Prof. Alan Lau, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Biography: Dr Lau is a practical engineer, academic and manager in both the academic and commercial sectors. He received 4-year craft apprentice training in an engineering company in Hong Kong beginning in 1987. He went on to obtain bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering from RMIT University, Australia in 1996 and 1997, respectively. During 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 preforms. He received his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in 2001. He was appointed Assistant Professor at PolyU in 2002 and promoted to Associate Professor and then Full Professor in 2005 and 2010, respectively. In 2013, he was appointed Associate Dean (Industrial Relations) of the Faculty of Engineering in the same university. Due to his strong connection with the Hong Kong product design and development industry, he was also appointed as Alex Wong/Gigi Wong Endowed Professor in Product Design Engineering in the same year. During his time working in Hong Kong, he helped PolyU to secure over HK$20 million in funding and donations to support research and teaching activities. He worked closely with the Alumni Affairs and Development Office of PolyU to liaise with the local industry to seek for supports and donations. Currently, he is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Performance and Development) of Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, where his main duty is to look after the research development of the University, focusing on international relationships and partnerships and the university’s ranking strategy. He manages the research profiles of over 600 active research academics in the University. As the ranking scores of a university are assessed by many components, Dr Lau is required to coordinate different sections, such as alumni, international and engagement offices to work together to support activities that are beneficial to our stakeholders. Although Dr Lau is now working in Australia, his industrial network in Hong Kong remains strong. Next year, he will launch a leadership summit at Cities 4.0 in Hong Kong, with the support of many local enterprises.
Prof. Richard G. Haverkamp, Massey University, New Zealand
Biography: Professor Richard Haverkamp holds a Personal Chair in Nanotechnology at Massey University in New Zealand and teaches in the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology. His research covers nanostructure and mechanical relationships in collagen materials, nanomaterials for electrochemical processes, and materials from mineral resources. He makes extensive use of a variety of synchrotron techniques, most often at the Australian Synchrotron. He graduated with a PhD from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and he has held visiting research positions at NTNU, Trondheim, Norway and MIT, Cambridge, USA. He has published about 100 journal papers and received a number of awards including the President’s Medal from the Institute of Professional Engineers NZ, and the Gold Award from the Ministry of Innovation Business and Employment, NZ. He has received research funding from government and industry sources from NZ, US, Norway, Australia, France, Canada, Taiwan and Japan.