The Illustrious Deeds of Six Outstanding NTU Alumni
Art and Humanities—Dr. Daniel S. P. Yang
Dr. Daniel S. P. Yang is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Theatre and Dance of the University of Colorado, and retired artistic director of the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre. He graduated from NTU's Department of Foreign Languages & Literature in 1970, went to University of Hawaii where he got his master's degree, majoring in Directing. Then he went to University of Wisconsin to get his doctorate degree, majoring in Oriental drama and dramatic history, with a minor in broadcasting, television and movies.
From 1967 to 1990, Professor Daniel S. P. Yang taught at the Department of Theatre and Dance of University of Colorado. He served as the head of the Department and also as the Director of Theatre. For 10 years he was the artistic director and managing director of the Shakespearean Festival of Colorado, and was the only Asian who was in charge of a professional theatre group in United States and Europe. In 1988 he won the "Best Theatre Season Award" from the drama critics association of Denver. Over the years he was responsible for producing 40 large scale Shakespearean plays, and he directed 16 of them.
Professor Daniel S. P. Yang was involved with the directing of over 70 Chinese and Western drama (including reproduction), of which half were produced in the U.S. in English, while 14 of them were enacted by movie stars from Taiwan, Hong Kong, China the UK, and the U.S. While he was in America, he instructed many senior actors to play the leading roles in large scale Shakespearean drama, such as "Romeo and Juliet", "The Merchant of Venice," "Love's Labor Lost," etc. Shakespearean plays are the gist of Western drama, occupying a position similar to that of the Peking Opera in Chinese theatre. Professor Yang has made excellent contributions to the production of Shakespeare. He is well-known and well respected in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China, and also in the UK and in the U.S.
Professor Yang received the "Excellent Cultural Contribution Award" from the Ministry of Education in 1972. He was the winner of Hong Kong Theatre Association's "Special Honor Award" in 2000, and received the "Bronze Bauhinia Star" Award from the Hong Kong Special District Government in 2001. He was a trustee of the American Theatre Association and the Chairman of its Asian Drama division. He is also a permanent member of Stratford-upon-Avon's Shakespearean conference. There are only 400 members of the Shakespearean conference, all of whom are renowned scholars. Professor Yang was the first Chinese to be admitted into the Shakespearean conference. In actual practice and in academics, Professor Yang is no doubt a heavy weight player. He is not only conversant in directing Shakespearean plays, but also proficient in dramatic literature. Therefore, he can be said to be the best advisor in studying Shakespeare. Owing to his profound attainments, the Central Drama Institute of Beijing conferred upon him the title of "visiting professor emeritus" in 1997, and the Institute of Performing Arts of Hong Kong also awarded him the glorious title of "honorable fellow" in 1999. From 2005 to 2006 he returned to Taiwan to teach for the first time, and was appointed the position of "Yao Yi –Wei Theatre Aesthetics Chair Professor" by the Taipei University of Arts.
Over the last decade Professor Yang published many drama translation works, including plays "King Lear", "A Midsummer Night's Dream" "Whose Wife Is It Anyway?", "Directing a Play, Watching a Play, and Acting in a Play", "Yen Xi Jiao, Chinese and English Texts with performance data", "The Taming of a Shrew" etc. Most of his publications are provided with detailed academic guiding and performance DVDs, and are very valuable for directors and actors. Last year, he was appointed by the National Science Council as a visiting professor, and came over to NTU to teach at the Drama Department. In an effort to reciprocate his alma mater, he participated in the Shakespearean Forum and the international seminars hosted by the Theatre Department. Both faculty and students at the Theatre Department have benefitted greatly from his presence.
Academics—Dr. Chao-Han Liu
Dr.Chao-Han Liu is the incumbent Vice President of Academia Sinica. He graduated from the Department of Electrical Engineering of NTU in 1960, and earned his doctorate from Brown University in 1965. From 1965 to 1990 he taught at the Department of Electrical Engineering at University of Illinois, and was committed to the research of radio science, solar-terrestrial physics, space weather and global climate change. In the 70's he was dedicated to the development of MST radar, and in the 80's he assisted Taiwan to build a VHF radar in Chung-li's Central University, which is still one of the research centers in the world for the study of upper atmosphere physics. The ionosphere scanning technology developed by him plays an important role in space weather research and environmental monitoring, and he is one of the internationally recognized scholars in the areas of space science and solar-terrestrial physics.
