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Ten NTHU Professors have been honored with the 2014 Ministry of Science & Technology Outstanding Research Award and Merit Research Fellow Award
Ministry of Science & Technology recently announced the 2014 recipients of Outstanding Research Award and Merit Research Fellow Award. Professors Chin Yu (Department of Chemistry), and Sheng-Tsaing Tseng (Institute of Statistics) were honored with the Merit Research Fellow Award, and Kuo-Ning Chiang (Department of Power Mechanical Engineering), Tsai-Fu Wu (Department of Electrical Engineering), Ray-Kuang Lee (Institute of Photonics Technologies), Yu-Chen Hu (Department of Chemical Engineering), Fan-Gang Tseng (Department of Engineering and System Sciences), Wei-Chang Yeh (Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management), Ruey-An Doong (Department of Biomedical Engineering and Environmental Sciences), and Yi-Chou Tsai (Department of Chemistry) won the Outstanding Research Award.
 
Professor Chin Yu specializes in biochemistry, biotechnology, drug design, MRI, molecular simulation among other fields. He has been teaching at the Department of Chemistry for 30 years since 1985. Professor Yu engaged in the research of NMR after his returning to Taiwan, and devoted himself in the quest of protein’s 3D structure. In 1993, Professor Yu became the first researcher in Taiwan to publish the 3D structure of Taiwanese cobra’s venom protein in Biochemistry and continued to publish researches regarding the 3D structure and backbone dynamics of other snakes’ venom protein from 1993 to 2000. From 2002 to 2007, Professor Yu switched his research to the 3D structure and stacking of fibroblast protein. Since 2010, Professor Yu has focused on protein-protein interaction, and has obtained many fruitful and brilliant results.
 
Prof. Sheng-Tsaing Tseng, Institute of Statistics, specializes in Run-to-Run control and reliability analysis. Run-to-Run control plays an important role in monitoring IC manufacturing process. When the output of manufacturing process follows a dynamic transfer function-noise model, Prof. Tseng proposed a quasi MMSE Run-to-Run controller. The major achievement of this research is that it completely solved the problem where the conventional EWMA controller fails to satisfy the long-term stability conditions. In addition, aiming at a life testing for high–reliable products, Prof. Tseng proposed a systemic approach, which included the construction of a general exponential dispersion (ED) degradation model and determined the optimum test plan of accelerated degradation experiment. On winning this Award, Prof. Tseng acknowledges the Institute of Statistics for providing a great researching environment and for the constant support from his loving family.
 
Prof. Kuo-Ning Chiang, Department of Power Mechanical Engineering, focus on nonlinear computational mechanics with high-performance computational theory and statistical mechanics theory. He applies them to the simulation analysis of mechanical behavior, and extends them to the study of fatigue and long-term reliability analysis. Prof. Chiang successfully combines his specialties, fundamental mechanics theory, design, and simulation analysis, and applies them to packaging, semiconductor, nano-manufacturing and MEMS development. His researches greatly enhanced the competiveness of domestics industries. Prof. Chiang has directed/co-directed several research projects sponsored by the Ministry of Science & Technology, National Program on Nanotechnology, and academia-industry collaborative projects. Due to his excellent performance in the field of high-performance computing, he was appointed as the Director General of National Center for High-Performance Computing (NCHC). Under his leadership, the center constructed ACPS, nicknamed Winder, a super computer ranked the 42th in the top 500 worldwide. Moreover, his center has built two self-designed super computers, Formosa 3 and 5 that are also ranked in the top 500 lists.
 
From the Department of Electrical Engineering, Prof. Tsai-Fu Wu’s research interests include power electronics, signal processing and control. Making flexible use of plasma behavior and integrating interdisciplinary studies, Prof. Wu has developed electronic ballasts, drivers for plasma display panels, pulsed electric fields for sterilizing bacterium on rice and in fruit juice, and electrical stunner for humanely animal slaughter. Recently, Prof. Wu focuses his research efforts on the development of green power generator. With his research team, he has developed a harmonized DC micro-grid energy generating system. The system can adjust its operation mode according to environment, load, and power change of the grid, while supplying high quality and stable power. Prof. Wu’s research results have been published in international journals such as IEEE Trans. on Industrial Electronic and Power Electronics. Among Professor Wu’s researches, D-Σ digital control receives most attention. It improves the abc-dq frame transformation method, which has been used for over 50 years. This technology can be applied to the control of DC converters, single/three phase power converter and modular multi-level converters, and it has a significant contribution toward the developments of electrical engineering, machine tools, electric vehicle, and renewable power generator industries.
 
Prof. Ray-Kuang Lee’s (Institute of Photonics Technologies ) research interests include quantum optics and the construction of theoretical models related to nonlinear physics. Prof. Lee has been teaching at Tsing Hua since 2005, and his researches focus on the formation of optic patterns, nonlinear dynamics, quantum memory, and quantum information science. Prof. Lee collaborates intensively with domestic and foreign research teams in this research on vertical-cavity surface emitting lasers, photoreactive crystals, cold atom systems and nanospheres. On winning this award, Professor Lee would like to thank the Institute of Photonics Technologies for providing a conducive research environment, a friendly atmosphere, and plentiful resources.
 
