Ir Professor K. F. CHUNG was appointed by the Ministry of Science and Technology, People’s Republic of China to be Director of the Chinese National Engineering Research Centre for Steel Construction (Hong Kong Branch) in October 2015.
Professor Chung is a renowned academic, researcher and structural engineer with established expertise in structural engineering and steel construction. Currently, Professor Chung is a Professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Founding President of the Hong Kong Constructional Metal Structures Association. Professor Chung served the Joint Structural Division of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers, U.K. in various capacities. He was a Council Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers from 2013 to 2015. Professor Chung was elected to be a Vice President of the Institution of Structural Engineers, U.K. in September 2016.
Professor Chung was awarded a First Class Honours degree as well as the Mappin Medal from the University of Sheffield in 1984. At the same year, Professor Chung was awarded a postgraduate scholarship from the Hong Kong Croucher Foundation for his research study in structural engineering at the then Imperial College of Science and Technology of the University of London. He obtained his Ph.D. in steel structures in 1988.
Professor Chung worked at the Steel Construction Institute, the U.K. as a Research Engineer and then a Senior Research Engineer for six years from January 1989 to April 1995. Returning to Hong Kong in May 1995, Prof. Chung worked on the design and construction of a number of steel and composite high-rise buildings in two international consulting firms before joining The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in September 1996.
Professor Chung works on a wide range of inter-disciplinary engineering analysis and design, especially on modern steel and composite building structures. His research interests include limit state analysis and performance-based design of structural systems, structural fire engineering and fire protection in buildings and tunnels, and design codification. He has published about 200 conference and journal papers as well as 9 professional design guides on modern steel construction technology. Professor Chung is a frequent speaker in international conferences and symposia as well as in professional short courses for practicing engineers.