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Result Announcement - Outstanding Alumni Award of PolyU BEEE 2023

5 May 2023

Result Announcement - Outstanding Alumni Award of PolyU BEEE 2023

The Outstanding Alumni Award of PolyU Department aims to give public recognition to outstanding graduates of the Department of Building Environment and Energy Engineering (BEEE) for their significant contributions to their profession and community, as well as to their alma mater. The Award was first presented in 2010, and this year marks the 8th round of the selection process.


We are pleased to announce the two distinguished awardees for 2023:


Outstanding Alumni Award in Professional Achievement of PolyU BEEE 2023

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Ir Chiang Gary Kai-Wai

Ir Chiang Gary Kai-Wai is a highly experienced Building Services Engineering professional with over 20 years of experience in the field. He has worked in various disciplines, including consultancy, contracting, energy management, carbon management, safety management, and currently focuses on developing Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) financial business models to support local companies in achieving their 2050 carbon neutrality targets. Additionally, he is involved in promoting Smart Home business development and adoption to drive digital transformation in the residential sector, working with local start-ups to develop Smart Home solutions that enhance energy efficiency, security, and health.


Ir Chiang earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in Building Services Engineering from Polytechnic University, where he demonstrated exceptional academic performance and leadership skills. His passion for design and energy efficiency led him to pursue his career in consultancy, where he gained extensive knowledge and experience. Later, he joined one of the largest utility companies in Hong Kong, where he held various energy-related positions in local and China GBA.


Committed to making a positive impact on the community and promoting the development of Building Services Engineering, Ir Chiang actively serves professional institutions to promote best engineering practices and mentor young engineers in their career paths. He has held various posts in professional institutions, including Chairman of Energy Institute-HK Branch (2012-2014) and Chair of Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (2023/2024). He also serves as a Working Group Member nominated by HKSAR Government, such as EMSD, to provide technical advice and gather feedback from the industry. In addition, he participated in overseas learning activities for Building Services Engineering students in the early years of his career.


Ir Chiang also served as a part-time lecturer for the Professional Diploma in Architectural Studies at HKU Space from 2011 to 2013, where he imparted essential BSE knowledge and skills related to design and professional practice, and developed talented pre-professional graduates capable of pursuing further studies or working in the industry.


Outstanding Young Alumni Award in Scholarly Achievement of PolyU BEEE 2023

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Professor Jinqing Peng

Professor Peng is currently an active professor at Hunan University in China, having obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Building Services Engineering at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2014. He served as a post-doctoral fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory from 2015 to 2017 before joining Hunan University in 2017. Since then, his research interests have focused on the development of building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) windows, distributed energy storage, building energy demand response, and energy flexibility.


Prof. Peng has secured over 10 competitive research grants as the principal investigator, and has made significant academic contributions in these fields, including theoretical analysis and numerical modeling of BIPV windows, development of high-efficiency BIPV modules, and modeling and rating of window shading systems. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, including 120 SCI-indexed papers, which have been cited over 5700 times. In 2019, he was recognized as the youngest Most Cited Chinese Researcher in the building and construction field, and in 2022, he was ranked as one of the World's Top 2% most-cited scientists by Stanford University. In recognition of his work in BIPV, he was awarded the second prize of the Science and Technology Progress Award of the Ministry of Education in 2019.


Prof. Peng is an active scholar, serving on the editorial boards of top international journals, such as Applied Energy, Engineering, and Energy and Built Environment. He also acts as a subject editor for the International Journal of Building Simulation and an associate editor for the Journal of Thermal Science. In addition, he serves as the Deputy Director of the Solar Building Committee of the China Renewable Energy Society (CRES), Executive Member of the Building Commissioning and Operations Committee of the China Association of Building Energy Efficiency (CABEE), and Vice Director of the Key Laboratory of Building Safety and Energy Efficiency of the Ministry of Education, China.


The Department is proud to recognize the outstanding achievements of these two awardees in the building services engineering industry and their contributions to the community and PolyU. We extend our gratitude to all the Selection Panel members for their excellent volunteer work in the selection process.


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