To offer young engineers a unique opportunity to develop their careers, President Ir Aaron K M Bok selected 11 young members to take part in the President’s Protégé Scheme 2022/2023. The newly-selected Protégés will shadow and work with the President and be given the opportunity to interact with other leading engineering professionals. Here are the self-introductions of the Protégés and their visions for the engineering profession.
Miss Sarita CHAN Sai Tung
Upon graduating from The University of Hong Kong with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, I joined the Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD) as a Civil Engineering Graduate and kicked off my further learning through pursuing a master’s degree in Structural Engineering.
Thanks to the comprehensive HKIE Scheme “A” Graduate Training, I have been able to grasp opportunities to work in various works departments and have been involved in different scales of construction projects varying from main laying works for conveying fresh water, to pier reconstruction. This involvement enabled me to gain insights from different engineering perspectives and develop a mindset of full consideration which I believe every competent engineer should be equipped with.
I am excited to join with the President and my fellow Protégés to help inspire our professional pride and cultivate the younger generation to be part of the engineering industry.
Miss Keiko KAM Wing Sum
I graduated from The University of Hong Kong with a bachelor’s degree in 2019. I majored in Mechanical Engineering and minored in Accounting. I am currently pursuing a master’s degree in High Performance Building.
During and after the HKIE Scheme “A” Graduate Training, I was given many opportunities to engage in and be in-charge of sectors in multi-disciplinary projects like the Tseung Kwan O Desalination Plant and the Hospital Authority Supporting Services Centre (HASSC). These experiences have helped to shape me into an independent engineer as well as a good team player.
It is such a great honour to be one of the Protégés, and I am excited about promoting engineering to the public and encouraging the younger generation, especially females, to join the engineering industry.
Miss Carmen LAM Ka Man
Upon graduating from The University of Hong Kong (HKU) with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, I joined Gammon Construction Limited (Gammon) as an Assistant Engineer and I am now pursuing a master’s degree in Structural Engineering at HKU.
After being involved in the construction of a hotel and a commercial building project, I am now on rotation to the in-house design team. Gammon’s training programme has not only enhanced my technical knowledge, but also developed my engineering judgement.
It is my honour to be selected as one of the Protégés to shadow the President this year. I look forward to learning, promoting engineering to the public and contributing to our community alongside my fellow Protégés.
Miss Hazel LAM Wing Laam
Upon graduating from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) as a Bachelor of Civil Engineering, I joined Mott MacDonald Hong Kong Limited as a Graduate Engineer and was recently seconded to the Central Kowloon Route as an Assistant Resident Engineer.
Throughout my company’s training, I have worked in a great diversity of projects ranging from site formation works for housing development to planning and supervision of ground investigation works. I feel proud of what I have done and gained huge satisfaction from my work as it brings many benefits to the public.
Since I was a student, I have been actively promoting engineering. As an engineering student ambassador at HKUST, I shared my field of study with the public and especially with high school students to help them understand more about engineering. Upon graduating, I was also one of the members of the “Dream Girls” campaign to share my job routines and professional knowledge on various social media platforms to boost professionalism and attract more females into the industry.
I am delighted to be one of the Protégés in this session and I look forward to working with my fellows under the lead of the President to make the industry better.
Ir Eva LEE Ho Yan
After graduating from the City University of Hong Kong with a bachelor’s degree in Construction Engineering and Management in 2016, I took a master’s degree at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in Civil Infrastructural Engineering & Management and graduated in 2019.
I now have six years of working experience with main contractors, and I have already obtained four professional qualifications, including member of the HKIE (building discipline), member of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), member of Hong Kong Institute of Construction Managers (HKICM), and BEAM Professional (BEAM Pro) (New Buildings) at my young age.
I am a Project Building Engineer at Hip Hing Construction Co. Ltd and I am currently working in a new construction project in Yin Ping Road, which consists of constructing six towers and 26 houses. I am responsible for the project coordination of the tower external works, such as the precast façade, curtain walls, and the installation of the stone cladding. These are all critical to the reinforced concrete (RC) structure and directly impact the overall completion schedule of the project.
I am proud to be selected as one of the Protégés for this session. It will provide me with a great opportunity to reach out to the industry and collaborate with engineers from different disciplines. At the same time, I can further improve my communication and leadership skills.
Mr Holland LEE Hok Lun
Since completing a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Hong Kong in 2019, I joined The Hong Kong and China Gas Co. Ltd as an Assistant Engineer in the Commercial & Industrial Product Section and finished my master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering three years afterwards.
