Arthur Fuk-Tat Mak

Adjunct Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering



Prof. Arthur Mak obtained his B.Sc. in Engineering Mechanics with highest honor from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1976 and earned his Ph.D. in Biomechanics at Northwestern University in 1980. After spending 3 years of postdoctoral fellowship in Tissues Mechanics under Professor Van Mow at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, Prof. Mak took up an Assistant Professorship in Bioengineering and Orthopedic Research at University of Pennsylvania. Prof. Mak joined the Jockey Club Rehabilitation Engineering Center at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1988 and became Chair Professor of Rehabilitation Engineering in 1997 and in the same year was appointed as the Head of the Center. In 2005-2009, Prof. Mak served as the Founding Head of the Department of Health Technology and Informatics, hosting within the department three different disciplines - biomedical science, biomedical engineering and biomedical radiation. Prof. Mak was PolyU’s Associate Vice President (Academic Development) in 2006-2010 and Founding Dean of Students in 2008-2011. In 2011, Prof. Mak joined CUHK as Professor in Biomedical Engineering, both in the Departments of Electronic Engineering and Mechanical & Automation Engineering. In July 2017, he became a founding faculty member of the new Department of Biomedical Engineering in CUHK.

Prof. Mak is serving in the editorial boards of a number of international journals on biomedical engineering and rehabilitation engineering. He is a member of the Asia Pacific Working Group of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering, and a member of the World Council on Biomechanics. He was President of the World Association for Chinese Biomedical Engineers in 2009-2011, and was on the Executive Board of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics in 2007-10. Prof. Mak has held visiting/adjunct faculty positions at Sichuan University, University of Pittsburgh, and Eindhoven University of Technology.


  • M.E. Amstutz Award from Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, 1974.
  • Twice Receivers of Cabel Fellowships from Northwestern University, 1976 & 1979.
  • Kappa Delta Award from Bioelectrical Repair and Growth Society, 1985.
  • President's Award of Overall Achievement from HK Polytechnic University, 1995-1996.
  • Fellow, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, 2015.
  • Teaching Award, Faculty of Engineering, CUHK, 2016.
Updated on 13 July 2017