HKUST Postgraduate Programs 2024-25 seng.hkust.edu.hk School of ENGINEERING
Welcome 2 School Profile 3 Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering 4 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 6 Department of Computer Science and Engineering 8 Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering 12 Department of Industrial Engineering and 16 Decision Analytics Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 18 Bioengineering Program Office 22 Environmental Engineering Program Office 24 Energy Technology Concentration 26 Nanotechnology Concentration 28 Scientific Computation Concentration 30 Submit Your Application 32 Contents
Welcome 2 The School of Engineering is ideally positioned to be a transforming school that aspires to reach new heights and produce breakthroughs and impacts on a world scale for tackling grand challenges. We seek to be a center of excellence and world leader in engineering education innovation and research. Our postgraduate programs are designed to ensure that students have a solid grounding in discipline-based expertise and a holistic learning experience. Our wide collaboration network with world-class universities and industry on the study programs, accompanied by our diversified learning cultures, offers an exhilarating and inspiring environment for nurturing next-generation engineering leaders. Our culture of collaborative teams and dynamic research themes fosters the free flow of innovative ideas across disciplines and results in exciting discoveries and technology solutions contributing to major global issues facing mankind. Academic reputation is just one of the reasons why high calibre postgraduate students should choose the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Being a young university with 30 years of history, HKUST is ranked 26th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Engineering and Technology 2023, enjoying the top ranking of No.1 in Hong Kong, which reinforces our standing as a leading academic force. Our research achievement is another key factor that brings us to among the world’s best. With talented and diverse faculty members demonstrating excellence in both education and research, the School of Engineering is committed to advancing science and technology for the betterment of humanity. We are particularly aware of our social responsibility. Therefore, we are initiating various research projects of social significance in Energy and Sustainability, Smart Green Cities, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Big Data, Nanotech, Scientific Computation, and more. HKUST School of Engineering will see no limit to its achievement. We see bright and promising future as we are the one to engineer it. Welcome to a world-class school. Prof. Hong Kam LO Dean of Engineering
12th 26th Largest School within HKUST 35%HKUST Postgraduate Students from 40+Nationalities Strong Partnership with World-Class Institutions and Industry QS Asian University Rankings 2023 (Engineering and Technology) in Hong Kong Research Assessment Exercise THE World University Rankings 2023 (Engineering and Technology) 87% World Leading & Internationally Excellent 3 SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
School of SCIENCE 4 Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering Research Foci Chemical and Biological Engineering is a highly diversified engineering and science discipline. The Department’s research can be classified into five major areas: Facilities The Department has state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation, including a high-performance liquid chromatograph, gas chromatographs with a mass selective detector, flame ionization detector, inductively coupled plasma spectrometer, organic carbon analyzer, UV/ visible spectrophotometer, Raman and FTIR spectrometers, differential scanning calorimeter, capillary rheometer and universal testing machine. In addition, each area of research has specific facilities available to it. The University’s central facilities provide relevant supports, including an electronic support shop, instrumentation pool, machine shop and the Design and Manufacturing Services Facility. There are also advanced computing facilities, including a massive parallel processing computer. Product and Process Design Design optimization, smart manufacturing, big data, artificial intelligence, chemical processes, biochemical processes, environmental fate and transport, and surface phenomena and effects. The design of high value-added products, such as, food additives and pharmaceuticals, is also an active research area. Synthetic Biology The core of synthetic biology lies in the systematic design and engineering of biological components or systems with desirable functions. By harnessing the potential of living organisms, synthetic biology aims to create sustainable solutions for a wide range of applications, from healthcare and environmental remediation to energy production and novel materials. Advanced Materials Nanomaterials, graphene, 2D materials, zeolites, novel polymers, polymer composites, DNA self-assembly process, polymer interfaces and surfaces as well as polymer/ cereamic membranes. In-depth studies are being carried out in: nanomaterial synthesis and characterization, rheology, non-Newtonian flow, heat and mass transport, and process control associated with the injection-molding process. Biomolecular Engineering Molecular-level design and engineering of naturederived and artificial materials for regenerative medicine, drug deliveries and therapeutics, novel sensing strategies and diagnostic platform for point of care, synthetic and systems biology, omics technology and bioinformatics. Energy Technologies Energy storage and conversion technologies including fuel cells, advanced batteries, solar cells, electrolyzers, and supercapacitors. Main research activities include optimization of energy systems, development of advanced materials and critical components, understanding reaction mechanisms, and modelling/ simulation. Environmental Engineering Air pollution formation and abatement, deodorization of indoor air, catalytic and advanced oxidation, electrocoagulation and electrooxidation, advanced methods for wastewater treatment, hazardous wastes and micro-contamination, waste minimization and cleaner technologies. cbe.hkust.edu.hk