During these years, I assisted in introducing locally-made and overseas-made gas appliances into the commercial and industrial market. I was also lucky to have the opportunity to assist in building Internet-of-Thing solutions for gas applications. I am proud to see my work has been brought to real life from paper and is now benefitting society.
I am honoured to be one of the Protégés this year. I look forward to sharing in the pride of becoming a professional engineer with our next generation and the other Protégés.
Mr Gordon LEUNG Jing Shang
Upon graduating from The University of Hong Kong with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, I joined the Drainage Services Department as a Civil Engineering Graduate. During my training in the Government, I was privileged to be involved in various megaprojects such as the Central Kowloon Route and Relocation of the Sha Tin Sewage Treatment Works to Caverns. During these periods, I learned that engineers should uphold a people-oriented approach when carrying out our duties and serve our society wholeheartedly.
I am honoured to be selected as one of the President’s Protégés this year. I look forward to working alongside my fellow Protégés in promoting the image of the engineering profession, and restoring the public’s confidence in infrastructure projects that are beneficial to their livelihood.
Miss Jessy NG Cheuk Sze
I graduated from The University of Hong Kong with a bachelor’s degree in 2021. I majored in Electrical Engineering and minored in Sociology. I continued my studies and I am currently pursuing a master’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering; specifically in Power Engineering.
I joined CLP Holdings Limited (CLP) as a Graduate Trainee. Under the HKIE Scheme “A” Graduate Training in CLP, I have been undergoing a two-year on-the-job training programme. During my rotation among the different business groups and departments, I have gained insights from learning about and participating in the operations of the power system in Hong Kong. I was also given valuable opportunities to be an MC and organise some grand events inside and out of the company.
I am honoured to be selected as a member of the Protégés team, and I am looking forward to working with and learning from other Protégés in the coming year. I wish to explore new possibilities and help contribute to creating a welcoming environment for youngsters in joining the engineering industry.
Mr Edison PAK Chun Wing
Upon graduating from The University of Hong Kong with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, I joined the Civil Engineering and Development Department as a Civil Engineering Graduate. The well-structured training programme with rotations among various works departments has allowed me to enrich both my practical and technical capabilities. Projects like the Upgrading of the Cheung Chau Sewage Treatment Works to the Tung Chung New Town Extension, have been thought-provoking and rewarding for me.
During my undergraduate studies, I was fortunate to undertake exchange programmes at Peking University and the Harbin Institute of Technology. Upon graduating, I was pleased to be granted the HKIE Materials Division Best Paper Award. I wish to share my experience to inspire more youngsters in joining the engineering field and contribute to our community.
I am tremendously honoured to be selected as one of the President’s Protégés and I am ready to work alongside my fellow Protégés to enhance the image of our profession and to make great changes this year.
Mr Kenny SIU King Hay
Upon graduating from The University of Hong Kong in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, minoring in Finance and Sustaining Cities, I joined the MTR Corporation Limited as a Graduate Engineer working on new railway line projects, while also pursuing a master’s degree in Transportation Engineering at HKU.
The structured corporate trainee programme provided me with onthe- job exposure to several megaprojects, ranging from the coordination of new-line commissioning events and geotechnical investigations for top-side construction works, to the planning and design of a strategic railway corridor in the New Territories. These experiences not only helped to develop my technical and problem-solving skills, they also raised my enthusiasm as well for contributing to the engineering profession.
It is my pleasure to be one of the Protégés for this year. I look forward to shadowing the President and working with my fellow Protégés in portraying engineering as a multi-disciplinary profession respecting the legal, technical, social and ethical aspects.
Mr Sampson TAM Shum Yin
Upon graduating from Imperial College London with a master’s degree in Civil Engineering, I joined the Water Supplies Department (WSD) as a Civil Engineering Graduate (CEG). I was honoured to have my undergraduate studies sponsored by the Education Bureau through the Hong Kong Scholarship for Excellence Scheme, which supported me in working with and learning from international students and world-class professionals. Highlights included being a teaching assistant for introductory engineering courses and taking a leadership role in Imperial Racing Green, a motorsport project requiring interdisciplinary engineering expertise.
My training has led me to recognise the dire need of our city for rapid but sustainable development. I hope to bring to the table ideas and inspiration from my years overseas and integrate them with the best practices I observed as part of a diverse range of local employers in the infrastructure sector. With great enthusiasm, I very much look forward to the adventures ahead as a member of the President’s Protégé Scheme.