The Association of Engineering Professionals in Society (“AES”) was founded on 19 December 1995 by a group of professional engineers motivated by their concerns of the community and the future development of the engineering profession. The group was inspired and led by the late Sir S.Y. Chung, as the Hon. Advisor, together with the late Ir Dr Nicky N K Chan, former Secretary for Lands and Works, as President, later on taken over by Ir Dr F K Hu, and then by Ir YC Lo, former Permanent Secretary of Works, and Ir Dr Raymond C T Ho as Chairman and quite a number of highly respected professionals as Advisors.
The Association now has almost 1,000 individual members, 36 Advisors, about 30 Company Members which include many major engineering, construction and utility companies.
Through over 2 decades’ active support of the implementation of public sector infrastructure and social-economic policies, AES’s efforts have been well-recognized. Numerous trips have been organised over the years to visit many Mainland cities. During many of these trips, we were received by Central Government leaders (全國政協副主席周光召先生及全國政協副主席徐匡迪先生@人民大會堂香港廳) or senior provincial officials (上海市長韓正先生及寧波市長劉奇先生). Some overseas trips have also been arranged to broaden members’ international outlook and experience.
Young Engineers in Society (YES) was formed in 2003 by young members with the aim of establishing a platform for the promotion of the objectives of the Association amongst young engineers and young professionals in engineering related fields, with emphasis in leadership development, and strengthening of the qualities and the competitiveness of young engineering professionals in order to enable themselves prepared for the rapidly-changing market demands and to capitalise on the emerging Mainland and overseas markets. Since establishment, we have successfully completed 11 projects funded by the Professional Services Development Assistance Scheme (PSDAS) of the government and 3 substantial studies funded by the Hong Kong Construction Association.
IT Division was formed in 2017 as more IT professionals joined the Association, timely to provide a specific platform to cater for the rapid advent of the new fields such as FinTech, Big Data, IoT, Crypto-currencies, e-commerce, ICO, VR, AI and so on, which will have significant bearings on the future development of Hong Kong.
The Association actively participated in the reconstruction work in Sichuan Province subsequent to the disastrous 5.12 earthquake in 2008. In total, we raised over HKD10 million at the time for the reconstruction of Yuanjia Primary School (德陽袁家可育學校) in Jing Yang District, Deyang Municipality and also the construction of Elderly Emergency and Convalescence Homes in 11 villages and a major Prevention of Epidemic and Recovery Centre in Tongkou Town (通口鎮) in Beichuan County (北川). The school project was the FIRST reconstruction project completed among all the 151 HKSAR government sponsored and all the NGO projects. Mr. Henry Tang, the then Chief Secretary made two visits to the school and officiated at its re-opening ceremony with our chairman Dr. Raymond Ho during his second visit on 1st September 2009.
The Association will continue to organise innovative and worthwhile activities and any further needs of assisting in various government Works Departments’ public engagement and public consultation sessions on infrastructure and building projects, based on the Association’s experience acquired on the 50 previous occasions.
To capitalise on the opportunities arising from the national strategies of “Belt & Road Initiative” and the “Greater Bay Area”, the Association will put in maximum efforts to strive to meet the future demands.