Deputy Major Leader: Dr C Y Zhi
The role of engineering materials in our society is much more important than most of us have realized. Our lives would be endangered by storms in the absence of concrete and steel. Our visual defects cannot be easily corrected without glass or plastics. The launching of satellites and space shuttles would not be possible without heat-resistant materials and semiconductors.
The comfort and conveniences of modern life are intimately associated with the discovery, manipulation and selection of natural and synthetic materials. Advancement in materials science and engineering has led to better understanding and manipulation of materials, which is a prerequisite for future technological progress.
The recent rapid advances in nanomaterials technology has opened up new opportunities for the prosperous career development of materials engineers.
The BEng (Hons) degree in Materials Engineering has been accredited by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) as an award satisfying the academic requirements for its Corporate Membership.
One of the prevailing objectives of industry, whether high-tech or conventional, is the production of higher quality products at a more competitive cost. The wise choice of materials and processing routes is among the major factors contributing to product quality and cost reduction. In 2004, the Innovation and Technology Commission of the HKSAR government proposed Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials among the thirteen Technology Focus Areas in Hong Kong. In 2009, the Chief Executive of the HKSAR government announced that Testing and Certification has been earmarked as one of the six industries which Hong Kong already has a competitive edge and will be further strengthened. Graduates with a materials related degree will be adequately prepared to pursue a wide range of careers in industry and business sectors. Examples are:
-Agencies that conduct materials characterization and testing
-Manufacturers of electronic components and semiconductor manufacturing
-Metals related industries
-Ceramics related industries
-Plastics related industries
-Product design and development
-Research degree opportunities
o For students admitted to the major in 2017/18
o For students admitted to the major in 2016/17