Professor Alan Kin-tak LAU, Department of Mechanical Engineering has recently been elected as the First International Vice President of The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). It is the first time IMechE appointed an International Vice President who comes from a country outside European territories.
By voting from over 106,000 members in 120 countries at the Council and Trustee Board election exercise in May 2014, Prof. Alan Lau was elected as International Vice President. He will also seat in the Trustee Board and Chair the International Strategic Board to oversee the operations of its international regions, namely North East Asia, South East Asia, Southern Asia, Oceania, Middle East and Africa and Europe.
As the International Vice President of IMechE, Prof. Lau’s primary mission is to establish a healthy and constructive relationship among overseas regions and Head Quarter so that IMechE to be recognized as the world’s largest mechanical engineering body. He would develop a policy framework to integrate business mindset to enhance engineers’ mobility in the international engineering business arenas. He also has the endeavor to promote a positive image of the profession of mechanical engineering to the general public as well as junior students.
Prof. Lau is the Fellow of IMechE and the Project Coordinator of its Asia Pacific Aviation Centre. He has served IMechE for over 10 years and was Council Member in 2013-14. He was also the proposer and project manager of “Asia Pacific Initiative” of IMechE and drew many local engineering captains to share their successful stories and engineering skills with young students and engineers. The programme benefited over 1,000 participants and now has become IMechE’s anchoring event.
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) is an independent engineering society based in central London, representing mechanical engineers. It represents over 106,000 members in over 120 countries in industries including rail, automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, energy, medicine and construction.