Academician Paul Chu and Prof. Ying-Tai Lung Honored with K.T. Li Chair Professor Award by NCKU

Tainan, TAIWAN, Nov.10th, 2009

The K.T. Li Technology and Literature Lectureship announced the 2009 Award winners hosted by Founder and Chairman Bruce C.H. Cheng (鄭崇華) of Delta Electronics and Academician Michael M.C. Lai (賴明詔), the President of National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) on Nov. 10th at the Conference Room, NCKU. Academician Ching-Wu (Paul) Chu (朱經武) as the member of Academia Sinica, and Prof. Ying-Tai Lung (龍應台) from The University of Hong Kong was honored with the K.T. Li Chair Professor Award. Prof. Jhing-Fa Wang (王駿發) from Department of Electrical Engineering and Prof. Gwo-Bin Lee (李國賓) from Department of Engineering Science were also awarded with the K.T. Li Honorary Scholar Award. This award was established with the one million stocks endowed from Chairman Cheng who is also an outstanding NCKU alumnus and an NCKU Honorary Doctor.

Paul Chu and Prof. Lung, the winner of the 2009 K.T. Li Chair Professor Award received a grant of $600,000 NT dollars ($18,000 US dollars). Prof. Wang and Prof Lee, winners of the Honorary Scholar were granted with $300,000 NT dollars ($9,000 US dollars) respectively. Prof. Liang-Ming Whang (黃良銘) and Prof. Horng-Long Cheng (鄭弘隆), winners of the K.T. Li Research Award, respectively received $120,000 NT dollars ($3,600 US dollars). Prof. Shinn-Nan Lin (林信男) has been received the Gold Medal Awards. All honored scholars appreciated the encouragement from Present Cheng and NCKU.

This ceremony were attended by President Lai, together with Prof. Hwung-Hweng Hwung (黃煌輝) and Prof. Da-Hsuan Feng (馮達旋), both as the Senior Executive Vice President, Prof. Woei-Shyan Lee (李偉賢), the Secretary General, Prof. Ming-Jer Tang (湯銘哲), the Vice President of Academic Affairs, Prof. Bih-Ching Shu (徐畢卿), the Vice President of Office of Student Affairs, Deans from all colleges and many outstanding alumni.

President Lai praised Chairman Cheng’s contribution. Chairman Cheng attributed the achievement of his company to the profitable economical environment founded by Mr. K.T. Li, a late Senior Advisor in Presidential Office, Taiwan. Mr. K.T. Li was widely regarded as the key figure in the Taiwan economic “miracle.” That is the reason he made donation to establish K.T. Li Technology Lectureship in order to honor outstanding researchers and scholars, and to promote technology education and research.

“Dr. Neal F. Lane, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy from 1998 to 2001, Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), USA from 1993 to 1998, at present, Malcolm Gillis University Professor, Senior Fellow, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, and Professor from Department of Physics and Astronomy, Rice University, remarked that we need to train the scientists and engineers with the literal points of view in technology,” said President Lai.

“A successful 21st-century citizen will be full of potential professional knowledge and cultural literacy. Obviously, university education not only focused on technological research but also cooperated with cultural literacy. Therefore, we received the approval from Chairman Cheng to add literature in the award,” said President Lai. This year is more significant not only the 100th birthday anniversary of Mr. K.T. Li but also the first time to replace for The K.T. Li Technology Lectureship into The K.T. Li Technology and Literature Lectureship.

“K.T. Li is regarded as the Father of technology in Taiwan, as well as Chairman Cheng is one of the top outstanding entrepreneurs in Taiwan. This award was established from Chairman Cheng’s adornment and named as K.T. Li research award. It is really excited to receive the award in NCKU. Moreover, I really appreciated my teachers and classmates when I was in NCKU. All the achievement I received today is absolutely attributed to NCKU. I am glad to see that NCKU is getting upgrade not only in research area but also in education with the leadership from President Lai,” said Paul Chu.

“Actually there is a story between K.T. Li and me. When I assumed the duty as the Commissioner from Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei city in 2000, I preserved K.T. Li’s old home from demolition. I appreciated the donation at that moment from Chairman Cheng, and Mr. Shih (施振榮). K.T. Li’s contributions lead to significant development in the economy of Taiwan and promotion in technological policy. President Cheng adopted K.T. Li’s philosophy into practice. Hence, I really appreciate it to receive this award and come back to NCKU,” said Prof. Lung.