From 1981 to 1998, with his eminent background in teaching and research, He was elected to become an IEEE fellow, an academician of Academia Sinica, and an academician of TWAS, and, in his capacity as chairman and general secretary, he participated in the large scale space study plan promoted by the Solar-terrestrial Committee of the International Council of Scientific Union. In 1981, in his capacity as secretary general of the Solar-terrestrial Committee, he returned to his alma mater and taught as visiting professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering. In 1988 he proposed the radio occultation techniques jointly with the scientists of American JPL, which was one of the most advanced technologies for collecting meteorological and climatological information at that time.
From 1990 to 2003, he was hired to become the President of National Central University. After he returned to Taiwan, he led dozens of scholars from various fields and conducted research on cross-boundary global weather change and sustainable development. Under his leadership, Taiwan occupied a regional leading role in the study of global climate change. And START, the international organization which spearheaded global climate change research and training, established its Southeast Asian Center in Taiwan, and appointed Dr. Chao-han Liu as its first chairman, who was responsible for coordinating 10 Southeast Asian countries in their global climate change research. In his 12 and a half years as four-term President of National Central University, he led the University whose forte lay in Geoscience, developed strengths in various fields, and integrated forward looking fields with great potentials, such as information science and opto-electrics, and strived toward making Central University an important research type university in the international area by enhancing its academic research standards. From 2003 to 2006 Dr. Chao-han Liu became the President of the University System of Taiwan (UST), he actively seeks to integrate the other three universities whose quality and resources are similar to those of the National Central University by combing the mutually complementary courses and sharing the teaching resources.
In October 2006, Dr. Chao-han Liu was appointed as special research fellow of the Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics preparatory office, and also as Vice President of Academia Sinica. In the space program, in addition to serving as the supervisor to play a pivotal role in promoting international convergence, he also actively promoted domestic universities to establish a concrete channel of communication with foreign universities in terms of research and talent-fostering. Under the principle of reciprocity and complementation, he was able to engage in multi-faceted cooperation.
Crossing the boundaries of electrical engineering, space science, geosciences, radio, communications remote sensing, meteorology and environmental science, Dr. Chao-han Liu enjoys an excellent reputation internationally in interdisciplinary studies, and his scholastic attainments are no less eminent. In the meantime, he was very concerned about the higher education in Taiwan, and he spared no efforts in promoting the policies of higher education and in cultivating its talents. In 2002 he was appointed as the convener of Executive Yuan's "Planning committee on the macro development of higher education", which allowed him to map out the blueprint for the future development of higher education in Taiwan. In 2003 that committee proposed a report on the macro development of higher education in Taiwan. Many of the suggestions in the report have been adopted and blended in the implementation plan of higher education, making great contributions to the higher education in Taiwan.
Academics—Dr. Chih Ming Ho
Dr. Chih-Ming Ho is currently the Ben Rich- Lockheed Martin Professor Of UCLA, and the incumbent Head of UCLA's Cell Control Center. Dr. Ho is an internationally renowned scholar for micro-electrical studies and nano technology. He graduated from the Department of Mechanical Engineering of NTU in 1967, then went to pursue his graduate studies in the U.S. In 1974 he earned a doctorate in Mechanics from the John Hopkins University of the U.S., then taught the Department of Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Southern California. In 1992 he transferred over to UCLA, where he has been teaching at the Department of Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering till now. His research areas include: biofluid mechanics, bio-medical micro electromechanical systems, micro-fluids, and bio-medical systems.
