Innovation Wing affiliated student interest groups

Innovation Wing invites academic staff in Engineering to register their student project team(s) as an Innovation Wing affiliated Student Interest Group (SIG).

Upon successful registration, the team members in the SIG team, including UG/TPg/RPg students, academic staff and technical staff, are eligible to apply for Innovation Wing membership, which entitles its members to access the facilities, equipment and service of Innovation Wing.

The supervisor of the Innovation Wing affiliated SIG could request for project storage space in the Makerspace and project workspace in the co-working Project Studios, subject to the approval and arrangement made by the Innovation Wing Office.

Eligibility
  • The application is open to all academic staff in Engineering.
  • Supervisor: The proposal should identify an academic staff in Engineering as the teacher in charge of the SIG.
  • Technical staff: The proposal should identify the technical staff(s) from the department who is designated to support the SIG in Innovation Wing on demand.
Application form
  • Submission of application is welcomed anytime.
  • The application should be endorsed by the Head of the host department. The endorsement assures mutual understanding for the allocation of department resources (such as academic supervisor(s) / technical staff(s) / teaching assistant(s) / industrial advisor(s)) for the student interest group.
  • The application will be vetted and submitted by department representative. Department representative may give feedback to the applicants on the proposal.

Department

Department representative in the Innovation Wing executive committee

Department of Civil EngineeringProf. J. Yang
Department of Computer ScienceProf. B. Kao
Department of Electrical and Electronic EngineeringProf. Lawrence Yeung
Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems EngineeringDr. HH Cheung
Department of Mechanical EngineeringProf. KW Chow
 
  • Enquires may be directed to the Innovation Wing Office (Person of contact: Mr. Edward Hung <iwedward@hku.hk>)
Application procedure
  • Step 1. Fill in the application form and obtain endorsement from department head

    The application for Innovation Wing affiliated student interest group should be prepared by the project supervisor, who is an academic staff in Engineering. The application should be endorsed by the Head of the host department. The endorsement assures mutual understanding for the allocation of department resources (such as academic supervisor(s) / technical staff(s) / teaching assistant(s) / industrial advisor(s)) for the student interest group.

  • Step 2. Submission by department representative

    The application will be vetted and submitted by department representative to the Innovation Wing Office. Department representative may give feedback to the applicants on the proposal.

    Department

    Department representative in the Innovation Wing executive committee

    Department of Civil Engineering

    Prof. J. Yang

    Department of Computer Science

    Prof. B. Kao

    Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

    Prof. Lawrence Yeung

    Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

    Dr. HH Cheung

    Department of Mechanical Engineering

    Prof. KW Chow

  • Step 3. Panel review / interview

    The proposal will be reviewed by a panel with the Associate Dean of Engineering (Innovation) as the chairman, Associate Deans of Engineering (Student Development), the Director of Interdisciplinary Facilities and the Director of Innovation Wing and as the key members.

    Assessment criteria of the proposals are including but not limited to the following:

    a. Objectives and potential impact of the SIG;

    b. Innovation, uniqueness, scope and potential impact of the SIG;

    c. Adequacy of academic and technical support allocated from the department;

    d. Appropriateness of the proposed project-specific equipment/tools and the requested minimal storage space;

    e. Adequacy of the planned T&L, R&D and KE activities;

    An interview may be scheduled. The allocation will be based on the availability of the funding/space resource.

    An award letter will be sent to the department office of the project supervisor once the proposal is approved.

  • Step 4. Acceptance of offer

    Upon successful application, the team members in the SIG team, including UG/TPg/RPg students, academic staff and technical staff, are eligible to apply for Innovation Wing membership, which entitles its members to access the facilities, equipment and service of Innovation Wing.

    Besides, the supervisor of the SIG could request for project storage space and co-working space in the Project Studios in the Innovation Wing, subject to the approval and arrangement made by the Innovation Wing Office.

  • Step 5. Submit project report and deliverable

    The project supervisor shall submit the required deliverables to Inno Wing, Mr. Edward Hung <iwedward@hku.hk> within one month after the expected project completed date. Inno Wing will use the materials for the promotion and publicity works for HKU Engineering's innovation and student achievements.

  • Step 6. Showcase project works in the Engineering InnoShow

    The project team is required to participate in at least one Engineering InnoShow event, which is a showcase carnival organized by the Innovation Wing, Faculty of Engineering at the end of every semester, to applause innovative projects conducted by engineering students.

Assessment

An interview may be scheduled if necessary.

