History of ME Department (1937-2017):

80 years ago, the Government Trade School was established to provide technical education to youngsters in Hong Kong. About 20 of these youngsters received education in Automobile Engineering. The Government Trade School has since been transformed into the Hong Kong Technical College, the Hong Kong Polytechnic and it is now known as The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

The unit which provided education to the twenty-odd youngsters in 1937 has also gone through different stages of transformation, having the identities of Department of Automobile Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Departmentof Mechanical/Production Engineering, Department of Mechanical, Production and Marine Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Marine Engineering and is now The Department of Mechanical Engineering.

The Department has grown substantially over the years. It now has a total student population of 1,000, with more than 300 students graduating each year.

Milestone:

1937-1947
1947-1972
1972-1994
1994-Present

Chairmen of Departmental Advisory Committee:

Heads of Department:

1949-1959:

Mr. F. Buckle and Mr. N.E. Barnes

(* Photo shown is Mr NE Barnes)

1959-1965:

Mr. Sung Sing-zak

1965-1970:

Mr. C.L. Mawhood

1970-1975:

Mr. K.C. Ho

1975:

Mr. W.G. Southern (Acting Head)

1975-1977:

Mr. D.V. Lindsay (Acting Head)

1977-1978:

Mr. L.J. Stacey (Acting Head)

1978-1984:

Dr. S.S. Chang

1984-1992:

Prof. Leung Tin-pui

1992-1995:

Mr. Michael Pomfret

1995:

Dr. Ho Yick-sing (Acting Head)

1995-2005:

Prof. Ronald So Ming-cho

2005:

Prof. Cheng Li (Acting Head)

2005-2010:

Prof. Lu Jian

2010-2011:

Prof. S.Q. Shi (Acting Head)

2011-2014:

Prof. Cheng Li

2014-present:

Prof. S.Q. Shi