Dean's Message
Spring 2013  No.23
Spotlight on Shenzhen Industry Links

The Second Annual HKUST ECE Shenzhen Industry Day was held on November 2, 2012, to promote and explore collaboration between Shenzhen industry and the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering (ECE) on research topics of mutual interest. The event, co-organized by ECE, the School of Engineering Center for Industry Engagement & Internship, and the HKUST Shenzhen Research Institute was held in Nanshan, Shenzhen, bringing together more than 60 representatives from local companies and HKUST. 

Welcome speeches by Prof Ross Murch, Head of ECE, and Prof Mitchell Tseng, Associate Vice-President for Research & Innovation, were followed by an introduction of the enterprising Texas Instruments (TI) Scholar@HKUST program. This sponsors selected ECE master's degree graduates on a six-month co-op program at TI and HKUST (see below). Technical sessions featured presentations, posters and demos on the latest LED technology and market trends, integrated circuits, systems and applications, and biomedical electronics. All are areas of particular strength within ECE.

Speakers at the event included Prof Kei May Lau, Prof Patrick Yue, Prof Bert Shi, Prof Weichuan Yu, Prof George Yuan and Prof Levent Yobas of ECE; Dr Phil Chen, R&D Manager, Osram; Dr David Xiao, Managing Director, Advanced Photoelectronic Technology; Dr Justin Chuang, Vice President and Group Director – Communications Technologies Group, ASTRI and ECE Adjunct Professor; Dr Joy Laskar, Vice President of Advanced Technology, InSite Partners; and Ms Rebecca Liu, Senior Manager – Strategic Business Development, Greater China & South Asia Region, STMicroelectronics.

IC Research Boost 

Texas Instruments (TI) is committed to higher education, in particular the field of engineering. In line with this, the company creates partnerships and programs to promote excellence in research, contributes financial resources, offers expertise, and donates equipment. In 2012, the company gave a donation to the ECE Department to establish the TI Scholarship Program, enabling master's degree graduates to be sponsored on long-term cooperative research projects in areas related to semiconductor design.

At the ECE Shenzhen Industry Day, Cedric Li (pictured), MSc in Integrated Circuit Design Engineering 2012 and the first TI scholar, received a commemorative plaque from Ms Irene Deng, Design Manager & Senior Member of Technical Staff, Semiconductor Group, who has been instrumental within Texas Instruments in setting up the scholarship program. They are accompanied by Prof Ross Murch, Head of ECE (first left), and Prof Patrick Yue, Director of the Center for Industry Engagement & Internship (first right).