5 Enquiries MPhil and PhD Programs firstname.lastname@example.org T: (852) 2358 7150 MSc in Biomolecular Engineering and email@example.com T: (852) 2358 5771 Health Informatics MSc in Chemical and Energy Engineering firstname.lastname@example.org T: (852) 2358 5771 Master of Philosophy in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering The MPhil program aims to strengthen students’ fundamental knowledge of Chemical Engineering, with specialization in the areas of chemical processing, materials, environment, energy and bioengineering. Students will be exposed to relevant issues involved in the scientific research, technology development and commercial applications in the field. A candidate for an MPhil degree is expected to demonstrate knowledge in the discipline and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making a contribution to the field. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering The PhD program aims to instill in students the skills needed to identify research issues in Chemical Engineering, formulate an original research plan, and develop creative and innovative solutions that address the research issue. A candidate for a PhD degree is expected to demonstrate mastery of knowledge in the chosen discipline and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making an original and substantial contribution to the discipline. Research Postgraduate Programs Taught Postgraduate Programs PhD MPhil Master of Science in Biomolecular Engineering and Health Informatics The program equips students with the knowledge and skills in biomolecular engineering and data analytics so that students will be uniquely prepared for career opportunities in local and regional industries in pharmaceuticals, biomedical devices, diagnostics, biotechnology, and healthcare in general. Furthermore, the program stimulates curiosity and interest in emerging fields, which can provide a foundation for research initiatives and entrepreneurship. seng.hkust.edu.hk/msc/behi MSc Master of Science in Chemical and Energy Engineering The MSc program is designed for students who wish to acquire an in-depth understanding of a particular area of chemical and energy engineering while strengthening their overall knowledge at an advanced level. It provides students with updated knowledge on chemical process principles, energy harvesting technology, energy storage device, energy conversion techniques, and power plant technology. seng.hkust.edu.hk/msc/cee MSc
School of SCIENCE 6 Slope Safety in Changing Climate Slope failure mechanisms, multi-scale numerical methods, green risk mitigation measures, AI assisted monitoring system, landslide risk analysis and management, and landslide early warning. Green Building and Intelligent Construction Materials Green building design standards, eco-friendly materials and technologies, cement-based functional materials, recycling of construction materials, green retrofit and renovation technologies, optimization of energy and water usage, and nanotechnology in concrete design. Environmental, Water Resources and Energy Studies Innovative physical, chemical and biological water and wastewater treatment processes, environmental quality management, remediation of contaminated soils and groundwater, mixing and transport phenomena of pollutants in natural and man-made systems, water resources management and engineering, stochastic optimization of water quality and resources and environmental fluid mechanics. Climate change modelling, carbon zero, decarbonization, energy harvesting, and clean energy. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Research Foci GREAT Smart Cities One major research focus is on GREAT Smart Cities. The acronym GREAT stands for: • Green: cities planned with due considerations for life-cycle environmental impacts, natural resources consumption (e.g. air, water, energy, materials) and wastes generation and treatment. • Resilient: cities developed with infrastructure capacities and system redundancies to manage disruptions without severely affecting their essential functioning. • Empowering: cities designed for people, empowering well-being, efficiency, innovation, and productive partnerships. • Adaptable: cities designed with their infrastructure and systems adaptable to changes in new technology (e.g. autonomous vehicles) and global warming. • Transformative: cities designed for empowering their institutions and citizens to define and reposition their growth directions and strategies. Our objectives are to develop and apply smart tools for the context of GREAT infrastructure planning and development. Through the establishment of a broad platform for developing large-scale projects and interdisciplinary collaborations, jointly we will do GREAT things for future cities. Next Generation Infrastructure Building information modelling (BIM), modular structures, robotically constructed and 3D printed structures, green bio-composite structures, sensors and smart structures for resilience, smart and sustainable built environment, building-system design and analysis, monitoring and analysis of highway bridges, wind and seismic engineering, geotechnical engineering, transportation system modeling and operation, integrated risk and reliability assessment, and infrastructure system enhancement. www.ce.ust.hk
7 PGD MSc Enquiries MPhil and PhD Programs email@example.com T: (852) 2358 8848 PGD/MSc Programs firstname.lastname@example.org T: (852) 2358 8985 Facilities The Department supports an excellent range of facilities comprising laboratories for structural engineering, construction materials, geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, fluid mechanics, intelligent transportation systems, computation, and surveying. All are equipped to the highest standards with advanced instrumentation available. The Geotechnical Centrifuge Facility is equipped with a 400 g-ton beam centrifuge with hydraulic biaxial shaking table and a 4-axis robotic manipulator, as well as a newly installed 870 g-ton drum centrifuge. The Aerodynamics and Acoustics Facility houses an advanced 2.5m x 2m low-noise wind tunnel. Master of Philosophy in Civil Engineering The MPhil program focuses on strengthening students’ knowledge in certain areas of Civil Engineering and exposing them to the issues involved in the conception, design, construction, maintenance, and use of structures and facilities. A candidate for an MPhil degree is expected to demonstrate knowledge in the discipline and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making a contribution to the field. Postgraduate Diploma/ Master of Science in Civil Infrastructural Engineering and Management The PGD/MSc programs offer advanced civil engineering and management courses for engineering graduates who wish to strengthen their knowledge and prepare for advanced engineering practices with management responsibilities. The programs are designed with flexibility to meet the students’ needs at different stages of their careers. Students are given the option to complete a concentration in a selected sub-area, or cover a broad base by