HKUST Announces Named Professorship Program

2012-12-17

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is conferring Named Professorships to a selected number of distinguished faculty under the aegis of the HKUST Named Professorship Program, a university-wide scheme intended to foster areas of academic excellence and honor outstanding faculty members in the University. This landmark initiative sustains HKUST’s commitment to excellence in a wide array of subjects encompassing science, engineering, business, social science, life science, nanotechnology, aerospace and others.

President Tony F Chan congratulated the appointed faculty and said, “The HKUST Named Professorship Program presents unprecedented opportunities for HKUST to recruit and recognize distinguished faculty and amplify its strengths in fulfilling its mission. It is a tangible testimony of the University’s enormous respect for the academic caliber of our faculty, as well as an expression of faith in their capacity to make fundamental contributions of wide importance to their respective fields and society at large. The endowments provide additional annual funds to assist with research and academic expenses of the honoree.

“HKUST is wholeheartedly grateful to all donors and benefactors for their generosity and support, which add significantly to the University’s efforts to uphold academic excellence and recruit outstanding faculty while providing the flexibility needed in the pursuit of its goals. The endowments are also proof of the breadth and depth in the education and research HKUST have to offer,” added President Chan. With unflinching support and ongoing commitments from the local and international organizations, HKUST has seen over the years a significant increase in the number of professorships.

For their distinguished academic excellence, the following faculty members have been appointed to professorships that are named in honor of their respective donors:

New professorship holders:

Prof Chung-Yee Lee, Department of Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management
Cheong Ying Chan Professor of Engineering

Prof Tongyi Zhang, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Fang Professor of Engineering

Prof Matthew McKay, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering
Hari Harilela Associate Professor of Electronic & Computer Engineering

Prof Jaideep Sengupta, Department of Marketing
Joseph Lau Professor of Business

Prof Albert Ha, Department of Information Systems, Business Statistics and Operations
Wei Lun Foundation Professor of Business

Prof Mingjie Zhang, Division of Life Science
Kerry Holdings Professor of Science

Prof Benzhong Tang, Department of Chemistry
Stephen Kam Chuen Cheong Professor of Science

Prof Nancy Ip, Division of Life Science
The Morningside Professor of Life Science

Prof James Kung, Division of Social Science
Yan Ai Foundation Professor of Social Science

Existing professorship holders:

Prof Ping Sheng, Department of Physics
Dr William M W Mong Professor of Nanoscience

Prof Hoi-Sing Kwok, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering
Dr William M W Mong Professor of Nanotechnology

Prof Kalok Chan, Department of Finance
Synergis–Geoffrey YEH Professor of Business

Visiting professorship holder:Prof Bright Sheng, School of Humanities and Social Science
Y K Pao Distinguished Visiting Professor of Cultural Studies

In addition, the University has received donations for the following named professorships, and they are being used to recruit globally the highest caliber new faculty in areas the University intends to strengthen and expand:

Fung Professorship in Business
Fung Visiting Professorship in Business
New Bright Professorship in Engineering
Padma Harilela Professorship (for associate or assistant professor)
Swire Professorship in Aerospace Engineering

The following professorships are specially set up for the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) and announcement of the appointments will be made in the near future.

IAS Bank of East Asia Professorship
IAS Helmut and Anna Sohmen Professorship
IAS Si Yuan Professorship
IAS TT & WF Chao Foundation Professorship

For media enquiries, please feel free to contact :
Mavis Wong
Tel: 2358 6306
Email: maviswong@ust.hk

 
HKUST President Prof Tony F Chan says that the HKUST Named Professorship Program presents exciting opportunities for the University to recruit and recognize distinguished faculty and amplify its strengths in fulfilling its mission.
HKUST President Prof Tony F Chan says that the HKUST Named Professorship Program presents exciting opportunities for the University to recruit and recognize distinguished faculty and amplify its strengths in fulfilling its mission.
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