Message from Department Head

Welcome to the Department of Mechanical Engineering! We boast ourselves as one of the first academic disciplines of HKU, since the University’s first academic staff member appointed in 1912, Prof. C.A. Middleton Smith (first Dean and Taikoo Professor of Engineering), was a mechanical engineer by qualification. Under his influence, the earliest engineering curriculum in Hong Kong had a strong emphasis in mechanical engineering. The Degree Honours classification system, which is widely adopted in Hong Kong nowadays, was introduced for the first batch of HKU Engineering graduates in 1916, and similarly, the concept of professional accreditation was introduced to Hong Kong through HKU’s Mechanical Engineering programme, when it gained a fully accredited status from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in the 1930's.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering was formally established in c.a. 1960. Over the years, HKU Mechanical Engineering graduates have been making impact to Hong Kong in many fronts. We have trained generations of professional engineers who have helped build the infrastructure of Hong Kong during the past century, highly successful entrepreneurs who have shaped Hong Kong’s industry, political leaders and government officials who have served and influenced the society in many great ways, and academic leaders who are now occupying high seats in academia. At HKU Mechanical Engineering, we aim at training engineering leaders, not just engineering professionals.

We are particularly proud of our commitment and success in advancing the knowledge boundaries of mechanical engineering. Our research programmes are benchmarked against the highest standards in the world. We have notable strengths in the areas of control theory, advanced structural and functional materials, air pollution and built environment, energy conversion systems, bioengineering, robotics, fluid flow, computational mechanics, and so on.  

I welcome you to explore our curriculum, research expertise and projects, and to join us as students and staff. To be innovative is at our heart in terms of both educating students and research, and we particularly welcome international and industrial collaboration.  

Alfonso Ngan