Dean's Message
Summer 2014 No.25
International Recognition for Excellence in Research
Nine faculty members have been elected Fellows of prestigious professional organizations
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Three of the six new 2014 IEEE Fellows in Hong Kong are from HKUST. They bring the total number of IEEE Fellows at the School of Engineering to 33, including 24 from the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, seven from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and two from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
Prof Kevin Chen
Electronic and Computer Engineering
Prof Chen was elected for contributions to compound semiconductor heterojunction transistor technologies. At the core of his contributions are inventions and fundamental understanding of several technologies that have advanced the commercial applications of the high-performance but difficult-to-manufacture enhancement-mode compound semiconductor transistors. These devices have been used to implement high-efficiency and high-linearity radio-frequency amplifiers in wireless mobile devices, such as wristwatch mobile phones, and for realizing next-generation low-loss and high-efficiency power switches that can lead to substantial energy saving. 
Prof Howard Luong
Electronic and Computer Engineering
Prof Luong has been recognized for single-handedly pioneering and building up a world-class radio frequency integrated circuit (RFIC) research program in Hong Kong. He has made significant contributions to the advancement of low-voltage low-power RFIC designs by being the first to propose many innovative and useful design techniques. His most important contribution has been to propose transformer feedback to implement ultra-low-voltage high-performance voltage-controlled oscillators. He successfully designed and demonstrated the first LC VCO at 0.35V supply, which is even smaller than the devices' threshold voltage of 0.5V, while still achieving high frequency, good phase noise, and low power consumption. As of now, it is still the lowest supply voltage ever reported for CMOS VCOs.
Prof Philip Mok
Electronic and Computer Engineering
Prof Mok has made distinctive contributions to the design of power-management integrated circuits (PMIC), and has helped making handheld devices such as smart phones, digital cameras and tablet computers smaller, thinner and lighter by pushing the limits of the performance of handheld devices while maximizing the battery run-time. The effectiveness of power delivery from the rechargeable battery to the handheld device in different modes of operations relies on the performances of power converters inside the PMIC. He is a leader in PMIC and has developed numerous novel analog and mixed-signal circuit techniques and control methodologies.
US National Academy of Engineering (NAE)
President Prof Tony F Chan
Chair Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
Prof Chan has been elected in recognition of his application of numerical techniques to image processing and scientific computing, and for providing engineering leadership at national and international levels. He is the only ethnic Chinese among the 67 members newly elected this year, and is one of just a handful of US NAE members based in Hong Kong. "This recognition will allow me to connect with leaders of the US engineering profession, as well as provide a great forum for me, and HKUST as a whole, to be involved in discussion and influence issues and trends in science and technology," said Prof Chan.
US Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)
Prof Ravindra Goonetilleke
Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management
Prof Goonetilleke is the first member from Hong Kong and the Greater China region to be elected as a Fellow. This honor acknowledges his outstanding professional contributions to the Society and to human factors and ergonomics, as well as his achievements to advance the discipline and science of this field. His work on design related issues has been internationally recognized and his various projects have won top awards both in Hong Kong and around the world. He is a Hong Kong representative of the International Ergonomics Association, of which HFES is a member.
International Microelectronics Assembly and Packaging Society (IMAPS)
Prof Ricky Lee
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Prof Lee has been elected Fellow for his research and development efforts related to the packaging and assembly of integrated circuits (IC), optoelectronic devices and microsystems. His research covers chip scale and wafer-level packaging, through-silicon vias (TSV) and 3D IC integration, LED packaging, and solder joint reliability. He has made vital contributions to a number of areas, namely applications of finite element method and fracture mechanics to the stress analysis of electronic components and systems; investigation of board-level solder joint reliability under thermal and mechanical loading; research on TSV technologies for 3D IC integration; and development of LED wafer-level packaging technologies.
Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) and Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
Prof Christopher Leung
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Prof Leung has been elected Fellow for his research in composite materials and their applications. He is a pioneer in the development of pseudo-ductile cementitious composites (PDCC) that exhibit high deformation and energy-absorption capabilities. These materials are now being employed in the US, Japan and China for various applications including structural members in buildings to enhance seismic resistance, deck surface and joints of bridges to improve durability, and the surface repair of deteriorated concrete dams. His major contribution is the establishment of a fundamental theory that provides material selection guidelines to achieve the desirable properties of PDCC. 
International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE)
Prof Jianan Qu
Electronic and Computer Engineering
Prof Qu has been elected Fellow in recognition of his achievements in biomedical optics, especially in areas of optical diagnosis of early cancer and multiphoton spectroscopy. His significant discoveries have pioneered a variety of highly innovative technologies that pave the road for the translation of advanced optical technologies to molecular bio-imaging and clinical applications. He has been a member of SPIE since 1994 and currently serves as an editorial board member of the Journal of Biomedical Optics.
 International Congress on Fracture – The World Academy of Structural Integrity (ICF-WASI)
Prof Tongyi Zhang
Chair Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Prof Zhang has been elected for his research in the interdisciplinary area between materials science and solid mechanics. He has made significant contributions to the fracture of piezoelectric materials under electrical and/or mechanical loading. He has established a novel testing technique, called microbridge tests, to characterize the mechanical properties of materials in small scales, which is very difficult to achieve in a conventional way. Recently, he discovered the mechanism behind the size-dependent mechanical properties of nanomaterials such as nanowires and thin films. Prof Zhang is also Vice-President of the ICF Society. Prof Zhang is also Vice-President of the ICF Society.