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ME & AP Student Team Wins IMechE Best Student Design Award 2023/2024

The PolyU Undergraduate ME & AP Student Team won the Best Student Design Award 2023/2024 organized by the IMechE Hong Kong Branch. The team members are Gong Ziqi from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Zhu Wenjia from the Department of Applied Physics. The winning project is called the "Wave Pillow". Nowadays, with the increase in the number of people suffering from cervical spondylosis, the need for treatment and corrective ergonomics has raised awareness among people and the medical community. There is a strong relationship between the quality of sleep and the incidence of whiplash. A proper pillow plays a crucial role in improving sleep quality. Therefore, this project design incorporates flexible electronic devices and various physical sensors to create smart, wave-shaped pillows that can be applied to different sleeping postures and accommodate people of different genders and ages. The design project was developed from multiple perspectives: Background, Design Concept, Mechanical Element, Innovation Achievement, and Commercial Viability, which comprehensively demonstrated the innovative and implementable nature of the design. The IMechE Hong Kong Branch organizes the annual Best Student Design Award to recognize the contributions to the mechanical industry from student design projects and to appreciate the performance of outstanding mechanical engineering students. The award is given to the design project that has the potential to impact the mechanical engineering industry, exhibits technical excellence in the field of mechanical engineering, demonstrates innovation, and shows commercial viability.

9 May, 2024

Student News

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ME received 3 accolades at 49th International Exhibition of Inventions Geneva

Impactful innovations from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) won a record-breaking number of accolades at the 49th International Exhibition of Inventions Geneva (Geneva Inventions Expo), a widely recognised annual event devoted exclusively to invention. The Department is pleased to have three innovations seized two Silver Medals and one Bronze Medal. This achievement underscores the commitment of the ME community, encompassing scholar, student and alumnus, to embracing research breakthroughs.   Silver Medal .color-button { background-color: #C0c0c0; color: white; transition: background-color 0.3s; transform: skew(-30deg); } .text_format { display: inline-block; transform: skew(30deg); } .color-button2 { background-color: #CD7F32; color: white; transition: background-color 0.3s; transform: skew(-30deg); } Smart Headset featuring Adaptive Noise Filters for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder Principle Investigator: Dr CHOY Yat Sze Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering Project description: This innovative smart headset creates a personalised adaptive noise filter for users with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The noise filter is based on the unique aural perception response of each user, reducing irritating noise without interfering with normal everyday sounds such as speech. This makes the sound perceived by the user more comfortable, helping alleviate negative behaviour triggered by intolerable sound stimuli. The smart headset works with a mobile application that quickly assesses the aural perception response of each user and creates a unique noise filter. The smart headset is a significant technological breakthrough that could transform the lives of individuals with ASD by making their daily experiences more manageable and enjoyable. It also enhances their communication, education, and social lives. It benefits both the users and their families by improving their quality of life. Silver Medal ZC-01 Automatic Washroom Cleaning Robot Principle Investigator: Mr LEE Tsz Chung Curry MSc in ME Graduate, Department of Mechanical Engineering Founder, ZeeqClean Technology Limited (a PolyU start-up) Project description: The ZC-01™ is a commercial toilet cleaning robot that operates either manually or automatically. It uses non-visual LiDAR and infrared sensors for adaptive cruise, and can clean toilets and urinals in a contactless way, with drying and UV sterilisation functions. Before cleaning, the ZC-01™ can detect and open the toilet lid. The ZC-01™ can reduce the cost of commercial cleaning and help industry become more environmentally-friendly by recording energy and chemical consumption. Most importantly, ZC-01™ can reduce work aversion in commercial washroom cleaning. The target market of the ZC-01™ is Hong Kong's commercial buildings, government buildings, large public toilets, international airport, and its international conference venue AsiaWorld-Expo, as well as large highway rest areas in the Mainland – all places that require a large amount of cleaning. Bronze Medal Thick Glassy Carbon Manufacturing and Physical Property Adjustment through Heat Treatment Principle Investigator: Mr YANG Yi, PhD Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering Founder, Discarbonery Technology Limited (a PolyU start-up) Project description: Glassy carbon is a carbon material that does not form graphite crystals, and has excellent physical and chemical properties. It can be used in various applications such as glass moulding and the semiconductor industry. However, this material has a number of challenges – such as size limitations, high preparation costs, and high hardness – that make it difficult to process directly. To overcome these challenges, we have developed a way to produce large, cost-effective, shape-controlled glassy carbon products, and a way to use heat treatment to subsequently adjust their physical properties. These strategies enable us to fine-tune the properties of glassy carbon to suit different applications and extend product lifespan.

