Dean's Message
Summer 2014 No.25
IELM: Focus on the Future

The Department of Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management (IELM) has turned 20! In celebration of its success over the past two decades, an anniversary forum and commemorative dinner were held on September 28, 2013. More than 200 faculty members, staff, alumni and current students congregated for the dinner. In his remarks, Department Head Prof Fugee Tsung focused on the future, noting that he truly believed that education should adopt a holistic approach to build on existing departmental strengths while also using innovative and interdisciplinary approaches.
Clifford Ng, one of the original Industrial Engineering Department students in 1993 and currently an IELM Faculty Industry Advisor and Asia Director of Quality at Microsoft Corporation, shared his experiences of the early days at HKUST and how these influenced his career path. Prof Guohua Chen, Department Head of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Prof Christopher Leung, Department Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering, joined the celebration as guests of honor. HKUST President Prof Tony F Chan and founding Head of Department Prof Mitchell Tseng delivered messages via video.
Talented alumni and students entertained guests: dual degree student Kenny Lam (see here) played the treble recorder, while IELM alumna Vanessa Wong and HKUST alumna Dominica Tse gave a beautiful dance performance. The lucky draw proved very popular, with prizes sponsored by GP Electronics (HK) Limited and the Esquel Group.
A 20th anniversary publication and video that review the milestones and reflect upon the continuous innovations and latest developments of IELM are available. Check them out here.