Cecilia Law

Cecilia Law

Engineer at Transport Department, Government of Hong Kong SAR

Country Hong Kong

Specialisms Design, project management, water

Career highlights

A day in my life

In 2014, I visited San Tong Village in Quing Yuan County of China, about an eight-hour journey from Hong Kong by various land transport. I felt like I had travelled from earth to Mars.

Children here drink, bath, poo, wee, wash clothes all in the same pond of stagnant water. What made this worst was that the pond of water would vanish in winter when the people would take a bucket and walked for 3km to get water for cooking. There were no baths nor hand washing at all during winter.

The lift expectancy of the village was about 60, and people started to get sick since from age 30. There were about 200 frequent residents, and the number would go up to 1,000 during Chinese New Year.

That was the day I said to myself I would devote myself wholly to improve such living conditions.

My career inspiration 

When I was in secondary school, aged 17, I visited the University of Hong Kong and met a civil engineering student at the podium of Haking Wong Building overlooking the glamourous city.

He looked into my eyes and proudly said to me: “Look! All the things you see, the road, the building, the bridges over the harbour, the school, the tunnel, everything, are civil engineers’ works.” I was entirely absorbed by his words.

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I’m a civil engineer, but I’m also ... a volunteer who provides technical services to improve the living conditions of the people in remote areas.

Cecilia Law

Engineer at Transport Department, Government of Hong Kong SAR

What I love about being a civil engineer (that I didn’t know before I became one)

No project, big or small, will be identical. You’ll be stretching yourself for each new challenge and find yourself being so much more elastic than you’re aware of, especially when you find meanings in the works you’ve done.

The civil engineering myth I’d like to bust

Engineers are nerds. This is totally not true. I met my husband in this field and he is so cool!

I’d recommend a career in civil engineering because

This is a fun job with a good salary and social status. Which part don’t you like?

The project, past or present, I wish I'd worked on

I haven’t touched marine works yet, although I’m located in Hong Kong, which is surrounded by sea. I would love to work on some marine projects in my career at least once.

What gets me out of bed every morning?

You can see you’re making the world a better place, bit by bit.

My major projects

2014 Water Supply Project in San Tong Village, Qing Yuan County, China 

2016 Technical Advisory to U Hearts for Primary School Construction 

2016 Technical Advisory to Build A Music School (BAMS) 

2016 Fund Raising Campaign of 10,000 Steps Challenges 

2017 Supporting Organisation of Involve in Design, Empower with Action (IDEA) 

2017Cambodia Project, Technical Advisory to Mingde Project, HKU for Wongzhong Footbridge

2018 Covered Playground Project for Chiangkhong Christian Education Center in northern Thailand

2019 Technical Advisory to World Vision for Household Toilet Construction Project in Yunnan

Education

Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering (3 years)

MPhil in Water Engineering (2 years)

Graduate Engineer (3 years)

Assistant Resident Engineer (1.5 years)

Assistant Engineer (0 year))

Engineer (since Dec 2012)

Other hobbies

I enjoy painting and cooking a lot, which I think both are “engineering” in a different context.

I want to become a civil engineer.

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