Ir Toni ZEN - Young Engineer of the Year Award 2003

Ir Toni Zen has a Master’s Degrees in Civil Engineering (Traffic Engineering), Law, Business Administration and Financial Analysis, and has actively participated in developing the typical Traffic Control and Surveillance System (TCSS) that has been adopted on several open highways in Hong Kong. She is one of the founding Council Members of Intelligent Transport Systems - Hong Kong.

Ir Zen is also a volunteer and provides extra-curricular activities and counselling for children from underprivileged families in Hong Kong and in mountainous areas in China through Revitalized Hearts, a charity she set up. These activities aim at enhancing multiple intelligence development and self-learning capabilities among the participants to promote their healthy personal development. Ir Zen has also been a voluntary worker with Sowers Action for years. This group helps improve the schooling conditions and safety of poor children living in mountain areas by reconstructing schools and direct subsidies.

Ir Prof Alan LAU - Young Engineer of the Year Award 2004

Ir Prof Alan Lau is currently the Alex Wong/Gigi Wong Endowed Professor in Product Design Engineering and Associate Dean of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Rising from being a simple technical apprentice to becoming a sales engineer, Ir Prof Lau always followed a path of continuous learning. After being recognised as the professional engineer, Ir Prof Lau put much effort into his doctoral research. He is eager to share his professional knowledge and experience through teaching and organising talks and seminars to help young people broaden their horizons.

Ir Prof Lau has also been involved in organising many local and international conferences. He is also the Chairman of the 1st International Conference on Multifunctional Materials and Structures. His professional achievements have been recognised by his election to the membership of the European Academy of Sciences in 2007. Apart from his academic achievement, he has also been working hard to seek industrial funding to support his university’s teaching activities. Since 2006, he has received over HK$4 million from the industry to organise out-of-classroom activities for engineering students.

Ir Raymond POON - Young Engineer of the Year Award 2005

Ir Raymond Poon is the Chief Engineer of the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department, of the Government of the HKSAR, and has put much effort into crossing disciplinary boundaries. His dedication to both biomedical and electronics engineering works have led to his remarkable achievements in improving the quality of public healthcare services. Ir Poon received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Civil Service Bureau for his selfless dedication to the fight against SARS. He was a core member of the on-site support team for engineering services and life-support equipment at Princess Margaret Hospital and the Hospital Authority Head Office during the SARS outbreak period.

Ir Poon was one of the founding officers in establishing the Hong Kong Branch of the Chinese Institute of Electronics with an aim of facilitating communication between the local professionals and the Mainland engineers. He has also been involved in organising local and international seminars and conferences.

Ir Jenny YEUNG - Young Engineer of the Year Award 2006

Ir Jenny Yeung is the first and only female to take up the post of Chief Geotechnical Engineer in the Government of the HKSAR. About 20 years ago, she was the first female to graduate with a BEng from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She joined the Government right after graduation and obtained three further professional qualifications in the Civil, Structural and Geotechnical Engineering Disciplines. She is dedicated to serving the community through her engineering skills. Striving for professional excellence, she acquired the British Chevening Scholarship in 2001 and completed her MPhil study at the University of Cambridge with a research under the guidance of an internationally renowned geotechnical expert. Academically, she has been a delegate to various international conferences and is the author of several award-winning papers. She was seconded to the Development Bureau of the Government for more than four years, where she was responsible for coordinating major infrastructure projects in Hong Kong, and particularly for pressing ahead with cavern and underground space development. Ir Yeung was elected a Member of the Hong Kong Election Committee (Engineering Subsector) in 2011. She was awarded the Secretary for the Civil Service’s Commendation in 2012 in recognition of her outstanding service to the Government and the public. 

Ir Yeung has been an active member of The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers for more than 20 years, during which she has taken up various key posts, including that of Executive Member. She is also currently a Council Member of the HKIE, serving on a variety of Committees and giving advice on various aspects of institutional affairs. She was awarded the “Trainee of the Year” and “Young Engineer of the Year” in 1997 and 2006 respectively. Ir Yeung also devotes herself to community service in Hong Kong and on the Mainland. She has actively took part in a school reconstruction and caring project after the 5•12 Sichuan Earthquake.

