There have been personnel changes in the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Hong Kong. David Srolovitz, a chair professor who has been interim dean for two years, informed the university more than a week ago (September 9) that he had resigned as interim dean and returned to his research position, effective immediately. He told some senior colleagues that the reason for his resignation was that he could not continue to cooperate sincerely with the Principal and hoped that the College would not be harmed.
He also told colleagues that he would withdraw from the selection of the dean of the School of Engineering at the same time. David Srolovitz did not explain what caused the "inability to cooperate in good faith", and HKU did not respond for the time being.


According to the news, David Srolovitz, interim dean of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Hong Kong, submitted his resignation on September 9. (HKU photo)

David Srolovitz has been a professor in the Faculty of Engineering of HKU since August 2021 and interim dean since 8 September 9, he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a member of the American Society for Materials Research, and taught at the University of Pennsylvania before coming to Hong Kong.

He told colleagues that he was hired as a chair professor, not a dean, and hoped to return to research and lead a calmer, less stressful life.

On 2021 December 12, President Zhang Xiang (fourth from left) and Interim Dean David Srolovitz (third from right) attended the opening ceremony of Tam Wing II, Faculty of Engineering, HKU Faculty of Engineering. (HKU photo)

HKU has not announced the resignation of David Srolovitz as interim president. "Hong Kong 01" has asked HKU and David Srolovitz to inquire.

David Srolovitz has been a professor in the Faculty of Engineering of HKU since August 2021 and interim dean since 8 September of the same year. (HKU photo)

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