People

Officers

President Lawrence Lai - President

Born in Australia, raised in Hong Kong, and have spent the entirety of college and graduate life in three different states, Lawrence is exposed towards a multitude of different cultures.

Based on the context of this website, one he claims to be proudest would naturally be his Hong Kong ethnicity. Lawrence looks highly towards the Cantonese language, believing that its unique nine tone system trumps the possibilities of expression from all other languages. Not to mention that the slang culture of Hong Kong's very own cantonese shapes individuals into the modern society.

As the HKSS President, Lawrence seeks to expand public relationships with other student organizations and corporations. In a time of scarce membership, Lawrence also took on the part time job as being the webmaster, intending to gain further publicity for HKSS.

For his overall life goals, Lawrence intends to employ his knowledge and experience in the Chemical Engineering field past his PhD in progress, hoping to one day develop a scientific side to the capitalistic Hong Kong. It is Lawrence's belief that he could further season the cultivation of Hong Kong's career perceptions to being more diverse than purely business in nature.

Treasurer Ze Dong (Jenny) - Treasurer

Born in Mainland China and grew up in the US, Jenny had no direct contact with Hong Kong when she joined the HKSSMIT executive board as a Treasurer in Spring 2016. However, it didn't stop her from relentlessly contributing to HKSSMIT via organizing events and recruiting new members.

This summer, Jenny made her first visit to Hong Kong, and had positive impression of the city. This reconfirmed her goal to promote recognition of HKSSMIT and establish stronger ties between Hong Kong and Mainland student groups on campus.

Outside of HKSSMIT, Jenny plans to pursue a double major in Civil Engineering(course 1) and Business (course 15), hoping to combine qualitative skills with sociology knowledge to make a larger impact across different disciplines.

Administrator Joanne Lee - Administrator

Born in Hong Kong, Joanne spent the early years of her childhood in Southern China, split between the cities of Hong Kong and Guangzhou. Although she resided in suburban Illinois for the last 9 years of her life, she still embraces and appreciates her Cantonese culture whenever possible.

Joanne loves traveling, but she prefers traveling when she is fully reimbursed by a sponsor. She is also a big fan of card games, her favorite being Resistance and perhaps Big 2. As Administrator of HKSS, Joanne plans to bring HKSS order through paper work, taking lead in the HKSS website's development, alongside spreading joy in the forms of card games and food.

Joanne plans to be a computer science major and hopes to do something remotely useful with her life.

Event Coordinator Harriet Chiu - Event Coordinator

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Harriet will always call the city her home. Having spent part of high school in the US, she misses the unique aspects of the city - the local delicacies and the fast-paced lifestyle. Harriet is a person who likes spending time outdoors. She will always be up for going on a hike, sailing in the ocean or skiing down a mountain.

As the activity coordinator of HKSS, she would be planning events in the hope of bringing people together to have a good time.

Harriet hopes become a mechanical engineer, and be involved in designing products that will make a difference in the world.

Event Coordinator_2 Beatrice Soh - Event Coordinator

Born in Singapore and raised in Hong Kong, Beatrice is often accused of being a fake Singaporean and a real Hong Konger at heart. Having spent most of her life in Hong Kong, Beatrice will always feel an emotional connection with the city.

Beatrice picked up Cantonese by watching countless Hong Kong dramas, but needs a lot more practice, especially after being away from Hong Kong for a few years. She loves talking to people about Hong Kong and spreading its unique east-meets-west culture. She particularly enjoys discussing the fine details of Hong Kong food.

Beatrice is currently pursuing her PhD in chemical engineering, and hopes to do big things in the future.

Past Officers