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The State Key Laboratory of Millimeter Waves (SKLMW), Partner Laboratory in the City University of Hong Kong (CityU), traces its root to the early 1980s when Professor Kai Fong Lee was named the founding head of the Department of Electronic Engineering. Professor Lee is Dean Emeritus of School of Engineering at the University of Mississippi and recipient of the 2009 John Kraus Antenna Award of IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society. He recruited Professors Kwai Man Luk and Edward Yung in forming a 3-person applied electromagnetics research group. The electromagnetics research group immediately received international attention when Professor Kenneth K. Mei, winner of the 2009 IEEE Electromagnetics Award, joined the group in 1994 after decades of distinguished career at the University of California, Berkeley. The reputation of the electromagnetics group further attracted Professor Chi Hou Chan from the University of Washington to join in 1996. Professor Quan Xue then joined the group in 1999, first as a research fellow and then a faculty member, in extending the research scope to microwave and millimeter-wave integrated circuits and systems. In the meantime, Professor Kwok Wa Leung, a former student of Professor Luk, has gradually established himself a leading authority in dielectric resonator antennas. Dr. Hang Wong, also a former student of Professor Luk, has emerged a rising contender in small antenna research.

The core team led by Professors Chan, Luk, and Xue spearheaded the establishment of SKLMW, Partner Laboratory in CityU, with the approval by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China in March 2008. SKLMW benefits from the synergy of CityU's research strengths in microwave and millimeter-wave circuit designs, antenna technologies, and computational electromagnetics. The SKLMW forms close collaborations with its counterpart at Southeast University, Nanjing. The SKLMW at CityU also serves as a platform to attract researchers of outstanding caliber, both within and outside the University, to research on focused areas in developing communication technologies for China.

Both by design and natural evolution, we have expanded our research activities into micro- and nano-fabrication, microwave photonics, digital and mobile communications, multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) technologies, sensor networks, nano/micro-electromechanical systems (NEMS/MEMS), and system integrations. To position ourselves for funding opportunities in future 5G communication, we have been building our research infrastructure for terahertz (THz) science and technology from 0.1 to 10 THz. At this exceptionally high frequency range, both materials and devices are not readily available. Their properties are also not well-understood. Furthermore, THz wavelengths are comparable to the size of living cells. We have invited colleagues with relevant expertise to jointly define research strategies and projects in the THz regime with the aim to make major research impact.