What’s the most unexpected thing about your job?
There are plenty of uncertainties in site conditions! Every day I need to propose new solutions and schemes to overcome new issues. The construction problems are always unexpected from the ideal structural analysis design.
Did you have any role models when you were younger? What inspired you to do the job you’re doing now?
Leonardo da Vinci and Albert Einstein. Da Vinci influenced me a lot in Visual Arts and engineering inventions while Einstein’s theory inspired me in understanding the universe and aroused my interest in Physics and Cosmology.
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Your favourite subjects at school?
Physics, particularly the elective subject about Cosmology. As inspired by Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, I integrated the scientific concepts of Space-Time into my capstone project of Visual Art at high school. In university, I was fascinated by the wind engineering and Fluid-structural-interactions courses.
- Jockey Club Ti-I College, major in Physics, Chemistry, Visual Arts and Algebraic Calculus
- The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), BEng (Hons) in Civil and Structural Engineering
- The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), MPhil in Civil and Structural Engineering (focus in aerodynamic instability and wind engineering)
Your reason for choosing this career?
I fortunately joined the wind engineering research group of HKUST and did research in the Hong Kong CLP Power Wind/Wave Tunnel Facility. I gained experience in carrying out aerodynamic testing on slender structures and this assisted me to understand more about the behaviour of the aerodynamic excitation on buildings. With the encouragement from wind engineering giants, I decided to join a design consultancy firm and hope to apply my experience in structural wind engineering to some real life projects in the near future.
Tell me about your career path to date?
My university supervisor Professor Tim Tse guided me a lot in the research of wind engineering in my Final Year project and therefore I decided to pursue an MPhil to further explore the mechanism of aerodynamic excitation and wind energy harvesting. After graduation, I joined AECOM Hong Kong Building Engineering (structural).
If you could have any job what would it be? How does it differ from what you’re doing?
A researcher, inventor and engineering “superhero” (like Iron man)! This is beyond the scope of an engineer and would contribute widely to everyone.
Your advice to a young person considering a career in STEM?
“Hot Blood” is always the paramount spirit! Always keep in thinking “why”. Engineers aim to build a better environment for humans to live - not only in designing structures but also in their responsibility and safety when compared to other industries.