Alan K.T. Lau Ph.D.

Lau, Alan K.T.
Position Department / Business Unit
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Institution Disciplines
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Engineering
City State / Provence
Hung Hom, Kowloon
Country Website
Hong Kong link
Fax
2365 4703

In 1987, Dr. Lau joined The Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd. (HAECO) as a craft apprentice for 3 ½ years in the aircraft maintenance division.

Afterward, 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 this period, he was working in General Aviation Maintenance Pty. Ltd. Australia and Corporative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structure (CRC-ACS) Australia as Engineer Trainee and Research Assistant, respectively for designing a repair scheme for composite performs. He then received his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2001. Thereafter, he was appointed as Assistant Professor and then promoted to Associate Professor in 2002 and 2005, respectively. Currently, he is also an Adjunct Professor of the University of New Orleans, USA and Ocean University of China, China.

Based on his outstanding research performance in the fields of advanced composites, FRP for infrastructure applications, smart materials and structures and nano-materials, he has received numerous awards which include 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) and Award for Outstanding Research in Nanocomposites for Space Applications, USA (2006). As his age of 33, due to his significant contribution to the field of science and engineering, he was elected as Member of European Academy of Sciences with the citation “for profound contributions to materials science and fundamental developments in the field of composite materials” in 2002.

Dr. Lau has published over 150 scientific and engineering articles and his publications have been cited over 300 times to date. He has also successfully converted his research findings into real-life practical tools and therefore a total of 4 patents have been granted to him. Since 2002, Dr. Lau has conducted more than 30 industrial-based consultancy projects with different governmental agencies and private sectors. Besides, he has also been handling many industrial-based collaborative projects, which assist the local small and medium sized enterprise (SME) transformation. He has also been actively organizing different local and international activities for the industry. Currently, he has been serving more than 40 local and international professional bodies as Chairman, Committee Member, Editor and Key Officer to promote the engineering profession to the public. Currently, Dr. Lau has been elected as Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIEAust).

Education

Doctor of Philosophy, 2001, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Master of Engineering, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, 1996; Bachelor of Engineering, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, 1995

Career Highlights

05/05 - Present Associate Professor The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
10/06 - 10/09 Adjunct Professor Ocean University of China, China.
05/03 - 05/07 Adjunct Professor University of New Orleans, USA.
09/02 - 05/05 Assistant Professor The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
04/01 - 08/02 Research Fellow The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
09/00 - 04/01 Research Assistant The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
09/99 - 07/01 Part-time Lecture Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education.
06/97 - 09/97 Engineering Designer PolyU Technology & Consultancy Company Limited.
01/97 - 06/97 Mechanical Engineer Dynaweld Limited (Hong Kong).
1996-1997 Research Assistant Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures (CRC-ACS) Australia
1995-1996 Engineer Trainee General Aviation Maintenance Pty. Ltd. Australia.
1987-1990 Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company.

Awards

• 2006: Award for Outstanding Research in the field of “Nanocomposites for Space Applications”, presented in the Fourteenth International Conference of Composites/Nano Engineering. July, Colorado USA.
• 2005: Outstanding Award - Faculty Award in Research and Scholarly Activities 2005.
• 2004: Young Engineer of the Year Award 2004, presented by The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) ~ Link.
• 2003: Elected as a member of European Academy of Sciences.
• 2002: Young Scientist Award 2002, Award in Engineering Science, presented by The Institute of Science ~ Link.
• 2001: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award.
• 2000: The Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship Award.
• 1998: The Best Paper Award on Materials in 1998, The Hong Kong Institute of Engineers (HKIE).

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