The Comeback of Computers
Lester Lo has always been interested in how computer works and made up his mind for studying computer engineering in university. ‘CUHK’s computer engineering programme offers the curriculum which is exactly that I looked for,’ said Lester, a graduate of the programme who took no second thought for choosing the programme.
Always inquisitive, Lester would like to develop tangible products. ‘I have learnt many novel things that I had never come across, e.g., Field-programmable Gate Array Programming,’ said Lester.
As Prof. Michael Rung-Tsong Lyu, Chairman of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, explained, ‘The computer has revolutionized our daily life, from traditional mainframe computers and personal computers to new smart phones and smart devices. The new computer industry requires computer engineers to integrate hardware and software in creating generic, adaptive, yet personalized products. In order to meet this challenge, our programme has been designed to offer comprehensive training for students to ensure they gain computer knowledge in circuit, device, and system levels, as well as solve real world engineering problems with the application of computers.’
Professor Lyu added that equal emphasis is placed on providing hands-on experience to students. Hence, they will start with hands-on projects at the beginning of their studies and throughout their curricula.
Lester pointed out that the programme offered him a solid foundation in the theoretical and practical knowledge. Feedback from the students is taken into account for fine-tuning the courses.
He went on, ‘We are also provided with the greatest support on research and to turn our own ideas into reality. For instance, the Robocon Hong Kong Contest and Intel Cup Undergraduate Electronic Design Contest are held for us to solve problems by applying technology creatively and to learn more about our contemporaries in other local universities and the tertiary institutions in mainland China. It is the most valuable eye-opening experience. These contests help us realize the importance of having a strong knowledge base to cope with the practical challenges. Not to mention the many more other opportunities for gaining real-life experience such as the work-study scheme and internship programmes.’
Working with coursemates to complete group projects and the CEG Society, a student organization, provide opportunities to Lester to meet like-minded friends who share similar interests and goals. He said, ‘We have a good relationship.’
For those students who would like to broaden their learning, they can take any minor progamme at CUHK, or continue their studies for an additional year to gain an Integrated Business Administration Bachelor Degree.
Today, the advances in VLSI and microprocessors have enabled innovative products such as smart phones, smart devices, 3D TVs, digital cameras and supercomputers to keep appearing in the market. The demand for computer engineers grows significantly. Lester said, ‘Given the comprehensive coverage of the programme, we are equipped with the knowledge and skills of being both software development programmer and product system development engineer.’
Published: Summer 2017
Last Updated: Summer 2018