PolyU Industrial Centre (IC) is a well-equipped hands-on learning and research support centre for students studying engineering and engineering-related disciplines. It is the only establishment of its kind among the 8 UGC-funded universities in Hong Kong. It therefore provides service to other local UGC-funded universities as well as non UGC-funded universities and colleges. Some of our major users include The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST), The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), The City University of Hong Kong (CityU), The University of Hong Kong (HKU) and The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK).
Like nowhere, IC provides a multi-disciplinary open environment equipped with a variety of facilities for students to integrate engineering skills and knowledge for real life problems. IC is supported by six technical streams and a research centre specializing in core and contemporary engineering and technological areas such as Additive Manufacturing, Digital Manufacturing, Electronics, Intelligent Automation, Composites, Fabrication, Building Services, Safety, Construction, Design Realization and Aviation Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (AMRO).
IC offers a variety of learning activities and support services to students studying in Engineering and other disciplines like Health Technology and Informatics as well as Design. These learning activities include engineering hands-on practice, integrated engineering projects, work-integrated manufacturing projects and engineering project competition. All these are effective ways to integrate engineering skills and knowledge for real life problems as well as stimulate and inspire students’ passion in engineering.
In addition, IC offers support to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning activities as well as Service Learning activities organized by PolyU departments. Each year, hundreds of students participate in different General University Requirements (GUR) and Cluster Area Requirements (CAR) subjects as well as Freshmen Seminars supported by IC. In recent years, IC actively provides guidance and supports to hundreds of students on the delivery of community service learning projects in Hong Kong and/or Mainland China. Examples of these Service Learning projects are: (i) campus and IT facilities improvement for schools and charity organizations in Hong Kong and Heyuan; and (ii) designing STEM learning kits for primary/secondary school students and farming improvement project in Sichuan.
Research & Incubation Support
Capitalizing on its multidisciplinary technologies and equipment, IC provides research and incubation support to students and researchers. Students, academics and researchers are making use of IC’s facilities and expertise in pursuing and realizing their research and development projects as well as scholarly activities. Some of the successful projects include (i) Camera Pointing System (CPS) for Chang’e-3 Lunar Probe; (ii) Soil Preparation System (SOPSYS) for Phobos-Grunt Mission, both in collaboration with the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering; (iii) Novel Brain Training Device for Stroke Patient, in collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Division of Biomedical Engineering; and (iv) 3D Printed Surgical Guides, in collaboration with local medical schools and hospitals. IC also extended its engineering support to the industry and the community. Some of the examples are: (i) Air Traffic Control Console Improvement Study, in collaboration with HKSAR Civil Aviation Department (CAD), (ii) Acid Deposition Monitoring Network, in collaboration with HKSAR Environmental Protection Department (EPD), and (iii) Mobile Detrainment Ladder for MTR and Novel Multiple-axis Machining of Turbine Blades, in collaboration with Hong Kong Aero Engine Services Limited (HAESL).
IC is an active facilitator of knowledge transfer activities. In addition to the academic programmes that jointly offered by academic departments and professional institutions, IC also provides continuing education programmes for the community and industry; these include training and retraining courses for professional and/or technical personnel in the fields of engineering, AMRO, infrastructure building and energy supply. IC is an approved training centre of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) Graduate Scheme A Training and therefore its hands-on learning activities are recognized as part of the HKIE Graduate Scheme A Training. In response to the increasing demand for modern industrial engineering education in Mainland China, IC also provides tailor-made programmes for Mainland institutions. Institutions from different provinces and cities are eager to send their senior officials and teachers to take the train-the-trainer programme at IC. IC has established close relationship with universities in Mainland China since 1980’s. Over 40 industrial training centres in Mainland China were modelled after IC.
In collaboration with Boeing, IC has established the first Aviation Services Research Centre (ASRC) in Hong Kong. ASRC works closely with Boeing and local aviation industry on research and development of advanced AMRO technologies and methodologies that can drastically improve quality, throughput and efficiency of the whole aviation industry.
To cope with the manpower demand of the aviation industry in Hong Kong, IC, in collaboration with the PolyU Hong Kong Community College, is going to offer a Higher Diploma in Aircraft Services Engineering in 2015/16 academic year.