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Issue 60 - October 2015


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CEE Scholars to Lead Branches of Chinese National Engineering Research Centre at PolyU
On 12 October 2015, the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) established two branches of the Chinese National Engineering Research Centre (CNERC) at PolyU, facilitating further collaboration between researchers in HK and the mainland. The HK branch of the National Rail Transit Electrification and Automation Engineering Technology Research Center is led by Prof. Yiqing Ni of PolyU’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), while the HK branch of the National Engineering Research Center for Steel Construction is led by his colleague Prof. Kwok Fai Chung. Both scholars have been working closely with their mainland counterparts for many years. Their appointment as Directors of the Hong Kong branches is an important recognition of their research excellence and accomplishments. In the future, Prof. Ni will continue to advance research with respect to the high speed rail, while Prof. Chung will make similar advances in the field of steel construction.
Prof. Yiqing Ni Prof. Kwok Fai Chung

Sustainable Development of Beijing Promoted by Trilateral Collaboration

A signing ceremony to promote the sustainable development of Beijing and youth entrepreneurship was held on 16 October 2015 between PolyU, Beijing University of Technology (BUT), and Zhongguanchun Dongsheng Science Park. The trilateral collaboration was facilitated by the Leading Group for Beijing’s Talent Affairs, Office of Higher Education and Science & Technology Commission of the Municipal Government of Beijing and widely reported in the mainland media.

Representing PolyU were Prof. Angelina Yuen, Vice President (Institutional Advancement and Partnership), Prof. Keith Chan, Dean of Students, and Prof. You-lin Xu, Dean of the Faculty of Construction and Environment (FCE). Before the signing ceremony, Prof. Yuen had a chance to introduce the FCE professors who were on hand that day to participate in a round-table conference on the opportunities and challenges for the sustainable development of Beijing, while Prof. Xu shared his perspective on the work that could be done by PolyU and BUT in the areas of air pollution, wastewater treatment, intelligent transportation, hazards mitigation, smart cities, and low-carbon construction. Afterwards, six professors from each institution took turns discussing a range of related issues in the six research areas. Participating professors from FCE also included Prof. Geoffrey Shen, Associate Dean (Teaching) of FCE; Prof. William Lam, Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE); Prof. John Shi, Head of the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics (LSGI); Dr Hai Guo, and Dr Henry Lee, both of CEE. It is expected the conference cum signing ceremony will pave the way for further research collaboration.

At the signing ceremony in Beijing

University Fellowship Bestowed on Outstanding PolyU Alumnus

Four years after being honoured with an Outstanding PolyU Alumni Award, Ir Prof. James Lau received a University Fellowship on 20 October 2015 for his significant contributions to PolyU and the community. Ir Prof. Lau graduated with a Higher Diploma in Structural Engineering in 1968 from PolyU’s predecessor, the Hong Kong Technical College, before earning two Master’s degrees and a PhD in the UK. He is Managing Director of James Lau & Associates Limited and Fong On Construction Limited. In 2009, he was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star. A strong supporter of education, he shares his valuable experience with students as an Adjunct Professor of several tertiary institutions, including PolyU.

PolyU began conferring University Fellowships on distinguished individuals in 2000. 91 people from different walks of life have received this honour so far. The conferment ceremony was officiated by Ms Marjorie Yang, Chairman of the PolyU Council.

Ir Prof. Lau

AOAFST Lifetime Contribution Award for Head of BSE

At the 10th Asia-Oceania Symposium on Fire Science and Technology in Tsukuba, Japan, on 5-7 October 2015, Prof. Wan-ki Chow, Head of the Department of Building Services Engineering (BSE), was honoured with a Lifetime Contribution Award by the Asia-Oceania Association for Fire Science and Technology (AOAFST). Previous recipients of the award included Prof. T. Hirano of the University of Tokyo and Prof. Weicheng Fan of the University of Science and Technology of China, who are all renowned scientists in this field. Besides picking up his award at the symposium, Prof. Chow gave an invited lecture on fire safety in tall buildings in the Asia-Oceania regions.

Prof. Chow (on right) receiving his award

Funding for Large Equipment

A proposal by Dr Charles Wong of the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics (LSGI) for ‘Smart City’ research has recently been approved for funding of HK$1,576,573 by the Areas of Excellence Committee (AoEC) of PolyU. The funding will be used for the purchase of geospatial infrastructure and equipment, software and data such as hand-held reflectometer, digital aerial orthophotos, high resolution satellite images, and world population data. They will effectively assist the research team to advance research on ‘Smart City’ in Hong Kong, which is expected to impact government decision-making and facilitate the long-term development of the city.

