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NTHU Awards Honorary Doctorate to Eric Y.T. Chuo
On September 30 NTHU conferred an honorary doctorate on Eric Y. T. Chuo. The conferral ceremony was held at the International Conference Hall in the Macronix Building. Amongst the VIPs attending the event were Minister Yan Hong-sen of the Executive Yuan; Sophia Ma, Director General, Department of Technological and Vocational Education of the Ministry of Education; representatives from the HIWIN company, the Taiwan Machine Tool & Accessory Builders Association, the Taiwan Automation Intelligence and Robotics Association (TAIROA), the Entrepreneur Club, and the Taiwan Electronic Equipment Industry Association (TEEIA); the principals, teachers, and students of the Liu-Chia Elementary School and the National Hsinchu Commercial and Vocational High School, both are Chuo’s alma maters; and a few dozen of Chuo’s classmates from the same two schools.
 
During the ceremony NTHU President Hong Hocheng said that Dr. Chuo was the first person to be nominated for an honorary doctorate by two different colleges (i.e., the College of Engineering and the College of Technology Management). Chuo is widely recognized for his achievements and innovations in the fields of finance and industry, as indicated by the 34 patents he has received to date. Chuo has long been striving to encourage disadvantaged young students to engage in research and development and adopt creative approaches to enhancing the competitive advantage of Taiwan's industry. This is why he established the HIWIN Thesis Award, which provides annual funding of up to NT$10 million to promising young researchers and has become known as the “Youth Nobel Prize” of the machine technology industry.
 
President Hocheng also lauded Chuo’s resourcefulness and entrepreneurial spirit in progressing from technical layman to the “king of patents,” even going so far as selling land and borrowing money to raise startup funds. Chuo’s extraordinary fortitude and dedication are a fine example of the first half of the NTHU motto, i.e., “self-discipline.” Furthermore, after his undertakings succeeded, honoring the concept of corporate social responsibility, he began to generously provide funds to support disadvantaged students, a fine example of the second half of the NTHU motto, viz. “social commitment.” This is why the review committee unanimously an enthusiastically decided to honor him with the honorary doctorate.
 
In his acceptance speech Chuo said, “As a native growing up in Hsinchu, NTHU has long been a familiar name to me, and now I have become one of its members. Life is so full of surprises!" In fact, Chuo’s high school is quite close to NTHU, and while he was studying there he always thought of NTHU as "the place with the nuclear reactor." During his last two years of high school he and his classmates would often go over to NTHU campus after school to lie on the lawn, chat, daydream, and plan for their future. Over the past decade, in accordance with the demand for product development, Chuo has begun long-term cooperation with NTHU’s Department of Power and Mechanical Engineering, and their joint projects have steadily expanded over the years. In 2014 NTHU and HIWIN jointly established the HIWIN-CMU Cooperative Research Center, demonstrating the importance of university research to industrial development and people's livelihoods.
 
Chuo also mentioned that HIWIN’s main products—ball screws and linear guideways—are the best leaders in the industry. At the Machine Tool World Exposition held in Milan last October, HIWIN exhibited the world's first ball screw to fully realize the 4.0 industrial concept, which faculty researchers and students at NTHU helped to develop.
 
During the award ceremony the string orchestra of the Liujia Elementary School expressed their gratitude to Chuo for the support he has provided to the school by performing a number of pieces, including a concerto grosso by Handel and Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker. There was also a performance by the well-known aboriginal group Gili, whose rustic a cappella style is reminiscent of the rhythm of the weaving at which their forebears were highly adept.
 
 From left to right: 
Dr. Chao-Hsi Huang, Dean of the College of Technology Management; President Hong Hocheng; Dr. Eric Y. T. Chuo; and Wang Mao-Jiun, dean of the College of Engineering.

From left to right:
Dr. Chao-Hsi Huang, Dean of the College of Technology Management; President Hong Hocheng; Dr. Eric Y. T. Chuo; and Wang Mao-Jiun, dean of the College of Engineering.

 Dr. Eric Y. T. Chuo delivering his acceptance speech.

Dr. Eric Y. T. Chuo delivering his acceptance speech.

 

Date : Oct. 2, 2015

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