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.

Looking Back, Looking Forward

It has been a great year for reunions and strengthening the 1-HKUST spirit with the School of Engineering (SENG) Alumni Fun Day and the HKUST 25th Anniversary Celebration Banquet providing memorable occasions to renew ties between old friends and establish new bonds.

The Fun Day in May brought together more than 330 SENG alumni to enjoy a day of sports competitions, lectures, and exhibition tours. Alumni with start-ups ranging from mobile games to music showcased their ideas at an Entrepreneurship Fair. On the social front, a 25th Anniversary thematic happy hour and homecoming dinner enabled alumni to reminisce about past times, celebrate the School’s and HKUST’s highly successful quarter century, and look forward to the achievements ahead.

Many thanks to the Fun Day sponsors: Terry Tsang and Terence Tsang of Mad Head Ltd, Prof Jack Lau, Ir Dr Kevin Kin Lam So, Hong Kong Disneyland, Hong Kong Optical Company Ltd, Philips Electronics Hong Kong Ltd, Princeton Custom Tailors, Regal Enterprises Ltd, Tencent, The Barn, Toy2R Group Ltd, UA Cinemas, Unilever Hong Kong, Version 2 Ltd, and Wong’s F&B Ltd.

The University’s 25th Anniversary Celebration Banquet took place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in June, attended by many distinguished guests as well as members of the HKUST family.