Grand 25th Anniversary Reunion in San Francisco
A major global alumni event, organized by the School of Engineering (SENG) and HKUST, was held in San Francisco in February 2016 as part of the University’s worldwide commemorative activities for its 25th Anniversary. Of the 150 alumni, friends, faculty and students who attended the special seminar and dinner, around 70% of alumni came from SENG.
The celebration was led by HKUST President Prof Tony F Chan, who spoke on the latest developments at the University, including tri-modal education and new facilities such as the Water Sports Center, and its on-going high rankings in different international surveys. Prof Tim Kwang Ting Cheng, then Dean of Engineering Designate, spoke on the School’s milestones and latest success stories while guest speaker Dr Christopher Nguyen, Co-Founder and CEO of Arimo (see also Nurturing High-Flying Innovation) and former SENG faculty member, gave a talk on “Innovation: Silicon Valley vs China – What It Means for HKUST”. Three SENG faculty members also gave presentations on aviation education and research, artificial intelligence and data science, and robotics.
Joining the grand occasion were Mr Bill Coughran, Partner, Sequoia Capital, and Prof Cindy Fan, Vice Provost for International Studies and Global Engagement, University of California, Los Angeles, among other guests, as well as a number of ex-faculty members, including Drs Emily Au, Aaron Buchwald, Paul Chang, Yang Leng, Curtis Ling and K C Smith.
The event was one of four HKUST global gatherings arranged in different parts of the world to enable alumni and friends to share the University’s 25th Anniversary. In addition, members of SENG made visits to alumni now based in San Francisco, including those at Google Inc, Apple Inc, Facebook, Stanford University and University of California, San Francisco.