Associate Professor of Engineering Education
With three degrees from HKUST under his belt, Tim has been a witness to the university's growth since its earliest years. With such a strong attachment to HKUST, he felt it was only fitting to return to his alma mater after graduation to help nurture the next generation of students.
Tim is currently an Associate Professor of Engineering Education in the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, the founding Director of the Center for Global & Community Engagement, and the supervisor of the HKUST Robotics team. Tim's courses are very popular with students, as evidenced by his winning of the School of Engineering's Teaching Excellence Appreciation Award in 2009. Most recently, he received the 2015 University Grants Committee (UGC) Teaching Award in recognition of his outstanding teaching performance and achievements.
Tim enjoys brainstorming with his students, especially on topics that students come up with themselves. He is passionate about encouraging his students to expand their horizons through open competitions in robotics, engineering design and business planning. He has had a tremendous impact on his students and has been a major force for educational developments in the School of Engineering. Under his guidance, students have gained 115 prizes and awards for their work since 2007, and the HKUST team has won six championships at the Robocon Hong Kong contest since 2004. More recently, Tim is drawing together both students and colleagues alike into giving back to the community by developing advanced applications to assist the hearing-impaired and partially sighted.
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