Among the departments in the Faculty, Civil Engineering is the oldest. It was established in 1911, and from which time, civil engineering formed the major part of a general engineering curriculum. Over the years, civil engineering remains the pillar of engineering in Hong Kong with graduates from this Department responsible for many of the infra-structure projects in Hong Kong. The Department has a highly active postgraduate and research programme with currently over 40 Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy students carrying out coursework and research on a variety of topics. It is particularly well known for the research in finite element methods in engineering mechanics, and has been very successful in attracting external research funding, including a recent award from the Jockey Club of $25 million for the setting up a Jockey Club Research and Information Centre for Landslip Prevention and Land Development.
The Department of Computer Science, formerly known as Computer Studies in the Faculty of Science, was established in the Faculty of Engineering in 1988 as the youngest but fastest developing department in the Faculty. In addition to offering the most sought after undergraduate programmes in Computer Science, and a highly competitive Computer Engineering programme (offered jointly with Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department), the Department is now offering the Minor and 2nd Major in Computer Science to students in other faculties of the University. It has a research student population of 100.
Established in 1961, the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering is one of the largest departments in The University of Hong Kong. It covers electrical, electronic, computer and information engineering all under one roof, providing plenty of opportunities for cross interaction both in terms of teaching and research. It offers four undergraduate programmes, namely Electronic and Communications Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Information Engineering, as well as postgraduate programmes leading to a Master of Science in Engineering, Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy. The Department currently has over 40 academic and teaching staff, and more than 800 students. It has more than 40 laboratories with advanced equipment and facilities for supporting its teaching and research. The mission of the Department is to produce the highest quality of graduates to serve the society, and to conduct leading-edge research.
The Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering was established in 1973 and since then, it has produced many graduates who have contributed to industrial success stories of Hong Kong either as industrial engineers or engineering managers in various sectors of the economy. The Department has the mission to offer the highest standards of teaching, research and scholarships in industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, and to provide expertise in the design of integrated industrial systems for the technological advancement of the community.
With the appointment in 1912 of the first professor in HKU, Prof. C.A. Middleton-Smith, who was a chartered mechanical engineer, Mechanical Engineering was taught amongst the earliest curricula of the Faculty. The outbreak of war brought an unfortunate break, and Mechanical Engineering was reinstated in 1958 with the establishment of a formal Department in 1960. Over the years, Mechanical Engineering graduates have been making important contributions to the industry and infrastructural development of Hong Kong, and a number of distinguished alumni became famous leaders in industry, academia, as well as the political arena. The Department conducts cutting edge research and teaching in many important fields including aeronautical engineering, biomedical engineering, control, energy & environment, mechanics & materials, nanotechnology, product design & manufacture, and thermo-fluids. It offers BEng programmes in mechanical and building services engineering, as well as Master and PhD programmes.
Launched in 2002, the BEng in Medical Engineering programme is a three-year degree course offered by the Faculty of Engineering in collaboration with LKS Faculty of Medicine. Medical engineering (MedE) is a discipline that advances knowledge in engineering, biology and medicine, and improves human health through multidisciplinary activities. It is also one of the 21 strategic research themes of the University of Hong Kong. Students of the Programme learn to use engineering principles and methods to develop medical devices, imaging and therapeutic systems, biomaterials, tissue engineering, bio-nanotechnology, and other technologies for modern medicine and biology.
The Faculty is committed to providing world-class engineering education. Its premier taught postgraduate programmes are designed for practising engineers and professionals wishing to further develop their professional competence. The programmes are taught by high-calibre HKU faculty and internationally renowned professors from prestigious overseas universities, leading industrialists and practitioners.