Head of Department - Electrical and Electronic Engineering
School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
Twenty years is all it took for Professor Peter Chong to go from car salesman to making cars talk to each other.
Peter grew up in Hong Kong, but after the famous stock market crash of 1987, decided to follow his brother to Halifax in Canada in to complete his Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical).
The desire to do math all day rather than write and talk to people drew him towards a career in engineering. After completing his B. Eng. He moved to Vancouver and completed his master's degree. He wanted to do his PhD too, but decided to take a year off. In that year he sold Land Rovers, BMWs and used cars - refining his art of communicating.
After completing his PhD, which focused on wireless communication, he worked as a quality engineer for a year at Agilent in Canada. Then he moved to Finland to work at Nokia’s Research Center, but left after a year after the freezing cold weather and limited daylight made him seek warmer climes. Singapore was the next stop, settling in as an Associate Professor at Nanyang Technological University from 2002-2016. While at Nanyang he secured 22 million dollars in funding to test smart cars.
Professor Chong moved to New Zealand and AUT to take up the role of Head of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, hoping to pass on his industry and academic experience to even more students. Professor Chong is continuing his smart-car research, focusing on getting cars to talk to each other, so that self-driving cars are safer on the roads.
Professor Peter Chong's extended academic profile