Faculty Honors, Awards & Achievements

Prof Guanghao Chen, Chair Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been elected a Distinguished Fellow of the International Water Association (IWA), becoming one of only 30 honored with this prestigious accolade out of 10,000 IWA members and the first from Hong Kong. The recognition is given to IWA Fellows or other professionals for their uniquely significant contributions over the long term to water science and management advances. Prof Chen is a global specialist in sustainable sewage treatment systems, sludge minimization, and waste water technologies. He has been an IWA Fellow since 2011.

Prof Guohua Chen, Head of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the organization’s highest grade of membership. Prof Chen is a world-renowned expert in electrochemical technologies for environmental and energy applications, and solid drying. He has published over 240 journal papers, and holds three US patents and six Chinese patents. He is the President of the Asian Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineering, editor of Separation and Purification Technology, and serves on the editorial boards of other eminent journals. AIChE is the world’s leading organization for chemical engineering professionals, with more than 50,000 members from over 100 countries.

Prof Huamin Qu, Computer Science and Engineering, was recognized with the Merit Award in the e-learning category of the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Awards 2015 for his work on visual analysis of Massive Open Online Courses (VisMOOC). His system is the first visual analytic tool to offer user-friendly analysis of e-learning behavior for MOOCs, enabling instructors to better assess video materials and improve teaching quality.