Winners of Outstanding PolyU Alumni Award announced

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) will present its “Outstanding Alumni Award” to seven alumni in recognition of their remarkable professional achievements and contributions to their alma mater and the community. The award presentation ceremony will be held on 17 March.

The awardees, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Ir Roger Lai Sze-hoi, Director of Electrical & Mechanical Services, Government of the HKSAR
  • Mr Kenneth Lam Yiu-kin, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Ir Lo Yiu-ching, Permanent Secretary for the Environment, Transport & Works (Works), Government of the HKSAR
  • Mr Ng Wai-hung, Chairman, SAE Magnetics (HK) Ltd.
  • Ir Vincent Tse Kam-chuen, Managing Director, Parsons Brinckerhoff Asia Ltd.
  • Prof. Philip Yeung Kwok-wing, Vice President (Academic Development), PolyU
  • Mr Alan Yip Chi-wing, Founder & Director, Yip Design Ltd.

First launched in 1996, the biennial "Outstanding PolyU Alumni Award" is jointly organized by PolyU and the Federation of PolyU Alumni Associations (FHKPUAA) for the fifth time. It aims to give public recognition to outstanding graduates of the University and its forerunners, the Hong Kong Polytechnic, Hong Kong Technical College and Government Trade School. Ernst & Young Certified Public Accountants are the Honorary Consultant of the selection.

The seven-member Panel of Judges, made up of government officials and renowned community leaders, is chaired by the Hon. John Tsang Chun-wah, Secretary for Commerce, Industry & Technology of the HKSAR Government. Its members, in alphabetical order, include: Mr Roy Chung Chi-ping, Deputy Chairman, PolyU Council and Managing Director, Techtronic Industries Co., Ltd.; Dr Lam Tai-fai, First Vice-President, Federation of PolyU Alumni Associations and Managing Director, Peninsula Knitters Ltd; The Hon. Andrew Leung; Chairman, Federation of Hong Kong Industries and Chairman, Hong Kong Productivity Council; Dr Ng Tat-lun, President, Federation of PolyU Alumni Associations and Managing Director, Energizer Co. Inc; Prof. Poon Chung-kwong, President, PolyU; and Mr Thomas Tang, Chairman & Managing Director, Elec & Eltek International Holdings Ltd.

Biodata of the awardees
Ir Roger Lai Sze-hoi
(Higher Diploma in Electrical Engineering, Hong Kong Technical College, 1967)

Ir Lai is currently Director of Electrical & Mechanical Services, Government of the HKSAR. Ir Lai’s contribution in the field includes the legislative enforcement of electrical safety, gas safety, as well as the promotion of efficient energy in Hong Kong. Ir Lai’s earlier work in biomedical engineering has provided not only substantial support to public hospitals, but also solid foundation for the subsequent development of biomedical engineering in the territory. He is an active member of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. Over the years, he has rendered such public services as serving as the General Manager of the Electrical and Mechanical Services Trading Fund.

Mr Kenneth Lam Yiu-kin
(Higher Diploma in Accountancy, Hong Kong Polytechnic, 1975)

Currently a Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mr Lam is noted for his professional accomplishments in the accountancy field. In 1983, Mr Lam became the youngest Fellow of The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants at the age of 28. In addition to his achievements in the accounting profession, Mr Lam has lent great support to the advancement of the medical industry and the tertiary education sector. In recognition of his strong support to PolyU, Mr Lam was conferred a Honorary Fellow of the University in 2002.

Ir Lo Yiu-ching
(Higher Diploma in Structural Engineering, Hong Kong Technical College, 1966)

A prominent and experienced engineer, Ir Lo has contributed significantly to the public works and infrastructure development in Hong Kong. He is currently Permanent Secretary for the Environment, Transport & Works (Works) of the Government and has rendered his service in the field for over 30 years. In 1990, Ir Lo, as a chief engineer, led a team of engineers to urgently implement the West Kowloon Reclamation Project on time. In 1999, he helped to instigate the commencement of the Disney Theme Park Project. Outside work, Ir Lo is active in public services. He is Chairman of PolyU’s Advisory Committee of the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering; Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers, Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and a Member of the China Civil Engineering Society.

Mr Ng Wai-hung
(Higher Certificate in Production Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic, 1976)

Mr Ng, Founder and Chairman of SAE Magnetics (HK) Limited, successfully transformed SAE from a manufacturer of recording heads for floppy disk to now the world’s largest independent manufacturer of magnetic recording heads for hard disk drives. Taking up about 30 per cent of world market share, SAE reports revenue of more than USD 1 billion. In 1986, under the leadership of Mr Ng, SAE merged with the TDK Corporation in Japan, marking history in the industry. Currently Mr Ng is the founder and Chairman of the Hong Kong Critical Components Manufacturers Association, Chairman of the Science and Technology Committee of the Asia Pacific Academy for Productivity and Innovation.

Ir Vincent Tse Kam-chuen
(Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic, 1975)

Ir Tse is Managing Director of Parsons Brinckerhoff Asia Limited – a leading building services engineering consultant in Hong Kong. Having served the industry for 27 years, Ir Tse’s profound experience has been well proven by his many major projects including the HKD12 billion worth Macau Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, Singapore Suntec City and International Convention Centre and the Olympic City development project in Hong Kong. Ir Tse is now Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Building Services Engineering Department of PolyU. His illustrious career and contributions to the building profession have won him many honours.

Prof. Philip Yeung Kwok-wing
(Higher Diploma in Dyeing, Printing and Finishing Technology, Hong Kong Technical College, 1968)

An esteemed scholar in textile and clothing, Prof. Yeung is now Vice President (Academic Development), PolyU; Fellow of the Textile Institute, the UK; Chartered Textile Technologist; Honorary Fellow of Textile Association, India; and Chair Professor of Textiles and Clothing, PolyU. He is also the Founding Chairman of The Society of Textile Scientists and Engineers, Asia. During his service at PolyU, Prof. Yeung has steered the development of the University’s inter-disciplinary studies, double degree programmes and innovative modes of study, such as those used at Hong Kong’s first “virtual” university, the HKCyberU. In 2000, he spearheaded the formation of the Consortium of Continuing Education Institution to further promote lifelong learning.

Mr Alan Yip Chi-wing
(Bachelor of Arts in Design [Industrial Design], Hong Kong Polytechnic, 1987)

Mr Yip, Founder and Director of Yip Design Ltd, is an international product designer. Over the years, Mr Yip has designed more than a thousand products and received more than 20 international design registrations and patents. One of his most famous works is the FlexiCal design which enables a calculator to be rolled up. This innovative design has brought him many local and overseas acclaims and is now on permanent display in the British Design Museum in London. Mr Yip was an honoree of the Hong Kong Ten Outstanding Young Persons 2004 and is now Honorary Advisor of the Hong Kong Designers Association and Visiting Lecturer of the School of Design of PolyU.