- Scholarship in 1984 at Imperial College London
Ir Professor K F CHUNG was appointed by the Ministry of Science and Technology, People’s Republic of China to be Director of the Chinese National Engineering Research Centre for Steel Construction (Hong Kong Branch) in October 2015.
Professor Chung is a renowned academic, researcher and structural engineer with established expertise in structural engineering and steel construction. Currently, Professor Chung is a Professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Founding President of the Hong Kong Constructional Metal Structures Association. Professor Chung served the Joint Structural Division of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers, U.K. in various capacities. He was a Council Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers from 2013 to 2015. Professor Chung was elected to be a Vice President of the Institution of Structural Engineers, U.K. in September 2016.
Professor Chung was awarded a First Class Honours degree as well as the Mappin Medal from the University of Sheffield in 1984. At the same year, Professor Chung was awarded a postgraduate scholarship from the Hong Kong Croucher Foundation for his research study in structural engineering at the then Imperial College of Science and Technology of the University of London. He obtained his Ph.D. in steel structures in 1988.
Professor Chung worked at the Steel Construction Institute, the U.K. as a Research Engineer and then a Senior Research Engineer for six years from January 1989 to April 1995. Returning to Hong Kong in May 1995, Professor Chung worked on the design and construction of a number of steel and composite high-rise buildings in two international consulting firms before joining The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in September 1996.
Professor Chung works on a wide range of inter-disciplinary engineering analysis and design, especially on modern steel and composite building structures. His research interests include limit state analysis and performance-based design of structural systems, structural fire engineering and fire protection in buildings and tunnels, and design codification. He has published about 200 conference and journal papers as well as 9 professional design guides on modern steel construction technology. Professor Chung is a frequent speaker in international conferences and symposia as well as in professional short courses for practicing engineers.
1984 Mappin Medal 1984 by The University of Sheffield, U.K.
1984 Postgraduate Scholarship by The Hong Kong Croucher Foundations
1996 Henry Adams Award 1995 by The Institution of Structural Engineers, U.K. owing to his research papers published in The Structural Engineers
2002 The President’s Award 2001 of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University owing to his continual success in securing the public research fundings
2005 The Commendation Award from Vice President (R&D) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University owing to his continual success in securing the public research fundings
2006 Most Active Consultant Award 2006 of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University owing to his highest aggregate consultancy income earned in 2005/06 among all academic staff of the University.
2008 Dean’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Technology Transfer - Team Award owing to the successful implementation of the “Code of Practice for the Structural Use of Steel” together with Arup Hong Kong. Drafting of the Code was commissioned by the Buildings Department of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region between 2003 and 2005. The Code was officially published by the Buildings Department in August 2005, and fully implemented in August 2007.
2022 Grand Award of “The CSCS and Technology Awards 2022” by China Steel Construction Society
2023 Grand Prize on Innovative Application of "The HKIE Grand Award 2023" by The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers
Ir Professor K F Chung has published extensively on steel and composite construction in both research and professional journals including over 150 journal and conference papers as well as five SCI Design Guides on advanced steel and composite construction technology. His areas of research interests include:
· Steel structures, effective use of high strength steel as well as fire and weather resistant steel
· Steel-concrete composite structures, composite beams and columns, composite structures with deformable and non-ductile shear connectors
· Cold-formed steel structures, cold-formed steel building systems, long term performance of built-up metal roofs
· Structural stability, finite element modelling, and integrated analysis and design
· Structural fire engineering, computational thermal analysis, fire protection, and fire tests
· Structural bamboo, bamboo structures and bamboo scaffolds
· Code drafting and design development
Ir Professor K F Chung is one of the Principal Authors of the Hong Kong Steel Code which was published by the Buildings Department of the Government of Hong Kong SAR in August 2005. He is also Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the International Symposia on Cold-formed Metal Structures 2004, 2006 and 2010, as well as the International Symposia on Advances in Steel and Composite Structures 2005, 2007 and 2009. As a world renowned academic and engineer in structural engineering, Prof Chung serves as the General Secretary of the Conference Organizing Committee of the IStructE Centenary Conference held in Hong Kong in January 2008. He is also Chairman of the Editorial Board, and Chief Editor of the Conference Proceedings.
In 2007, Prof Chung established the Institute of Cold-formed Metal Structures, and served as President to promote cold-formed steel construction technology in Asia. In 2010, Prof Chung founded the Hong Kong Constructional Metal Structures Association to promote the effective use of constructional metal structures, in particular, the effective use of Chinese steel materials in construction projects overseas.
In the past 10 years, Prof Chung conducted about 20 professional short courses in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia to practising engineers on advanced structural steel and composite design as well as structural fire engineering.
Prof Chung is active in services to professional communities, and serves the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers in the U.K. in various capacities. He is a frequent speaker in international conferences and seminars. Prof. Chung also advises to consultants, contractors as well as regulatory bodies, and building product suppliers on various design and construction issues.
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