PolyU Micro Fund Awards

On 30 September 2015, three projects led by entrepreneurial students/alumni from the Faculty of Construction and Environment (FCE) were each rewarded with HK$100,000 seed fund from the PolyU Micro Fund for their implementation. Launched in 2011, the PolyU Micro Fund Scheme is a knowledge transfer initiative that nurtures socially responsible youngsters with an entrepreneurial spirit through hands-on business endeavours. In addition to seed funding, the Scheme also provides much needed pre-incubation support to the awardees in the early stage of their business. Following are the details of the winning projects:

Project Title

Name of Team Member

EasyGreen Yan Kit Chong LSGI
iTalent Ernest Chan* LSGI
Recycling Waste into Novel Wood-Plastic Composites Jingzi Beiyuan CEE
Si Chen CEE
Mei Deng* CEE
Tak Wa Tsang CEE
Lei Wang CEE
Ka Ming Yu CEE
Pujue Yu* ISE
* indicates an alumnus/a

Mr Chong (on left) won for EasyGreen

Mr Chan (in middle) won for iTalent

(left to right) Miss Yu, Miss Beiyuan, and Mr Wang won for Recycling Waste into Wood-Plastic Composites

Visit by the Beijing Jiaotong University

On 29 October 2015, a delegation from the Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU) led by the Founding Dean of BJTU’s new International College in Renewable Energy, Prof. Jin Ho Kwak, and the Dean of the School of Electrical Engineering, Prof. Jiuchun Jiang visited PolyU to learn more about its university system. The visitors were welcomed by the Dean of the Faculty of Construction and Environment (FCE), Prof. You-lin Xu, and introduced to the PolyU faculty system, particularly with respect to its staffing practices. They also exchanged information on university administration and research in building energy efficiency as well as renewable energy.

The visitors from BJTU with Prof. Xu (third from right)

FCE Awards for Outstanding PhD Thesis 2014/15

The Faculty of Construction and Environment (FCE) is pleased that the following PhD graduates were selected for its Outstanding PhD Thesis Awards, which come with a cash prize of HK$10,000 and a certificate signed by the Dean. Details of the awardees are as follows:

Awardee Dept.

Title of Thesis

Chief Supervisor
Effah Ernest Ameyaw BRE Risk Allocation Model for Public-Private Partnership Water Supply Projects in Ghana Prof. Albert Chan
Tao Ma BSE Study on Renewable Energy Systems with Different Energy Storage Solutions for Power Supply in Remote Areas Prof. Hongxing Yang
Lijie Xu CEE Degradation of Refractory Contaminants in Water by Chemical-free Radicals Generated by Ultrasound and UV Irradiation Prof. Wei Chu
Rui Xu  LSGI Improving the Robustness and Accuracy of GPS Software Receiver under Ionospheric Scintillation Conditions Dr Zhizhao Liu
The awardees will be honoured at the 21st Congregation and Faculty Prize Presentation Ceremony in November 2015.
Effah Ernest Ameyaw Tao Ma Lijie Xu Rui Xu

FCE One-year Top-up Studentship Scheme

Three PhD candidates have been supported by the FCE one-year top-up studentship scheme since September 2015. The scheme was established in 2010 to encourage FCE colleagues to admit promising students to PhD programmes and support them with their external research grants. Details are as follows:

Name of Student Dept.


Support from FCE
Mr Junbo Chen CEE Dr Tak Ming Chan $101,050
Mr Rongpan Hu CEE Prof. You-lin Xu $101,050
Mr Xiaoguang Xie CEE Dr Yat Fai Leung $101,050

PolyU Entry Scholarship Award Ceremony for International Students

For 2015/16, PolyU admitted 154 international students, 50 of whom received the University Entry Scholarship. An award ceremony for them was held on 5 October 2015. The President of PolyU, Prof. Timothy W. Tong, was on hand to present certificates to the scholarship winners. The Dean of the Faculty of Construction and Environment (FCE), Prof. You-Lin Xu, welcomed the nine international students who are studying in FCE. Following are their details:

Country of Origin

Chariya Dithiswatvate Thailand BRE
Abay Abilov Kazakhstan CEE
Kamila Akhmetova Kazakhstan CEE
Yerkezhan Kassenova Kazakhstan CEE
Junaid Khan Pakistan CEE
Shuang Ao Lim Malaysia CEE
Anar Mussina Kazakhstan CEE
Nurzhan Satuov Kazakhstan CEE
Yong Kang Wong Malaysia CEE

At the Entry Scholarship Award Ceremony

Entry Scholarships for Outstanding Local Admittees

Outstanding local students admitted to PolyU’s full-time undergraduate programmes are automatically considered for an Entry Scholarship. The Faculty of Construction and Environment has 21 freshmen receiving Entry Scholarships this year. 16 of them were admitted under the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS). They received the scholarship as a result of their impressive academic achievements. One was a non-JUPAS admittee who had outstanding International Baccalaureate (IB) results. Four others received the scholarship based on their non-academic achievements in areas such as art, leadership, music, sports, service etc. More information on Entry Scholarships can be found at

Details of the local students who received an Entry Scholarship this year are listed below.