taking courses from different areas. Another essential component of the MSc program is an independent project supervised by a faculty member. This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the academic requirement for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). To hold accredited qualifications for CEng registration, candidates must also hold a Bachelor (Hons) degree that has been accredited as partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). See www.jbm.org.uk for more information. seng.hkust.edu.hk/msc/ciem Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering The PhD program aims at developing the skills needed to identify issues related to Civil Engineering and the ability to formulate and propose solutions to a problem in an independent manner. A candidate for a PhD degree is expected to demonstrate mastery of knowledge in the chosen discipline and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making an original and substantial contribution to the discipline. Research Postgraduate Programs Taught Postgraduate Programs PhD MPhil
School of SCIENCE 8 Artificial Intelligence (AI) Artificial intelligence research focuses on studying and developing methods to understand and perform tasks that typically require human intelligence. AI encompasses a very wide range of techniques and approaches, which include machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, knowledge representation, computer vision, robotics, and expert systems. • Artificial Intelligence Machine learning, data mining and pattern recognition, knowledge representation and reasoning, robotics and sensorbased activity recognition, multi-agent and game theory, and speech and language processing. • Vision and Graphics Computer vision, computer graphics, medical image analysis, biometric systems, and video processing. Data Science (DS) Data Science research focuses on using statistical and computational methods to extract insights and knowledge from data. It encompasses several areas of research within our department, including databases, human-computer interaction, visualization, and theoretical computer science. • Data, Knowledge and Information Management Large-scale data management, modeling and distribution encompassing web query processing, information retrieval and web search, data mining, enterprise systems, high-performance data management systems on modern computers, and database support for science applications. • Human-Computer Interaction Extended reality, multimodal interaction, crowdsourcing, multimodal communication, affective computing, visual analytics of big data, intelligent interface for robots and intelligent agents, e-learning, healthcare, e-commerce, and computational design. • Theoretical Computer Science Design and analysis of algorithms, data structures, computational geometry, information theory, coding theory, cryptography, and database theory. Research Foci Department of Computer Science and Engineering cse.hkust.edu.hk Research of Department of Computer Science and Engineering is organized into three major themes: Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, and Systems. Each theme has its own set of research goals and challenges. While our research areas are categorized into one of these themes, many reflect a diverse range of sub-topics and practical applications, which can often straddle these boundaries.
9 Systems (SY) Computer systems research tackles challenges in the design and implementation software and hardware methods to perform specific tasks or functions. It often involves the development of hardware and software technologies that can be used to solve complex problems. This theme encompasses cybersecurity, networking, cloud computing, mobile systems, software engineering and programming languages. • Cybersecurity Cryptography, information security, the interplay between cryptography and coding theory, blockchain security, smart contracts, distributed systems security, applied cryptography, formal verification logics for security hyperproperties, artificial intelligence security, software security, systems security, network security, web security, reverse engineering. • Networking and Computer Systems Pervasive computing and sensor networks, peer-to-peer computing, grid computing, high-performance switches and routers, video delivery and multicasting, multimedia networking, MAC protocols for ad-hoc networks, web cache management, DDOS detection and defense, and resource management and allocation in optical networks. • Software Engineering and Programming Languages Program Analysis and Testing, Empirical Software Engineering and Mining Software Repository, Formal Semantics and Verification, Concurrency and Parallel Programming, Compilers and Program Optimization, Foundations of Software and Type Systems, and Blockchain, Smart Contracts and Decentralized Applications.
10 Facilities The Department has excellent facilities to support its programs and is committed to keeping its computing facilities up-to-date. There are about 700 workstations and PCs, including those in four teaching laboratories, three MS Windows Labs and one Linux lab. The Department also runs several research laboratories with specific facilities, including the computer engineering, database, Human-Computer Interaction Initiative, vision and graphics labs. Specialized project laboratories include: • The HCI lab, has large-sized multi-touch wall display and table linked with various physiological sensors for gesture/ body tracking, and programmable interactive robots; • The Human Language Technology Center, with various corpora and a Linux cluster; • The System and Media Laboratory, partially funded by Deutsche Telekom, focusing mobile computing and any interesting topics related to social network, virtual reality and augmented reality; and • The Networking group that maintains different sets of network cluster interconnected with high speed optical connections for Data center and cloud computing research; and • Different research groups maintain their own CPU/ GPU cluster customized for different research need. In addition, the Department manages a pool of Linux servers as CPU/ GPU cluster for general research projects demanding significant system resources, and acquires a GPU cluster for the whole University. The file servers are connected with one HDS. VPS G200 and one HDS HUS110 Storage Area Network (SAN) system, with a total capacity of more than 150TB. There is also a pool of high performance servers with GPUs and interconnected with 10GbE switches dedicated for undergraduate courses on parallel computing, Big Data analysis and cloud computing. We also have a private cloud infrastructure for teaching and projects.
