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Assistant Prof. Hsin-jay Wu of Materials and Optoelectronic Science Receives TMS Young Leader Award
Hsin-jay Wu
Department of Materials and Optoelectronic Science, National Sun-Yat-sen University
Specialty: Thermoelectric materials, calculation and analysis of phase diagrams, material characterization, bio-metallic materials and thermodynamics.

NSYSU’s Assistant Professor Hsin-jay Wu of the Department of Materials and Optoelectronic Science received the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) Young Leader Professional Development Award on March 16, 2015 at the 144th TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition, in Orlando Florida.

America’s TMS is one of the oldest member-driven international professional society dates back to 1871, dedicated to fostering the exchange of learning and ideas across the entire range of materials science and engineering, from minerals processing and primary metals production, to basic research and the advanced applications of materials. Included amongst its 12,000 members are metallurgical and materials engineers from six continents. Its annual meeting is one of the most anticipated events in the world.

Taiwan’s first recipient of TMS Young Leader Award, currently the chairman of Materials Science and Engineering in Ministry of Science and Technology, Professor C. Robert Kao said thus far 7 individuals from Taiwan have been formally recognized with this award. Also this year only two awardees were from universities in Asia, one being NSYSU’s Assistant Professor Wu, and the other was at Japan’s Kyushu University.

“Thank you, I am honored to receive this award”, noted Professor Wu. Being recognized globally for her potential in deed is a happy event, and she wants to inspire her students to strive for international limelight as well, as TMS awardees have unique opportunities to network with prominent members and broaden their horizons by presenting papers at international sessions in the Japan Institute of Metals and the Federation of European Materials Societies.


Research Specialty
Assistant Professor Wu’s research focuses on thermoelectric materials systems, with an emphasis on phase stability, microstructural evolution, and thermoelectric property.

Cars on the market today are outfitted with thermoelectric materials already, used for warming up the engine or support radio playing. NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover also uses these materials. With impacts from global climate changes, I chose this research field so that I can contribute and bring good results for mankind, she said.

Passion for Education
Not yet 30 years old, Assistant Professor Wu is close to her student’s age; she feels the era of forced education is over, today teaching method cores on inspiring students “to think what they want to do”. Because when you do the things you want to do you will have passion. But it is also important to be determinate and press on after you start. Practice foreign languages are also essential too.

Future Outlook
Being at NSYSU for only a year, she feels “senior professors took care of newcomers” and that the Department of Materials and Optoelectronic Science offers good resources and assistances, Also the University has excellent equipment and laboratories as well as expert technicians, making researches on campus convenient and easy.

She once spent a year in Cal Tech working with international scientists and was highly impressed by the efficiency of a team led by a Japanese researcher. She aspires for NSYSU to offer similar opportunities so that brainstorming and research exchanges may happen.

Photo: 450℃ phase equilibria isothermal section
Assistant Professor Hsin-jay Wu (far right) and her research team
Publish date : 2015-02-26
  • Assistant Professor Hsin-jay Wu (right) and her research team
    Assistant Professor Hsin-jay Wu (right) and her research team
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