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3 young professors awarded 2021 Ta-You Wu Memorial Award

2021-08-23

(Provided by Office of Research and Development) The Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) announced the winners of the 2021 Ta-You Wu Memorial Award to three young professors of NSYSU: Assistant Professor Fu-Kang Wang of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Assistant Professor Yu-Jen Shih of the Institute of Environmental Engineering, and Associate Professor Hung-Wei Yang of the Institute of Medical Science and Technology.

Assistant Professor Fu-Kang Wang of the Department of Electrical Engineering focuses on the development of self-injection locking radar, which significantly improves the system sensitivity and clutter immunity by the novel architecture and algorithm, and can provide information on the vibration, distance, and see-through-wall image of the subject. He has authored or coauthored 54 technical publications in refereed journal and conference proceedings, mostly in IEEE publications, and holds 48 patents. Since the system can provide vital sign information of human or economic animals, its application in telemedicine and smart animal husbandry is highly anticipated, and several technology transfers have been completed and industry-academia collaborations have been tied. Professor Wang received Bachelor, Master's, and Ph.D. degrees from NSYSU, and was a recipient of numerous awards. He appreciates NSYSU’s contribution to his education, career, and life. In the future, he hopes to work on electromagnetic waves, visible light, and sound to open up infinite possibilities of non-contact sensing in industrial and civilian applications.

In recent years, Assistant Professor Yu-Jen Shih of the Institute of Environmental Engineering has been focusing on developing new innovative environmental electrochemical technologies, such as synthesizing palladium-tin and platinum-copper nanocatalysts for water treatment that can rapidly degrade contaminants in water and selectively produce non-toxic byproducts. Professor Shih applied his research results on dipole electrolytic reaction systems – more than 10 articles published in international journals and several patents registered in the past three years – to the field of environmental engineering for the removal of ammonia nitrogen, nitrates, boron, heavy metals, and emerging pollutants from aquaculture water and industrial wastewater. His research anticipates the future development of chemical-free, relatively environmentally-friendly sustainable water treatment technologies, and the integration of photovoltaic and electrolytic systems to achieve the goal of recovering clean water and producing clean hydrogen energy at the same time.

Associate Professor Hung-Wei Yang of the Institute of Medical Science and Technology specializes in the development of nanobiomedical materials, microneedle systems, and genetic engineering virus-like particles. He works with Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Kaohsiung Medical University, and Kaohsiung Armed Forces General Hospital to conduct cross-domain integrated research. The research results are applied to medical-related fields such as drug delivery systems, biosensing, and immune cell therapy. What is more, he also collaborates with the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Emory Vaccine Center at Emory University on the development of the microneedle-based vaccines. Under the severe COVID-19 pandemic, Professor Yang has successfully developed two products: SeraParma COVID-19 IgM antibody rapid test kit and AirParma, for COVID-19 prevention. With the support of the Taiwan reputed university startups to Taiwan Unicorns Project of MOST, he established NanoParma Biomedical Ltd. – a biomedical startup company in April this year, aiming at nurturing cross-disciplinary biomedical R&D talents.

Ta-You Wu Memorial Award of MOST was established to acknowledge young scholars’ contribution to science development and technological research. The Award was established in 2002 by the National Science Council (now Ministry of Science and Technology) in the name of Ta-You Wu and is intended to reward the future academic elite of Taiwan for their long-term commitment to academic research. MOST has been selecting award recipients from among the coordinators of thematic research projects under 42 years of age, with outstanding research performance. The final awardee list is confirmed by the Minister and the evaluation committee. This year, 45 researchers received the Award and will obtain a reward of NT$ 300,000.

(Edited by Public Affairs Division)
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