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NTHU Professor Shares Prize Money with Alma Mater
Dr. Chen-Fu Chien, a Tsinghua Chair Professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management has received the 2016 Executive Yuan Award for Outstanding Contributions in Science and Technology for his accumulated research achievements on "Data Mining and Big Data Analytics to Enhance Smart Production for Semiconductor Manufacturing." Premier Lin Chuan presented Chien with the Award, including NT$1 million, on the 29th of December (which happened to be Chen-Fu’s 50th birthday). On the next day Chen-Fu donated half the prize money to the NTHU Sustainability Fund, commenting that this would be the best way to express his gratitude to his beloved Alma Mater NTHU as well as those who have supported him!
 
Professor Chien received B.S. with double majors in Industrial Engineering and Electrical Engineering at NTHU in 1990. He attributes his accomplishments to the excellent education he received at NTHU, as well as her incubation of his academia career and collaborative research with industries in Taiwan. Together with his students and team members, he humbly presented the check to President Hocheng Hong.
 
At the event Chien pointed out that the NTHU Sustainability Fund was established in 2013 when he was NTHU Vice President and Secretary General as endowment to support NTHU long term developments with sustainable investment income. Since the endowment is relatively small, he hopes that his gesture will encourage others to follow suit, especially NTHU graduates.
 
Chien’s research centers on decision analysis, big data, and resource optimization, especially addressing critical challenges of Taiwan industries for transformation and technology migration. In particular, Chien is promoting "Industry 3.5" as the optimal manufacturing strategy for Taiwan that is a hybrid strategy between the existing "Industry 3.0" and to-be "Industry 4.0," with disruptive innovations on the basis of core competence of Taiwan manufacturing expertise. He also proposed “blue lakes strategy” for niche segments that Taiwanese manufacturers presently playing leading roles should employ Industry 3.5 to enhance competitive advantages and entry barriers for international competitors.
 
Prof. Chien, together with his teammates, presenting a check to President Hocheng Hong.

Prof. Chien, together with his teammates, presenting a check to President Hocheng Hong.

Premier Lin Chuan (left) presenting Chien with the Award.

Premier Lin Chuan (left) presenting Chien with the Award.

Poster illustrating his manufacturing strategy, Industry 3.5 as iron man versus Industry 4.0 as robots.

Poster illustrating his manufacturing strategy, Industry 3.5 as iron man versus Industry 4.0 as robots.

Chien and his research team at the conferral event for the 2016 Executive Yuan Award for Outstanding Contributions in Science and Technology.

Chien and his research team at the conferral event for the 2016 Executive Yuan Award for Outstanding Contributions in Science and Technology.

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