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Research Strengths

We are pleased to report that the Department has educated around 10,000 graduates up to 2017, many of whom are holding very senior positions in industry - not only as manufacturing, production and industrial engineers but also have job positions in a variety of industries that support both the manufacturing and service sectors.  We are proud to mention that twelve graduates of the Department had been granted Outstanding PolyU Alumni Awards; this is the second highest number in the University.

With regard to research, the Department continuously aligns its research direction with the changing industrial vista of Hong Kong and the region. Over the last ten to twenty years, the profile of the Department has completely changed from one that was largely confined to serving the manufacturing industry to one that is now much broader in its scope, covering both manufacturing and the service sectors. We also believe that to be at the forefront of research is vital for developing academic programmes, particularly at the postgraduate level. Our research strategy focuses on applied research & consultancy with emphasis on technology transfer and service to industry and the community, particularly in the areas of advanced manufacturing technology and product engineering, logistics engineering, and knowledge management. We are strong in applied research. This has been reflected in the number of Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF) projects won by the Department over the years and in the number of patent applications.  In fact, the Department achieved the highest number of grants awarded, in terms of the number of projects and monetary funding granted by the Innovation and Technology Commission, among all industrial/manufacturing engineering Departments in Hong Kong universities for many years.

In the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2014*, we came top of the table among the five local universities with the highest percentage of world leading research in the discipline of Production Engineering (including Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering).  Our academic programmes are well founded by our research strength.

*The RAE 2014 is the fifth such exercise conducted by the University Grants Committee (UGC) to assess the research quality of the eight UGC-funded institutions in Hong Kong

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 Main Research Areas

  • Advanced Materials Processing Technologies
  • Advanced Optics Manufacturing
  • Products Design and Miniaturization
  • Knowledge Management and Quality Services
  • Logistics Engineering

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