Emeritus Professor (Manufacturing Engineering)
Prof. W.B. Lee is the Chair Professor of the Department of the Industrial and Systems Engineering of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Head of Partner State key Laboratory of Ultra-precision Machining Technology, Director of the Knowledge Management Research Centre, and Advanced Manufacturing Technology Research Centre. He is a member of the SERAP panel of the Innovation and Technology Commission, and was elected as the President of the Asian -Pacific Symposium on Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology (ASPEN) for the period 2009-2011.He had had served as ex-Chairman of the Staffing Committee of the Hong Kong Productivity Council, , Past President of the Institution of Electrical Engineers Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Association of the Advancement of Science and Technology. Apart from serving on many editorial boars of international journals, Prof. Lee is the editor of the Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems as well as the International Journal of Knowledge and Systems Science. He has pioneered the research in Dispersed Network Manufacturing in the Mainland since 1997. In 2000, he has been supported by Microsoft (HK) to set up the Digital Factory and subsequently the PolyU-Microsoft Enterprise Systems Centre in both logistics engineering and knowledge engineering. He has also pioneered the research and practice of knowledge management and technologies in various organizations which include manufacturing, public utilities, and various government departments.
Teaching and Research Specialties
His teaching and research interests include advanced manufacturing technology, materials processing, ultra-precision machining, manufacturing strategy and knowledge management systems. Professor WB Lee has pioneered the studies of mesoplasticity modeling and its applications in ultra-precision machining research. Professor Lee established the Ultra-precision Machining Centre (UMC) in 1996 and the Advanced Optics Manufacturing Centre in 2003 which is the first of its kind in Hong Kong and mainland China to be engaged in the promotion and application of ultra-precision machining technology for precision mould and advanced optics industries. In 2009, the Centre has been approved by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China as the Hong Kong State Key Laboratory in Ultra-precision Machining Technology.
Honours and Awards
(Including Awards, External Committees, Memberships of Professional Bodies, etc) Prof. Lee received the honorary title of Cheng Yi-Chi Chair of Manufacturing Engineering. He and his team has been conferred the 2000 President Team Award of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University for the contribution in ultra-precision machining and advanced optics manufacture. Three international awards, the Grand International Press Prize, the Gold Medal and the Award of High Scientific and Technological Level of the Invention, have been granted in the “36th Geneva International Exhibition of Inventions, New Techniques and Products” in 2008. His work on virtual manufacturing engineering also received the 50 Anniversary Merit Paper Award of the Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society. In 2009, Prof. Lee and his team has been awarded the Second Class Technology Progress Award in Ultra-precision Machining of Free-Form Optics and its Applications from the Ministry of Education, China. In 2011, He received the Outstanding PolyU Alumni Award from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
(Including Journals, Books, Chapters in Books, Conferences, etc) He has published two research books as well as more than 250 papers in international referred journals. According to ISI Web of Science Prof. Lee has been ranked as the world’s top 1% scientists with the highest citation in the field of materials engineering, and in terms of the number of worldwide publications he is also ranked 1st place in ultra precision machining, 12th in Knowledge Systems Technologies.