ECE Academic Awarded National Engineering Honor

Prof Patrick Yue, Electronic and Computer Engineering (ECE), has been awarded a Guanghua Engineering Science and Technology Prize by the Chinese Academy of Engineering in Beijing, becoming one of the first Hong Kong scholars to receive such an honor.

The biennial national prizes recognize outstanding performance and achievements by Chinese engineers and scientists in engineering technology and engineering management. They were established in 1996 and extended to include candidates from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan for the first time this year. A total of 34 recipients received an award in one of the three categories of Achievement, Engineering, or Youth. Two from Hong Kong were honored, including Prof Yue who received a Youth Award.

Prof Yue, who came on board at HKUST in 2010, is an expert in high-speed wireless and optical communication integrated circuit (IC) design, contributing to over 120 technical papers, including one of the most cited papers to date in the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits. He also holds 14 US patents and has been a start-up high achiever, co-founding Atheros Communications in 1998. The company went public on NASDAQ and was later acquired by Qualcomm Inc. In 2002, he joined Aeluros, another new Silicon Valley enterprise, to develop 10-Gb/s CMOS serial link ICs for optoelectronic modules.

Along with his professorial appointment in the School of Engineering, Prof Yue is the Founding Director of the School’s Center for Industry Engagement and Internship and Director of the HKUST-Qualcomm Joint Innovation and Research Laboratory. He also served as HKUST’s first Associate Provost for Knowledge Transfer between 2014 and 2015. Prof Yue is an IEEE Fellow and a Senior Member of Optical Society of America. Prior to joining HKUST, he has served at Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of California, Santa Barbara.