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Honorary Professor

Prof CC Chu Prof Chih-Chang (C.C.) Chu

Rebecca Q. Morgan ’60 Endowed Chair Professor, Cornell University


Prof Chih-Chang (C.C.) Chu received his PhD in chemistry from the Florida State University, USA. He is the first recipient of the Rebecca Q. Morgan '60 endowed chair professor at Cornell University, New York, USA. He is the recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities in May 2009. He was inducted into the fellow of the American Academy of Inventors in 2019, and the College of Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering in Washington, DC in 2014. Professor Chu received the Golden Eagle award as outstanding alumnus from his alma mater, Tamkang University, T aiwan in 2018. He is also the distinguished guest professor of Chang-Chun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science in Chang-Chun, Ji-Lin, and the Xi' An Jiao-Tong University, Xi' An, China. Chu also served on the Biology/Medicine Panel of the Hong Kong Research Grant Council from 2009 - 2013, and was a member of the Hong Kong Research Grant Council Collaborative Research Fund Cmmnittee since 2014. Professor Chu is in the editorial board of the Open Biomaterials Journal, Open Material Science Journal, Open Macromolecules Journal, Journal of Fiber Bioengineering and Informatics, Journal of Bioengineering and Biomedical Science since 2008. He has published 219 referred research papers (h-index:62; citation: 12,200), 3 books, and recipient of 80 US and international patents.

Professor Chu has focused on the multidisciplinary study of design, synthesis and evaluation of a new novel family of biologic active biodegradable polymers (pseudo-protein biomaterials) that would have very unique biological properties like muted inflammatory response, promoting cell growth, facilitating wound healing and would be nontoxic. This new family of biodegradable polymers have been evaluated for surgical repair of injured or diseased tissues, tissue regeneration like vascular grafts, drug-eluting stents, burn treatment, wound closure and drug control/release of both Chinese and western medicines for cancer therapy. The first generation of the biodegradable "Pseudo-Protein" biomaterials developed in the Chu's lab was approved for c01mnercial use as the coating for the Slender ® IDS drug-eluting stents in Europe in March 2016. He is currently collaborating with Hong Kong Baptist University to advance the delivery of Chinese medicine via his lab's new pseudo-protein biomaterial nanotechnology for the most challenging breast cancer treatment, triple-negative breast cancer.


Current Adjunct Professor

Picture of Dr Harry Lee, SBS, JP Dr Harry Lee, SBS, JP

Chairman, TAL Apparel


Dr Lee has over 30 years' experience in the textile and garment industry. He joined Textile Alliance Limited (TAL) in Hong Kong in 1973 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer of TAL in 1983, which currently employed over twenty thousand employees.  He is actively involved in a number of trade organizations in Hong Kong.


Picture of Miss Vivienne Tam Miss Vivienne Tam

World Renowned Fashion Designer


Ms Tam founded her own fashion house East Wind Code Ltd in 1983, and established the "Vivienne Tam" brand in 1994. She is internationally recognised for her innovative and unique East-meets-West designs.     


Picture of Prof. Philip Yeung Prof. Philip Yeung

Executive Director, Clothing Industry Training Authority; Former Vice President, PolyU; Former head, Institute of Textiles and Clothing, PolyU


Prof. Yeung is currently the Executive Director of the Clothing Industry Training Authority in Hong Kong. He obtained his PhD from the Queen's University of Belfast in 1978. In 2005, Prof. Yeung was honoured with an Outstanding Alumni Award by PolyU.    


Former Visiting Academics

Chair Professor of Polymer Science, PolyU Distinguished Chair Professor Scheme
Picture of Prof. Robert Young Prof. Robert Young

Professor of Polymer Science and Technology, University of Manchester, UK

2008-2011, 2015-2017

Research interests of Prof. Young include all aspects of the relationships between structure and mechanical properties of polymers and composites, and he has published a number of books and more than 300 papers in the field. He is listed in HighlyCited and has an H-index of 50.         

Visiting Professor
Picture of Prof. Hazel Clark Prof. Hazel Clark

Professor of Design Studies & Fashion Studies & Research Chair of Fashion

2008 - 2009

Prof. Clark has had a distinguished career as a teacher, administrator, and scholar in art and design education. She was one of the first graduates in Britain to be awarded a PhD in the history of design, and has since published and taught internationally on the history and theory of design, with a particular interest in design and cultural identity and a focus on fashion and textiles.         

