Selected Faculty Achievements

HKUST’s scholars are recognized by globally accredited institutions for their seminal contributions in research discoveries or knowledge transfer activities. Since 2017, HKUST has organized an annual Faculty Recognition Ceremony to honor and celebrate the achievements of our faculty in the previous academic year. 

Prof Benzhong Tang

Stephen Kam-chuen Cheong Professor of Science and Chair; Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical & Biological Engineering

Prof Tang received the State Natural Science Award (First Class) in recognition for his outstanding achievements in research on aggregation-induced emission. His discovery has significantly contributed to life science, medicine and applied science. The State Natural Science Award, First Class, is the highest honor in China’s natural science community. Prof Tang is the first recipient of the First Class award at HKUST and the second Hong Kong scientist who has earned the honor since Hong Kong’s participation in SNSA in 1989.

Prof Mingjie Zhang

Kerry Holdings Professor of Science; Chair Professor, Division of Life Science

Prof Zhang received the Croucher Senior Research Fellowship Award for 2018-19. He will dedicate the reward to the study of the formation mechanism of synapses, the basic unit of neuronal circuits in the brain, that could pave the way for future drug development in curing mental illnesses. The Croucher Senior Research Fellowships scheme was first introduced in 1997 and is awarded to local academics who have excelled in scientific research work. Funds are awarded to the universities of the fellowship recipients, enabling the university to recruit replacement teachers to take over the award winner’s duties for the period of the fellowship. This enables the awardees to devote more time and effort to research work.

2017/18
2016/17
  • Dr Jason CHAN

    Lecturer II in the Department of Chemistry

    Awarded the 2018 University Grants Committee (UGC) Teaching Award under the category of Early Career Faculty Members

  • Prof Man Sun Chan

    Chair Professor in the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering

    Awarded the 2017 IEEE Electron Devices Society Education Award

  • Prof Simon Chan

    Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Division of Environment and Sustainability

    Awarded the 2017 Research Article of the Year in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. He was also the recipient of the 2018 Chemical Research in Toxicology Young Investigator Award

  • Prof Nancy Ip

    The Morningside Professor of Life Science; Chair Professor, Division of Life Science

    Received a large-scale grant from the RGC Theme-based Research Scheme 8th Round (2018/19) for the proposal of "A Stem Cell Approach to Dissect the Molecular Basis of Neurodegenerative Diseases"

  • Prof Joseph Lee

    Professor Emeritus and Visiting Professor, Division of Public Policy and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Received the First Prize of 2017 Hong Kong Construction Industry Council (CIC) Innovation Award in the Construction Sustainability Category; also elected as one of seven Invisible Silent Superheroes by the Institution of Civil Engineers Hong Kong Association

  • Prof Yingying Li

    Associate Professor, Department of Information Systems, Business Statistics and Operations Management and Department of Finance

    Elected as a Fellow of the Society for Financial Econometrics in 2017

  • Prof Zexiang Li

    Professor, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering

    Received the 2019 IEEE Robotics and Automation Technical Field Award

  • Prof Charles W W Ng

    CLP Holdings Professor of Sustainability; Chair Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Elected as President of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) in 2017; and also recipient of the 2017 Telford Premium Award and 2017 Prix R M Quigley Award (Honorable Mention)

  • Prof Tuan Anh Nguyen

    Assistant Professor, Division of Life Science

    Received the Croucher Innovation Award 2018

  • Prof Ding Pan

    Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Department of Chemistry

    Received the Croucher Innovation Award 2018

  • Prof David Paul Rossiter

    Associate Professor of Engineering Education and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering

    Awarded the 2017 Michael G. Gale Medal for Distinguished Teaching

  • Prof Ping Sheng

    Dr William M W Mong Professor of Nanoscience; Chair Professor, Department of Physics

    Awarded the 2018 Rolf Landauer Medal, awarded by the International Association for the Science of Electrical Transport and Optical Properties of Inhomogeneous Media (ETOPIM)

  • Prof Benzhong Tang
    Stephen Kam Chuen Cheong Professor of Science and Chair Professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

    Received the First-class State Natural Science Award 2017 and 2017 Prize for Scientific and Technological Progress of the Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation

  • Prof Kar Yan Tam
    Chair Professor, Department of Information Systems, Business Statistics and Operations Management

    Elected as President of the Association of Asia-Pacific Business Schools; also received a large-scale grant from the RGC Themed-based Research Scheme 8th Round (2018/19) for the proposal of "Contributing to the Development of Hong Kong into a Global Fintech Hub"

  • Prof Ching Tang
    IAS Bank of East Asia Professor; Chair Professor, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Department of Chemistry and Department of Physics

