Incoming student orientation x alumni network

Hong Kong Student Association (HKSA) and University of Illinois Alumni Association (UIAA) are collaborating to present a merge of the incoming student orientation and alumni network as one event. We would like to invite all incoming students (freshmen undergraduates, graduate students, transfer students, and exchange students) and alumni to join us at this event.

Time and location of the event is as follows:

Date: Saturday, July 21st
Time: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: L’Hotel Causeway Bay Harbor View, 40/F
Address: 18 King’s Rd, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island

Admission: FREE with snacks and drinks

For more details, check out the Facebook event page:

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Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions! We look forward to seeing you.

HKSA Facebook Page:
UIAA Facebook Page:
UIAA Website:


Dinner with the Deans of Engineering and LAS

Hello everyone, we are honored to have the Deans of Engineering and Liberal Arts and Sciences come to Hong Kong. To help celebrate their visit we’ve invited them to dinner on October 23rd.

I’d like to encourage all alumni who can make it to join us. It will be a good chance to talk with the Deans, and other alumni. Come share food, drinks, and stories! This is a special year as we are celebrating the University’s 150th anniversary. Come show your Illini Pride!

VERY IMPORTANT: please register with us or on Facebook so that we know how many people are coming. Right now we expect at least 2 tables and that’s what we’re preparing for. Since we are throwing the dinner for them the alumni who attend will be sharing the cost.

Come celebrate the 150th anniversary of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Hello everyone, just in case you’re not already registered for the 150th celebration dinner, please go to the attached link. NO REGISTRATION FEE!

You and your families are cordially invited to join us in celebrating our university’s 150-year history at a Sesquicentennial Celebration Dinner in Hong Kong on Nov. 28. Come and commemorate the transformative impact of the University of Illinois across the world. The celebratory dinner will be headed by an honoured guest – Chancellor Robert J. Jones.

We will also be joined by esteemed members of the University of Illinois Advancement Office and fellow alumni.

Venue: Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road Wanchai, Hong Kong
Time: Nov. 28, 2017
7:00 p.m. Registration and Reception
7:30 p.m. Dinner


It’s been a while. Let’s grab a drink!

Join us at a summer mixer with alum from other state schools! Co-hosted by NYC Alumni Club and us, why wait until Friday to start the fun, come out to Central this coming Thursday!

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WHEN | 24 Aug 2017 (Thurs) 19:00 – 23:00
WHERE | HQ by Terrace Concepts (3/F, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace)
WHO | NYU, U of I, Columbia, UT, Harvard, Princeton


Hello fellow Illini, 

We will be hosting a New Year mixer alumni party at Coco Park, Shenzhen on January 14, 2017 (Saturday) with other alumni clubs in the region (Cambridge University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Imperial College, The London School of Economics and Political Science, New York University, Stanford University, Yale University.). We will have guest speakers and a live band! Food and drink will also be served.

This is the first time for is to co-host such event in China and if you are around town drop by to say hi! Seats are limited, please sign up with us beforehand ! RVSP by sending us an email .

DATE| Saturday,January 14, 2017

TIME| 7pm-11pm (registration start at 6:30pm)

WHERE| COCO Park, Futian, Shenzhen (specific details will be sent out to you once confirmed)



Congratulations, Mr. Ronald Chao!


Ronald Chao Kee Young (MS 1964, Mechanical Science and Engineering), Vice Chairman & Director of Novel Enterprises Limited, is our recipient of 2016 Alumni Award for Distinguished Service for the College of Engineering at Illinois!

We were honoured to attend the reception to celebrate this great moment with Mr. Chao and heard from him. On behalf of UIAA-HK, our former president, Drina Yue presented our association T-shirt to Mr. Chao and welcomed him to be our member.

Want to learn more about Mr. Chao! Here is an interview done by the SCMP of his contribution to educations in the region!


2nd Annual Shanghai Illinois Forum | Engineering Showcase


On Dec 3, our alumni were invited to attend the 2nd Annual Shanghai Illinois Forum. The forum was highlighted by an interactive discussion with world-renowned U of I faculty, university leadership, and prominent alumni on the changing world leads by innovations and technologies. Our President Octavian and his wife took this opportunity to join the event in Shanghai, reaching out and reconnecting with other alumni chapters in Greater China.

See more photo here! and if you had any questions? Feel free to contact us!

The New Board 2016-18 is Here!


(Photo Credit – HANG LI)

The polls are closed and the election results are in.

Thank you to everyone who voted online or in person at the annual BBQ. Special thanks to the previous officers for all the work they have done in the past two years and their continued support to the association and alumni!

Introducing the newly elected officers to the 2016-2018 administration:

President – Octavian Cheung

Vice President – Chris Choi

Treasurer – Adrian Aw

Secretary – Carol Chu


Dear fellow alumni,

On behalf of all the other officers, it is a pleasure and honor to be elected to the new alumni administration. It is our aim that we can continue the great work of previous officers and alumni in the coming years.

I would like to propose an agenda that would help educate more of the public about the University of Illinois schools, their values and benefits. Having a strong relationship with companies in different industries can help provide career opportunities and training for returning graduates or transitioning alumni. The University of Illinois has given a lot to many of us and it is only fitting that we work together to help give back in different ways. We are a talented community and there is much that we can offer to the region.

As a community, communication is important and we would like to hear from our alumni for ideas and feedback on our direction. Please send emails with your comments to our association email. I also encourage everyone to sign up with the alumni mailing list so that they hear about our upcoming events or other important announcements.

