Professor Alan Kin-tak Lau of Department of Mechanical Engineering has been appointed as the incumbent of Alex Wong Siu Wah Gigi Wong Fook Chi Endowed Professor in Product Design Engineering, donated by Mr Alex Wong and Miss Gigi Wong of King's Flair International (Holdings) Limited.
The Inauguration Ceremony was held on 13 May 2015 at the Jockey Club Auditorium on PolyU campus. Presided over by the Deputy Chairman of Council of the University, Mr Chan Tze-ching, the ceremony saw the presentation of a total of six Endowed Professorships this year to pay tribute to distinguished scholars for their outstanding academic achievements and significant contributions to the community, as well as to demonstrate the support and recognition from the community to PolyU for its research excellence.
With the grant supported under this endowment, Professor Lau devotes his time and effort to setting up applied research projects to convert new technologies into innovative product ideas, and organize wide range of activities including design competitions, knowledge transfer seminars, cross-faculty design projects and industrial visits to enhance student’s learning ability and global outlook. He also would like to contribute to strengthen the linkages between local industries and the University for the continuous advancement in the area of Product Design Engineering.
Over the years, Professor Lau has been working closely with the local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to support their product innovation and development through different consultancy and student design projects. Since 2008, he has received donations over HK$ 6M from the industry to support student’s teaching and learning activities, and also helped the industry to develop innovative design ideas and high value-added products. His supervised students have been well recognized by the industry and many of them have continuously received design awards in local and international design competitions. Some of them have their own product brands and companies to date.
The Endowed Professorship Scheme, established in 2012, provides philanthropists with the unique opportunity to partner with the University to advance research and academic activities of a discipline of their choice for the betterment of the society.