DEAN’S MESSAGE

Dean of Engineering 
Professor Martin D.F. Wong (黃定發教授)
Choh-Ming Li Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
ACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow

Founded in 1991 by our former Vice-Chancellor Prof. Charles Kao, also known as the “Father of Fiber Optics” and Nobel Laureate in Physics, the Faculty of Engineering comprises world leading experts who are at the forefront of their disciplines and commit to teaching and research excellence.  
 

The Faculty provides innovative education to our engineering students. Currently with more than 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students, we offer a wide spectrum of academic programs in artificial intelligence: systems and technologies, biomedical engineering, computer science, computer engineering, electronic engineering, energy and environmental engineering, financial technology, information engineering, mathematics and information engineering, mechanical and automation engineering, and systems engineering and engineering management.  To enrich students’ learning experiences, we provide a variety of ways to engage students in learning such as hands-on experiences, exposure to engineering entrepreneurship, field trips, international exchange, undergraduate summer research internship and placement.  

The Faculty has been well recognized internationally for its excellence in engineering research. Our world-class laboratories and facilities enable excellent research to be carried out. We have been working closely with government and industry for developing new technologies to meet the societal needs and improve the quality of mankind. About 25 years ago, CUHK was the pioneer in Hong Kong’s internet infrastructure and development. The fact that over 80% of today’s internet traffic in Hong Kong still routes through CUHK’s communication equipment is a testimony and legacy of our pioneering and continuing contributions to Hong Kong. Today, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is poised to transform every aspect of our lives. The immense success of the startup SenseTime, the first Unicorn in HK, highlights our leadership position in the area of AI. On international rankings in Engineering, we are among the best in the world. Reuters has just named CUHK as the most innovative university in Hong Kong.

The industrial revolution and the information age have changed the course of history.  Engineers shoulder growing responsibilities for the betterment of mankind.  We are now at the brink of the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”, fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds. The convergence of the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, robotics, data science, biotechnology, materials engineering, microelectronics, autonomous vehicles, advanced manufacturing, and nanotechnology are poised to disrupt every industry and every aspect of modern life. CUHK Engineering must work together with other Faculties to play a key role in shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In the years ahead, we will continue to strengthen our teaching and research excellence, as well as responding to the grand challenges facing the world. 

I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at CUHK. I look forward to working with a team of very talented colleagues for continued excellence in research and education that contribute to Hong Kong, China and the world.