Ir Carmen AU - Young Engineer of the Year Award 2007

Ir Carmen Au graduated from The University of Hong Kong, with a first class honours degree in Civil & Structural Engineering, and has been working in large-scale multi-disciplinary infrastructure projects around the globe. She specialises in transportation and aviation projects. Project locations outside Hong Kong include North America, Japan, Northern Mariana Islands, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan etc. She relocated to the North American office in late 2013. Striving for continuous learning in her engineering profession, Ir Au was conferred with a distinction in her Master of Science degree.

Ir Au has made commendable contributions through her involvement in engineering and community affairs. She is one of the founding members of the China Care Fund, an organisation that reconstructs broken school buildings and provides educational assistance to students in poverty stricken villages and remote mountainous regions in the Mainland. Ir Au has also devoted herself to the alumni association for young engineers by organising career talks, graduate mentorship scheme and overseas field trips. She is eager to share her professional knowledge and experience with youngsters to help broaden their horizons. In recognition of her professional volunteer service, Ir Au was selected for the HKIE Grand Leadership Award 2010.

Ir Dr Albert KO - Young Engineer of the Year Award 2008

Ir Dr Albert Ko is an engineer, educator, humanitarian worker and an entrepreneur. His research focuses on artificial intelligence and search and rescue robots. He is a co-founder of INSIGHT Robotics, one of the most successful robotics companies in Hong Kong, which specialises in safeguarding natural resources and infrastructures through intelligent threat detection robots. The company was named Global Entrepreneur of the Year by IBM in 2015.

Outside the laboratory, Ir Dr Ko is an experienced humanitarian relief worker. He was the first Hong Kong engineer to join Médecins Sans Frontières’ field missions in 2000. He volunteered to work in South Sudan during the South Sudanese Civil War, Uzbekistan during 911, Indonesia during the South Asia Tsunami, Pakistan during the Kashmir earthquake, and in Sichuan during the Wenchuan earthquake. He also served as a board member and an advisor for major international relief organisations, including Médecins Sans Frontières and the Hong Kong Red Cross. Throughout his career, he has travelled to over 100 cities in 25 countries.

Ir Dr Ko is keen on promoting volunteerism and global citizenship to the younger generation. He joined The University of Hong Kong (HKU) in 2006 and is concurrently the Director of the Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre and Deputy Master of Chi Sun College of HKU. His awards include Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award 2007, the Hong Kong Humanity Award 2008, Outstanding Volunteer Awards 2008 and the Hong Kong Spirit Ambassadors 2010.

Ir Crystal HO - Young Engineer of the Year Award 2009

Ir Crystal Ho graduated with Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Environmental Engineering from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and is now working as a Design Management Engineer II – Civil in the MTR Corporation Limited. Ir Ho has made commendable contributions as an engineer through her involvement in engineering and community affairs. She was the Chairman of the Young Members Committee of the HKIE in Session 2008/2009, and led a group of 18 committee members to promulgate activities of a technical and social nature for other young engineers. She has participated in the HKIE School Ambassadors Programme to provide the younger generation with an early and better understanding of the engineering industry. As an School Ambassador, she coordinated the presentation materials for the “Hong Kong People Engineering Wonders” and “Engineering a Sustainable Hong Kong” presentations for school talks.

Ir Ho is a team leader in the Working Group to Yunnan province on the Mainland. She was actively involved in conducting site inspection for broken school buildings in remote mountainous regions. She also plays an active role in the 5·12 Sichuan rebuilding projects and has collaborated with other young engineers to form the “5·12 Young Engineers Alliance” to provide assistance in relief and reconstruction work in Sichuan.

Ir Mandy LEUNG - Young Engineer of the Year Award 2010

Ir Mandy Leung is the Deputy Director – Network Development of CLP Power Hong Kong Limited, where she oversees the design and implementation of transmission network projects in major areas of Hong Kong. Ir Leung is an Electrical Engineer by training and has held responsible posts across a wide range of strategic planning and regulatory functions including the development of environmental compliance strategies and renewable energy policies for the Company. Ir Leung graduated with Bachelor and Master degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from The University of Hong Kong, and is also a holder of business administration and law degrees. She is now the Chairman for the HKIE Women in Engineering Group and is also the representative of the HKIE in the World Federation of Engineering Organization (WFEO) Women in Engineering Committee.

