, etc. Our faculty and staff members have certainly  played a key role in building up such a great learning platform.

A number of new faculty members have joined the department in the last few years and now we have more than 30 faculty members, compared to 20+ just three years ago. We are aiming to move our research portfolio up a level, to make a global impact on the international community. This is witnessed by the recent success in securing a theme based research grant, a collaborative research grant, and a major ITF grant through the HKUST-MIT platform, amongst others. As a major engineering department in a public university, our contribution to support industrial development in society is also a part of our major mission that cannot be overlooked.

We need your great support and we look forward to working closely with all our stakeholders to open up this new brave world of innovation! Welcome to the family of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering!

 

Prof Christopher Chao
Head of Department