Thank you all for everything that you do for the University of Illinois.


Octavian Cheung


Meet the Nominees

Thanks for all the nomination received. Here are the final nominees list. Have a look and get to know them before you put in your vote this Saturday at our annual BBQ meet!

Cannot make it to the BBQ – no worries you may also vote here in the link below


Deadline for the vote – mid night 19 November 2016 (Saturday)


Octavian CHEUNG – running for President
Octavian graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 2009 in the field of Liberal Arts Studies and serves as CEO of Immersive Education Academy.

Working in the education industry, Octavian’s responsibilities include designing and providing education programs to the public schools and Universities in Hong Kong and China. He serves on the American Chamber of Commerce’s Education and Education Affairs Committee with a vision of promoting and developing the education industry in the region.

Octavian Cheung was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.

Chris CHOI – running for Vice President
Graduated with a B.S and M.S in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign. For the past 5 years, I have worked in the aviation industry designing large commercial jet engines for Rolls Royce and General Electric Aviation. Currently I am studying for an MBA at Hong Kong University and hope to meet connect with the UIUC Alumni at different events. In my spare time I like to race motorcycles and play guitar. I look forward to meeting everyone soon.
Adrian AW – running for Treasurer
Adrian Aw graduated from UIUC with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (2002) and a Master of Accounting Sciences (2003).  He has been working in Chicago, Shanghai, and New York since graduation and relocated back to Hong Kong in 2014.  Adrian was involved in HKSA during his four years in Champaign and would like to continue contributing to and strengthening the Hong Kong UI alumni community.  He was a VP for UIAAHK from 2014-2016.
Carol CHU – running for Secretary
Carol Chu graduated from UIUC with a Bachelor of Science in Finance in 2011. She returned to Hong Kong and join Jones Lang LaSalle and currently a manager with the JLL’s Valuation Advisory Services department. She has been heavily involved in the diversity and inclusion committee within the firm and is part of other professional body’s diversity initiative committee for women empowerment and workplace diversity.

Carol served on the board of HKSA during her years at UIUC. She is currently the secretary for UIAAHK from 2014-current. She is also the contact person for UI within the Hong Kong Big Ten Group.

Second Annual Shanghai IL Forum – Engineering Showcase

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Second Annual Shanghai Illinois Forum: Engineering Showcase

We are pleased to invite you to Shanghai, China for an afternoon of interactive discussion with world-renowned University of Illinois faculty, university leadership, and prominent alumni. Our notable experts will lead us through an exploration of technology disrupters and the new face of innovation changing our world and growing the global economy.

The outstanding program includes preeminent Illinois alumni, decorated faculty researchers, and the distinguished Deans of the College of Engineering and the College of Business. The showcase will conclude with a celebratory dinner and a chance to network with fellow Illini from across the region. For more information, visit


December 3, 2016
12:30pm – 8:00pm

Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Center
555 Xi Zang Zong Road (Middle)
Shanghai, China


12:30pm Registration
1:00pm Opening remarks by Yang Zhang, CEO, Palm Plus, Engineering ’07
1:05pm Welcome by Andreas Cangellaris, Dean, College of Engineering
1:15pm Keynote speech by Dr. Xiangli Chen, President, GE China Technology Center, Engineering ’94 – “GE’s Evolving Role in China Innovation”
1:45pm Panel moderated by Dean Andreas Cangellaris – “Role of Technology in Modern Life”

  • Xiangli Chen, President, GE China Technology Center, Engineering ’94
  • Alan Lu, Executive Vice President, Sirnaomics, Inc, USA, LAS ’96
  • Frank Shi, CEO & Chairman, Skyrock Inc., Engineering ’04
  • Tami Bond, Nathan M. Newmark Distinguished Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering
2:45pm Coffee break
3:15pm Presentation by Professor Tami Bond “Energy Transitions and The Road to Clean Air”
3:45pm “Flying in UAV Industry”co-presented by:

  • Yifan Li, Co-founder and CEO, Hesai Photonics Technology Co., Engineering ’13
  • Jason Duan, CEO, Daguanghua Education Group, Business ’88
4:30pm Panel moderated by Jeff Brown, Dean, College of Business – “Leadership”

  • Helen Yang, Managing Director, DuPont China, LAS ’88
  • Jay Lin, Consultant/Investor Jay Lin Enterprises, Media ’89
  • Feng Ling, Founder & CEO, Xpeedic Technology, Inc., Engineering ’00
  • Yang Zhang, CEO, Palm Plus, Engineering ’07
5:30pm Break
6:00pm Dinner
The dinner program begins with a captivating keynote on Virtual Reality by renowned University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Professor Steve LaValle (Engineering ‘95), a leading researcher and expert on Virtual Reality. The evening will continue as we hear from the president of the UIAA Shanghai Chapter and alumni representatives. Dean Andreas Cangellaris will conclude with an insightful look at the deep connection between UIUC and China and the important partnerships that built our relationship. The evening is sure to be joyful and informative and is not to be missed!
8:00pm Program concludes


Register Now to Attend

Special thanks to our Planning Committee.

Directions: Guests can take metro Line No.1, Line No.2, Line No.8 and get off at Station People’s Square. Car Parking: Basement Level 1 and Basement Level 2. Click here for map.

For questions, please contact Brooke Eisenmenger via email or Wechat beisenmenger or Patty Lam via email or Wechat 1 781 975 9574.


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601 East John Street, Champaign, IL 61820