Dr. Ho has outstanding achievements in the fields of engineering, particularly in bio-medical and micro-fluid systems. He is universally considered a pioneer in MEMS research. With his profound knowledge and far sight, he extended his research to nano-micro-electromechanical systems. From 2001 to 2005 he was appointed the Research Vice President of UCLA, and led first class universities such as UCLA, Cal Tech, UC Irvine, and ASU and important research institutes such as NASA and JPL to establish the CMISE Research Center (The Institute for Cell Mimetic Space Exploration). The Institute hopes to avail itself of the expertise of interdisciplinary talents to explore systems as small as the size of a DNA, and as large as the size of the galaxy, and the issues of interaction and integration among these systems. For his original accomplishments in the study of fluid sciences, he was nominated to become a fellow of the Academy of Engineering of America in 1997, and in the following year he became an academician of Academia Sinica (category math and sciences). His understanding and control of the turbulent system, and his use of the micro-converter in aerospace is a breakthrough achievement. Dr. Ho is now a member of The American Physical Society and the United States Air Space Association. In 2004 he became the Kwoh-Ting Li Chair Professor of National Cheng-kung University. So far he has 7 honorary chair professorships, he is a trustee of many important international organizations and serves on the editorial board of many reputable international journals. Owing to his extensive and outstanding contributions to science and technology, his research career is dedicated to the finding of new frontiers in science, and he has become an internationally renowned scientist whose interests crossed the border of turbulent systems, micro-fluid science and nano-technology. He has published more than 250 papers in international journals, acquired more than 10 patents, and served as the keynote speaker in more than 100 international conferences. His articles were listed by SCI as one of the 250 most citied authors in the world, so his scholastic attainments are widely respected.
Having spent more than decades in science and technology, Dr. Ho possesses abundant knowledge and copious experiences, and his personal style is very rigorous. With regard to the current technology development and education, he has very profound and unique opinions. Although he is now working overseas, his heart is tied to the scientific development of Taiwan, and he often exerted his personal influence to push Taiwan toward convergence with the newest international scientific developments and knowledge. With immense capabilities and tremendous perseverance, and blending the strengths and advantages of East and West, he shined gloriously both at home and abroad. He is dedicated to teaching and spared no efforts in promoting the young generation of scientists for the young students who wish to join the ranks of scientists, he entertains very high expectations.
Dr. Ho is a scholar who continues to sharpen his knowledge and to mold his character. His academic achievements are high, and he possesses complete and abundant administrative experiences. This kind of ethnic Chinese is rare to find in the higher education institutions of America. He has made tremendous contributions to the study of turbulent system, micro-fluid science and bio-medical
nano- technology in Taiwan. He can be said to be a shining example for engineers.
Business and Commerce—Dr. Min-Huan kao
Dr. Min-Huan Kao is currently the Chairman of Garmin Taiwan and its CEO. He graduated from the Department of Electrical Engineering of NTU in 1971, then went to the United States to pursue his graduate studies. He earned a Master's degree and a doctorate from the University of Tennessee in 1975 and 1977, respectively. In 1989, he and his colleague Gary Burrell from Allied Signal noticed that , the GPS system which was only for military use would soon be opened for civilian use and it would create tremendous business opportunities, so they decided to start up their own business. Dr. Kao returned to Taiwan to seek the support from old friends. After he gathered the proper funding, he established an office in Kansas called Garmin. The name "Garmin" was derived from the name of the two founders, Gary Burrell and Min-Huan Kao.
In 1990, Garmin launched the GPS 100, which was a GPS receiver mounted on the the steering board of water vessels. They sold 5000 outfits at U. S. $2500 per piece. Immediately afterwards, Dr. Kao returned to Taiwan to develop a base for production. At that time the government of Taiwan offered a five-year tax exemption to encourage high technology industries, and the Taiwan electronic industry was complete in upstream and downstream accouterments, in which production had the advantage of flexibility, so Dr. Kao who came from a research background, was able to concentrate on research and development. He set up a manufacturing factory in Hsin-tien, Taipei County, and insisted on 100% percent Taiwan production to reciprocate his home country—Taiwan. Garmin in Taiwan was named "Taiwan International Navigation Electronics", it was established in Hsin-tien in 1990, and relocated to His-tze in 1999. Now the major operating points are separately located at Hsi-Tze, Lin-ko, and Chung-li of Taiwan, Beijing of China, America and Europe. The number of employees has increased from only a hundred to over 9000, of which over 5000 are stationed in Taiwan. The company so far has produced millions of sets of GPS receivers.
