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Entrance of the Engineering Building I Gets a Facelift
If you have recently passed by Engineering Building I you might have noticed that something is different. The ramp next to the entrance—formerly faced with tiles identical to those on the building itself—now has an attractive stone slab facing and is topped with a metal sculpture which is lit up at night. This aesthetic upgrade was made possible by a NT$120 million donation from NTHU alumnus Eric Tsai (Department of Power and Mechanical Engineering, class of 1981), who wanted to express his gratitude to his alma mater by contributing a piece of artwork which appeals to both refined and popular tastes.
 
For Eric Tsai, making such a donation is purely for the sake of promoting education. The amount he donated entitled him to have the entire building named after him, but he gracefully declined on the grounds that people were already accustomed to the original name. Titled Wings of Change, the sculpture conveys the notion of perpetual balanced movement. Lao-Zi states, “All things pass from obscurity to manifestation, achieving harmony in the vital energy of the void.” The idea is that all matter is in a continual state of reciprocating motion, evolving and developing in an orderly manner which results in a kind of stability within instability. This line from Lao-Zi was the inspiration for the sculpture, which is mounted on top of the wall with a very slender base, so as to accentuate the dynamic rhythm of the mass as it extends into a graceful wing, conveying the idea of flight, freedom, and creativity.
 
“Change” refers to the Dao, and as explained by Lao-Zi:“The Dao produces the one; the one produces the two; the two produces the three; the three produces all things.” The idea is that the universe is in constant motion, such that things evolve through a process of continual adjustment. Inasmuch as the Dao is the source of all things, the sculpture is meant to inspire curiosity and the spirit of exploration.
 
During the dedication ceremony President Hocheng said that Tsai’s generous donation has given a major boost to the current alumni fundraising campaign titled “60 Thousand Graduates—600 Million.”
 
During the ceremony Tsai said that he likes to take every opportunity to encourage other NTHU alumni to generously support the current campaign. He also said that he didn’t care much for fanfare and publicity, but that some might be necessary for encouraging others to contribute to the campaign.
 
The Wings of Change, donated by NTHU alumnus Eric Tsai.

The Wings of Change, donated by NTHU alumnus Eric Tsai.

Group photo (left to right): Mao-Jiun J. Wang, Dean, College of Engineering; NTHU President Hong Hocheng; Eric Tsai; Ming-teh Hsu, Director, Office of the Secretariat; Min Lee, Secretary General, Office of the Secretariat; Tsai Hung-Yin, Director, Department of Power and Mechanical Engineering; Chen Rong-Shun, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; Wang Pei-Jen, Professor, Department of Power and Mechanical Engineering; and Wu Chien-Wei, Professor and Vice Chairman, Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management.

Group photo (left to right): Mao-Jiun J. Wang, Dean, College of Engineering; NTHU President Hong Hocheng; Eric Tsai; Ming-teh Hsu, Director, Office of the Secretariat; Min Lee, Secretary General, Office of the Secretariat; Tsai Hung-Yin, Director, Department of Power and Mechanical Engineering; Chen Rong-Shun, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; Wang Pei-Jen, Professor, Department of Power and Mechanical Engineering; and Wu Chien-Wei, Professor and Vice Chairman, Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management.

Eric Tsai and President Hocheng in front of the new ramp.

Eric Tsai and President Hocheng in front of the new ramp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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