HKSQ Student Project Competition 2016 – LSG Plant Visit

The HKSQ Company Based Student Project Competition offers an opportunity for students to work on an actual industrial case and propose resolution annually. It aims to give opportunity for student to gain experience of resolving an industrial problem.  The competition included three sessions.  The first session was problems selection which problems were designed and explained by sponsor company – LSG Sky Chief in 2016.  The second session was plant visit and the last session was presentation of their suggested solutions.  The LSG Plant Visit was held on 30 Jan 2016 and the group photo was taken for memory.

Mr. Peter Fung (Chairman, HKSQ) led the visit and LSG shuttle bus carried students to the site.

HKSQ exco members and each universities leaders coordinated students for this event.

In the beginning, Mr. Steward Leung (Senior Lean Analyst) briefed the program and house rules.

Then Ms. Maggie Lam (HR representative) briefed LSG Graduate Trainee Program in 2016 and the program objectives were:
-          To recruit high-caliber career starter
-          To cultivate potential cadidates to be future professional leaders

-          To share experienced and skills to the trainee for supporting their career development

She said the program period was 18 months where they would be attached in the  assigned department for 15 months and rotated to other Operational Departments for 3 months.  Operational Departments included Production, Airline Services, Transportation and Warehouse.  Their career path were from Graduate Trainee to Supervisor to Officer to Senior Officer to Assistant Manager and finally to Manager.  The recruitment Timeline is show as following diagram.

Before plant visit, we needed to wear uniform like lab coat and slip resistant shoes.

We separated into two teams to visit the plant and Mr. Eddy Yung (General Manager) led the first team.

We went to warehouse and then to vegetable room.  In here, all students needed to wash their hands. 

Inside the plant, we visited different function areas and some photos taken for recording.

Before lunch, we discussed the topic in meeting room separately. Some photos were taken for each team with their supervisors for memory.






In afternoon session, we separated into three teams for three topics and went to their specific process line for detail study.

After that we were back to meeting room and discussed again. Students would think what further data and information they needed to collect from LSG.

We finished the whole field study at 4:00pm.

HKSQ Company Based Student Project Competition - http://www.hksq.org/company_based_competition.htm
LSG Sky Chefs - http://www.lsgskychefs.com/
20160122: HKSQ Student Project Competition 2016 - Briefing - http://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2016/01/hksq-student-project-competition-2016.html


HKSQ EGM & Exco Meeting 2016

Mr. Peter Fung (Chairman, HKSQ) held the Extra General Meeting on 29 Jan 2016.  It aimed to handle the cutoff date of finance reports for coming years.  After the adoption of new arrangement, the account reported on each financial year and the finance report would be approved in AGM in Jun/Jul.

Mr. Karson Chiu (Treasurer, HKSQ) reported the last year financial report and concluded HKSQ had health finance performance.

Then we held the HKSQ Exco meeting to discussion different items.

Ms. Angela Wong (Vice-chairman, HKSQ) reported the progress of HKSQ 30th Anniversary Book.

Then we also discussed the formation rule of World Alliance for Chinese Quality (WACQ) and the first summit of WACQ in Hong Kong and venue in CityU which would be held on 8 July 2016.


CityU President’s Lecture Series: Biochip and Nanomedicine

The CityU President's Lecture Series is Excellence in Academia which offers a platform for scholars to reach out to students and faculty across the CityU community, bringing together scientists, engineers, economists, lawyers, sociologists and creative media exponents, to name but a few, to discuss wide-ranging academic investigations.  The lecture topic named “Biochips and Nanomedicine: From Basic Research to Clinical Applications” was held on 29 Jan 2016.  It aimed to introduce the brief history of DNA and biotechnology, and present research on biochip technology and nanotechnology and their applications for disease diagnosis and therapy, with examples including DNA chips for early screening of cervical cancer, microfluidics for understanding tumor growth and metastasis, and precision nanomedicine for treatment of cancer.  Before the seminar, I took a photo with speaker and professors for memory.
(Left: I, Prof. Michael Yang Mengsu (BMS), Dr. F.W. Lee (BCH) and Prof. Shuk Han Cheng (BMS)

In the beginning, Prof. Paul Lam (Vice-President, Chair Professor, BCH) gave opening speech and introduced today’s speaker Prof. Michael Yang Mengsu.

Prof. Michael Yang Mengsu (Head and Chair Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, CityU) briefed the seminar outline included “A brief history of DNA & Biotech”, “DNA Chips for Cancer Screening”, “Tumor on a Chip” and “Nanomedicine for Cancer Treatment”. 