Names of Students

BRE King Lam Chan Ching Yu Chau Ka Mun Chiu Long Ip
Lai Ping Lam Lee Ha Lam Cheuk Yan Li Ching Leong Ngan
Chung Yan Shiu Chun Wai Tsang Ting Tsoi Wai Shan Wong
BSE Mei Ngo Cheung Sin Ying Leung    
CEE Ka Hei Chan Kin Ming Li Weixin Ma Ho Yeung Man
LSGI Hiu Pui Au      
FCE Ying Cheuk Cheong Derek Kin Hei Leung    

CIOB (HK) Outstanding Student Award for BRE Graduate

A recent graduate of the BSc (Hons) in Surveying from the Department of Building and Real Estate (BRE), Mr Alfred Man Lai Ho, has won a CIOB (HK) Outstanding Student Award. Organized by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) to promote excellence in construction project management, the award was presented to Alfred for his empirical study identifying and analyzing the critical factors for successful implementation of Building Information Modelling in Hong Kong. His final year dissertation on this topic was supervised by Dr Daniel Chan, Associate Professor of BRE. An award certificate and a cheque for HK$4000 were given to Alfred at the CIOB (HK) Annual Dinner, which was held at the New World Millennium Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui East on 11 September 2015.

Mr Ho (in middle) receiving his award

Dean’s Honours List 2015

Since 2002, students in the Faculty of Construction and Environment (FCE) who have achieved outstanding academic performance are selected for the Dean’s Honours List, which is now limited to the top 5% of students in each programme of study leading to a Higher Diploma, Bachelor’s degree, or MEng, who have fulfilled 85% of the normal load of credits for the stage of study and attained a yearly GPA of at least 3.5 in the academic year in question with a semester GPA of not less than 3.0 in all the semesters concerned. 148 students made it to the Dean’s Honours List this year. Details can be found at:

Students on the Dean’s Honours List who have graduated will be presented with prizes at the 21st Congregation of FCE in early November.

22nd FCE Students’ Association
On 7 October 2015, 12 student representatives of the 22nd Faculty of Construction and Environment Students’ Association (FCESA) met with Prof. Geoffrey Shen, Associate Dean (Teaching) of FCE, to discuss their plans. Continuing the tradition of enriching the university experience of FCE students, they have organized several orientation events to introduce new students to one another and the diverse campus life that they can look forward to. The alias of FCESA this year is EnCoMpass, which is expressed in activities to engage students’ participation and nurture a sense of belonging, such as selling products designed by the students themselves and organizing social events for its members. Upcoming events include sporting competitions, a joint-university Christmas party, a mega sale, a singing contest, and a joint-Faculty career week.
Representatives of the 22nd FCESA with Prof. Shen The Orientation Camp in late August

PolyU Education Info Day 2015

On 10 October 2015, the campus of PolyU was swamped with prospective students eager to learn more about the programmes offered by the university. The opening ceremony of the Faculty of Construction and Environment (FCE) was officiated by Prof. Timothy W. Tong, President of PolyU; Prof. Siu-lau Ho, Associate Vice President (Academic Support) and Academic Secretary; Prof. You-lin Xu, Dean of FCE; Prof. Xiaoli Ding, Associate Dean (Partnership) of FCE; Prof. Geoffrey Shen, Associate Dean (Teaching) of FCE; Prof. Albert Chan, Head of the Department of Building and Real Estate (BRE); Prof. Jianlei Niu, Associate Head of the Department of Building Services Engineering (BSE); Prof. William Lam, Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE); and Prof. John Shi, Head of the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics (LSGI). Numerous info-seminars on various Bachelor’s and Higher Diploma programmes in FCE were held. The ones on Civil Engineering attracted the biggest crowds, followed by those on Geomatics and on Building Engineering and Management. Besides consultation sessions and guided visits, there were also games and demonstrations to pique the interest of those in attendance. It was a great opportunity for the public to get first hand information about the general admission criteria of our different programmes.

