Walking through the HKUST campus, alumni Associate Professor YEUNG Sai-Kit and Assistant Professor CHEN Qifeng are almost indistinguishable from the students surrounding them. Both scholars returned to their alma mater and joined the School of Engineering (SENG) in 2018. In addition to being passionate about teaching and research, both are of an entrepreneurial bent and have founded innovative start-ups.
Prof. Philip K. T. MOK, the newly-inaugurated Associate Dean of Engineering (Undergraduate Studies), is a student-centered educator who likens teaching to raising children. Having been awarded the Teaching Excellence Appreciation Award three times by the School of Engineering during his 23-year career as a professor of Electronic and Computer Engineering, and a recipient of the Teaching Assistant Award from his alma mater the University of Toronto, Prof. Mok has good stories to tell about his passion in education.
From basic science to engineering with an impact, from building huge computers as a college boy to solving current problems involving hot virtual reality technologies, HKUST’s Associate Dean of Engineering (Research and Graduate Studies) Prof. Richard H. Y. SO talks passionately about the importance of finding one’s own dream in science and technology.