20 Apr, 2024

Department and Staff News

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ME surges in Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject 2024

In the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject 2024 released on 10 April 2024, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has attained remarkable success, ranking within the top 20 globally for five subjects and the first in Hong Kong for four subjects. Several engineering and technology-related fields also placed in the top 100 worldwide. We are very pleased to see that PolyU’s Mechanical Engineering subject has surged from 120th to 73rd. The QS World University Rankings by Subject evaluated institutions across 54 subjects in five broad subject areas. The subject rankings are weighted based on academic reputation, employer reputation, research citations per paper, the H-index and international research network.  The Department will refer to the rankings and other assessments to strive for improvement and lead ME to a new horizon. Our Performance in Key Rank League Tables .color-button { background-color: #A02337; color: white; transition: background-color 0.3s; } .color-button:hover { background-color: white; color: #A02337; }  

10 Apr, 2024

Department and Staff News


2 ME Scholars recognised amongst world’s most highly cited researchers 2023

Congratulations to Prof. WANG Zuankai and Dr ZHANG Xiao being two of the 15 PolyU academics who have been recognised in the "Highly Cited Researchers 2023" list by Clarivate Analytics. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and Clarivate Plc (Clarivate) jointly hosted the “2023 Highly Cited Researchers Awards Ceremony” on 15 March 2024. Officiated by PolyU Vice President (Research and Innovation), Prof. Christopher CHAO, and Clarivate™ Vice President for Asia Pacific (Academia and Government), Mr Osher GILINSKY, the Ceremony recognised PolyU academics who have been named as Highly Cited Researchers™ in 2023, the significant impact of their research and the positive contributions they have made in their field. A total of 6,849 researchers from 67 countries and regions from a diverse range of research fields were named as Highly Cited Researchers 2023. The most influential scholars from around the world have been identified, determined by the production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in the Web of Science™ over the last 11 years. The inclusion of PolyU academics in this list is testament to the University’s pursuit of research excellence. In the last year, PolyU had the third highest number of the world’s most Highly Cited Researchers in Hong Kong, including ten awardees in cross-field research, two from engineering disciplines, and one from chemistry, computer science and the social sciences respectively. The department is proud of Prof. Wang and Dr Zhang’s outstanding achievements in ground-breaking research. Their accomplishments reaffirm ME’s dedication to research excellence.  

15 Mar, 2024

Department and Staff News

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Joint School Sharing Forum: Exploring the Role of Mechanical Engineers

On February 22, 2024, the Caritas School Social Work Service and the PolyU Department of Mechanical Engineering joined forces to organize a school visit and a joint school sharing forum at Tuen Mun Catholic Secondary School. We were delighted to spend an afternoon engaging with the principal, vice principal, teachers, and students, learning about their studies and aspirations. The joint school sharing forum welcomed approximately 150 Form 5 students from Pope Paul VI College and Tuen Mun Catholic Secondary School. We extend our gratitude to our esteemed industrial partner, REC Engineering Co. Ltd., for their enthusiastic support. Ir Antonio Chan, the Deputy Managing Director, played a pivotal role in facilitating the collaboration between Caritas and the Department. The forum commenced with Antonio's insightful discussion on the practical needs of the workplace. Subsequently, the Caritas School Social Work Service hosted an interactive quiz game, where students eagerly sought answers to general engineering questions. Next, our Department Head, Prof. Su Zhongqing, provided an in-depth explanation of the research areas and modern applications of mechanical engineering. Following Prof. Su's presentation, student and graduate representatives shared their personal experiences in both studying and working in the field. Mr Jeffrey KIM Jaeyoun, a Year 4 student pursuing a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering, captivated the audience with his account of the wonderful experiences gained from the PolyU E-Formula Racing Team's involvement in Formula One races. Additionally, Mr Adrian WU, a 2018 graduate of the BEng (Hons) in Product Analysis and Engineering Design programme, currently serves as a Product Manager in Asia Pacific at BELIMO Asia Pacific Limited. He shed light on how his work directly impacts everyone's lives. Following the sharing sessions, Dr Henry Chu, the Scheme Leader of the BEng (Hons) Scheme in Mechanical Engineering, invited students to explore the study of mechanical engineering at PolyU. He specifically highlighted the new Intelligent Robotics Engineering programme and the recently established DSE Entry Scholarship. The event concluded with an open forum, chaired by Dr Tracy Choy, the Chairlady of the Publicity Committee, accompanied by Dr Chu, Jeffrey, and Adrian. During this session, students posed thoughtful questions to gain a better understanding of the engineering industry and to prepare for their personal development. To further enrich the visit, the ME delegation explored the school's workshop, gaining insights into the students' design and engineering projects. This visit proved to be highly fruitful, deepening mutual understanding and providing students with first-hand information to guide them in their future studies and career choices. Overall, the Joint School Sharing Forum proved to be an invaluable opportunity for students to explore the multifaceted world of mechanical engineering, empowering them to make informed decisions about their academic and professional paths.  