From the Department of Chemical Engineering, Prof. Yu-Chen Hu’s research interests cover the whole spectrum of biotechnology, such as the development of viral vector, virology, and cell biology as well as vaccine development, tissue engineering, and cancer treatment. Prof. Hu’s research result has expanded the application of baculovirus on vaccine development and gene therapy, which made him the world’s first to open up the possibility of applying baculovirus on tissue engineering. With these research accomplishments, Prof. Hu has applied and obtained five patents in Taiwan, two in the US, 1 in China and has successfully transferred the technology he has developed to industry. On winning the Outstanding Research Award again, Prof. Hu would like to acknowledge NTHU for providing a well-equipped research environment and the help and support from his colleagues. He also would like to express his sincerest gratitude to the forerunners and partners such as Professors Jaw-Ching Wu, Tzu-Chen Yen, Yu-Han Chang, Kun-Ju Lin, Dr. Shiaw Min Huang and many others for their help and collaboration.
 
A faculty member at the Department of Engineering and System Sciences, Prof. Fan-Gang Tseng is also the Deputy Director of the Biomedical Science and Engineering Center. His research interests focus on nano/micro bio and fluidic system and its application on cancer marker protein and screening of circulating cancer cells, medical diagnosis application on 3D cell/tissue chip/nano-particle, biomedical sensor and micro fuel cells. This is Prof. Tseng’s second time winning the Outstanding Research Award. Prof. Tseng has successfully developed double sided multifunctional surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy nano particles, and integrates it to the micro-fluid system driven by surface tension and applies them on screening of circulating tumor cells. Prof. Tseng would like to acknowledge Ministry of Science & Technology, NTHU, Ministry of Economic Affairs and companies for their financial support. He is also very thankful for the collaboration and support of his colleagues and the team work of his lab members.
 
Prof. Wei-Chang Yeh has been teaching at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management since 2005. His research interests include reliability analysis and soft computing. Having published several algorithms on binary, multistate, single or multiple merchandise, combination of cost from repair or buying, Prof. Yeh has established himself as an authority figure in the field of reliability research. In addition, Prof. Yeh also improved non-flow network reliability, simplified UGFM and overcame the problem of UGFM’s obstruction toward circulatory network, as well as applying it to solve traditional flow network reliability problems. Prof. Yeh not only creates a novel soft computing (SSO), but also combines Monte Carlo method with response surface methodology, and uses simulation method and soft computing to solve the reliability approximation. In the field of soft computing, Prof. Yeh not only focuses on its optimization, but also develops a novel SSO and applies it on optimization of supply chain management, RFID network, smart grid, grid/cloud computing, and RAP as well as on data mining. On winning this award, Prof. Yeh would like to acknowledge NTHU and Ministry of Science and Technology for their research support. He would also like to express his sincerest gratitude to the forerunners of the Department of Industrial Engineering (IE) for their kind encouragement and assistance; as well as to the scholars and experts he worked with for their cooperation. Moreover, he would like to thank his devoted team members for their important contributions.
 
Prof. Ruey-An Doong joined in the Department of Nuclear Science (now the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Environmental Sciences) in 1994. His research interests include environmental chemistry, the functioning of environmental nanomaterials, biomedical sensor technology and the application of energy materials. He has focused on the development of environmental-friendly multifunctional materials, and the use of novel methods to dispose the organic or mixed pollutants in water or multi-pore mediums. At the same time Prof. Doong studies the reaction rate of trace toxic substances on the surface of compound materials and microscopic changes of the reaction mechanism. He has tested theories that explain the reaction mechanism and dynamic of pollutants on natural or man-made environments and the roles of each substance. Prof. Doong actively pursues interdisciplinary researches, maintained many collaborations with scientists and scholars in the US, South Korea, Czech Republic and Argentina. On winning this award, Prof. Doong would like to acknowledge NTHU and Ministry of Science and Technology for their support, and would also like to thank his family for their loving support and his students for their important contributions.
 
Professor Yi-Chou Tsai’s (Department of Chemistry) research specialties include synthetic inorganic, organometallic and organic chemistry. Two important required courses in the department of chemistry are organic and inorganic chemistry. The former discipline deals with the chemistry of organic compounds, while the latter is concerned with the properties and behavior of inorganic metal compounds. One question that Prof. Tsai’s lab tries to answer is whether these two disciplines have anything in common? By synthesizing metal-metal quintuple bonded inorganic compound that have properties similar to carbon-carbon multiple bonded compound, Prof. Tsai comes to the conclusion that inorganic compounds have properties similar to organic compounds; that is, organic chemistry and inorganic chemistry have much in common. Prof. Tsai thanks NTHU for providing him with research resources and facilities. He also acknowledges his colleagues for their assistance, support and encouragement. He would like to acknowledge the financial support from Ministry of Science & Technology and the loving support from his family as well as the brilliant works that his students have accomplished.
 
 
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