Bulletin Spring‧Summer Autumn‧Winter 1999

Profiles Mrs. Sophie Lau Director of Personnel Mrs. Sophie Lau graduated from St. Mary's Canossian College in 1968 and was head girl of the college for that year. She then studied sociology and economics in the University of Hong Kong and graduated in 1971 with a Bachelor's Honours degree in Social Sciences. Mrs. Lau is also an associate member of the Hong Kong Institute of Personnel Management and has completed a programme on management techniques in higher education administration in the University of Warwick and the University of Nottingham. Upon graduation from the University of Hong Kong, Mrs. Lau worked for a year for the Honourable Oswald Cheung, a Queen's Counsel, assisting him in his legislative councillor and legal work . The ensuing three years were spent in the United States working in the respective law offices of the chairman of the Chicago Bar Association and that of the Minneapoli s Bar Association. On returning to Hong Kong, she helped the Textile Alliance Limited Group of Companies establish its Company Secretarial Department and was employed as its manager. She left the Group after eight years and joined the City Polytechnic of Hong Kong when it first started operation in 1984. For over six years, she participated in the e s t a b l i s hme nt and development of the General Secretary's Office, which is the central personnel department in the Polytechnic. Mrs. Lau joined The Chinese University of Hong Kong in May 1990 as its Director of Personnel. She has been entrusted with the duty of mobilizing the existing resources of the University's Personnel Section to obtain, develop and motivate the human resources required by the University to achieve its objectives during a period of expansion. Mrs. Lau has plans to look into various measures to retain staff, examine the conditions of service for different grades of staff, review their career structure, and promote appropriate succession planning through staff training and development. Mrs. Lau is married, with one child. Dr. Winston W. Liang Director of University Development D r . W i n s t on W. L i a ng graduated f r om National Taiwan University in 1970, majoring in chemical engineering. He received his MS degree in metallurgical e n g i n e e r i n g f r om the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in 1972 and his Sc.D. degree in materials engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1976. Dr. Liang has more than 15 years of academic and industrial experience in advanced materials processing and manufacturing technology development of ceramic and composite materials. He held teaching positions at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and the University of Illinois - Chicago and conducted research and development programmes at the AMOCO Research Centre. He also managed numerous research and development projects for the Gas Research Institute and was instrumenta l in setting up the Centre for Advanced Materials at the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Dr. Liang was vice-president for marketing and programme development at AMERCOM, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Atlantic Research Corporation. He came to Hong Kong i n mid-1988 to set up the Office of Industrial and Business Development for this University. The office develops and coordinates the University's relationships with local and international busiess organizations, educational institutions, foundations and individuals to raise funds fo r research and fellowships. Dr. Liang wa s promoted to the current position in early 1990 to coordinate the University's externally-related projects. His current research interests include science and technology policy , technology management and marketing, and advanced materials applications. P R O F I L ES 28 -