- Fellowship in 1990 at Australian National University
- Scholarship in 1984 at University of Cambridge
Professor J. Lam received a first class BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manchester in 1983 and was awarded the Ashbury Scholarship, the A.H. Gibson Prize, and the H. Wright Baker Prize for his academic performance. He later obtained the MPhil and PhD degrees from the University of Cambridge in 1985 and 1988, respectively. For his doctoral and post-doctoral research, he was supported by the Croucher Foundation Scholarship (1984) and Fellowship (1990). He is the recipient of an Outstanding Researcher Award (2008) of the University of Hong Kong, a Distinguished Visiting Fellow (2010) of the Royal Academy of Engineering of the United Kingdom, and a Cheung Kong Chair Professor of the Ministry of Education, China (2013). He is a Highly Cited Researcher in Engineering (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) and Computer Science (2015) selected by Thomson Reuters and Clarivate Analytics. He has received the Second Class State Natural Science Award twice (2015, 2019).
Prior to joining the Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong in 1993, where he is now Chair of Control Engineering, Professor Lam held lectureships at now the City University of Hong Kong and the University of Melbourne. He was a Visiting Fellow of the Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering, Australian National University, and Visting Professorship of King's College, London.
On the professional service side, Professor Lam is a Chartered Mathematician, Chartered Scientist, Chartered Engineer, Fellow of Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications, Fellow of Institution of Engineering and Technology, Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Fellow of Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and Fellow of The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. He also joined other learned societies as Fellow of the Cambridge Philosophical Society and Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society. Professor Lam is Editor-in-Chief of three reputable journals, and they are IET Control Theory and Applications, Journal of The Franklin Institute, and Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part I: Journal of Systems and Control Engineering. He also serves as Subject Editor of Journal of Sound and Vibration, Editor of Asian Journal of Control, Senior Editor (Systems and Control) of Cogent Engineering, Section Editor (Control Engineering & Robotics) of IET Journal of Engineering, Consulting Editor of International Journal of Systems Science, and Associate Editor of Automatica, and Multidimensional Systems and Signal Processing. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEE Proceedings: Control Theory and Applications, and Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing. Professor Lam also serves as Panel Member (Engineering, Joint Research Schemes) of the Research Grants Council, HKSAR.
Professor Lam has research interests in model reduction, positive systems, robust control and filtering, delay and singular systems, Markov jump systems, multidimensional systems, networked control systems, and complex networks.