The Federation Of Chinese Scholars In Australia


MAI Yiu-Wing

Birth Year 1946
Position University Chair and Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Professional / Institution Affiliation and address
School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering J07, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
Telephone (02) 93512290
Mobile 0411276875

II. CAREER SUMMARY (Education and employment history, List major past positions and current positions):

  Education: BSc (Eng), First Class Honors and Williamson Prizeman (1969), PhD (1972), DSc (1999), University of Hong Kong; DEng (1999), University of Sydney.

  Employment History
University Chair (May 2004 -) University of Sydney
Australian Federation Fellow (2002-2007)
Chair Professor and Head, Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China (July 2000-September 2002)
Director, DSTO AED Centre of Expertise in Damage Mechanics (1997-2003)
Director, Sydney University Centre for Advanced Materials Technology (1988-2011)
Director, Graduate School of Engineering (1995-98), University of Sydney
Professor and Acting Head, Mechanical Engineering, HKUST, Hong Kong (1993-95)
Associate Dean (Research & Development) of Engineering (1990-93, 1995-98), Pro-Dean of Engineering (1998-2004), University of Sydney
Lecturer (December 1976-78), Senior Lecturer (1979-82), Associate Professor (1983-September 1987)
Personal Chair (October 1987-September 2002, November 2007-), University of Sydney
Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Michigan (1974-75) and Imperial College (1976)
Management & Technology Trainer, Hong Kong Productivity Centre (1973)

(a) Fellowships
International Fellow, Royal Academy of Engineering (Elected July 2011)
Member, European Academy of Sciences (Elected June 2008)
Fellow, Royal Society of London (Elected May 2008)
Fellow, Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences (Elected September 2003)
Fellow, Australian Academy of Science (Elected March 2001)
Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (Elected November 1992)
(b) Honors and Awards
William Mong Distinguished Lecture, Hong Kong University (2012)
Member, General Division, Order of Australia (AM) (Appointed 2010)
University Chair, Sydney University (since 2004)
Distinguished Visiting Professor, Hong Kong University (2003-2004)
Centenary Medal (Awarded in 2003)
Australian Federation Fellowship (2002-2007)
Highly Cited Researcher in Materials Science since 2002
Honorary Member, Gruppo Italiano Fracttura (Elected 2002)
Honorary Fellow, International Congress on Fracture (Elected 2001)
AFG Achievement Award, Australian Fracture Group, Inc. (2000)
Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Elected 1999)
Australian Academy of Science/Japan Society for Promotion of Science Exchange Fellowship (1989, 1996)
Fulbright Senior Scholar (1988)
RILEM Award and Robert L'Hermite Medal, International Union of Testing and Research Laboratories for Materials and Structures (1981)
UK Science Research Council Senior Visiting Fellowship to Imperial College (1980)

(a) Research Organizations and Professional Societies
Member, Science Council, IMDEA Materials Institute, Madrid, Spain (2011-)
Member, Council, Australian Academy of Science (2010-2013)
President, the Australian Fracture Group, Inc. (1997)
President (2002-2005) and Vice-President (1997-2001), International Congress on Fracture
Founding President, the Asian-Australasian Association for Composite Materials (1997-1998)
(b) Editorial Boards
Asian-Australasian Editor, Composites Science and Technology (Member of Editorial Board from 1988-1995; Editor from 1996-)
Editor, Materials Science Forum (2002-) and Key Engineering Materials (1994-)
Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites (2006-)
Member, Editorial Board, International Journal for Multiscale Computational Engineering (2004-)
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, International Journal of Multidisplinary Modelling in Materials and Structures (2004-)
Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Materials Science (2003-)
Member, International Advisory Editorial Board, Strength and Fracture, an international journal (2002-)
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Engineering Fracture Mechanics (1997-)
Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Damage Mechanics (1993-)
Member, Editorial Board, Advanced Composites Letters (1993-)
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Plastics, Rubber and Composites (1993-)

1. Contributed to the development of asbestos-free cement building products using wood fiber substitution for James Hardie & Coy Pty Ltd.
2. Established nano-grinding and nano-machining processes of prescription contact lenses for product integrity in manufacturing for EYCON Lens Laboratories Pty. Ltd, Australia
3. Pioneered the field of fracture mechanics of quasi-brittle materials such as coarse-grained ceramics, concretes, fiber cements, etc.
4. Extended the essential work of fracture concept for standard testing of ductile polymer thin films resulting in an ESIS Testing Protocol on “Essential Work of Fracture”, version 5, 1997.
5. Elected to the Royal Society of London and appointed a Member of the Order of Australia
6. Established the Asian-Australasian Association of Composite Materials in 1997

VI. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF YOUR MOST IMPORTANT PUBLICATIONS (publication number, impact and citations)
Prof Mai is distinguished for seminal work on fracture mechanics characterization of advanced materials and basic understanding of composite interfaces and crack-wake bridging, which has revolutionized the microstructure design of tough fibre composites and ceramics. His research has contributed to developments of asbestos-free cements, testing protocols and improved manufacturing processes with global impact.

He holds 2 US patents, has published 5 research monographs, 32 book chapters, 700+ SCI papers and 150+ refereed conference papers. He is a highly cited researcher in Materials Science with an H-index of 51 @04/05/2012.

Advanced engineering materials, especially composite materials, and fracture mechanics.

VIII. VISIONS (related to China and Australia from the area of expertise):
1. A research platform for bilateral leading edge studies in areas of mutual interest with societal benefits. For example, structural reliability and integrity of infrastructure facilities; nuclear power plants safety; etc. It is envisaged that an Australia-China Joint Centre with nodes in both countries can be set up to foster these research activities.

2. Promote scholarly exchanges, share unique national facilities and establish bilateral conference series in both directions based on the Australia-China Joint Centre.

3. Research ethics and plagiarisms awareness across all levels of research scientists and engineers.