11 MSc MSc Enquiries MPhil and PhD Programs email@example.com T: (852) 2358 7002 MSc in Big Data Technology firstname.lastname@example.org T: (852) 2358 5773 MSc in Information Technology email@example.com T: (852) 3469 2521 Master of Philosophy in Computer Science and Engineering The MPhil program seeks to strengthen students’ knowledge in computer science and expose them to issues involved in the development, scientific, educational and commercial applications of computer systems. A candidate for an MPhil degree is expected to demonstrate knowledge in the discipline and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making a contribution to the field. Master of Science in Big Data Technology Big data is poised to change the way enterprises function and a society operates, and is changing the way science and engineering is conducted. Jointly offered by the Departments of Computer Science and Engineering and Mathematics, the MSc program integrates different disciplines together to allow students to know all the important aspects of the big data and how it is used in the real world. seng.hkust.edu.hk/msc/bdt Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science and Engineering The PhD program aims to develop the skills needed to identify research issues related to a practical application, to formulate an original research plan that addresses some of those issues, and to independently create a computingrelated solution. A candidate for a PhD degree is expected to demonstrate mastery of knowledge in the chosen discipline and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making an original and substantial contribution to the discipline. Master of Science in Information Technology The MSc program offers courses for those who wish to obtain broad-based and leading-edge skills in Information Technology. The aim is to make its graduates more marketable and also better prepared for more challenging career paths. seng.hkust.edu.hk/msc/it Research Postgraduate Programs Taught Postgraduate Programs PhD MPhil
School of SCIENCE 12 Biomedical Engineering (BME) Medical Imaging, Biomedical Optics and Biophotonics, Neuroengineering, Medical Electronics, Bioinformatics/ Computational Biology, Biosignal Processing, Biomedical Microdevices and BioMEMS. Control and Robotic Systems (CRS) Control and robotic systems theory, optimization theory, detection and estimation, networked sensing and control, and their applications in next-generation industry robots, multi-agent systems, manufacturing automation, aeronautical and aerospace systems, autonomous vehicles, energy systems, intelligent transportation, medical and healthcare systems. Data Science and AI (DSAI) Big Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Speech and Language Processing, Financial Analytics, Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, Neural Engineering, Deep Learning, and Signal Processing. Integrated Circuits and Systems (ICS) All aspects of today’s integrated circuits and systems and system-on-chip as well as embedded systems solutions. This research stream covers Systems-on-Chip, Digital VLSI Design, Analog, Mixed-Signal, and RF Circuits Design, Microwave and Communication Circuits, Bio-circuits, Imaging Sensor, Embedded Systems, FPGA, Reconfigurable Systems, Computer Engineering. Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering Research Foci ece.hkust.edu.hk
13 Microelectronics (mE) Manipulating charges in micro-/nano-structures including Micro-/Nano-electronics, Semiconductor/Novel Materials and Devices, Nanofabrication Technology, Microelectromechanical Systems, Microsystem Integration, and Flexible Electronics. Photonics (Ph) Generating, manipulating and detecting light (photons) for applications including Displays, Optoelectronics, Lasers, Nonlinear Photonics, Nanophotonics, Biophotonics, Silicon Photonics, and Electronic-Photonic Integration. Quantum Engineering (QE) Manipulating quantum systems and quantum information for emerging applications including Quantum Materials, Quantum Devices, Quantum Control, Quantum Sensing and Metrology, Quantum Photonics, and Quantum Simulators. Wireless Communications and Networking (WCN) Wireless Communications, IoT Systems, 6G, Machine Learning, Ambient RF Systems, Edge Computing and Communications, Computer Networking, Visible Light Communications, Coding and Information theory.
14 Facilities There are extensive facilities available to support the Department’s programs. Laboratories for research and teaching encompass: advanced VLSI design and testing analog, automatic-control, biomedical instrumentation, broadband networks, computer networks and system integration, digital electronics and microprocessors, electro-optics, fine-line lithography, integrated power electronics, machine intelligence, optical device characterization, robot manipulation, signal processing and communication and wireless communication. Relevant central facilities, research centers and research institutes include: the Automation Technology Center, Center for Networking, Center for Wireless Information Technology, Multimedia Technology Research Center, Nanosystem Fabrication Facility (CWB), Photonics Technology Center, Semiconductor Product Analysis and Design Enhancement Center. In addition to the University’s central computing facilities, the Department has over 200 Linux/ Solaris workstations and over 900 PCs and Apple computers. Both industrial standard and researchoriented software are used by faculty and students for teaching and research.
