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Three NTHU Faculty Members Receive the 2015 Wu Ta-you Memorial Award
The Wu Ta-you Memorial Award was established by the Ministry of Science and Technology to reward and encourage young researchers. Amongst this year’s winners were three faculty members of NTHU: Dr. Kuo-Hao Chang of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management; Chen Po-Yu of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering; and Cheng Chao-Min of the Institute of Nano Engineering and Micro Systems.
 
After completing his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering at Purdue University in 2008, Dr. Chang taught at West Virginia University before returning to NTHU. Dr. Chang’s main research area is optimal decision-making in a random environment (stochastic optimization), and is currently focusing on the development of effective algorithms for problems that involve profound randomness, as well as their applications in industry. Since returning to Taiwan he has published a series of articles focusing on simulation optimization. Amongst these, his co-authored article “Stochastic Trust-Region Response-Surface Method (STRONG)-A New Response Surface Framework for Simulation Optimization” was published in the prestigious international journal, INFORMS Journal on Computing, and has been lauded as the most significant breakthrough in this field in the past fifty years.
 
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the fields of operations research and optimization at a young age he was awarded the 2012 Bonder Scholar Research Award by INFORMS (based in US), and 2015 the Tocher Medal by the OR Society (based in Europe). Dr. Chang is currently the only Taiwanese who has ever won both of these two awards. In addition, one of Dr. Chang’s papers published in IIE Transactions, which is the top journal in the field of industrial engineering, also won the 2015 Best Application Paper Award. These awards clearly show that Dr. Chang’s research is highly recognized worldwide. Upon being awarded the Wu Ta-you Memorial Award, Chang said that he was grateful for the support he has received from the Ministry of Science and Technology, NTHU, the Institute for Information Industry, and his colleagues and research assistants in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management. In addition, Dr. Chang also thanked his family for all their unflagging support and encouragement.
 
Dr. Chen Po-Yu joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in 2011 to teach and conduct research in biological, bio-inspired and biomedical materials. Chen and his group utilize the concept of "learning from the nature" and study the unique properties of various organisms, including their structure, function, behavior, and growth. Chen’s research has been published in top international journals, such as Science, Progress in Materials Science, Acta Biomaterialia, and has been frequently cited by scholars in related fields (over 2000 citations, and an average of over 30 citations per article). In 2014, Chen’s first book, Biological Materials Science, which covers natural biological materials, biomimetic materials, and biomedical materials, was published by the Cambridge University Press.
 
During his career at NTHU, Chen has won several international and domestic awards, including the TMS Young Leader Award, the MSEC Young Researcher Award, the ASME Emerging Researchers in Biomedical Engineering Award, the MOST Outstanding Young Scholars Grant, the Taiwan Coating Technology Association’s Outstanding Youth Award, and NTHU’s New Research Staff Award. Chen’s group has also won several prestigious awards under his guidance. Widely recognized for his commitment to promote science, he is frequently invited to give guest lectures and host international seminars. Chen also serves various international journals as an editor and member of the review committee. Upon being awarded the Wu Ta-you Memorial Award, Chen said that he was grateful for the support he has received from Professor Jenq-Gong Duh, his doctoral thesis advisors, Joanna McKittrick and Marc Meyers, the Ministry of Science and Technology, NTHU, his research assistants, students, colleagues in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and his family.
 
After completing his Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University and conducting postdoctoral research at Harvard University, Cheng Chao-Min returned to Taiwan as an independent P.I. at NTHU. His research focuses on cell biomechanics and the development of low-cost diagnostic devices. He has already successfully developed paper-based diagnostic devices, and is currently working on developing similar devices but made of materials which are inexpensive and easy to obtain, such as cotton and wood fiber. Working together with clinical research units, Dr. Cheng has successfully developed different types of diagnostic devices for testing sperm vitality, female ovulation cycle, dengue fever, bullous pemphigus, proliferative diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, and retinal vein occlusion. In addition, he has developed a new platform for exploring the process of cell growth and cell mechanics, and successfully fabricated chitosan-based nanostructures for understanding the biochemical reaction of normal and cancer cells as well.
 
During Cheng’s four years at NTHU, nearly 50 of his research articles have been published in leading journals in the fields of biomedical engineering, analytical chemistry, and biomaterials; eight of his articles appeared as the cover articles. He has also served as the editors or guest editors of several professional journals. Moreover, Cheng is striving to find ways to mass produce some of the devices he has invented, and nearly 30 of his inventions have received patents or are pending. Upon being awarded the Wu Ta-you Memorial Award, Cheng expressed his gratitude for the support he has received from Institute of NanoEngineering and MicroSystems and the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at NTHU, the Ministry of Science and Technology, and the Chang Gung Hospital. He also acknowledges the assistance and feedback he has received from multiple physicians at the Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, the Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Professor Robert Langer of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US, and Professor Koji Matsuura of Okayama University in Japan. Finally, Cheng thanks his lab partners for being the driving force behind his cutting-edge researches.
 
Prof. Chang Kuo-Hao of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management

Prof. Chang Kuo-Hao of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management

Prof. Chen Po-Yu of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Prof. Chen Po-Yu of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Prof. Cheng Chao-Min of the Institute of Nano-engineering and Microsystems.

Prof. Cheng Chao-Min of the Institute of Nano-engineering and Microsystems.

Date : Oct. 22, 2015
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