Prof. Alan Lau
Bio: In 1987, Dr Lau joined the Hong Kong
Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd (HAECO) where he was employed as a craft
apprentice in the aircraft maintenance division for 4 years. He received his
Bachelor and Master degrees of Engineering in Aerospace Engineering from the
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University, Australia) in 1996 and
1997, respectively. Within that period, he also worked for General Aviation
Maintenance Pty Ltd, Australia, as an Engineer Trainee, and for the Corporative
Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures (CRC-ACS) Australia, as a
Research Assistant designing a repair scheme for composite performs. He received
his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in
2001. Thereafter, he was appointed Assistant Professor in 2002 and promoted to
Associate Professor and Full Professor in 2005 and 2010, respectively. In 2013,
he was appointed as Associate Dean (Industrial Relations) of the Faculty of
Engineering and Alex Wong/Gigi Wong Endowed Professor in Product Design
Based on his outstanding research performance in the fields of advanced composites, FRP for infrastructure applications, smart structures and nano-materials, he has received numerous awards (for both research and teaching) including: The Best Paper Awards on Materials (1998), The Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship Award (2000), Young Scientist Award (2002), Young Engineer of the Year Award (2004), Faculty Outstanding Award for Research and Scholarly Activities (2005), Award for Outstanding Research in Nanocomposites for Space Applications, USA (2006), Chemical Physics Letters, Most Cited Paper 2003- 2007 Award, President Award in Teaching 2008, Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology at the 20th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, USA (2009). He is also the Winner of the Ernest L. Boyer International Award for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology, in the same Conference (the first scholar outside the United States to receive this honour) and the Most Cited Paper Awards in Composites Part B: Engineering (issued by Elsevier Science). In 2011, Dr. Lau received the Outstanding International Researcher Award and the Outstanding International Research Leader Award from the International Association of Multidisciplinary Research (IAMR). This marks the first time that anyone has received both the awards making his achievement quite exceptional. In 2013, he was also awarded The University Grant Committee (UGC) Award for Teaching Excellence.
Due to his significant contribution to the field of science and engineering, he was elected as a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences in 2007, with the citation “For profound contributions to materials science and fundamental developments in the field of composite materials”, and was the first scholar in Hong Kong to receive this honor. In 2016, he was also elected as a Fellow of European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Three of his articles published in Composites Part B: Engineering; Composites Science and Technology; and Chemical Physics Letters were ranked in the TOP 1% MOST CITED ARTICLES within their field in 2006 and 2007, according to Essential Science IndicatorsSM. Six of his papers have been ranked among the top 25 hottest articles in Composites Part B: Engineering, issued by ScienceDirect, Elsevier (two of them were ranked No. 1 in 2007). Since 2002, Dr Lau has edited 5 books and published over 260 scientific and engineering articles and his publications have been cited over 4900 times with an h-index of 34 (Google citation 12,000 with the h-index of 52). Dr. Lau has also actively participated in many consultancy works with the industry. The scope of his works have mainly focused on failure analyses on different engineering systems.
Prof. Hongqi Sun
Bio: Dr. Sun became a Full Professor of Chemical Engineering at ECU in November 2017. Before he joined ECU in 2016 as an Associate Professor through the campaign of Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Research Fellowship, he had worked at Curtin University for over seven years, beginning with a Research Fellow position (2009) to Curtin Research Fellow (2013) and then to Senior Research Fellow (2015). He remains an Adjunct Professor of Curtin University. His research focuses on synthesis of nanostructured catalyst materials, such as shape-controlled metals or oxides, nanocarbons, arrays and quantum dots for solar energy utilization and environmental remediation. So far he has published over 160 refereed journal papers and received over 8200 citations and achieved an h-index of 55 (Data from Google Scholar in October 2018). He has also secured over three million dollars funding including three ARC discovery projects, four CRC projects and two fellowships. He serves as an Associate Editor of RSC Advances and Journal of Advanced Oxidation Technologies, assessor of ARC, committee member of international conferences, and referee of international journals.