IMechE NEAR - Shanghai Cluster Inauguration Ceremony and Member Reception

On Dec.16, hosted by the institution of Mechanical Engineers - North East Asia Region (NEAR), the inaugural ceremony of the NEAR Shanghai Cluster was held at the Arup’s Office in Shanghai.

IMechE is one of the fastest growing professional engineering institutions. Headquartered in London, but with operations around the world, the Institution has over 110,000 members in more than 140 countries, working at the heart of the most important and dynamic industries. Today’s reception marks the launch of the NEAR Shanghai Cluster, which aims to support the local engineering community and promote the importance of professional engineers. More than 80 people including local members, university professors, and local industry leaders, as well as the volunteers of the Institution attended the seminar.

Mr. Michael Kwok, Director and General Manager of the Arup Shanghai office, gave a welcome introduction to all invited guests about this happy occasion. IMechE International Vice President - Prof Alan Lau delivered an opening speech before the MOU signing ceremony between Arup and NEAR. NEAR Chairman –Eur Ing WK Chow then gave an overview of the North East Region before Mr. Francois Lancelot outlined the Shanghai Cluster’s strategic plan for 2014-15. The Shanghai Cluster Inaugural Ceremony was ended by the traditional three toasts given by the Core team, first to the Institution, then to the NEAR and the Shanghai Cluster and finally to its guests and members.

All invited guests from academia and industry, local members and volunteers stayed through the late hours of the evening to network and enjoy the excellent food and wine served at the reception.

More information and photos for the event can be found in the report below:
IMechE NEAR Shanghai Cluster IMR Report


Dr CW Tso's Presentation Slides on Hong Kong's Electricity Generation market

Dr. CW Tso, the Adjunct Professor of the City University of Hong Kong, has recently shared his views on the outlook and challenges of Hong Kong's Electricity Generation market.

Dr. Tso has kindly agreed to share his presentation slides on this topic on the NEAR website. The presentation files can be viewed and downloaded in the following links:

2013-4-20 IEEE Forum Electricity Generation in HK - Outlook and Challenges 
2013-6-14 C W Tso Roundtable at HKPolyU
2013-11-22 Where Do We go from Here - Electricity Generation for Now and Beyond 2020
2013-12-8 香港開展風力發電 - 挑戰及展望 (For Presentation)

Result Announcement for API Identity and Visual Image Design Competition

The Asia-Pacific Initiative (API) New Identity and Visual Image Design Competition was launched in May 2013 to invite members to contribute their ideas on the new identity and visual image of API.

A large number of submissions were received from members of different regions. All the submissions were consolidated and voted by the API Organizing Committee and Steering Committee.

The champion has been finally selected with the following submission:

New Identity: EngNow – 360˚ Leadership Training

Visual Image: 

Member Name: William J. Swinson

Region: Oceania

The new identity “EngNow - 360˚ Leadership Training” and the associated visual image will be used to replace the original programme name – API and will appear in the subsequent programme information and publications.

*The visual image was adjusted to suite IMechE Branding Guidelines.

Final Reminder for IMechE Election 2013

Dear Member,

Please be reminded that it is 3 days away from the deadline of IMechE 2013 Elections.   

For those who had already voted, please ignore this warm and final reminder. We would also like to thank you for your valuable time and opinion in shaping the future of IMechE.  

For those who have yet to vote,  kindly do so via the following link: with your security codes as advised in the subject letter from HQs, log on to My Account on the IMechE website. Every vote counts.

Do exercise your right to vote for the ones of whom could best represent you both in the Board and the Council before the deadline, the 20th May 2013 noon (GMT). Vote now.  

Best regards,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     WK Chow                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         NEAR Chairman (2011-2014)

Asia Pacific Initiative (API) New Identity and Visual Image Design Competition

The Asia Pacific Initiative (API) is a brand new cross-regional programme being implemented by the four IMechE Asia Pacific regions to support young member development. The API includes three main events, namely,

  • Speak Out for Engineering Competition
  • Design Competition for the Visually Impaired       
  • Two-day Young Leadership Development Conference

Asia Pacific Initiative (API) is currently the initial name for the programme.  This competition is to find what will be an appropriate name/identity and visual image for the event for this year, and for the years ahead.

This API new identity and visual image design competition is therefore launched. We would like many IMechE members to contribute their ideas. In this competition, members are invited to submit ideas of the new identity for the API and also a visual image design for the new identity. 

Submission deadline is 31st May, 2013.

