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BEEE Associate Professor Awarded Faculty Awards 2023

1 Mar 2024

The Department of Building Environment and Energy Engineering (BEEE) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is pleased to announce that Dr Xinyan Huang, an Associate Professor of BEEE, has been honored with the Faculty FCE Award 2023 in the category of Teaching (Outstanding Young Teacher).


The Faculty Awards are bestowed upon individuals who have demonstrated exceptional dedication and expertise in their respective fields. Dr Xinyan Huang's outstanding achievements in teaching have earned him this prestigious recognition. 
Since joining PolyU in late 2017, Dr Huang’s lectures have recevied outstanding Student Feedback. In 2020, he has led the teaching of MOOC: Playing with Fire, first online course on fire science and engineering in the world. He has published peer-reviewed journal paper that reviews fire safety engineering education in China. Every year, Dr Huang also hosts 10+ lab demonstrations and visits of pre-school children and high-school students to promote popular science and engineering education to youths. 


Dr Huang has supervised many research projects of undergraduate students, some of whom got PhD fellowships from PolyU, Cambridge, UC Berkeley and UPenn. He has helped develop the new BEng programme of Structural and Fire Safety Engineering, which is the first Fire Engineering BEng program in Hong Kong. He has also established the Student Exchange Program between PolyU and Beijing Institute of Technology.


Dr Huang has received several University Large Teaching Equipment Funds, which improve students’ experience in lab courses. Under Dr Huang’s supervision, his students received 10+ Research student awards and 5+ Undergraduate student awards from HKIE, international conferences and associations. He has received the Outstanding PhD Thesis Supervisor Award twice from the China Fire Protection Association. 


As the supervisor, Dr Huang has established the HK Student Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (1st student chapter in Asia), which won three times gold awards (2020 – 2022). He is active in the Junior Research Mentoring Programme (JRMP) for secondary school students. The project supervised by him in 2023 received the media interview (only 2 out of 100+ projects). Moreover, he has co-organized two study tours for undergraduate students to Japan and South Korea, and host many visiting research students from Poland, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, and mainland China.


Dr Huang's passion for teaching, combined with his profound expertise in Building Environment and Energy Engineering, has not only enriched the academic journey of his students but has also contributed significantly to advancements in the field.


The Department extends its heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Xinyan Huang for this well-deserved recognition and commends him for his exceptional accomplishments. His dedication to excellence serves as an inspiration to both his peers and students.


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