Mr H Y Wong received his BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hong Kong in 1969 and MSc in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) from the University of California, Berkeley in 1971. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers.
Before joining CityU, he has been involved in high-tech product design and engineering management for 25 years, over 20 of which have been spent at Ampex Ferrotec Ltd. where he also received the Ampex Excellence Award. His expertise is in the research and development electronic and computer products, video equipment and telecommunication devices, and the designs by the development team under his leadership have received three prestigious Governor's Awards of the Year, among other prizes.
As a local pioneer of technology transfer in the 1970s, Mr Wong transferred the Winchester hard disk manufacturing technology from Rodime in Scotland to Hong Kong, setting up the first computer hard disk manufacturing site in the Far East. In the 1980s, after obtaining a license from Sony Japan to manufacture professional Betacam video tape recorders in Hong Kong, he started the first professional video equipment production here.
Between 1994 and 2002, as Director of the Industrial and Business Development Office (later restructured as the Knowledge Transfer Office, or KTO), he helped expand the CityU's consultancy business from $5 million to over $40 million, enabled revenue growth for eight consecutive years, and oversaw the incubation of over forty technology start-up companies, one of which is TeleEye Holdings Limited, the first listed company on the Growth Enterprise Market of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange to have been nurtured by a local tertiary institution.
Today, he continues to be closely involved in the shaping and promotion of the KTO's four core areas of work: Applied Research, Intellectual Property Management, Technology Licensing and Industrial Liaison (through the CUBIC platform). He has recently helped to establish two new University entities, the CityU Shenzhen Research Institute and the CityU Research Institute (Shenzhen) Ltd., as part of the University's expansion plans in Mainland China.
Mr Wong is very active in the local community and serves on many industrial and education panels and committees, including the Technology Committee, the Electronics Committee, the University Grants Committee, the Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation and the Vocational Training Council.