About Academician Ching-Wu (Paul) Chu (朱經武)
Paul Chu was born in China's Hunan Province, 1941. In 1949, he was taken to Taiwan where he grew up and received his formative education. After graduating in physics from NCKU, he moved to America in 1963. He received his M.S. in 1965 from physics at Fordham University in the Bronx, and his PhD in 1968 from the University of California, San Diego.

After spending some time working for the company AT & T, Paul Chu entered academic life, first at Cleveland State University, and since 1979 as professor of physics at the University of Houston. Academician Chu published his first scientific papers in 1967 and 1968 on the relationships of high pressure and low-temperature superconductivity in various metallic compounds. In addition, he also achieved great fame in 1987 and 1988 with numerous awards and much coverage in newspapers and magazines.

At various times, he has served as a consultant and a visiting staff member at Bell Labs, Los Alamos National Lab, the Marshall Space Flight Center, Argonne National Lab and DuPont. He is the founding director of the Texas Center for Superconductivity at University of Huston (UH) and serves as the center’s senior science adviser and president of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

In addition, Paul Chu, a pioneer in the field of high-temperature superconductivity, is also a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Academia Sinica, Taiwan and the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World. He also was elected a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Engineering.

Paul Chu has received numerous awards, including the 1988 National Medal of Science, the highest honor possible for a scientist in the United States, for his work on high-temperature superconductivity. The White House appointed Chu to be among 12 distinguished scientists who will evaluate National Medal of Science nominees.

About Prof. Ying-Tai Lung (龍應台)
Prof. Lung was born in Kaohsiung, 1952. She graduated from Department of Foreign Language and Literature, NCKU, Tainan, and then received her PhD in Kansas State University, U.S.A. At present, she served as a professor in the City University of New York (CUNY) and Mercyhurst College - Erie USA.

She is a celebrated essayist and cultural critic, with a total of 15 published titles to her credit in Chinese. After back to Taiwan, she began writing an op-ed column in China Times on the various conditions of Taiwan. Essays in other languages had appeared in European newspapers such as the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung before she accepted the appointment as the first Cultural Minister of Taipei in 1999. During her 4-year term as cultural architect of the city, she has designed as well as practiced a new concept of cultural policy with a great impact on contemporary culture in Taiwan and China. Prof. Lung’s poignant and critical essays contributed to the democratization of Taiwan.

Prof. Lung has been recruited as Commissioner of Department of Culture Affairs in 1999. In addition, she has joined the Journalism and Media Studies Centre of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) in August 2004. In July, 2005, she established the Lung Ying-Tai Cultural Foundation and used the foundation as a platform to sponsor literary and artistic endeavors as well as academic lectures. Since 2008, she has undertaken the position of Hung Leung Hau Ling Distinguished Fellow in Humanities of HKU and Chair Professor from Department of Arts and Humanities in National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) in Taiwan.

About Prof. Jhing-Fa Wang (王駿發)
Prof. Wang received his M.S. from Department of Electrical and Engineering of NCKU, and Ph.D. from Stevens Institute of Technology, U.S.A. He has been appointed as the Chairman of Tainan Information Software Association, Associate Editor of IEEE Transaction both on VLSI system and Neural Networks, Editor-in-chief in Journal of the Chinese Institute of Electrical Engineering, Chairman of The Chinese Image Processing and Pattern Recognition Society, and Assistant Professor from Stevens Institute of Technology, U.S.A. At present, he served as the Chair Professor from Department of Electrical Engineering, the Dean of College of Engineering, and The Board of Governors of IEEE Taipei Section.

His specialties are CAD/VLSI chip design and neural network for speech, pattern recognition. Moreover, he also received many awards including “Outstanding Researcher”, NSC (2002, 1996), “Macronix golden silicon Awards”, IEEE Fellow (1999), “Outstanding Award”, Acer Company, (1996), “Outstanding Professor Award”, Chinese Engineer Association, (1996), “Outstanding Academic Award”, NSC, (1995, 1990), one of the ten recipients of the Outstanding Timber Award on Information Industry from Ministry of Economics, (1991), Outstanding Paper Award from IEEE International Conference on CAD, (1987).