15 Enquiries MPhil and PhD Programs firstname.lastname@example.org T: (852) 2358 7040 (852) 2358 7038 MSc Programs T: (852) 2358 6959 MSc in Electronic Engineering email@example.com MSc in IC Design Engineering firstname.lastname@example.org MSc in Telecommunications email@example.com Master of Philosophy in Electronic and Computer Engineering The MPhil program is designed for those interested in pursuing a career in research and development in industry or academia, and is an excellent preparation for a PhD degree. A candidate for an MPhil degree is expected to demonstrate knowledge in the discipline and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making a contribution to the field. Master of Science in Electronic Engineering The MSc program brings students up-to-date with the range of technologies that are increasing the speed at which we can acquire, interpret, and act upon information. Students will master: advances in networking, communication, photonics and display technologies, which improve our access to information; advances in signal processing and pattern recognition, which enable computers to analyze this information automatically; advances in automation and control, which enable rapid reconfiguration of production lines in response to market changes; and the advances in chip design and computer architecture that power these technologies. It is deliberately broad based to provide a balanced view of the state of the art for maximum flexibility. Students may tailor their program to their unique interests. seng.hkust.edu.hk/msc/eleg Doctor of Philosophy in Electronic and Computer Engineering The PhD program caters for those wishing to pursue a career in advanced industrial research and development or university research and teaching. It emphasizes training in original thinking and independent research. A candidate for a PhD degree is expected to demonstrate mastery of knowledge in the chosen discipline and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making an original and substantial contribution to the discipline. Master of Science in IC Design Engineering Integrated circuit (IC) technology has been the principal driver of the electronics industry in the past thirty years. The advancement of integrated electronics from the microscale to the nanoscale is critical to the advancement of information technology for another thirty years to come. seng.hkust.edu.hk/msc/icde Master of Science in Telecommunications The MSc program is designed to equip students with in-depth and up-to-date technical knowledge based on the latest topics in wireless systems, optical networking, broadband multimedia communications, and convergence protocols. seng.hkust.edu.hk/msc/telc Research Postgraduate Programs Taught Postgraduate Programs PhD MPhil MSc MSc MSc
School of SCIENCE 16 Department of Industrial Engineering and Decision Analytics Operations Research and Decision Analytics Stochastic analysis and simulation, optimization (linear, convex, robust, stochastic), statistical and machine learning, game theory, with applications in supply chain management (manufacturing, inventory, and logistics), revenue management, and healthcare management. Financial Engineering and Technology Quantitative finance and stochastic modeling, derivative pricing, investment technology and portfolio management, risk analysis, financial data analysis, cryptocurrency and blockchain analysis, and machine learning in finance. Engineering Management Design and manufacturing, human factors and ergonomics, biomechanics, cognitive decision and functional brain studies, virtual reality, and industry 4.0. Research Foci The Department is well equipped with modern and upto-date laboratories for teaching and research purposes. Relevant central facilities include the Design & Manufacturing Services Facility (DMSF) and High Performance Computing Clusters (HPC). Facilities ieda.ust.hk
17 Enquiries MPhil and PhD Programs firstname.lastname@example.org T: (852) 2358 7100 MSc in Engineering email@example.com T: (852) 2358 6953 Enterprise Management MSc in Financial Technology firstname.lastname@example.org T: (852) 2358 8987 / (852) 2358 6831 Master of Philosophy in Industrial Engineering and Decision Analytics The MPhil program focuses on strengthening students’ knowledge in their chosen area of concentration, and training for engineering research and development. The program is highly suited to individuals who aspire to take a leading technical role in high value-added business organizations. A candidate for an MPhil degree is expected to demonstrate knowledge in the discipline and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making a contribution to the field. Master of Science in Engineering Enterprise Management This unique MSc program is the result of collaboration between the School of Engineering and the School of Business and Management. It is specially designed for professionals with technical backgrounds who wish to launch or further their career in management. The program will provide the knowledge and techniques from line management to middle management, and all the way to global enterprise management. seng.hkust.edu.hk/msc/eem Master of Science in Financial Technology Jointly run by Schools of Business and Management, Engineering and Science, the MSc program draws expertise from areas such as information technology, blockchain, data science, machine learning and decision analytics. It provides students with fundamental knowledge and essential skills relating to popular financial technologies and their engineering and financial principles, thereby enhancing their market competitiveness in the booming field. seng.hkust.edu.hk/msc/fintech Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Engineering and Decision Analytics The PhD program is designed for those interested in pursuing a career in advanced industrial research and development, or university research and teaching. This program emphasizes training in original thinking and independent research. Students can design their program of study to suit their interests and needs. The program should cover a specialized area in industrial engineering and at least one minor area. It also aims at developing students’ skills in identifying issues related to a theoretical problem or a practical application, formulating an original research project that addresses some of the significant issues, and independently creating an effective solution to the problem. A candidate for a PhD degree is expected to demonstrate mastery of knowledge in the chosen discipline and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making an original and substantial contribution to the discipline. Research Postgraduate Programs Taught Postgraduate Programs PhD MPhil MSc MSc
