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Civil Engineering Alumnus Professor Iu Vai-pan Receives HKBU Distinguished Alumni Award


Faculty of Science is pleased to announce that our Civil Engineering alumnus Professor Iu Vai-pan (姚偉彬) is to be awarded at the sixth annual Distinguished Alumni Award by Hong Kong Baptist University for distinguished scholastic achievements and contributions to the University and society.

The Award has been established not only to recognize the outstanding business, professional or scholastic achievements of the awardees and their services and contributions to the University and society, but also to motivate current students to learn from their rich experience and success.

Brief introduction of Professor Iu Vai-pan

Professor Iu Vai-pan is the College Master of Stanley Ho East Asia College and Professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Macau (UM). He graduated from the Department of Civil Engineering at Hong Kong Baptist College, and subsequently received a Master’s degree in Advanced Structural Engineering from the University of Southampton in the UK and a PhD in Civil Engineering from The University of Hong Kong.

Following his PhD, Professor Iu participated in postdoctoral research at the University of Calgary in Canada and The University of Hong Kong, before joining the University of East Asia in Macau (now UM). During his 30 years of service at UM, Professor Iu has served as the Associate Dean and Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology. He also served as Rector from 1999 to 2008, during which time he led UM to develop into an international university.

As a devoted academic, Professor Iu has always been passionate about teaching and mentoring, and has continued to teach during his rectorship. He was the first scholar from Macau to be appointed a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. His structural mechanics and vibration research has been published in top academic journals and his research achievements in nonlinear stochastic dynamical systems have earned him a Natural Science Award (Second Prize) in Macau.

Closely affiliated with HKBU, Professor Iu has been actively promoting academic and student exchange between HKBU and UM. He has lent great support to various international university organisations by serving as President of the Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific, Vice-President of the International Association of University Presidents, and Board Member of the United Nations University International Institute for Software Technology.

Professor Iu has also participated actively in community and public services. He is currently the President of the Association of Affiliated School of UM; Member of the Trustee Committee of The Science and Technology Development Fund; Member of the Architecture, Engineering and Urban Planning Committee and Coordinator of its Registration Commission; Member of the Urban Renewal Committee; Member of the Talents Development Committee; and Member of the Higher Education Committee of the Macau SAR Government. He was also the President of The Association for Promotion of Science and Technology of Macau, and President of the General Assembly of The Institute of European Studies of Macau. Professor Iu was awarded the Medal of Distinguish Service by the Macau SAR government in 2008 in recognition of his significant contributions to the higher education sector in Macau.

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