About Prof. Gwo-Bin Lee (李國賓)
Prof. Lee started his academic career at NCKU after he received his PhD in mechanical and aerospace engineering from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 1998. He earned his B.S. and M.S. both in Department of Mechanical Engineering, NTU.

Prof. Lee is also enthusiastic about school administration. He has been appointed as the Deputy Director of NCKU Micro Bio-analysis Center, the Deputy Director for technology transfer in Center for Micro/Nano Science Technology, the Associate Editor for IEEE Proceedings of Nanobiotechnology, and the Chair for the Technical Committee on Nanosensors and Nanoactuators under the IEEE Nanotechnology Council. Now, he serves as the deputy director for Medical Electronics and Device Technology Center in Industrial Technology Research Institute.

Since 1999, Prof. Lee has authored about 164 academic papers, and has been granted with 81 patents. Four of his recent papers have been selected as “Highly cited papers in 10 years” by Essential Science Indicators, ISI database. Prof. Lee's research interests mainly apply to micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS), micro sensors, micro actuators, micro fluidics, micro tics, nanobiotechnology, DNA manipulation and biosensing.

Prof. Lee's achievement on science and education can be appreciated from many awards he has received, including the “2008 National Innovation Award”, the “2006 Outstanding Research Award”, NSC, “Distinguished Young Electrical Engineer Award”, Chinese Electrical Engineering Society, “Distinguished Mechanical Engineer Award” named by the Chinese Society of Mechanical Engineers, the “45th National Youth Award”, “K.T. Li Research Award” and many best paper awards in many world-renowned international conferences.

About Prof. Liang-Ming Whang (黃良銘)
Prof. Whang got his B.S. from Department of Environment Engineering in NCKU (1992), and then went to U.S.A. for M.S. and PhD in University of Wisconsin-Madison, (1997, 2002). He has been very active in research regarding on microbial communities (nitrifying, denitrifying and phosphorus-accumulating organisms) and their performance in biological nutrient removal system, application of environmental biotechnology in soil and groundwater bioremediation, biological hydrogen production mechanisms and mathematical model simulation, and optimization of biological treatment processes for TFT-LCD wastewaters.

He was honored as Marquis Who’s Who 10th Anniversary Edition of Who's Who in Science and Engineering, 2008~2009, Marquis Who’s Who 25th Anniversary Edition of Who's Who in the World (2008, 2009), “Best Research Paper Award”, the 4th and 5th Soil and Groundwater Conference, the 22nd Waste Treatment Technology Conference, and the 27th Water-wastewater treatment technology conference, Chinese Institute of Environmental Engineering, Taipei, Taiwan, (2004, 2006, 2007), “Outstanding Young Engineers Reward”, Chinese Institute of Engineers, Taipei, Taiwan (2007) and identified as a Rising Star from “Rising Star Program ”, NCKU College of Engineering, (2007).

About Prof. Horng-Long Cheng (鄭弘隆)
Prof. Cheng graduated Department of Chemistry in Tamkang University (TKU), and received his M.S. in Department of Polymer Engineering and Science, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST), and PhD from Department of Materials Science and Engineering, NTU. His research interests mainly apply to flexible electronic and flat panel displays, organic/polymeric electronics, organic/polymeric field-effect transistors, polymeric light emitting diodes, organic/polymeric solar cells, and organic and polymeric optoelectronic materials and devices.

Prof. Cheng received many awards including “2003 Outstanding Innovation Award”, ITRI/ERSO, “2007 Progress Award”, Scientific Papers Published, “Faculty Research Award”, (2007, 2008), “K. T. Li Research Award”, (2009).

About Prof. Johnny Shinn-Nan Lin(林信男)
Prof. Lin graduated from National Defense Medical Center. His specialties are male sexual dysfunction and general urology. He has been appointed as Superintendent in Chia-I Hospital from Department of Health, Executive Yuan, the Chairman in Department of Urology, College of Medicine, NCKU, the Chairman in Department of Urology, NCKU Hospital, a Research Fellow in Department of Urology, University of California in San Francisco (UCSF), CA, USA, a Professor in Department of Surgery, National Yang Ming University(NYUM), a Professor of Fu Jen University (FJU), and an attending physician in Tri-service General Hospital and Taipei Veterans General Hospital.
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