School of SCIENCE 18 Solid Mechanics and Dynamics These are two of the fundamental pillars of Mechanics research. The Department has a diverse faculty with expertise in these fields. Research activities range from applied issues to theoretical problems, and have a marked multidisciplinary nature. They involve: applied mathematics, solid mechanics, nonlinear dynamics, computations, solid state physics, material science and experiments for various kinds of solid materials/ systems and mechanical behaviors. Faculty members work on problems of both static and dynamic natures with different types of evolutions. These problems also involve multi-field coupling on different scales of time and length, from micro-second to long time creep processes and from a very small carbon nanotube or a cell to macroscopic scale composite materials and electro-mechanical devices/ systems. Materials Technology Materials engineering focuses on characterizing and processing new materials, developing processes for controlling their properties and their economical production, generating engineering data necessary for design, and predicting the performance of products. Research topics include: smart materials, biomaterials, thin films, composites, fracture and fatigue, residual life assessment, materials issues in electronic packaging, materials recycling, plastics flow in injection molding, advanced powder processing, desktop manufacturing, and instrumentation and measurement techniques. Energy/ Thermal Fluid and Environment Engineering Research in energy, thermalfluids and environmental engineering includes fuel cells and batteries, advanced renewable energy storage systems, thermoelectric materials and devices, nanoscale heat and mass transfer, transport in multicomponent and multiphase systems, innovative electronics cooling systems, energy efficient buildings, and contaminant transport in indoor environments. Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Research Foci The Department’s research concentrates on energy and environmental engineering, mechanics and materials, mechatronics and manufacturing, and aeronautical engineering. Research covers several major areas: mae.hkust.edu.hk
19 Design and Manufacturing Automation These elements lie at the heart of mechanical engineering in which engineers conceive, design, build, and test innovative solutions to “real world” problems. Research is being conducted in the areas of geometric modeling, intelligent design and manufacturing process optimization, in-process monitoring and control of manufacturing processes, servosystem control, robotics, mechatronics, prime-mover system control, sensor technology and measurement techniques, and bio-medical systems design and manufacturing. Microsystems and Precision Engineering Micro ElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) is a multidisciplinary research field which has been making a great impact on our daily life, including various micro sensors used in personal electronics, transportation, communication, and biomedical diagnostics. Fundamental and applied research work is being conducted in this area. Basic micro/ nanomechanics, such as fluid and solid mechanics, heat transfer and materials problems unique to micro/ nanomechanical systems are studied. New ideas to produce microsystems for energy, biomedicine and nanomaterials, micro sensors and micro actuators are explored. Technology issues related to the micro/ nanofabrication of these devices are being addressed. Aerospace Engineering Aerospace engineering is a major branch of engineering concerned with research, development, manufacture and operation of aircraft and spacecraft. Within the aerospace engineering group, fundamental and applied research is being conducted in areas such as aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, aircxermoacoustics, atomization and sprays, and aircraft design and optimization. Advanced experimental facilities and high-fidelity computational methods are being developed and used. The group boasts two world-class anechoic wind tunnels for aerodynamics and aeroacoustics research, and is home to a major research center on aircraft noise technology.
20 Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering The program aims to equip those who want to enter the aeronautical engineering profession or to enhance the knowledge of those who have already been working in the aeronautical field. The program complements the existing undergraduate and graduate curricula in mechanical and aerospace engineering, allows student to get exposure to the various core aspects of aeronautical engineering and how they are used in real world. seng.hkust.edu.hk/msc/ae Taught Postgraduate Programs MSc Master of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering The MPhil program focuses on strengthening students’ background in the fundamentals of mechanical and aerospace engineering and exposing them to the environment of academic research and development. A candidate for an MPhil degree is expected to demonstrate knowledge in the discipline and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making a contribution to the field. Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering The PhD program aims at equipping the students with the capability of identifying and solving academic and/or real problems creatively. A candidate for a PhD degree is expected to demonstrate mastery of knowledge in the chosen discipline and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making an original and substantial contribution to the discipline. Research Postgraduate Programs PhD MPhil Enquiries MPhil and PhD Programs email@example.com T: (852) 2358 8654 MSc in Aeronautical Engineering firstname.lastname@example.org T: (852) 2358 8987 The Department has well-equipped laboratories for teaching and research activities, include: Automation Lab; Control & Robotics Lab; Laboratory for Energy Storage & Conversion; Manufacturing Lab; Smart Green City Lab; MEMS Lab; Thermal Systems Lab; Complex System Modeling & Design Lab; Aeroacoustic Lab; Aerodynamics Lab; Mechanics & Materials Lab; Aerospace Design & Computational Lab; Sample Preparation Lab; Anechoic Wind Tunnel Lab; Solid Mechanics Lab; Multifunctional Composites & Structures Lab; Combustion Research Lab; Thermo-acoustic Lab; Energy/Environment Technology Lab; Energy Test Facility and Fabrication Shop. Facilities