22 Feb, 2024

Department and Staff News

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ME Undergraduate receives the Best URIS Research Project Award 2023

Congratulations to our undergraduate, Mr HE Zhengyang, on receiving the Grand Award in the Best URIS Research Project Award 2023. Under the supervision of Dr TANG Hui, Associate Professor of ME, Mr HE has demonstrated distinctive research achievements through his project which contributed to harvesting energy from flowing water with a unique flapping-foil-based hydropower harvester. This award also symbolises the recognition of his endeavour to advance knowledge with applications.   Grand Award Project Title: Development of a New Generation of Flow Energy Harvester Awardee: HE Zhengyang, BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering Chief Supervisor: Dr Tang Hui, Department of Mechanical Engineering Abstract: The URIS project achieved a breakthrough in harvesting energy from flowing water with a unique flapping-foil-based hydropower harvester. Unlike traditional turbine-based technologies, this harvester brings several advantages, such as lower cut-in speeds, slower tip speeds, better-filling factors, and scalability. To convert water flow into electricity, a hybrid power-take-off unit combining triboelectricity and electromagnetic induction was designed, developed, and tested. Through extensive water-tunnel experiments, the unit was optimized for different water speeds and foil movements. The flapping-foil technology operates at lower tip speeds, making it environmentally friendly for energy harvesting in rivers and oceans. Its applications also include charging low-power devices and measuring water speed simultaneously, especially in remote off-grid areas. This innovation opens up new possibilities for harnessing renewable energy from water sources and providing sustainable power solutions in various settings. The Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scheme (URIS) is a prestigious programme of PolyU to promote undergraduate research with the aim to nurture the next generation of intellectuals. The programme offers an enquiry-based learning opportunity to empower PolyU Ug students to build research track records, establish research networks, gain exposure to their fields of study and equip themselves with competencies to take up research career opportunities in Hong Kong and beyond. It is great to see the undergraduate from the Department being acclaimed for his research innovation.

16 Feb, 2024

Student News


ME Staff Honoured for 2023 Long Service Award

Colleagues of the PolyU Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) have always been devoting themselves to the development of ME. This year, the Department Head Prof. Su Zhongqing, on behalf of the University, paid tribute to long-serving staff members for their loyal and committed service over the years. Congratulations to the awardees and heartfelt thanks for their years of dedication and devotion which have marked the achievements of the Department.   Long Service Award 2023 Award Recipients Length of Service Name  Post Title  30 years Ms Packy Chan  陳碧琪  Clerical Officer II 15 years Ms Joanne Cheng  鄭詩婷 Executive Officer 5 years  Mr Billy Yan  甄超恒  Assistant Technical Officer 

