We take great pride in nurturing 4500+ engineering research postgraduate students over the past decades. Many of them consider HKUST as their roots and home to their growth of knowledge and lifelong learning. Come and listen to some of them who happily share their experiences at the School of Engineering.
MPhil / PhD Alumni Stories
Interweaving their good old memories at HKUST and unique adventures after graduation
Embracing AI to Enhance Construction Safety: Issac LEUNG Sets Out on Entrepreneurial Journey
Leveraging smart technology to modernize and automate monitoring of worksite hazards, while at the same time improving efficiency, our MPhil graduate in Civil Engineering Issac LEUNG shares his experience on the stirring start-up journey.
First Graduate of Dual Master’s Degree Focusing on Future Energy and Power System Provides Smart Solutions to CLP
Inspired by top scholars and industry experts, Binnie Yiu Wai-Keung, a graduate of HKUST’s MPhil in Computer Science and Engineering and the University of Strathclyde’s MSc program, developed an ensemble model for electricity load forecasting that is being used in the daily operations of CLP where he currently works as an Engineer.
Having the Best of Both Worlds: Right Balance between Industry and Academia
Dr. Bonald LI Ziyue, a PhD graduate of Industrial Engineering and Decision Analytics, shares about the journey he has taken in pursuing what he loves – exploring the vast potential that data mining and machine learning offer for tackling real-world problems.
Excelling in Transformative Career: from Designing Products to Experiences
Dr. Channa WITANA, a PhD graduate from the Department of Industrial Engineering and Decision Analytics at HKUST, has enjoyed a progressive career that has transcended academia to industry, Asia to Europe, and the design of products to UX.
Reaching New Horizons: from Research Engineer to Nurturing Next Achievers
Leveraging her expertise in wireless communication, Dr. Karama HAMDI, a PhD graduate in Electronic and Computer Engineering at HKUST, has evolved to take a leading role in academic advising in Qatar, guiding undergraduate students to unlock their full potential.
Winning AI Solution Helps Remotely Monitor Patients’ Vital Signs
Kyle WONG, currently a PhD student in Bioengineering at HKUST, co-founded a Hong Kong start-up PanopticAI with Nick CHIN and Taric CHAN, who are research postgraduate graduates from the Department of Industrial Engineering and Decision Analytics. The company developed a fully remote wellness monitoring app with AI-enabled smart technology.
Waste No Time or Effort Advancing Global Sustainability
Dr. Adetoyese OYEDUN, graduated with a PhD degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at HKUST, makes a positive impact on a real-world problem. His work in waste management has led him to many different corners of the world, from his homeland in Nigeria to the UK, Hong Kong, and Canada, where he is currently spearheading research into new ways to take plastic out of the environment.
Dr. Langston SUEN and his fellow researchers at HKUST explored an alternative method of non-invasive drug delivery using ultrasound as part of his PhD studies at the University. Now he is working with pharmaceuticals to bring the technology to market. The idea was inspired by Langston’s grandfather and his wife’s grandfather who both suffered from retinal problems that required eye injections.
Engineering PhD Graduate Quenches Curiosity for Truth through Research
Currently a postdoctoral fellow in HKUST, Dr. YIN Ran began his journey at the University in 2014. His remarkable achievements and significant advanced water treatment research has earned him the School of Engineering PhD Research Excellence Award 2020-21. He enthusiastically shares with us his experience and advice to excel as a research postgraduate student.
HKUST Alumni Join Fight Against COVID-19 with Antimicrobial Technology
After completing the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) program at HKUST, alumni Donald LAI and Winsor LEE joined Chiaphua Industries Limited, which owns Germagic, an antimicrobial technology that has proved highly effective in the fight against COVID-19.
Entrepreneurial Alumni Returning to Their Roots to Champion Engineering Solutions
Both scholars, alumni Associate Professor YEUNG Sai-Kit and Assistant Professor CHEN Qifeng, returned to their alma mater and joined the School of Engineering in 2018. In addition to being passionate about teaching and research, both are of an entrepreneurial bent and have founded innovative start-ups.
Lady of the Rings: Making a Difference in the World via Engineering Start-up
Dr. Lydia LEUNG, a PhD graduate from the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering at HKUST, masterminded the BelunTM Ring, which is a medical-grade wearable platform using ICT technologies, bio-sensing, signal processing techniques and deep learning algorithm to pre-screen potential sufferers from obstructive sleep apnea.