21 Enquiries MSc in Intelligent Building email@example.com T: (852) 2358 6953 Technology and Management MSc in Mechanical Engineering firstname.lastname@example.org T: (852) 2358 6953 Taught Postgraduate Programs Master of Science in Intelligent Building Technology and Management The MSc program helps enhance the knowledge and competencies of professionals who are engaged in intelligent building projects in modern metropolises such as Hong Kong and major cities in Mainland China. The program aims to contribute toward the sustainability of today’s urban built environment. And it is designed for professionals in the building services industry. They can be mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, building services engineers, civil engineers, architects and other building operation professionals who wish to pursue comprehensive studies in intelligent building design, operation and facilities management. The program is accepted as Top-up Master Degree Program for the Building Services Discipline in the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) for Corporate Membership Admission Requirement. seng.hkust.edu.hk/msc/ibtm MSc Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering The MSc program provides an excellent opportunity for fresh graduates, applied scientists and engineers to pursue an in-depth study at an advanced level in broad-based mechanical engineering disciplines, which is essential to the technological development of industry in Hong Kong and Mainland. Designed to benefit students with a broad range of backgrounds, the MSc program aims to enable them to acquire advanced up-to-date technical knowledge in emerging mechanical engineering fields, which will in turn enhance their skills and knowledge in the design and manufacturing of various electrical, mechanical and thermal systems and their components, as well as in materials technology. seng.hkust.edu.hk/msc/mech MSc
School of SCIENCE 22 Research Foci Facilities The Bioengineering Laboratory provides world-class facilities for research. Advanced equipment is available for bacterial and cell culture, centrifugation separation, protein and DNA manipulation, gene amplification, microscopic analysis, digital imaging and analysis. The Laboratory supports projects on microchip analysis, diagnostic device, tissue engineering, nanobiotechnology, bioproduct processing and bioproduct extraction. Relevant central facilities include the Materials Characterization and Preparation Facility, and the Nanosystem Fabrication Facility (CWB). belab.hkust.edu.hk Biological Information Engineering Investigates issues associated with new computation concepts and tools involved in medical imaging. Research can also be extended to other data-driven areas, such as health analytics, bioinformatics, protein structure prediction, drug design, and systems biology. Synthetic Biology, Bioprocessing and BioProduct Design The technology of synthetic biology, bioprocessing, regulatory, safety and ethical issues involved in biotechnology, and the systematic evolution of production processes using product characteristics to assist in “product-oriented” process design. Biomaterials and BioMEMS The engineering of physical and biological properties of synthetic polymers, metals, ceramics and other materials, and their interaction with blood, soft and hard tissues; and the application of microelectromechanical systems to biological and bioanalytical methods, such as genechips. Quantitative Neuroscience and Neural Engineering Mechanistic understanding of neuroscience from the molecular level (inside a single neuron cell) to a cellular level interpretation where interactions between signaling and transport molecules will be mapped; system-level understanding on how neural systems respond to environment stimulus; and how computations are done by neural systems. Bioengineering Program Office bien.hkust.edu.hk
23 Master of Philosophy/ Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering The MPhil and PhD programs in Bioengineering facilitate the close integration of biological, physical, and computational sciences and engineering in the study of biological processes. The programs adopt a systematic and quantitative approach to the study of biological systems. The aim is to provide students with the necessary knowledge to contribute to the biomedical industry as well as to optimize existing bioprocesses, and to develop new biomedical technologies. The programs are managed by the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. A candidate for an MPhil degree is expected to demonstrate knowledge in the discipline and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making a contribution to the field. A candidate for a PhD degree is expected to demonstrate mastery of knowledge in the chosen discipline and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making an original and substantial contribution to the discipline. Research Postgraduate Programs MPhil PhD Enquiries MPhil and PhD Programs email@example.com T: (852) 2358 8483
School of SCIENCE 24 Environmental Engineering Program Office Facilities The facilities of the Environmental Engineering Laboratories are divided into standard instruments and advanced stationary equipment, as required for different environmental studies. Standard instruments can provide accurate measurements of routine environmental analyses, such as DO, pH, COD, BOD5, ORP, salinity, conductivity, and turbidity. Advanced equipment includes: a FTIR system with MIR and DTGS detectors for the analyses of functional groups in solid or non-aqueous liquid samples, total organic halogen with ion chromatography system to measure the amount of TOX in liquid or solid samples, UV/ Vis spectrophotometer for measuring absorbance or transmittance of liquid samples, florescence spectrometer for analyzing luminescence samples, programmable tube furnace with three control zones for various degree of combustion of different materials, and BET system for the characterization of surface area and pore volume of solid samples. A relevant central facility is the Material Characterization and Preparation Facility comprising 10 main research groups: surface science, electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, x-ray diffraction, nuclear magnetic