Executive Vice-President and Provost
Chair Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Professor Wei Shyy is the Executive Vice-President and Provost of the Hong Kong University
of Science and Technology (HKUST). He is concurrently Chair Professor of Mechanical and
Aerospace Engineering. Prior to joining HKUST in August 2010, he was Clarence L. “Kelly”
Johnson Collegiate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Aerospace Engineering of the
University of Michigan. He was previously employed by the University of Florida and GE Research
and Development Center in Schenectady, New York.
He is the author or a co-author of five books and numerous journal and conference articles
dealing with computational and modeling techniques involving fluid flow, biological and low
Reynolds number aerodynamics, combustion and propulsion, and a broad range of topics related to
aerial and space flight vehicles. He was the Principal Investigator of several multi-institutional
research projects, funded by the US government and industries, on future space transport, bio-
inspired flight, and computational aeronautical science. He is General Editor of the Cambridge
Aerospace Book Series published by the Cambridge University Press, Co-Editor-in Chief of
Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering, a major reference work published by Wiley-Blackwell. He
also serves as editor and member of editorial board of numerous peer reviewed journals.
Prof. Shyy is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and
the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He has received awards for his research
and professional contributions, including the AIAA 2003 Pendray Aerospace Literature Award, the
ASME 2005 Heat Transfer Memorial Award, and The Engineers’ Council (Sherman Oaks, CA) 2009
Distinguished Educator Award. His professional views have been quoted in various news media,
including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Associated Press, the USA Today, the
Christian Science Monitor, the New Scientist, and the US News & World Report. Prof. Shyy has
supervised more than 45 PhD students and mentored many postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars.
As an academic leader, Prof. Shyy has consistently advocated broadening the educational
scope and approach, advancing research and knowledge transfer to help address global challenges.
He is committed to promoting university’s societal engagement and independent, entrepreneurial
spirit. He has also led efforts in fostering diverse and inclusive campus cultures to better reflect and
support the university’s overall mission.
Prof. Shyy has served as a board member and professional expert in numerous public and
private organizations, and is a member of University Grants Committee (Hong Kong), Board of
Directors of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, and Board of Governors of
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.
Motivated by his appreciation of the intrinsic beauty of natural flyers, Prof. Shyy is an avid
bird photographer. Some of his photos are compiled in an eBook, entitled “Flight InSight” available