Ir Leung has also served the community and nurtured the younger generation through various mentoring programmes. She had served as a mentor of the Path Builders Mentorship Programme as well as for the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong.

Ir Harry LEE – Young Engineer of the Year Award 2011

Ir Harry Lee graduated from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) with Bachelor and Master Degrees, in Chemical Engineering, and is now a Principal Engineer at Black & Veatch Hong Kong Limited. He is the Engineering Manager for the desalination plant project at Tseung Kwan O, utilising sea water reverse osmosis (SWRO) technologies to provide an alternative, drought-proof source of clean water for Hong Kong in the years to come.

Ir Lee utilised his chemical engineering expertise and project management experience to successfully deliver many environmental and engineering studies. Among these were the Hong Kong pilot desalination plant, the reclaimed water demonstration plant in the North District, the Tai Po Water Treatment Works Stream II expansion, and the Harbour Area Treatment Scheme (HATS) Stage 2A upgrading works - all of which aspired to provide a cleaner water environment and more responsible use of water. Beyond Hong Kong, Ir Lee has also been invited to work on various water projects in Singapore, the Maldives, and the Philippines to improve the water supply for local communities.

Ir Lee is keen on serving the Engineering Industry. He has served in the HKIE Chemical Discipline Advisory Panel for many years. As a registered mentor with the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), he is actively involved in various training and mentoring programmes to help enlighten and nurture junior engineers with his own experience.

Ir Leo CHAN – Young Engineer of the Year Award 2012

Ir Leo Chan has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Engineering from the University of British Columbia, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Bradford and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from The University of Hong Kong. As an information engineer by training, Ir Chan currently heads the Quality Sub-division of the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD). A key duty of Ir Chan is to introduce innovative technology into the operation of the Department through collaboration with industry partners.

Ir Chan is committed to serving the HKIE and the community. He was the Chairman of the HKIE Young Members Committee in 2009/2010 and was also a Grand Leadership Award winner under the HKIE Volunteers Service Accreditation Programme. Throughout the years, Ir Chan has organised many learned society functions to foster better connections with both local and overseas young professionals in different countries.

Ir Chan is the Honorary Secretary of the Hong Kong Association of Energy Engineers and a Committee Member of the HKIE Information Technology Division. He is also a mentor for the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong and the Honorary Secretary of the Engineering Forum.

Ir Dr Johnny CHEUK – Young Engineer of the Year Award 2013

Ir Dr Johnny Cheuk received his BEng (Civil and Structural Engineering) and MPhil (Civil Engineering) from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 1999 and 2001, respectively. He also obtained a PhD in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Cambridge in 2005. As an Executive Director of AECOM, Ir Dr Cheuk handles a wide spectrum of geotechnical projects for public and private clients. Given his expertise in geotechnics, Ir Dr Cheuk is often engaged in technically demanding projects. A good example is his study of the performance of soil nails in loose fill slopes which was conducted for the Geotechnical Engineering Office of the Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD). Being an advocate of geotechnical engineering, Ir Dr Cheuk has published over 50 technical articles and won numerous international awards, including the Tan Swan Beng Best Paper Award of the Southeast Asian Geotechnical Society, the R.M. Quigley Honourable Mention of the Canadian Geotechnical Society and the British Geotechnical Association (BGA) Medal.

Ir Dr Cheuk is committed to serving the HKIE and the community. He was a Committee Member of the HKIE Geotechnical Division in 2014/2015 and is currently the Secretary General of the Hong Kong Geotechnical Society. He has been involved in part-time research supervision and has also taught at various local universities since graduation. He is now an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering of The University of Hong Kong.

Ir Bryan SO – Young Engineer of the Year Award 2014

Ir Bryan So received his BEng (Major in Mechanical and Automation Engineering, Minor in Computer Science) from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2001 and his MSc (Industrial Engineering and Industrial Management) from The University of Hong Kong in 2006.

