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Jack Lau

HKUST (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

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Dr Jack Lau, Ph.D.

Chairman, Swanland Management

Council Member, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Member, The Government of the HKSAR – Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF) Advisory Committee, Enterprise Support Scheme (ESS) Assessment Panel

Adjunct Professor, Department of Electronics and Computer Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Jack first obtained his BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, under the Honors Degree Program. While at Berkeley, he was a recipient of the UC Berkeley Alumni Scholarship, Unisys Scholarship, Cray Research Scholarship and Coca Cola Scholarship. He had subsequently worked at Hewlett Packard, and Schlumberger, and a startup in the Silicon Valley.

Jack completed his doctorate study in Electronic Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 1994 and became the university’s first PhD graduate. He then continued his post-doctoral research at Stanford University. In 1998, after returning to the Faculty of Electronic Engineering of HKUST, he received his tenure there. His research areas at that time were consumer electronics and wireless circuits. Jack is also passionate in his teaching. He received a Teaching Appreciation Award from the School of Engineering of HKUST in 1995.

In 1999, Jack started a digital consumer electronics company called Perception Digital. The company provided digital signal processor based turn-key solutions to a number of Fortune 500 companies and technology leaders. Perception Digital eventually went public on the main board at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. In addition to be a founder of Perception Digital, Jack also served as the Chairman and CEO of the company.

Jack completed his Kellogg-HKUST EMBA program in 2010.

Jack is a recipient of the 10 Most Outstanding Young Persons in Hong Kong (2000), Young Industrialist Award (2005), and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009 China award. In 2010, he was bestowed an Honorary Fellowship at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

He is also a holder of 15 United States Patent with the first one filed at the age of 23.

As a side note, Jack was born in Hong Kong. He attended St. Joseph's College. He subsequently moved to the United States and graduated from Lowell High School in San Francisco.

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