Chun Fai Lee is a graduate from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the Faculty of Science and Technology (FST), University of Macau (UM). He graduated with excellent grades and received the “Dean’s Final Year Project List Award” for his final year project, which proposed a curvature compensation technique based on leakage current injection technology. He is very grateful for the recognition of the Faculty and fortunate that students are given opportunities to engage in cutting-edge research as early as the first year of university. Under the influence of the research environment, he was inspired and successfully found his direction.
Planning for Future Development
As the newest generation, Lee grew up with electronic technology like many other young people. He had a strong interest in electronic products from a young age and enjoyed exploring the principles and applications of electronic products. He also frequently disassembled different electrical appliances and electronic products. Later, he gradually learned that the operation of various advanced electronic products is inseparable from integrated circuits. Therefore, Lee built up clear goals and decided to choose the electrical engineering discipline as his future career. In recent years, UM has already become a university that many students admire and aspire to, with its constantly improving reputation and rapid development in scientific research. Two of the university’s three national key laboratories are related to ECE, including The State Key Laboratory of Internet of Things for Smart City (SKL-IoTSC) and the State Key Laboratory of Analog and Mixed-Signal VLSI (AMSV). The Macau SAR Government and the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) accredit all FST engineering programmes. In addition, there are many well-known engineers in the industry and academia who are also the alumni of UM. These factors have made Lee more determined to study at the University of Macau.
Making the Most of Every Moment
After joining ECE, Lee seized every moment to learn. In his first year in UM, he conducted research about chips in AMSV under the guidance of professors. He also interned at a chip company to learn about the industry and expand his network. With his good English proficiency, he was able to take fewer English elective courses and save time to study other elective courses, to enrich his knowledge and experiences. The course schedule was demanding and certain subjects were challenging, he said he highly concentrate during classes and ensure he comprehended all the material thoroughly after class so that he can make good use of his spare time to go deeper about the content. In addition, he always planned and deployed his assignments in advance to ensure that he had enough time to complete them. Thanks to four years of dedication and perseverance, Lee Chun Fai made impressive strides in his academic performance, culminating in a graduation with honors and a remarkable GPA of 3.92. He received several scholarships, including the prestigious University of Macau Lotus Scholarship, the Dean’s List Award, and the Nam Kwong Education Scholarship. Additionally, he demonstrated his research acumen by publishing an SCI journal paper and obtaining a patent for his work on calibration circuits.
Success Comes from Early Deployment and Diligence
Reflecting on his four-year university experiences, Lee emphasizes the importance of seriousness and diligence in achieving academic success, along with careful consideration of strategies to enhance learning efficiency. He recommends other younger students in ECE to establish a strong foundation in Mathematics and Physics and to plan their academic and professional paths thoughtfully. Drawing on his own experience, he cites his final year project as an example of the need for early work, strategic planning, and proper time management to overcome the difficulties inherent in research. Looking ahead, Lee will pursue a doctoral degree at UM and continue his learning journey.