Professor Alan Kin-tak Lau has been elected as Fellow of The Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) May 2013. The fellowship grade (FRAeS) is the highest grade attainable and is only bestowed upon those in the profession of aeronautics or aerospace who have made outstanding contributions in the profession of aeronautics, attained a position of high responsibility in the profession of aeronautics and have had long experience of high quality in the profession of aeronautics.
Professor Lau graduated in Bachelor and Master Degrees of Aerospace Engineering at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University), Australia. He worked at The Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (HAECO) for 4 years since 1987. Afterward, he worked at the Corporative Research Centre on Advanced Composites Structures Australia on the design of an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) and a repair scheme of aircraft cutouts in 1996 and 1997, respectively. He has continued working in aircraft structural design and analysis with different industrial partners including Boeing R&T Limited and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) after he moved back to Hong Kong in 1997. He has been invited to give keynote lectures in many international conferences in the fields of aircraft and space materials at USA, the Greater China, European countries and Australia. Recently, he has focused on the development of space materials for atmospheric re-entry vehicles and regularly organized training courses to the MRO industry in Hong Kong.
The Royal Aeronautical Society was established in 1866 and has been at the forefront of developments in aerospace ever since, seeking to (i) promote the highest professional standards in all aerospace disciplines; (ii) provide specialist information & act as a central forum for the exchange of ideas and (iii) play a leading role in influencing opinion on aerospace matters.