The Faculty of Engineering staged a series of celebratory events and showcased recent achievements in education and research to mark its 25th anniversary on 8th October 2016.
The date for celebration of the Faculty's 25th anniversary began with an achievement exhibition featuring 20 research projects that advance human life. The great range of research projects covered biomedical sciences, environmental and green technology, information and communication technology, robotics and automation. Examples of these were a home-based smart rehabilitation training platform for elderly and disabled people and disruption management for public transport, real-time integrated vehicle and crew scheduling.
The event featured guided tours to seven engineering laboratories to enable homecoming alumni to learn about the Faculty's latest technology and facilities with a close-up. It was the first time for the CUHK T Stone Robotics Institute to present its new design and development of the robotic world to alumni. The Virtual Reality Visualization and Imaging Research Centre, Radio-frequency Radiation Research Laboratory, Multimedia Lab, Intelligent Control Systems Laboratory, and Financial Engineering Laboratory were also open for alumni on that day.
The Faculty has a long tradition of pursuing excellence in engineering education and passing it on to the next generation. On this special occasion, the Engineering Faculty Alumni Association organised a fundraising Walkathon on the university campus as part of the Association's initiative to mobilise the walkers' support for the launch of the Engineering Faculty Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. Starting from Ho Sin Hang Engineering Building, the participants walked through New Asia College, Lee Woo Sing College, C. W. Chu College, and ended up at S. H. Ho College. The Walkathon was a success, reaching the fundraising target of HK$250,000!
Happy laughter warmed the evening at a celebration banquet, hosted by the Engineering Alumni Association at S. H. Ho College, which drew nearly 300 alumni and guests. The highlight of the anniversary celebration banquet was the putting up for auction of traditional Chinese calligraphy by CUHK's Vice-Chancellor and President Prof. Joseph SUNG. The money raised from the auction will go to support the scholarship fund for engineering students.
As part of the 25th anniversary celebrations, Prof. John E. HOPCROFT was invited to deliver a distinguished lecture titled 'Entering the Information Age' on 5th October 2016. Prof. HOPCROFT is the IBM Professor of Engineering and Applied Mathematics in Computer Science at Cornell University and was honoured with the A. M. Turing Award in 1986. At the talk, Prof. HOPCROFT discussed the education needed for the Information Age and gave examples of mathematics applications to undergird the education necessary for future careers.
Established 25 years ago, the Faculty of Engineering has been committed to the education of future leaders, the pursuit of knowledge at the frontier of modern technology and the application of technology to meet societal and human needs. The outstanding professional accomplishments of 25 distinguished alumni will be recognised in the upcoming celebration.