resonance, thin film deposition, optical characterization, electrical and magnetic characterization, thermal analysis, and sample preparation. Each research group houses state-of-theart multidisciplinary instrumentation, supported by a team of experienced staff. Major items include X-ray diffraction systems, transmission electron microscopes, scanning electron microscopes, thin film sputtering and evaporation systems, a multi-technique surface analysis system (XPS Auger, ISS), a TOFSIMS system, a Dynamic SIMS system, scanning probe microscopes (STM, AFM and MFM), FTIR/ Raman spectrometers, thin film measurement systems, and thermal analysis instruments. Innovative Water and Wastewater Treatment Technologies Solid/ Hazardous Waste Management and Waste Recycling/ Reuse Contaminated Land and Groundwater Remediation Indoor and Outdoor Air Quality Environmental Sustainability and Renewable Energy Research Foci The program focuses on innovative technologies for different applications in the environmental engineering area and seeks to provide research students with an understanding of effective environmental management strategies. The main research areas include: evng.ust.hk
25 Enquiries MPhil and PhD Programs firstname.lastname@example.org T: (852) 2358 8758 PGD/MSc Programs email@example.com T: (852) 2358 8985 Master of Philosophy in Environmental Engineering The MPhil program focuses on strengthening students’ knowledge of environmental engineering and to expose them to issues in environmental pollution and conservation, and sustainable development. A candidate for an MPhil degree is expected to demonstrate knowledge in the discipline and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making a contribution to the field. Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Engineering The PhD program aims at developing and strengthening students’ skills in identifying key issues related to environmental engineering, in formulating original research plans and methodologies, and in implementing those plans and methodologies to produce results that are useful for reducing environmental pollution and advancing environmental conservation and sustainable development. A candidate for a PhD degree is expected to demonstrate mastery of knowledge in the chosen discipline and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making an original and substantial contribution to the discipline. Research Postgraduate Programs PhD MPhil PGD Postgraduate Diploma/ Master of Science in Environmental Engineering and Management The PGD/MSc programs are designed for those who wish to strengthen their environmental engineering knowledge and well prepare themselves for advanced engineering practices with management responsibilities. The programs are designed to meet the students’ needs at different career development stages by offering them not only various advanced environmental engineering and management courses but also enabling them to take several electives from other related programs. seng.hkust.edu.hk/msc/evem Taught Postgraduate Programs MSc
School of SCIENCE 26 Energy Technology Concentration Conventional Technology Three main types of fossil fuels, namely coal, petroleum, and natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) derived from the production of natural gas, nuclear energy, solid waste treatment and management, radioactive waste treatment, reactor materials, durability and fracture mechanics of reactor materials and structure, nuclear reprocessing, environmental effect of nuclear power, hydropower dam structures, turbine materials and design, hydrology and sediment, water quantity and quality, sources of water, environmental consideration in the design of waterway systems, advanced technologies for conventional energy production, such as gas hydrates, microwave refining, and synthetic fuel involving the conversion process from coal, natural gas and biomass into liquid fuel. Economy and Society Clean production process for reducing material consumption and pollution, software for waste minimization and pollution prevention, green materials for industrial application and building environment, hazards impacting environmental health, analysis of environmental risk, socioeconomic and life-cycle analysis for policymaking and planning, novel compounds from marine organisms, and policy on efficient energy use. Research Foci The School of Engineering has unrivaled strength in Energy Technology with a strong team of 40 faculty members working in one or multiple topics related to energy. The following core research areas represent the current expertise and research activities across the five departments in the School: Energy Efficiency and Conservation In electronics: energy integration for chemical and energy industries, energy-efficient computation, high-efficiency power electronics, power management integrated circuits, low power ICs, green radio, customized building for energy-saving, LED for solid state lighting, smart grids, wireless sensor networks, batterypowered electronics, and mobile electronics. In energy-efficient building: lightweight heatinsulating building material, customized building for energy-saving, energy-saving from solid state lighting. Production of Ethanol from Cellulosic Materials Enhanced use of biogas produced from microbial conversion in landfills of municipal solid wastes, wastewater, industrial effluents, and manure wastes, use of planted forests for production of electricity either by direct combustion or by gasification, use of highly efficient gas turbines, energy scavenging for mobile and wireless electronics which enable systems to scavenge power from human activity or derive limited energy from ambient heat, light, radio, or vibrations. Sustainable Technology Sustainable energy sources including all renewable sources, such as plant matter, solar power, wind power, wave power, geothermal power and tidal power, improving energy efficiency, fuel cells for transportation and power generation, nanostructured materials for energy storage devices including fuel cells, advanced batteries and supercapacitors, nanostructured electrodes, graphene-based anode and cathode materials, battery system and package management, organic and inorganic photovoltaic materials, gasification of biomass for energy production, biorefinery and bioprocessing for energy generation, and innovative technologies for converting and recovering solid wastes into energy. seng.hkust.edu.hk/enegflippingbook.com