This summer, we’ve been joined by a few new faces around the CCI office like this one!
Her name is Vicky. She can typically be found in the Engineering Office with James, who is back in the Engineering Department after taking a one year leave to earn an MSc in Intelligent Building Technology and Management at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
James has transitioned from the Engineering role he previously held into working hands-on with DDC programming in the Niagara framework. He’s also looking forward to focusing on new ways in which CCI provides energy efficient solutions for our customers.
We asked James to tell us more about the school, what he studied, and Vicky.
“The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology is located in the Clear Water Bay district of Hong Kong. The campus is great. It’s away from downtown, and surrounded by mountains and beaches. The school has about 10,000 students. I was part of the Mechanical Engineering department.”
“The MSc in Intelligent Building Technology and Management is designed for professionals already in the field, and covers all aspect of building automation: HVAC, lighting, security, IT, IoT, home automation, etc. The program places a strong emphasis on energy efficiency.
Hong Kong is the most vertical city in the world. It was amazing to learn about building systems in a city dominated by skyscrapers. I saw inside huge mechanical rooms and saw how some of these mega buildings work. I also saw incredible research going on at the school that could affect the future of our industry. They are working on developing technology for wearable devices, smart-grid technology and personalized comfort for the office space. ”
“I became friendly with a woman who ran an amazing dog shelter in a rural part of Hong Kong. Every weekend she would bring a pen full of puppies to town and give them away for free to people who wanted to adopt. Vicky was found along with her 5 siblings (just weeks old) in a cardboard box at the top of Victoria Peak in Hong Kong. The puppies were all rescued by the shelter, and that’s where I met them. I knew Vicky was the one when she crawled up to me and refused to leave!”