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ME PhD Student receives Fulbright-RGC Award

Mr. Ming Hong, a PhD candidate as well as a Hong Kong PhD Fellowship holder in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, recently received the highly competitive, merit-based Fulbright-RGC Hong Kong Research Scholar Award.

The Fulbright-RGC Hong Kong Research Scholar Award, a collaborative effort between the U.S. Consulate General (USCG) in Hong Kong & Macau and the Research Grants Council (RGC) of the Hong Kong government, supports young Hong Kong scholars to undertake research activities at American universities and research institutes, which is overseen by USCG and funded by RGC in partnership with private donors as part of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program. The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is one of the most prestigious awards programs worldwide, operating in over 155 countries.

Mr. Hong, who is pursuing his PhD under the chief supervision of Dr. Zhongqing Su, is one of the eight awardees from Hong Kong this year, interviewed and recommended by the Fulbright Advisory Committee in Hong Kong. This Award provides financial support, augmentable by his own studentship funds in Hong Kong, to enable the student to perform research in one of the top universities in the United States for 6-10 months.

Mr. Hong is currently working on nonlinear guided wave-based health monitoring of engineering structures in Dr. Su’s group, and is excited about moving forward with his PhD research at one of the group’s close collaborators in the country.