Mrs Monica YUEN Chief Executive and Secretary
The Institution's activities on the Mainland
In an effort to keep members abreast of the major developments on the Mainland, the Committee on Mainland Affairs (CMA) was formed in 2015 to coordinate initiatives and activities related to the Mainland. Recently, in view of Qianhai's development, President Ir Thomas K C Chan, and Vice President Ir Dr Yuen Pak-leung together with members of the CMA met with representatives of the Qianhai Authority in Shenzhen on 2 August 2017, to exchange views on the "Co-operation Arrangement for Trial Implementation of Hong Kong Construction Model in Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Cooperation Zone of Shenzhen" and on opportunities for engineering professionals in Qianhai. The Institution was also invited by the Qianhai Authority to be one of the co-organisers of the "一帶一路與專業人士在前海開拓機遇研討會" on 31 August 2017 in Hong Kong. President Ir Chan was one of the speakers.
The CMA is also organising a Conference on the Big Bay Area, to be held on 24 November 2017 in Shenzhen, to enable members to have a better understanding of the Big Bay Area Plan as well as the associated opportunities and challenges ahead. Experts from the Mainland, Hong Kong and Macau will be invited to speak at the Conference. Please stay tuned for more details.
Promoting the engineering profession in local media
Promoting the engineering profession to the public has always been high on the Institution's agenda. In the past nine months, a series of inspiring stories of Hong Kong engineers were published in the education column of the Sing Tao Daily. Apart from different stories of engineers, we have also covered awardees of the Young Engineer of the Year Award. The column highlighted the valuable experiences which enabled them to be conferred the Award and shared interesting stories from their engineering careers to inspire young students and parents. Interviews with the young engineers of the President's Protégés Club and this Session's Protégés will be arranged for the upcoming issue. Members are welcome to read the articles on the HKIE website at http://www.hkie.org.hk. Please stay tuned for more articles in the series.
In addition, we are pleased to report that Divisions and Committees have contributed articles to the online platform of the Classified Post on topics such as market trends and career advice. This is another platform arranged by the Institution to strengthen public understanding of the engineering profession. To read the articles, members can visit the Classified Post website at http://www.cpjobs.com.
The Institution will participate in InnoCarnival 2017, which is organised by the Innovation and Technology Commission and due to be held on 21 - 29 October 2017 at the Hong Kong Science Park. The theme of this year's Carnival is "Live Smart. Be Innovative". The objective is to promote a culture of innovation in the general public and to showcase the latest developments and achievements in Hong Kong's innovation and technology industry. This year, the event also serves as one of the celebratory activities for the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR Government.
Our Divisions will conduct public seminars centred on the Carnival's theme. Registration for the InnoCarnival is free. You are welcome to invite your family, friends and colleagues to join the seminars and the event. Please stay tuned for more details of the InnoCarnival in the Institution's eNewsletter.
Distinguished Lectures 2017
As the only professional body representing all the engineering disciplines in Hong Kong, social responsibility is one of the Institution's priorities. In the face of the challenges posed by climate change, the Institution shares responsibility for creating a platform to link scientists and academicians to exchange their wisdom, knowledge and professional expertise on the topic. To this end, we will be organising two Distinguished Lectures at The University of Hong Kong with the theme of "Climate Change and Engineering Solutions" in December 2017.
We are honoured to have two prominent speakers, Mr Shun Chi-ming, Director of the Hong Kong Observatory of the HKSAR Government and Prof Norbert R Morgenstern, Distinguished University Professor (Emeritus) of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta, Canada, to share with us their valuable insight into "Global Climate Change and Its Implications to Hong Kong" and "The Evaluation of Slope Stability: A Further 25 Year's Perspective" on 9 and 12 December 2017 respectively.
For more details of the Lectures, please visit the website at http://www.hkie.org.hk/distinguishedlectures2017.
The HKIE Innovation Awards for Young Members 2018
To encourage young HKIE members to develop their creativity through the innovative application of engineering knowledge and further inspire their intellectual and career interests in engineering, the HKIE Innovation Awards for Young Members was launched since Session 2007/2008 with sponsorship from the family of the late Ir Kenneth Au-yeung. The Awards comprise two categories: Category I - An Invention; and Category II - An Innovative Application of Engineering Theory. The Awards for this year will soon be open for entries. All young members are welcome to participate. Please stay tuned for more details, which will be posted on the HKIE website at http://www.hkie.org.hk.
The HKIE President's Protégé Scheme 2017/2018
The HKIE President's Protégé Scheme 2017/2018 received an enthusiastic response from our young members. Nine young engineers were selected by the President and we would like to extend our congratulations to the successful candidates. A special column introducing the President's Protégés of this Session is available on page 19 of this issue.
Mrs Monica YUEN
Chief Executive and Secretary