Prof. Ping-kong Alexander Wai

BSc, MS, PhD, Fellow HKIE, Fellow OSA, Fellow IEEE

Vice President (Research Development)
Chair Professor of Optical Communications
Leader of PolyU Photonics Research Centre (PPRC)
  • Teaching Areas: Corporate Networking and High Speed Networks.  
  • Research Interests: Nonlinear Optics, Fiber Lasers, Fiber Optic Communications, and Network Theory.
  • Address: Offices of the President, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
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Dr. Wai

Brief Technical Profile:

Professor Alex Wai received the Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in physics with first class honours from the University of Hong Kong in 1981, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees also in physics from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA, in 1985 and 1988, respectively. In 1988 he joined Science Applications International Corporation in McLean, VA, USA where he worked as a Research Scientist on the Tethered Satellite System project - a Space Shuttle Mission. In 1990 he had a joint appointment as an Research Associate in the Department of Electrical Engineering the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Department of Physics, University of Maryland, College Park, USA. In 1996 he joined the Department of Electronic Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University as an Assistant Professor. In 2005 he became Chair Professor of Optical Communications. Currently he serves as the Vice President (Research Development).


His research interests include theory of solitons, nonlinear optics, fiber lasers, simulations of integrated optical devices, fiber optic communications, and network theory.  Prof. Wai is an active contributor to the technical field, having over 350 international publications. He participated in the organization, served as invited speakers, and keynote speakers in many international conferences.  Prof. Wai is a Fellow of Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, a Fellow of Optical Society of America, and a Fellow of IEEE.