Garmin is the leading brand in GPS related products. It is majorly involved with the research and development of products for navigation and communication, which included cell phones for airplanes, boats, and cars, OEM and hand held use. And Garmin has created many "firsts": from the first hand-held GPS used by the allied forces in the Persian War, to the first non-precision aviation dedicated general purpose satellite positioning system, to the first multi-functional GPS receiver that had the capability to detect schools of fish, etc. Garmin was able to integrate the land roadmaps with the different species of aviation, and developed the hand held products that combined the functions of GPS and VHF. Furthermore, Garmin was able to develop a 3C product called "Nav Talk" that combined GPS with AMPS and promoted the application level to a new phase which combined positioning, navigation and communication. And, on top of all these, Garmin was able to recommend the smallest GPS in the world to outdoor sports aficionados.
In the area of GPS navigation apparatus, Garmin has the largest market share in the world, and can be said to be the king of GPS products. For several years in a row, the "Forbes" magazine rates Garmin as one of the top 2000 enterprises in the world. According to a survey done by Forbes in 2009, the total assets of Garmin reached 2920 million U.S. dollars, and its profit reached 730 million dollars. And, according to an investigation conducted by Canalys, a British professional marketing company, from 2007 onwards, the PND market share of Garmin kept growing, and in 2007 and 2008 Garmin had the highest PND market share in the world. The Forbes magazine also listed Dr. Kao as one of the 400 richest men in the world. Out of every 10 hand held GPS in the world, six were made in Taiwan. So the Forbes magazine named Dr. Kao as "the man who controls the skies in the world with one hand."
However, despite his outstanding achievements in business, Dr. Kao spared no effort s in social service. When the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science was established in 1997, in order to reciprocate his alma mater and to encourage young students to concentrate on their studies, Dr. Kao set up the Garmin scholarship, which gave N.T. 40,000 a semester to 8 students. In 2004, when the world's fourth largest tsunami leveled the houses, road signs in the Azi province of Indonesia, Garmin was among the first companies to arrive on the scene of disaster, where it established a satellite positioning system, and provided every rescuer with a hand held GPS so that houses could be rebuilt, maps could be redrawn, and rescue works could be done. In 2005, Dr. donated U.S. 17, 500,000 to the University of Tennessee. Out of the funding donated, 12,000,000 was to be used for the construction of a new building for the electrical engineering and computer science departments, and another 5,000,000 was to help the school establish a new department. Both the new department and the new building were named after him. In 2006, Dr. Kao and his four older brothers donated N.T. 120 million to build a library in his hometown, Zhu-Shan of Nantou County, which was the largest private library in Taiwan. In essence, Dr. Kao continues to achieve breakthroughs in the knowledge and technologies of GPS related products, bringing people a more comfortable life, but he also renders the corporate social responsibilities well, such as providing scholarships to the students, providing GPS outfits to rescuers, constructing buildings for schools and establishing private libraries. He has done everything possible to reciprocate our society.
Social Services—Mrs. Jenny Chang
Mrs. Jenny Chang is now the founder of Micro-Trend and its Chief Cultural Officer. She graduated from the Department of Chinese of NTU in 1978. After graduation, she went to the United States and studied computer science. In 1988 she founded Micro-Trend in Los Angeles with her husband. With "technological innovation, self-owned brand, and global marketing" as its goal, she built a business on anti-virus softwares from scratch. In 1992 she relocated to Tokyo, where she continued to expand the scope of Micro-Trend's global business. In addition to taking charge of the business in Japan, she was responsible for global marketing, and the reputation of Micro-Trend kept growing. Finally Micro-Trend went IPO in Tokyo, and was the first public listed company operated by foreign nationals in Japan. In 2000 she wrote the book to share her up-starting experience. The book: "Trend, first in the world, the legend of an internet anti-virus company" won the Golden Book Award from the Ministry of Economic Affairs in 2001, so in 2004 she wrote the sequel: "Unstoppable Trend"which described how Micro-Trend was able to conquer the economic bubbles and become a super cross national company. In 2005, she blazed the trail and became the Chief Cultural Officer of Micro-Trend, and dedicated herself to the cultivation and deep rooting of corporate culture.