    Inducted to the US National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2018; recipient of the 2018 Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) from the University of Hong Kong

  • Prof Xiaogang Wu

    Chair Professor, Department of Social Science

    Elected as Inaugural President of the International Chinese Sociological Association

  • Prof Mingjie Zhang

    Kerry Holdings Professor of Science and Chair Professor in the Division of Life Science

    Received the Croucher Senior Research Fellowship Award for 2018-19

  • Prof Tianshou Zhao

    Cheong Ying Chan Professor of Engineering and Environment; Chair Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

    Received a large-scale grant from the RGC Theme-based Research Scheme 7th Round (2017/18) for the proposal of "Creation of Rechargeable Electron-fuels for Stationary Power Supplies and Electric Vehicles"

  • Prof Ching Tang

    IAS Bank of East Asia Professor; Chair Professor, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Department of Chemistry and Department of Physics

    Received the IEEE Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal 2017

  • Prof Shengwang Du

    Professor, Department of Physics

    Awarded Second Prize (Entrepreneurial Category) in the 5th China Innovation & Entrepreneurship Competition (Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan Regions) in October 2016

  • Prof Jianping Gan

    Chair Professor, Division of Environment and Sustainability and Department of Mathematics

    Received a large-scale grant from the RGC Theme-based Research Scheme 6th Round (2016/17) for the proposal of "Diagnosis and prognosis of intensifying eutrophication, hypoxia and the ecosystem consequences around Hong Kong waters: Coupled physical-biogeochemical-pollution studies"

  • Prof Nancy Ip

    The Morningside Professor of Life Science; Chair Professor, Division of Life Science

    Received a large-scale grant from the RGC Area of Excellence Scheme 7th Round (2016/17) for the proposal of "Cellular mechanisms of synaptic functions and plasticity in health and neurodegenerative diseases"

  • Prof Danny Leung

    Assistant Professor, Division of Life Science

    Received the Croucher Innovation Award 2017

  • Prof Peiyuan Qian

    David von Hansemann Professor of Science; Chair Professor, Division of Life Science

    Received the Second-class State Natural Science Award 2016

  • Prof Benzhong Tang

    Stephen Kam Chuen Cheong Professor of Science; Chair Professor, Department of Chemistry

    Recognized as a Highly Cited Researcher 2016 by Thomson Reuters

  • Prof Mingjie Zhang

    Kerry Holdings Professor of Science; Chair Professor, Division of Life Science

    Received the Sing Tao Daily's 2016 Leader of the Year Award in the Education / Professors / Technology and Innovation Category

  • Prof Guanghao Chen

    Chair Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Received the National Innovation Pioneer Award 2017

  • Prof Pascale Fung

    Professor, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering

    Received the 2017 Outstanding Women Professionals and Entrepreneurs Award

  • Prof Guillermo Gallego

    Crown Worldwide Professor of Engineering; Chair Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management

    Awarded the 2016 Impact Prize of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)

  • Prof Mohamed Ghidaoui

    Chinese Estates Professor of Engineering; Chair Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Received a large-scale grant from the RGC Theme-based Research Scheme 5th Round (2015/16) for the proposal of "Smart Urban Water Supply Systems (Smart UWSS)"

  • Prof Kei May Lau

    Fang Professor of Engineering; Chair Professor, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering

    Received the IEEE Photonics Society (IPS) 2017 Aron Kressel Award

  • Prof Charles W W Ng

    CLP Holdings Professor of Sustainability; Chair Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Received a large-scale grant from the RGC Theme-based Research Scheme 5th Round (2015/16) for the proposal of "Understanding Debris Flow Mechanisms and Mitigating Risks for a Sustainable Hong Kong"

  • Prof Fugee Tsung

    Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering and Decision Analytics

    Elected as a 2017 Fellow of American Statistical Association (ASA)

  • Prof Tianshou Zhao

    Cheong Ying Chan Professor of Engineering and Environment; Chair Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

    Recognized as a Highly Cited Researcher 2016 by Thomson Reuters

  • Prof James Thong

    Michael Jebsen Professor of Business; Chair Professor, Department of Information Systems, Business Statistics and Operations Management

    Received the Association for Information Systems (AIS) Fellow Award 2016

  • Prof Cameron Campbell

    Professor, Division of Social Science

    Named as a Changjiang Scholar for 2017-2019

  • Prof Jenny Leigh Smith

    Associate Professor, Division of Humanities

    Honored as an Andrew Carnegie Fellow for 2017-2019

  • Prof Alexis Lau

    Professor, Division of Environment and Sustainability; Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Received a grant award from PRAISE HK - Personal Air Quality Solutions of HSBC 150th Anniversary Charity Program (announced in September 2016)

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