More photos of the Info Day can be viewed at

At the opening ceremony of FCE

Alumnus Shared Tips for Career Success

On 5 October 2015, about 100 people attended a talk on how to get on the road to a successful career in the construction industry. The speaker was industry veteran Ir Prof. Tack-kong Tsui, Managing Director of T.K. Tsui & Associates Limited and a PolyU Outstanding Alumnus in 2011, who made his fortune as a registered Structural Engineer and Geotechnical Engineer after graduating from the Hong Kong Technical College, the predecessor of PolyU, with a Diploma in Building in 1959 and getting a Postgraduate Diploma in Building Science from the University of Liverpool in 1963. Ir Prof. Tsui drew from his wealth of experience over the last 50 years to inspire and motivate his audience to succeed in their chosen profession. His storied career is exemplary of his dedication to serve, not only industry, but also his alma mater, which conferred a University Fellowship on him in 2013. A staunch supporter of PolyU for many years, Ir Prof. Tsui is well known for his generosity. He donated another cheque for HK$200,000 to help needy students in the Faculty of Construction and Environment that evening.

Ir Prof. Tsui

LSGI Distinguished Lecture

At the invitation of the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics (LSGI), Prof. Qingming Zhan, Director of the Research Centre for Digital City at Wuhan University, gave a lecture on spatial-temporal data mining and its applications to urban planning on 7 October 2015 as part of LSGI’s Distinguished Lecture Series. An expert in this particular topic, Prof. Zhan demonstrated the relevant issues with real examples drawn from several cities in China, which has provided abundant opportunities and challenges from its rapid urbanization. His timely lecture was well received by all those in attendance.

Prof. Zhan

New Academic Staff

The Department of Building Services Engineering welcomed a new Assistant Professor on 29 October 2015. Dr Minchen (Tommy) Wei received his Bachelor’s degree from the Department of Illuminating Engineering & Light Sources at Fudan University in China in 2009. He obtained his Master’s degree and PhD in Architectural Engineering-Illuminating Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in the USA in 2011 and 2015 respectively.

Dr Wei serves on various technical committees in the International Commission on Illumination (CIE) and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES). He is also a member of the Science & Technology Committee of the International Forum on Automotive Lighting (IFAL). In addition, he is an active reviewer for various journals in the field of building science and illuminating engineering. At Penn State, he worked with GE Lighting and Soraa Inc. on LED product development and worked on the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

His research has focused on LED spectral engineering, visual responses to light stimuli, light and health, daylighting, energy efficient buildings, and indoor/outdoor environmental quality. He has published about 20 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings.

Dr Wei

Alumnus to Oversee Campus Development and Facilities

Mr Andy Tong, a Hong Kong Polytechnic graduate of the Associateship Programme in Structural Engineering in 1974, will take up the post of Vice President (Campus Development and Facilities) [VP(CDF)] from 27 November 2015. He is a seasoned leader with 40 years of experience in structural engineering consultancy and property development in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and overseas. Prior to his appointment as VP(CDF) at PolyU, Mr Tong was the General Manager – Tianjin Property, China and International Business Division of the MTR Corporation. With his extensive experience in building and leading teams of multi-disciplinary professionals, Mr Tong is well qualified to lead and manage various capital/ special projects related to campus development and facilities management for his alma mater. The University also expressed thanks to the Interim VP(CDF) Prof. Jan-ming Ko, Professor Emeritus of FCE, for his dedicated service and support to the University since March 2015.

Mr Tong

Faculty Public Lectures

The Faculty of Construction and Environment was honoured to have the following speakers giving lectures at FCE:

Ir Prof. Albert PC Chan

FCE Chair Professor Inaugural Lecture
"Protecting Construction Workers from Heat Stress"

Date:12 October 2015 (Mon) (Details)


Ir Prof. Albert PC Chan
Chair Professor of Construction Engineering and Management
Head of Department of Building and Real Estate
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Prof. Jianlei Niu

FCE Chair Professor Inaugural Lecture
"Building Environment and Energy Efficiency - Relevance to Public Health, Sustainability and City Liveability"

Date:26 October 2015 (Mon) (Details)


Prof. Jianlei Niu
Chair Professor of Building Environment and Energy
Associate Head of Department of Building Services Engineering
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Forthcoming Events

21st Congregation and Faculty Prize Presentation Ceremony
Date: 3-4 November 2015
Venue: Jockey Club Auditorium, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

HKIS and AIQS Joint Conference
Topic: How QS will succeed in Tomorrow’s World (Poster)
Date: 14 November 2015 (Saturday)
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00pm
Venue: VTC Auditorium, Hong Kong Design Institute, Tseung Kwan O

2nd International Conference on Performance-based and Lifecycle Structural Engineering (PLSE 2015)
Date: 9-11 December 2015
Venue: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Australia

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