Picture of Prof. Michael Hann Prof. Michael Hann

Chair of Design Theory, University of Leeds, UK; Director, The University of Leeds International Textiles Archive, UK


Prof. Hann has been involved in international consultancy since the 1980s particularly in Indonesia and Pakistan. In the main, this has involved advising small- and medium-sized companies on developing products for export. He has extensive experience also as an adviser on curriculum development         

Picture of Prof. Annamma Joy Prof. Annamma Joy

Professor, Faculty of Management, University of British Columbia, Canada

2007 - 2008

The research interests of Prof. Joy include culture, consumption, and markets, marketing of the arts, naturalistic inquiry, ethnicity and marketing, gender and consumption, marketing and development, and marketing in a postmodern world.        

Picture of Prof. Diane Sparks Prof. Diane Sparks

Professor, Department of Design & Merchandising, College of Applied Human Sciences, Colorado State University, USA

2006 - 2007

The teaching focuses of Prof. Sparks are apparel design, textile design and CAD for apparel and textile design. Her research interests include cross-culture apparel and wearable art design.       

Picture of Prof. Angela Woods Prof. Angela Woods

Head, Faculty of Design, National College of Art & Design, Ireland

2006 - 2007

Since graduating from the Royal College of Art with an MDes in Fashion Design, Prof. Woods has combined design, consultancy and teaching, and plays an active roll in the Institute of Designers in Ireland, the U.K.'s H.E.F.C. Research Assessment Council and the London Institute Quality Review Committee.         

Fulbright-PolyU Senior Scholar, Fulbright Scholar Programme
Picture of Dr Jung E. Ha-Brookshire Dr Jung E. Ha-Brookshire

Associate Professor, Department of Textile and Apparel Management, College of Human Environment Science, University of Missouri, USA


The research interests of Dr Ha-Brookshire include global supply chain and sourcing strategies, sustainable production and consumption of textile and apparel, and firm/industry identity issues.         

Kan Tong Po Visiting Professor
Picture of Prof. Boris I. Yakobson Prof. Boris I. Yakobson Karl F. Hasselmann Chair of Engineering, Professor of Chemistry, Rice University, USA 2009

Prof. Yahobson is a world-leading expert in theory and computational modeling of materials nanostructures, their mechanics, defects, and relaxation mechanisms in particular.   


Former Adjunct Professor

Picture of Mr Nino Cerruti Mr Nino Cerruti

World Renowned Textiles Designer


Mr Cerruti is one of the most reputable fashion designers in the world.  He first showed his fantastic talent in fashion design as early as at his age of 20, when he joined his family business in 1950.         


Picture of Dr Ho Kai-Chiu Dr Ho Kai-Chiu

Former Director, Research and Development,
The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel


Dr Ho has more than 30 years work experience in the Hong Kong's textiles and clothing industry and has been a part-time lecturer in textiles and clothing technologies for over 20 years.        


Picture of Dr Andrew Sia Dr Andrew Sia

Founding Chairman, Hong Kong Institution of Intimate Apparel Industries Association


Dr Sia was one of the founders of Ace Style Group, which was at its peak a vertically-integrated women's intimates manufacturing business covering garments, fabrics, trims, printing, retailing, wholesale and franchising.  Now focusing on teaching and consulting, Dr Sia seeks to widen his business scope beyond intimates to trend reporting and market research.        


Picture of Ms Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada Ms Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada

President, World Shibori Network Scholar, Curator and Artist, Historical and Contemporary Textiles and Fiber Art


Ms Wada is a scholar, curator and artist of historical and contemporary textiles and fiber art. She is the co-founder of World Shibori Newtork (WSN) in 1992 and became President of WSN in 2004.        


Picture of Mr Shoji Yamamura Mr Shoji Yamamura

World Renowned Textiles Designer


Mr Yamamura is a master of Kurume Kasuri, carries forward the handicraft via indigo dyed yarn and using Iket process to produce unique natural products.  His textile designs have been exhibited worldwide.