The competition rules and guidelines can be downloaded as follows:

Institution of Mechanical Engineers invites Professor Zhou Ji, President of the Chinese Academy of Engineering to become an Honorary Fellow

On the 13th December 2012, Patrick Kniveton Senior Deputy President and Stephen Tetlow CEO visited the Chinese Academy of Engineering in Beijing to meet Professor Zhou Ji, President of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and President of the Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society as well as Professor Zhang Yanmin, General Secretary of the Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society to discuss areas of Anglo-Sino collaboration including the development of young engineers and potential engineering research projects.

During the discussions Patrick Kniveton, Senior Deputy President also had the honour of inviting Prof Zhou Ji to become an Honorary Fellow of the Institution in recognition of his distinguished contribution to engineering.

Honorary Fellowship of the Institution is only awarded to two recipients each year and they are usually inducted at a Ordinary meeting of the Institution and invited to sign the Honorary Fellows book and their names are inscribed on the Honorary Fellows Board at the Institutions Headquarters in London. 

Other prominent Honorary Fellows include HRH The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duke of Kent and CMES Honorary President, Prof Lu Yongxiang.

Professor Zhou Ji, former Minister of Education for China has actively promoted international collaboration to support the engineering community for many years and has made an outstanding contribution to the field of engineering, with a career spanning four decades.

Professor Zhou has published over 200 papers and 11 books and has received numerous Provincial and state awards in China. He was also conferred an Honorary Doctorate degree by Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2002 and Liverpool University, UK in 2005.

For further information about the Institution’s Honorary Fellowship please go to

Presidential Visit to Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong

The President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Prof. Isobel Pollock, visited Hong Kong last week to meet key organisations in Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong province to support the development of the engineering community in these areas. With the Institution’s Hong Kong Branch Chairman, Szeto Ka Sing CEng FIMechE, the President had the opportunity to visit the University of Macau, the Macau Institution of Engineers, the EMS Department of Hong Kong SAR government, the Hong Kong Insittution of Engineers, and key local associations and operations in Guangdong, including the Guangdong Society of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, the Guangdong Society of Mechanical Engineering, and a visit to the Longxue shipyard.

This visit was also to gain local support for the development of the Asia-Pacific Initiative (API), a series of activities to provide our young engineers and engineering designers a platform to receive well-rounded engineering leadership training. The events will be held in September 2013 in Hong Kong.  

Distinguished award presented to Sir Sze Yuen Chung

During the visit, the President had the great pleasure of awarding the Honourable Sir Sze Yuen Chung the Institution’s prestigious James Watt International Gold Medal for his outstanding contributions to engineering, and for his lifelong service to the community.

The award was established in January 1936 to commemorate the bicentenary of the birth of the famous engineer, James Watt.  The first recipient in 1937 was Sir John Aspinal, Railway Engineer and past President of the Institution. Other distinguished recipients have included Henry Ford, Sir Frank Whittle, and Sir William Stanier. To receive this medal the recipient must be an individual who has achieved international recognition both through their work as a mechanical engineer, and through the ability with which they have applied science to the progress of mechanical engineering.

Sir Sze Yuen Chung has been a long-standing and eminant role model and mentor for many engineers in Hong Kong.  Over the past sixty years, Sir SY has played a pivotal role in the engineering, educational, economic, social, and political development of Hong Kong.  Through his dedication and commitment to improving the wellbeing of the Hong Kong people and industry, Sir SY is a living testament of what an engineer can do to enhance every facet of life.

IMechE Asia Pacific Initiatives (API) 2013

To become a good engineering leader working in the engineering industry at the current time, an engineer only possesses technical skill is not sufficient to manage and drive his/her business and tasks successfully and smoothly, other soft skills such as marketing, presentation and negotiation are all important.

In view of such shortage of skills of current young engineers, IMechE NEAR will initiate the organization of a Young Engineer Programme - Asia Pacific Initiatives (API) 2013 comprising:

Asia-Pacific Regional Design Contest

Asia-Pacific Regional Speak Out for Engineering

Asia-Pacific Regional Young Leadership Camp

The programme is planned to be held in Q4 2013 tentatively in Hong Kong. 

More information will be released at a later stage.

IMechE International Affiliate to Associate Member Upgrade Campaign

IMechE has launched a campaign to waive the application fee for Affiliate Member to upgrade to Associate Member, if you apply before 28th February 2013. This time limited special offer is yet another reason to join one of the world’s fastest growing professional institutions.

More details can be referred to the link and document attached below:

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