As a pioneer in biomedical engineering technology development, he developed a numerically controlled, user-centric 3D dental prostheses design and manufacturing system, which is the first of its kind. As a Principal Consultant at the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC), Ir So has extensive professional experience in government-funded and consultancy projects, new product development and the regulation of medical devices. Given his expertise for medical device regulations, Ir So developed the local pilot schemes of medical device risk management systems and medical device good distribution practice. Ir So’s skill in solving medical problems through innovative engineering solutions won him the HKIE Innovation Awards for Young Members 2014 - Grand Prize (Category I). He has also received the HKPC Most Valuable Person Award and HKPC Outstanding Supervisor Award.

Ir Dr Ken CHAN – Young Engineer of the Year Award 2015

Ir Dr Ken Chan received his BEng (Electrical Energy System Engineering) and MSc (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) from the University of Hong Kong in 2003 and 2005 respectively. He also obtained a PhD in Construction Management from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2016, His research focused on the implementation of the partnering concept in Hong Kong for enhancing engineering project performance.

Ir Dr Chan began his engineering career as a graduate trainee at CLP Power Hong Kong Ltd (CLP) in 2003. As an Engineer I in CLP, Ir Dr Chan leads a team of engineers to implement distribution network projects in Lantau, Peng Chau and Cheung Chau, to provide a reliable and timely electricity supply to major infrastructure and residential developments in these areas. He advocates adopting an innovative approach and cross-disciplinary collaboration to cope with engineering challenges. One example is his innovative proposal for combining the procedures of civil construction and electrical installations during the construction of an earth mat, a facility that can protect power systems. This innovative proposal won him a Certificate of Merit in the HKIE Innovation Awards for Young Members 2009. Over the last decade, Ir Dr Chan has assumed an active role in promoting engineering to the younger generation and the general public, as well as being committed to serving the HKIE and the community. He is keen on encouraging young professionals to get involved in community affairs and social issues for the betterment of Hong Kong. To that end, Ir Dr Chan has initiated various discussions between policymakers and young professionals.

Ir Dr Philip PONG – Young Engineer of the Year Award 2016

Ir Dr Pong received the Stephen Kam Chuen Cheong Memorial Scholarship for his bachelor studies in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Hong Kong (HKU), where he graduated with first class honours. He then received the Cambridge Overseas Trust Scholarship and the Overseas Research Students Award of the United Kingdom, which enabled him to pursue a PhD in engineering at the University of Cambridge. He is now an Associate Professor at the HKU’s Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He strives to provide his students with an outstanding engineering education and has received the HKU’s Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award.

Ir Dr Pong is committed to serving the HKIE and the community. He is a Committee Member of the HKIE Electronics Division and a HKIE School Ambassador. He serves on a number of government committees under the Education Bureau and Development Bureau and he led engineering undergraduates on the 5.12 Sichuan Post-Earthquake School Reconstruction Project. He actively engages with the global engineering community and is the Founding Chairman of the IEEE Magnetics Society – Hong Kong Chapter.

Ir Stanley Siu – Young Engineer of the Year Award 2017

Ir Stanley Siu received his BEng (Medical Engineering) and his MPhil (Biomedical Engineering) from The University of Hong Kong. As a biomedical engineer in the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD), Ir Siu strives to enhance the quality of public healthcare services through innovative engineering solutions. His contributions include the introduction of digital dental radiography to public dental services and the development of a certification course for biomedical technicians. His outstanding performance was recognised with the EMSD Director’s Commendation twice between 2015 and 2017.

Ir Siu is committed to serving the HKIE and the engineering profession. He has organised many professional events and has volunteered for the World Health Organisation and Asian Harmonisation Working Party on the dissemination and harmonisation of medical technologies. Ir Siu is also devoted to community service, and has served on the Steering Committee of the “Growing Partner” mentorship scheme under The Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong. He is also a volunteer with the Association for Engineering and Medical Volunteer Services and is the Deputy District Rotaract Representative (2010/2011) of the Rotary International District 3450. In addition, he teaches at local universities with biomedical engineering programmes as a visiting lecturer.