8 Feb, 2024

Department and Staff News

Prof Wang Zuankai elected as HKAES Fellow 2023

Prof. Wang Zuankai elected as HKAES Fellow 2023

Congratulations to Prof. Wang Zuankai, Associate Vice President (Research and Innovation) on election as 2023 Fellows of the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences (HKAES), in recognition of his distinguished achievement and commitment to serving society. Prof. Wang, also Chair Professor of Nature-Inspired Engineering of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is a distinguished academic and expert in nature-inspired engineering and surface science. Prof. Wang has received numerous accolades, including the Croucher Senior Research Fellowship (2023), BOCHK Science and Technology Innovation Prize (2022), Green Tech Award (2021), and Xplorer Prize (2020). His work has also been acknowledged by the Guinness World Records and his innovations have won the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva Gold Medal with Congratulations of Jury and Gold Medal, as well as the Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year 2023 (Engineering and Technology). HKAES is a professional engineering organisation in Hong Kong dedicated to serving Hong Kong, Mainland China and the region, and to establishing Hong Kong as an international leader in the development and application of science, engineering and technology for the benefit of society. HKAES Fellows are from various engineering disciplines and are recognised leaders in their professions with distinguished achievements in engineering sciences and their applications.  

29 Jan, 2024

Department and Staff News

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ME Alumni Mentorship Dinner 2024

The PolyU Department of Mechanical Engineering Alumni Mentorship Dinner for the 2023/24 academic year was successfully held on January 26, 2024. The event saw an impressive turnout, with over 180 participants including approximately 90 alumni, distinguished guests, ME academic and teaching staff, and around 90 students from the graduating classes of BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering and BEng (Hons) in Product Analysis and Engineering Design. The evening was truly memorable and meaningful. The Alumni Mentorship Dinner is a cherished tradition within the ME community, aimed at fostering strong connections between alumni and the Department. More importantly, it provides a valuable platform for our final-year students to gain practical experience and receive professional advice from alumni mentors. During the welcoming remarks, Prof. Su Zhongqing, the Head of the Department, expressed deep gratitude to all the alumni and industrial friends for their unwavering support throughout the years. This year's dinner was particularly special, as it marked the resumption of the event after a hiatus of several years. Following the opening remarks, we had the privilege of hearing from one of our esteemed senior alumni, Ir Dr Angus HW Cheung, Chief Executive Officer of Aerovision Technology Limited and Chairman of the ME Departmental Advisory Committee. Dr. Cheung shared his personal journey as an aviation engineering expert, imparting valuable insights and guidance to prospective graduates on planning for their future. Dr Lawrence CK Poon, Head of Innovative Technology and CEO Advisor at the Applied Science and Technology Research Institute, was recognized as the recipient of the 2023 Outstanding Alumni Award in Professional Achievement of PolyU ME, as well as the PolyU Graduate School Outstanding Research Postgraduate Alumni Award. He shared his inspiring success story and showcased the limitless possibilities that come with being a mechanical engineer. Lastly, Dr Yau Wing Kwong, JP, the President of the Mechanical and Marine Engineering Alumni Association, delivered words of wisdom and encouragement to all the final-year students, leaving them with a valuable motto to guide them on their journey. Ir Winky KW Lui, the Treasurer of the Mechanical and Marine Engineering Alumni Association (MMEAA), introduced how to join MMEAA. The Association has an extensive alumni network, with graduates spanning 85 years. It is this strong alumni support that has enabled generations of students to thrive. Throughout the dinner, alumni from various industries generously shared their valuable experiences and provided guidance to our final-year students, helping them prepare for their future careers upon graduation. The evening concluded with a toast and a lucky draw, led by the Head, Associate Heads, Scheme and Programme Leaders, to express our gratitude to the guests. The dinner ended on a joyful note, and we eagerly look forward to the next year's event.   For more photos of the event, please click HERE.  

26 Jan, 2024

Department and Staff News

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Dr Yiyuan Zhang received Microfluidic Award 2023

Dr Zhang Yiyuan, Research Assistant Professor, received the Microfluidic Award 2023 in the category of New PhD researchers for her outstanding research output entitled “Magnetic-actuated ‘capillary container’ for versatile three-dimensional fluid interfaces manipulation” (published in Science Advances, 2021). The Award, sponsored by Microblox & Fluigent, is to honor outstanding works on microfluidics that not only involve cutting-edge academic innovation but also have a high prospect of industrial transformation and application. The award-winning announcement can be found at

12 Jan, 2024

Department and Staff News

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