We are always proud of our students for their accomplishments no matter how big or small
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering PhD students Chris NGUYEN and James SHIHUA, along with alumnus HUI Ka Yiu and Prof Rhea LIEM, received the 2023 AIAA Air Transportation Systems Best Student Paper award.
Renee Agnes VIZMANOS and YANG Changyi, PhD students of Civil and Environmental Engineering, received the Best Student Presentation Award in the 26th Annual Conference of the Hong Kong Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (HKSTAM) 2023.
Two PhD Students of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, LIANG Tian and GAO Tianrun, received the Best Student Presentation Award in the 26th Annual Conference of the Hong Kong Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (HKSTAM) 2023.
Electronic and Computer Engineering PhD Student TANG Shiwen was awarded the Mojgan Daneshmand Grant for Women by IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society.
Computer Science and Engineering PhD student LIN Yong was awarded the 2023 Apple Scholars in AI/ML PhD Fellowship.
A paper co-authored by PhD students of Computer Science and Engineering, ZHANG Peiyan, XIE Yueqi and Jae Boum KIM with other researchers, won the Best Paper Award-Honorable Mention in the 16th ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM).
CHAN Ka Hung, a PhD Student of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, received the Advanced Light Source (ALS) Doctoral Fellowship in Residence by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Civil and Environmental Engineering PhD student DING Yanyan was named the First Runner-up in the Outstanding Student Paper Award at the 26th Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies (HKSTS) International Conference.
WANG Chengpeng, PhD candidate of Computer Science and Engineering, and other co-authors received the ACM SIGPLAN Distinguished Paper Award for their paper at the 37th Annual ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages, and Applications (OOPSLA 2022).
MPhil students of Computer Science and Engineering Logi LUO (left) and Sehyun CHOI (right) were selected as the BX Scholars to join the 2022/23 Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program supported by Bai Xian Asia Institute (BXAI).
Jackie TONG, PhD candidate of Computer Science and Engineering, and other co-authors received the VIS 2022 Honorable Mention Award for their paper at the IEEE Visualization (VIS) 2022.
Computer Science and Engineering PhD student LI Haotian was named a 2022 Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA) Fellow.
PhD student of Computer Science and Engineering YUAN Linping was awarded the 2022 Style3D Graduate Fellowship organized by Style3D and China Computer Federation (CCF).
A research team with two PhD Students KWOK Kin-Nam (left) and Minji SEO (right), and two undergraduate students from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, was named the national winner of the James Dyson Award 2022 thanks to their invention of “O_Oley”.
“Autosafe” developed by a team of five including Civil and Environmental Engineering research postgraduate students Peter WONG Kok-Yiu and Issac LEUNG Pak-Him won the Champion (Platinum Award) at the HKUST-Sino One Million Dollar Entrepreneurship Competition 2022.
PhD students from the Departments of Civil and Environment Engineering, and Electronic and Computer Engineering, Muhammad WAQAR, Muhammad Zeshan AKBER, Syed Awais Wahab SHAH and Murad ABDULLAH formed a team and won the Gold Award at the Global AI Challenge for Building E&M Facilities - AI Competition.
Top ranked multi-task emotion recognition system developed by DENG Didan, PhD student of Electronic and Computer Engineering, won the 1st Place at the Affective Behavior Analysis in-the-Wild (ABAW) Challenge at the CVPR 2022.
Swapnadeep PODDAR, PhD student of Electronic and Computer Engineering, won the Best Presentation Award in the international conference of the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS).
YU Tao, PhD student of Civil and Environmental Engineering, won the Excellent Presentation Award at the 2022 International Workshop on Computational Mechanics of Granular Materials.
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering PhD student ZHANG Ruo Peng won the Best Paper Awards at the 16th Asian Symposium on Visualization (ASV16).
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“It was my great honor to spend my PhD study at HKUST, where I have seen the most professional research environments, supportive research teams, and splendid campus scenery."
“It has been an amazing experience and a great opportunity for me to broaden my horizons and grow both professionally and as a person."
"The CentraleSupélec / HKUST dual-degree program illustrates the complementarity between both institutions and is more than beneficial to my academic training and future professional life as an engineer."