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2015-08-31
Farewell and Best Wishes to Ir KK Lo

A farewell party was held for Ir KK Lo on his last day of service on 31 August 2015 after completing 40 years of distinguished service at PolyU.

In his farewell address, Ir Lo said he is truly grateful for the unswerving support of his colleagues who have been working closely over the years. He is also pleased to note that he is glad to serve the society by his specialized knowledge in Mechanical Engineering.

Addressing a full house of more than 80 guests, including VP (RD), Faculty Dean, industrial partners, Department colleagues, students, the media as well as the citizens whom Ir Lo has helped to redress their mishandled cases, Prof. SQ Shi, Head of ME Department highly commended Ir Lo for his tremendous contribution to the Department during his tenure.

Ir Lo said he would devote more time after his retirement to serve as expert witness, to offer professional assistance to those in need of support in court cases.

Ir Lo graduated from the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Hong Kong Technical College in 1972. He is a Chartered Engineer and Registered Professional Engineer. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, a member of Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, a member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and a member of Society of Automotive Engineers.

After completed four years Engine Apprentice training in the Tai Koo Dockyard and Engineering Co. Ltd., he was promoted to the Engine Draughtsman position and left in 1972. He became a sea-going marine engineer in The Indo China Steam Navigation Co. and left in 1974. He worked as an Assistant Engineer in The China Light & Power Co. before joining The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1975. Ir Lo was an Associate Lecturer until 1999 and was transferred to Scientific Officer I position. His last post in the Department was an Engineer. Ir Lo was also the Technical Support Group Leader in the Department. Ir Lo was responsible for running the project Laboratory, which was set up to students in their final year projects. He was later responsible for experimental rigs design of research students, professors, and subsequently running all laboratories of the Department.

Over the years, Ir Lo has gained accolades from both students and colleagues for his dedication and willingness to help students, and his professional working attitude. Ir Lo's design talent was first noted in 1986 when he was put in charge of designing and constructing a stage for the Urban Service Department. The design turned out to be a great success. This achievement was followed by winning the second place in a spreader design Competition organized by the Labour Department in 1987. Since then, he has been continuously gaining reputation and recognition in design community. This not only reflects his design talent but also his committed attitude for serving the community. Ir Lo also conducted various consultancy works and has been serving as expert witness in court since 1994. Ir Lo's eagerness to serve others was much appreciated by those whom he had served.

The party concluded with wishes to Ir Lo for a joyous and wonderful life after retirement.