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感懷逢甲國際化推手曾明哲院長

逢甲大學國際科技與管理學院曾明哲院長10月21日晚間9點25分於中山醫學大學附設醫院病逝,享壽72歲。曾院長的辭世,讓本校全體教職員生同感哀痛,臺灣也失去了一位充滿理想與熱情,並擁有前瞻視野的教育家。

曾院長1975年獲得普渡大學工業工程所博士學位,曾在伊利諾大學、麻省理工學院任教。1993年獲香港科技大學邀請,於該校創立工業工程及工程管理學系,更於2011年至2013年間擔任香港科技大學研發及創新副校長。

逢甲大學於2013年延攬院長,創立「國際科技與管理學院」,開設全臺第一個獲教育部認可之2+2雙學士學位的創新專班,與美國普渡大學、加州聖荷西州立大學、舊金山州立大學、澳洲皇家墨爾本理工大學合作,為臺灣高等教育建立新的里程碑。

曾院長投入學術超過40年的生涯中,發表近300篇著作,榮獲國際製造工程研究院(CIRP)院士,是目前臺灣及香港唯一一位院士。同時,曾院長也獲選教育部108年玉山學者;此外,曾院長也曾在AT&T Corp.、Rockwell International Corp.、Digital Equipment Corporation等國際企業擔任要職。對學術研究及產業都有極大貢獻。

在海外多年,曾院長最後回到臺灣,是希望為臺灣的國際化發展盡點心力,而逢甲大學是他實現理想的最佳場域。近年來,在曾院長的大力推展和積極奔走下,逢甲大學國際科技管理學院發展卓越,學校國際化的深度和廣度也日益增長。然而心心念念的曾院長,總想著如何使逢甲大學和國際學院好上更好,因而忽略了病體辛勞,鞠躬盡瘁,直到最後一刻。他的辭世令我們心疼與不捨!逢甲師生衷心感念曾院長為逢甲大學和臺灣高等教育的孜孜奉獻;本校也會延續曾院長的夢想,繼續為臺灣國際化教育盡最大努力。

In Memory of Mitchell M. Tseng, Dean of ISTM and champion of the International School of Technology and Management at Feng Chia University

 

The Dean of  the International School of Technology and Management (ISTM), Prof. Mitchell M. Tseng, passed away on October 21st at 9:25 pm at the Chung Shan Medical University Hospital from complications of lung cancer at the age of 72. His passing is mourned by our entire faculty and staff, for Taiwan has lost an idealistic, enthusiastic, and visionary educator.

 

After graduating from National Tsing Hua University, Prof. Tseng earned his Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Purdue University in 1975. He held teaching positions at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  He  worked for two decades in industry developing products, service systems, and managing business transformation, first at Xerox, and then at Digital Equipment Corporation. In the early parts of his career, he developed key enabling manufacturing technologies for the computer industry, some of which, including diamond machining for polygons in laser printers, are still widely used today.

 

In 1993, he received an invitation from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology to establish the Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management as the founding head of Department, and later served as that university’s Associate Vice-President for Research and Innovation.  During his 20-year tenure at HKUST, he became internationally known for his work in mass customization and global manufacturing.  He has worked on Industry – University – Government collaboration from various perspectives in different countries, collaborating on more than 100 projects to upgrade product design and manufacturing capabilities. The outcomes include advanced Internet of Things semiconductor chips, Artificial Intelligence systems, robotic assembly systems and others.

 

Prof. Tseng was involved in academia for over 40 years, during which time he published close to 300 academic papers, and supervised more than 20 PhD and 100 MPhil theses. Most of his graduates are either teaching in major universities or holding key positions in industry.  He was awarded the International Manufacturing Engineering Institute’s (CIRP) Scholar Award (where he is currently the only honoree in both Taiwan and Hong Kong).  He is an elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences (HKAES). He was the recipient of the LEAD Award from SME, Franz Edelman Laureate (INFORMS), and Outstanding Industrial Engineer (Purdue). He also held faculty appointments in the MIT Media Lab, MIT Zaragoza Logistics Center, Nanshan Professor in School of Design, China Academy of Arts and Honorary Adjunct Professor of Business and Management at Technical University of Munich.

 

Just prior to his passing, he was recognized as a Yushan Scholar by the government of Taiwan.

 

In 2013, FCU enlisted the services of Prof. Tseng to establish the ISTM department, which became Taiwan’s first innovative 2+2 dual degree program to be accredited by the Ministry of Education. After residing overseas for many years, Professor Tseng was excited by the prospect of contributing towards Taiwan’s international development, and felt that FCU was an ideal location for his aspirations to become a reality.  The ISTM department became a benchmark for Taiwan’s higher education by partnering with Purdue University, San Jose State University, San Francisco State University, and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology so that students could study at FCU for two years and then complete their degrees abroad, thus gaining experience in another university and culture on top of their degree requirements.  At the time of his passing the program had doubled its enrollment year over year and is on track to graduate 70 students in the 2020 academic year. [1] 

 

 

Unfortunately, in the rush to achieve his goals and dreams for FCU and Taiwan, he sometimes ignored the call of his own health.  His death has filled the entire ISTM community with sadness. Our students will forever remember Prof. Tseng’s visionary contributions towards their university and Taiwan’s higher education system; our university will continue to carry out his dream of continually improving and internationalizing Taiwan’s education.