Getting to Know Lance Fung
Let’s start from the beginning, where were you born?
Lance: I was born in Hong Kong in the 50’s and I left the city in the early 70’s. While I visit HK occasionally, I am always amazed with the development and the ever changing landscapes. I do ask myself “what if” if I had stayed back..
Where have you been since leaving HK?
Lance: I worked as a Radio and Electronic Officer in the merchant navy in the late 1970’s and then spent 5 years in Bristol and Cardiff, UK. After that, I spent 6 years in Singapore before settling down in Australia for the past 26 years.
Where did you receive your training and education? In the UK?
Lance: Yes and partly. I received my training as MREO in HK and then pursued a Bachelor of Science Degree in Maritime Technology and a Master of Engineering Degree in System Test Technology from the University of Wales. I also received my doctoral degree from the University of Western Australia in 1993. My thesis dealt with power system engineering, optimization and knowledge-based systems.
How about your work experience? What did you enjoy the most, and what made you proud?
Lance: I enjoyed my days as a young marine officer which gave me the opportunity to travel and dealing with technology ranging from radio telecommunication, radar, satellite navigation to power and control systems. Subsequently, I spent 6 years lecturing in Singapore and then 26 years in Australian universities. For the past ten years or so, I concentrated on postgraduate supervision and training. My proudest moments are when my students received their degrees and awards. Hearing news about their achievements also makes my day.
What are your roles within IEEE?
Lance: I have been an IEEE volunteer for over 20 years and currently I am the longest serving member in the WA section. I have served nearly in all positions in the executive committee. I am honoured to be able to serve as a Member-at-Large in the IEEE SMCS Board of Governors. I am also a member of the IEEE New Initiatives Committee (NIC). My involvement with IEEE has been a great experience and enjoyable while working with colleagues and fellow IEEE members on projects and events. I look forward to assignments that enable me to serve the community with IEEE leadership in new dimensions and directions.
How do you handle your work, family and IEEE commitments?
Lance: The answer is Balance and being realistic. I can’t do all jobs alone, nor can I do the
impossible. I spend most time in communicating and organizing, this applies to all fronts. It is important to get along well with people, recognize their work and be fair but firm.
What do you do for relaxation or holiday?
Lance: I enjoy a quiet time walking with my family’s Labrador along the river, reading a good book and listening to music. Given more time, I prefer cruising with my wife as we both love ships and the sea. In particular, today cruise ships are wonderful designs with plenty of programs onboard while visiting many exotic places.
Any final words for our readers?
Lance: Consider life as a ship – stay upright and afloat; make sure you have the energy and resources to go from one place to another; expect bad weather now and then, but it will pass and a rainbow will follow; keep track of where you are heading and don’t just rely on the autopilot; the journey may be long but it will worth it! Thank you for your time.