The Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering (MAE) was established in 1994 with 5 faculty members in the areas of control, CAD/CAM, robotics, and computer vision transferred from other departments. Currently, the Department offers programmes leading to BEng, MSc, MPhil and PhD degrees, and starting from 2012-13, a newly established undergraduate degree programme in Energy Engineering. There are 22 faculty members including 10 Professors, 1 Associate Professor, 8 Assistant Professors, 1 Research Assistant Professor, 1 Senior Lecturer and 1 Lecturer. Many of our faculty members have established themselves as the world class scholars. As the smallest mechanical engineering department in Hong Kong, we have 1 member of Chinese Academy of Engineering, 4 IEEE Fellows, 3 ASME Fellows, and several fellows of other major societies such as APS, IAPR, and IFAC. We are especially proud of the quality of our graduates. Many of our graduates are successful entrepreneurs or technical leaders in Hong Kong. Over a dozen of our graduates have held faculty positions in reputable universities in the USA, Europe, Australia, and Hong Kong. Our students and colleagues have consistently received prestigious regional, national and international awards. Some awards received by the students and faculty members of the MAE Department in recent years are as follows: two China State Natural Science Second Prizes, 2010 and 2013; two Natural Science Awards (one first prize and one second prize) from Ministry of Education, China, 2011 and 2012; ASME Design Automation Award, 2013; the Champion of First and Third IMechE Greater China Region Design Competition, 2012 and 2014; Neural Networks Pioneer Award of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, 2014; ASME Best Paper Award in Structures, 2008; IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics Best Paper Award, 2011; IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks Outstanding Paper Award, 2011.

The Department strives to be one of the best departments in Asia for educating and conducting research in Mechanical and Automation Engineering. For this purpose, the Department has identified five areas including Robotics and Control, Design and Advanced Manufacturing, Biomedical Devices and Systems, MEMS/Nano/Material Technologies, and Energy Technologies for focused investment and development.