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IAS Members Conferred Named Professorships

We convey our heartiest congratulations to these three faculty members, who were bestowed with named professorships at the University’s Third Inauguration Ceremony of Named Professorships on March 9, 2016.

The ceremony honored eight outstanding faculty members in total. President Tony F Chan expressed his gratitude toward the donors’ generous support, which helps to fortify HKUST’s position as a world-class research university.

On behalf of the Sohmen family, Dr Helmut Sohmen applauded the University’s successful work since its inauguration and warmly welcomed Prof George Smoot to the distinguished faculty of IAS. Prof Smoot is the fourth faculty member of the league, together with Sir Christopher Pissarides, Prof Ching Tang and Prof Gunther Uhlmann, who were conferred named professorships at the ceremony in November 2013.

Both raised in Hong Kong, Prof Che Ting Chan and Prof Kei May Lau pursued their PhDs in the US and returned home to join HKUST in 1995 and 2000 respectively. They were promoted to the rank of Chair Professor in 2005, and were awarded prestigious Senior Research Fellowships by the Croucher Foundation in recognition of their achievements in engineering and science. Nine out of the 16 serving IAS Senior Fellows have been conferred named professorships by the University.

George Smoot (2nd row, 4th from left)
IAS Helmut and Anna Pao Sohmen Professor-at-Large; Nobel Laureate in Physics
Che Ting Chan (2nd row, 2nd from left)
Daniel C K Yu Professor of Science, IAS Executive Director and Chair Professor of Physics
Kei May Lau (2nd row, 3rd from right)
Fang Professor of Engineering, IAS Senior Fellow and Chair Professor of Electronic and Computer Engineering