A Brief History of DNA was showed as follows.
Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids
-          1962 Nobel Prize in Physicology/Medicine – Francis Crick, James Watson, Maurice Wilkins. (DNA is a double-stranded helix)
Recombinant DNA Technology
-          1980 Nobel Prize in Chemistry – Paul Berg, Walter Gibert & Frederick Sanger (Recombinant DNA Technology & DNA Sequencing Technology)
-          1986 Nobel Prize in Physiology / Medicine (Discoveries of growth factor)
Genetic Engineering
-          Genentech was co-gounded by Dr. Boyer in 1976 and acquired by Roche for $47 billion in 2009.  In that time, it was the birth of Biotech Industry.
-          2004 Shaw Prize in Life Science & Medicine – Stanley Cohen & Herbert Boyer (DNA cloning and genetic engineering)
DNA Sequencing Technology
-          1980 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
-          Maxam-Gilbert (1977) – Sequencing-by-Destruction
-          Sanger (1977) – Sequencing-by-Construction
PCR and WGS Technologies
-          1993 Nobel Prize in Chemistry – Kary B. Mullis (Invention of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method) & Michael Smith
-          CELERA (1998-2011) established by Craig Venter – (Whole Genome Shotgun Sequencing (WGS))

In 2001, Human Genome Project was known as the second wave of biotechnology which aimed to determine the sequence and identify all the genes of human genome and the project cost US$3 billion for 13 years. Then Prof. Yang briefed the cost of genome sequencing drop significantly after 2007 which dropped much more than Moore’s law because of technology breakthrough. 

Then Prof. Yang explained Precision Medicine.  It had the follows characteristics:
-          High-throughput Bioanalysis
-          Parallel & Multiplexed Functions
-          Miniaturized & Controlled Manipulation
-          Early Detection and Effective Treatment of Cancer

Prof. Yang’s research interests included DNA Chips, Biosensor, Microfluidics and Nanomedicine.

For DNA Chips, Gene Expression Profiling was for Basic Research and HPV Detection & Genotyping for Application.  Dr. Lawrence Tzang was Prof. Yang’s PhD student and they formed a start-up named Multigene Diagnostics Limited and located in Science Park in 2009.

For Biosensor, Tumor Heterogeneity, Microenvironment and Metastasis were considered.  They would like to develop a device to detect and culture Circulating Tumor Cells (CTCs).

For Nanomedicine, Smart Bomb concept was used for targeted Destruction of Cancer Stem Cells.  Some research data using animal model (mice) were demonstrated.

Q&A Session

Group photo with President


Department of Biomedical Sciences, CityU – http://www.cityu.edu.hk/bms/


Lunch with Prof. Jianjun Shi (IAQ Academician) in Hong Kong Science Park

Prof. Jianjun Shi (Chair Professor, School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology; IAQ Academician) was invited by City University of Hong Kong for academic exchanging. Dr. KS Chin and I arranged a lunch meeting in Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks (HKSTP).  Before lunch, we walked around the Science Park. I led them to visit our laboratories (Cleanroom for IC and Wafer Testing as well as Material Analysis Laboratory)

And then we visited the Green 18 building which was our living lab for implementing different environmental technology.  We took a photo in the roof of Green 18 building.

(Left: Dr. KS Chin (Asso. Professor, SEEM Dept., CityU; Former Chairman, HKSQ) and Prof. Jianjun Shi)

(Left: I (Former Chairman, HKSQ) and Prof. Jianjun Shi)

Then we had lunch in ClubOne in Science Park.

HKSQ - www.hksq.org
About Prof. Jianjun Shi - http://www2.isye.gatech.edu/~jshi33/


CUHK Guest Lecture for Quality Innovation in One Belt One Role and HKSQ Membership Drive

I was honor to be invited by Prof. C.H. Cheng (Associate Dean of Students, Lee Woo Sing College & Associate Professor - Department of Systems Engineering & Engineering Management, CUHK) again to be speaker for the the class ENGG2600 Technology, Society and Engineering Practice" on 26 January 2016. Before my talk, we took a photo for memory.

My presentation is separated into three parts. The first part was “Introduction of Hong Kong Society for Quality (HKSQ)”, and the second part was “A Study on Transforming Quality Innovation in Hong Kong: Recommendations to the Innovation and Technology Industry” and the last part explained “Quality Innovation in One Belt One Road”. I introduced the background of Hong Kong Society for Quality (HKSQ) and different certification schemes. Then I also introduced HKSQ membership and company-based student project competition.

Then, I briefed the HKSQ report and recommendations to the Innovation and Technology Industry. The summary of our recommendations were shown as follows:
1. Establishing a platform that will facilitate collaboration amongst industry practitioners, business partners, scientists and researchers of State Key Laboratories (SKLs) in Hong Kong.
2. Fostering the strategy of “Quality Innovation in One Belt One Road” through the Asian Network for Quality (ANQ)
3. Establishing the Cross-University Knowledge Transfer Platform (XUKTP) to enhance performances of R&D and commercialisation processes
4. Developing a set of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
5. Promoting best practices with an Innovation and Technology Policy Implementation Model (ITPIM)
After that I explained our findings in details and one of questions was to compare the competitive edges of Hong Kong’s Innovation and Technology with the other three Asian Tigers (i.e. Singapore, Korea and Chinese Taipei). Both local and oversea quality professionals decrease the rating. However, Hong Kong has high efficiency was much higher than others rated by oversea quality professionals.