In 2000 she used her own money and established the Micro-Trend Foundation of Education, and served as its Chairman and CEO. With "Science and Technology, Humanities, and New Trends" as the foundation's goal, she was devoted to promoting soft-ware education and art and cultural education, hoping to become a bridge between science/technology and arts.
In the area of software education, she held programming competition for years, encouraging university and college students to team up and join the competition so as to experience the cut-throat competition among peers. And, to abridge the gap between urban and rural areas in terms of web resources, she founded the "Web magic camp", encouraged staff from Micro-Trend to serve as volunteers, went to remote areas to teach the children how to set up a website, offering courses in computer softwares, and also offering scholarships for the poor and disadvantaged. In 2009 she established the "Programming contest in cloud computing" which aimed to teach before starting a warfare, and shared the cutting edge technology of Micro-Trend unselfishly with the public. She continues to teach students in the hope of promoting the competitive power of the Taiwan software industry. Now she is cooperating with the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of NTU, she plans to donate courses in "Trends" so as to foster talents in cloud computing.
In the area of art education, Mrs. Jenny Chang held the annual event called "Pay tribute to the masters" which combined academic seminars, panel discussions, publications, documentary films, exhibitions thematic websites and literary tea parties and pay tribute to literary masters (such as Kenneth Pai and Yin-Zhen Chen). She hopes that through the handing down of traditions and through expansion, the cultural heritages of the masters can continue to exert their influence in the internet age.
At the same time, in order to promote the art of beauty, Mrs. Jenny Chang twice sponsored the "Cloud Gate Dance Ensemble" to perform in Japan. She also provided funding for the calligraphy exhibition of Yang-Tze Tong, and for five consecutive years she held "Talks by Chiang Shin on Aesthetics" in the Northern, middle, Southern, and Eastern part of Taiwan. She was the pro bono editor-in-chief for the series of publications by the Commonwealth Publishing Group on "Cultural Trends", and published art books by Kenneth Pai, Qiuyu Yu, Shin Chiang, Hsing-Kuo Wu, and Tim Yip, and a collection of works by Kenneth Pai. These books were donated to the high schools and libraries in remote areas in large quantities. In 2008 she donated the "Kenneth Pai Lecture Series" to the College of Liberal Arts of NTU, to which she invited internationally renowned scholars such as Nils Goran David Malmqvuist, Dr. Ou-fan Lee, Dr. William Yip to teach courses. In 2009 she became the program host and producer of Chinese Broadcasting Company's "Relax in Art," and voiced her opinions on art and literature.
In addition, in order to promote the art of K'un Chu, in 2005 she established the "Foundation for the performance of Peony Pavilion" and sponsored Kenneth Pai's "Youth Version of Peony Pavilion" to perform in Taiwan, the west coast of America, London, and Greece. Mrs. Jenny Chang not only provided the funding for Kenneth Pai, but also went to the various places to help. In 2009 she took one step further to produce the "New Version of the Jade Hairpin" with Kenneth Pai, which was enacted in the National Theatre and many university campuses, achieving the goal of a revival for K'un Chu.
And in the area of psychological counseling, she established the "Counseling Psychology of the Chinese Development Research Foundation" in 2001. She served as the Chairman, and donated her three storied old house in Li-sui Street as the site for the Foundation. With "Fostering the quality of Taiwanese psychological consultants, and enhancing the psychological health of Taiwanese nationals" as its goal, the Foundation cooperates with Dr. Hao-Wei Wang on a long term basis, and tries its best to build a first class psychological counseling environment for Taiwan. It often holds high quality seminars, inviting foreign masters of psychology to come over to Taiwan to supervise, and holds annual conferences. In addition, it established the "Jung Psychology Development Group", and , capitalizing on the expertise of Micro-Trend in internet communications, it set up the first multi-media website in the world in psychological counseling, helping people in remote areas to receive psychological counseling which is not otherwise possible.
