Alumni Kaleidoscope: Andy chow - BEng(CIVL), Mphil(CIVL)

Andy is an Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering at City University of Hong Kong (CityU), and a Honorary Senior Lecturer in Transport Systems at University College London (UCL), UK. He did his undergraduate studies in Civil Engineering (major) and Mathematics (minor) at HKUST, and obtained his doctoral degree in London (England) in 2007. His doctoral dissertation on optimisation of dynamic network systems won him a Gordon Newell Memorial Dissertation Prize in 2008. 


Before returning to Hong Kong in 2017, Andy spent some wonderful years in London as a faculty member at UCL, and San Francisco Bay Area as a postdoc at University of California Berkeley where he was involved in a number of Intelligent Transport Systems projects funded by California and Federal governments under the California PATH program. Now a faculty member at CityU, Andy is working with a number of local and overseas organisations including MTR, Transport Department (HK), Transport for London, Network Rail (UK), etc. on improving the efficiency and resilience of urban transport systems with innovative data analytics and information technologies.  


Motivated by job opportunities and personal interest in mathematics, Andy originally did plan to be an engineer while he had never imagined pursuing an academic career. Influenced by his mentors and the active research atmosphere at HKUST, he decided to give academia a try. He is particularly grateful to Professor Hong K Lo who broadened his horizons and introduced him to world-class scientific research. To him, an academic career is fun because it involves creativity, free thinking, and interaction with colleagues and students from different parts of the world (and not to forget the opportunities to travel and learn around the world!) – and academia is definitely not a boring "cookie-cutter" job. Now a professor himself, Andy appreciates the opportunities and passes the spirit on to the next generation. 


A proud former member of the HKUST Rowing Team (when he spent more time on the Shing Mun River than in the classroom!), Andy has been keeping in touch with his former teammates as well as the UST community throughout the years.


Know more about Andy from:

HKUST 25th Anniversary Did You Know Video Series:  Metro Travel Behavior and How to Detect Problems with a Smart Card



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