The last part was “Quality Innovation in One Belt One Road”. What is Quality Innovation? I used ISO 9001:2015 definition to explain as follows:
l  In ISO 9000:2015, Quality (3.6.2)
l  “degree to which a set of inherent characteristics of an object fulfils requirements”
Note 1 to entry: The term “quality” can be used with adjectives such as poor, good or excellent.
Note 2 to entry: “Inherent”, as opposed to “assigned”, means existing in the object.
l  Simply speaking: Quality is making things better
Definition - Innovation
l  In ISO 9000:2015, Innovation (3.6.15)
l  “new or changed object realizing or redistributing value”
l  For BSI Standard Publication - PD CEN/TS 16555-1:2013, Innovation (3.1)
“implementation of a new or significantly improved product (good or service), or process, new marketing method, or new organizational method in business practices, workplace organization or external relations”
l  Simply speaking: Innovation is making better things

Therefore, Quality Innovation is Making Better Things Better.

One Belt – Silk Road Economic Belt
It covers the land routes spanning six economic corridors, including China – Mongolia – Russia, New Asia-Euro Continental Bridge, China – Central Asia – West Asia, China – Southcentral Peninsula, China – Pakistan, and Pakistan – China – India – Myanmar.

One Road – the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road
It refers to the route from China’s Southeastern Coast to Southeast Asia, East Africa via the Indian Ocean, and Europe.

Therefore, HKSQ proposed to quality professional to participate the One Belt One Road through Asia Network for Quality (ANQ) which members included 17 countries / regions quality associations / societies.

Finally, I took a group photo with all students.

HKSQ - http://www.hksq.org/index.asp
HKSQ company-based student project competition - http://www.hksq.org/company_based_competition.htm
HKSQ report “A Study on Transforming Quality Innovation in Hong Kong: Recommendations to the Innovation and Technology Industry” - http://www.hksq.org/HKSQ-Recommendations-to-ITB-20150901-Final.pdf
ANQ - http://www.anforq.org/


HKSTP Briefing Session on HKQAA Hong Kong Registration – Start-ups

The Briefing Session entitled “HKQAA Hong Kong Registration – Start-ups” was coorganized by Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) and Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency (HKQAA) on 25th Jan 2016. In order to nurture and support local technology start-ups, HKSTP and HKQAA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 24 March 2015. This collaboration aimed to strengthen the support and network for technology companies, helping them develop innovative business, fostering knowledge transfer and boosting their competitiveness. Before the briefing, we took a group photo for memory.
(Left: Mr. Antony Chan, Ms. Christine Hui, Ms. Reese Kwan, Mr. Nic Chan and I)

In the beginning, Mr. Antony Chan (Manager, Incubation Program, HKSTP) introduced today speakers - Mr. Nic Chan and I to all invited incubatees.

Mr. Nic Chan (Account Manager, HKQAA) was the first guest speaker. In the beginning, he introduced HKQAA nature and service. HKQAA is a non-profit-distribution organization which established by the Hong Kong Government in 1989. HKQAA had wide scope of services included QMS, EMS, OHSMS, Food Safety MS, Social Compliance / Accountability, etc.

Then Mr. Nic Chan briefed HKQAA Hong Kong Registration Schemes included Eco-friendly Series, Personnel Series, Recycling Service, Cooking Oil and Wine. Since Start-ups faced several challenges such as limited resources, shortage of manpower, lack of recognition and track record.

Nic also mentioned 10 good things that ISO standards can do for SMEs. Then he explained early development of HKQAA Hong Kong Registration – Start-ups which considered needs from stakeholders included Incubator, Angel/VC, Academic, Big Corporations and start-ups. After that he briefed Registration process, preliminary requirements and award levels as follows.
- Registered Platinum Start-up (90% - 100%)
- Registered Gold Start-up (80% - 89.99%)
- Registered Start-up (60% - 79.99%)

I was the second speaker and my topic was “Quality Startup Management System (QStarMS)”. My approach was to integrate Business Model Generation, HKSTP Milestone Assessment, ISO Principles and HKQAA Registration Criteria to form QStarMS.

Firstly, I shared my experience to assist our incubatees achieving different ISO standards including ISO 9001, ISO 13485 and ISO 17025, etc.

Then I explained the HKSTP-HKQAA Quality Startup Recognition idea which was the reason we established such scheme involved different parties (e.g. HKSQ, HKQAA, HKSTP, TPP, etc.)

Finally, I mentioned the QStarMS model which was the theory behind HKQAA Hong Kong Registration – Start-ups. Then I briefed the coming free workshop to help participants to fulfill the requirement of Start-up registration scheme through HKSTP ISO knowledge transfer service.

Q&A sessionIncubatees concerned the following factors which HKQAA and HKSTP would develop in those ways to enhance the scheme.
i) How many companion corporations understand/recognize this new scheme?
HKQAA and HKSTP planned to find great brand customer and partner to join and recognize this scheme through our network.
ii) Do investors know it and recognize it?
We planned to explain to different angel / VC group through our network.

HKSTP - http://www.hkstp.org/
HKQAA - http://www.hkqaa.org
20150324: HKSTP Graduation Ceremony of Incubation Programmes & MOU with HKQAA - http://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2015/03/hkstp-graduation-ceremony-of-incubation.html


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