Congratulations to Prof. Wang Zuankai, Associate Vice President (Research and Innovation) and Prof. Yan Jinyue Jerry, Chair Professor of Energy and Buildings, on their election as 2023 Fellows of the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences (HKAES), in recognition of their distinguished achievements 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).


Prof. Yan, also an Academician of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, is a leading researcher specialising in renewable energy, energy systems, climate-change mitigation and environmental policies. He has published over 400 papers, been granted 10 patents and supervised 200 postdocs and 50 doctoral candidates. Leading the Future Energy Profile platform, he secured external grants exceeding 20 million euros in the past decade. He has also received prestigious awards, including the Global Human Settlements Award of Green Technology, Energy Islands’ Award and IAGE Lifetime Achievement Award.


The concerted efforts of and continued contributions from our outstanding scholars and researchers will further strengthen PolyU’s position as an innovative world-class university.


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.