Whether in software education, art and cultural education, and psychological counseling, Mrs. Jenny Chang has over the years played the role of a sponsor. In the future, she hopes to take the first bold step toward literary creation.
Social Service—Dr. Chin-kun Wang
Dr. Chin-Kun Wang is the incumbent Vice President of Chung-Shan Medical University. He earned his doctorate from the Institute of Food Science and Technology in 1993. From 1990 onwards, Dr. Wang participated in the consumer protection movement, and has served for fifteen years(pro bono) as a professional member of the Consumer's Foundation. In 2002 he became the Chairman of the Consumer's Foundation, now he is a professional member. He was responsible for consumer protection work in the eight central cities of Taiwan, and assisted in solving problems that had to do with food and nutrition consumerism, which included betel nuts ingredients abuse, housing disputes, credit card disputes, weight-loss disputes, health food disputes, and high calories drinks leaving the campus, etc. He was involved in four lawsuits of the 921 earthquake disaster relief groups, trying to seek benefits for the victims.
In 1995 he participated in the emergency relief work, and he led the members of the Ping Tung Buddhist Charity Association to engage in promoting social welfare, whose primary targets were those people who need disaster relief and who were in dire need of assistance because of emergencies, particularly the victims of the 921 earthquake and of typhoon Toraji.
From 1998 to 2005 Dr. Wang actively participated in the promotional work for nutrition and health care, which included betel nuts and oral lesions, diabetes, gout, cardio-vascular diseases, community education against high blood lipid disorders. At the same time, he also participated in the accreditation work of the Sanitation Department which gave certificates to good restaurants.
In July and August of 2000, he represented the government of Taiwan and went to five South American countries that had diplomatic ties with Taiwan (Panama, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Belize), and assisted the local governments in solving the issues of food shortage, nutrition, health care, and the problems of the development of the food and health care industries. He was also the food science advisor for the government of Panama.
Based on the ideal to build a "healthy city," from 1999 he started to implement grass root community service. He selected the Nan-tun district of Taichung, which has the conditions of a metropolis, tradition, garbage disposal and prisons as the place to realize his ideals. He established the "community health center", whose purpose was to integrate governmental and civilian resources, and to incite the local citizens to have the correct concepts of community identification and health care, so as to achieve the goals of self health care. Through the joints efforts of volunteers and medical staff, he held various activities (such as admonitions against betel nuts and oral lesions, smoke-quitting classes, weight loss classes, aerobic dance classes, Mid-Autumn Festival evening parties, respect to the elderly assembly, the promotion of healthy gas stations, and the certification of balanced food and drinks, etc). In keeping with various health topics, he conducted training courses for the volunteers and provided counseling, information, and actual service for these topics. Furthermore, he was seminal in implementing the "door to door" service to households. So far the households serviced by him and his volunteers have reached 12800, and the number of cases directly handled by the centers have reached 965, whereas the referral cases have reached 815. Altogether, he has served about 120,000 people. Under the framework of the "community health centers", he was able to integrate various social resources, such as the "Medical waste combustion feedback Taichung City Fund", and the Huai-An Charity Foundation, to engage in community health service, allowing the task to build a healthy city to be sustained.
To show concern for the health of prisoners, the "Community health center" collaborated with the staff of the Chung-Shan University hospital and conducted a redesign of the prison menu and an improvement of the standardization of the kitchen warehouse. On the average the prisoners reduced their weight by 3.5 kilograms, and the whole prison reduced 21 tons of fat while the SOP of the prison kitchen was also set up.
Youth guidance is one of the most important problems faced by a modern society. Especially taking care of the children in a single-parent family is of paramount importance. Dr. Wang is currently in the process of making preparations to deal with this issue. While he was engaged in student affairs, he took the effort to set up the student service system, leading students to walk out of their campuses and render course counseling and support to single parent families.