Assessment criteria of the proposals are including but not limited to the following:

  1. Objectives and potential impact of the SIG;
  2. Innovation, uniqueness, scope and potential impact of the SIG;
  3. Adequacy of academic and technical support allocated from the department;
  4. Appropriateness of the proposed project-specific equipment/tools and the requested minimal storage space;
  5. Adequacy of the planned T&L, R&D and KE activities;
Project deliverable

The project supervisor shall submit the following deliverables to Innovation Wing Office (Person of contact: Mr Edward Hung <iwedward@hku.hk>) within one month after the expected project completed date:

  • A project report – Please submit the docx format of the project report, using this following template.
  • Media links:
    • Poster of the SIG – preferably 36 inch width * 54 inch height with 150dpi (5400 * 8100 pixels)
    • Project images – Including a cover image and several other images (with high resolution)
    • A short video about the SIG – preferably a one-minute introduction video of the SIG.
  • Students’ sharing – Short written sharing from each student member of the project group.
  • There are events organized by the Innovation Wing for the SIGs. The SIG teams will actively participate in the following events:
    • The Engineering InnoSpark event – an orientation and introduction event for students to get in touch with various Innovation Wing affiliated SIGs at the beginning of the academic year.
    • The Engineering InnoShow event – a showcase carnival that celebrates innovative Engineering student projects at the end of every semester.
  • There are visiting tours arranged by the Innovation Wing Office. The supervisor (or student/staff on behalf arranged by the supervisor) will introduce the SIG projects to the guests and visitors of Innovation Wing.
The role of Innovation Wing and its affiliated Student Interest Groups
Innovation Wing Innovation Wing affiliated Student Interest Group

Project storage

  • Innovation Wing can provide project storage boxes for the SIG team upon the request made by the supervisor. Innovation Wing Office will make the best effort to accommodate the request.
  • The Innovation Wing Office has the right to allocate/relocate/revoke the storage space for the SIG team.
  • The SIG team and the host department follows the storage space arrangement made by the Innovation Wing Office.
  • When the storage space is limited in the Innovation Wing, the Innovation Wing Office could request the SIG team to relocate its project storage back to the host department.

Project studio

  • Innovation Wing can provide project space in the co-working project studio for the SIG team upon the request made by the supervisor. Innovation Wing Office will make the best effort to accommodate the request.
  • Multiple SIG teams would be allocated to set up a collaboration / co-working space in the Project Studio.
  • Innovation Wing provides basic furniture (such as chairs, tables and storage drawers) upon request by the supervisor.
  • The Innovation Wing Office has the right to allocate/relocate/revoke the project space in the Project Studio for the SIG team.
  • Please report to Innovation Wing Office and obtain approval before bringing any project-specific equipment/tools in the Project Studio.
  • The supervisor manages the technical staff(s) from the department who is designated to support the SIG in Innovation Wing on demand.
  • When the Project Studio space is limited, the Innovation Wing Office could request the SIG team to relocate their project space back to the host department.

Housekeeping / cleaning arrangement

  • The Innovation Wing Office arranges housekeeping / cleaning service for common areas such as the gallery, corridors and the event halls.
  • The SIG members are responsible for the housekeeping / cleaning of the workspace they used.

Recruitment of new members for the SIG

  • Innovation Wing provides event/activity venues for booking. Please refer to this page for the details.
  • Innovation Wing Office organizes the Engineering InnoSparks event at the beginning of the academic year for new students to get in touch with various SIGs.  The SIGs can recruit prospective members to grow their teams, seek timely and constructive feedback from academic advisors and share their inventive ideas with industry experts for potential collaborations.
  • The supervisor manages the recruitment activities for the SIG.
  • Participate in the Engineering InnoSpark event.

Academic and technical support

  • Innovation Wing offers general facilities and services to its members
    • Makerspace
    • Brainstorming area/meeting rooms
    • Computer-aided design (CAD) facilities
    • 3D printing facilities
    • Laser cutting and engraving facilities
    • Electronic workbenches
    • Hand tools/power tools and mechanical facilities in the Machine Shop
  • The supervisor arranges academic and technical support from department(s) for the SIG.

T&L, R&D and KE activities of the SIGs

  • Innovation Wing provides event/activity venues for booking. Please refer to this page for the details.
  • The supervisor manages the T&L, R&D and KE activities for the SIG.

Publicity of the SIG and their achievements

  • Innovation Wing Office maintains a website that introduces its affiliated SIGs and their student activities/project achievements.
  • Innovation Wing Office organizes the Engineering InnoShow event, a public showcase carnival that celebrates innovative Engineering student projects at the end of each semester.
  • The supervisor provides the details to Innovation Wing for publicity purpose:
  • Media links:
    • Poster of the SIG - 36-inch width * 54-inch height with 150dpi (5400 * 8100 pixels)
    • Images of the SIG - one cover image and a number of other images
    • A short video about the SIG - preferably a one-minute introduction video of the SIG.
  • A completion report
  • Participate in the Engineering InnoShow event as one of the showcasing teams.

Tours for visitors

Innovation Wing Office arranges tours that feature inspirational visits to engage students, teachers and visitors with Innovation Wing's unique facilities, projects and student communities.

The supervisor (or student/staff on behalf arranged by the supervisor) introduces the projects of the SIG to the guests and visitors.

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