Our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Moe Cheung

Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2014

 The Faculty of Engineering is deeply saddened by the loss of Dr. Moe Cheung, adjunct professor with its Department of Civil Engineering. To many, he was more than a colleague; he was a friend and a mentor. We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Moe Cheung.

Dr. Cheung was the Chair Professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He had over 35 years of experience in management, engineering research, teaching and design in the area of civil and structural engineering. He was recognized and will continue to be remembered for his contributions as a technical expert in the areas of finite element stress analysis; computer analysis of structures; analysis and design of highways and bridges; high-rise buildings; composite materials; offshore structures and northern constructions.

Several of our colleagues have very fond memories of Dr. Moe Cheung either having worked with him at the Faculty, in his role of Adjunct Professor, or at Public Works and Government Services Canada. “We have lost a very talented colleague in Dr. Cheung who has immensely helped our Department of Civil Engineering over a long period of close to three decades. We thank him for his outstanding contributions; he will definitely be missed.” said Professor Sai Vanapalli, Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering.

Many colleagues of Dr. Cheung have prepared notes in celebration of the relationship they had with him. We are sharing share their words in tribute to the greatness of his person.

“Dr. Cheung was my Ph.D. supervisor where during and after graduation we became very close friends. In the first year of my Ph.D. program, I went with him to a workshop in Japan to present a paper. I can’t forget his kindness holding a toy I had purchased for my daughter over the many hours of the train expedition from North Japan to the Tokyo Airport.

“He was always energetic and initiated new research ideas, or professional collaboration themes. In his last visit he had asked me to contribute to three activities he was leading: CSCE Committee on Research and Education, A workshop in his research center in China, and the Canada Taiwan workshop on Structures and Infrastructure. We spoke about this on the way to the airport.

“Sou, Dr. Cheung’s wife, told me that he went to have a short sleep before dinner, and when she went to wake him up, she realized that he had passed away. His last minutes were in his home, in his bed before he went for his very long trip (as he always liked of and said about the long flights).  The legacy and contributions of Moe Cheung will continue to enlighten engineers’ vision and help to build a better world.”

- Husham Almansour, Ph.D., P.Eng.

“I am deeply saddened by Prof. Cheung’s death. He was not only my supervisor but also like a kind and supportive father. I feel like an orphan today!

“I started working with him in 2010 when I decided to continue my postgraduate studies in North America. However, I had known him since my Master’s studies. I was supposed to defend my PhD proposal in the next week when he was to be back in Canada but, this never happened.
“I was also honoured to work closely with Prof. Cheung in Hong Kong University of Science and Technology for one year. He was very generous and concerned about all aspects of my life in Hong Kong from research to accommodation and life conditions. When facing difficulties in work, he had valuable solutions and advice. 

“He was a real motivator for me. We had many plans to accomplish together in the future like publishing the second edition of one of his books entitled “Finite Strip Analysis of Bridges” and developing technical visual software based on my PhD research and his former work on finite strip modelling of bridges.

“I still cannot imagine that I lost such a wonderful supervisor, father, and friend! This tragic story is recorded as one of the very bad memories in my life. I will never forget his kind smiles…”

- Hamid R. Naderian, Ph.D. Candidate

“Moe had contributed very significantly to our department, and graduated a large number of graduate students. He had retired from PWGSC about 5 years ago after many years of remarkable service to Civil Engineering in Canada and elsewhere in the world. We will miss him dearly!”

- Professor Murat Saatcioglu

“The news of Moe’s passing left me literally speechless. He was a faithful friend to us for a long time.
He will be sadly missed by many of us.”

- Professor Hiroshi Tanaka

“This is really bad news. Two weeks ago when he was at the department, Dr. Cheung passed by my office to say Hi. We chatted for about 5 minutes. I asked him if he could go for lunch. His answer was that he is coming back soon and then we will arrange to go for a luncheon with whoever wants to go from the Department. It seems it wasn’t meant to be. I first met Dr. Cheung at PWGSC in the mid-eighties and then as an adjunct professor in our Department. He was a very good man who used to join our Department in our traditional Christmas Luncheons.
My deepest condolences to his family and to our department.”

- Professor Andre Skaff

“I am so sorry to hear that Moe has passed away. I had the pleasure of seeing him last October in China when I was part of the Accompanying Delegation to China and Mongolia with the Governor General of Canada.  I introduced him to His Excellency – he was so pleased and talked eloquently of his time at PWGSC and at the University of Ottawa.  The two of them hit it off!  He looked well. We’ve lost a great engineer and a wonderful ambassador for Canada.”

- Professor Gilles Patry

“This is such an unexpected tragedy! Nobody would have thought, seeing him well and active just last month! He was supposed to come in March for the Ph.D. proposal defence of the student we co-supervise…
Definitely we will miss him. He went much too soon….”

- Assistant Professor Elena Dragomirescu

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