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To Jennifer, Sophia, Angie, Family, his Friends, Colleagues and Students

In Memoriam – Tribute to Prof. Mitchell M. Tseng as Teacher, Mentor and Friend (HKUST International Students)

On the 24th of October 2019 we received a message that stemmed its way right into our hearts – it was the news that Prof. Mitchell M. Tseng, our teacher, mentor and, more than this, our friend, has passed away. Even though we were aware of his health condition and the many battles he had to fight in past years, whenever we met or talked to him he was strong at heart, optimistic and even enthusiastic about all the things to come, implicitly assuring all of us he is and will be here for us – no worries. But now everything changed! Of course, it is not unusual in the stage of our lives to witness friends and colleagues loosing teachers and mentors but we felt it would never happen to us. Yet it did. What a loss, what a tragedy! 

Mitchell M. Tseng's students and Du Xuehong

Eternal Memory and Everlasting Gift: In memory of Prof. Mitchell M. Tseng

Back from morning jogging, I glanced at my phone messages. It was from Janet: "Sister, our professor passed away, did you know that?" No! I texted you immediately: "You are still around, right? Anxious for your reply!" Right away another message to Mrs. Tseng, Jennifer: "Two minutes ago I heard that Prof. Tseng passed away. Would you please confirm with me that it was not true at all!" Can’t wait further, I dialed your cell in Taiwan. "Hello!", replied by a female voice, my heart was beating fast, it was Jennifer. She said “I just saw your message. It's true!" – the words I never want to hear about!

Prof. Dr. Kathrin M. Möslein

Vice President

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

What a loss!

I would like to send you my deepest condolences. I still cannot believe that Mitch has passed away. His vision and passion will definitely live on. Mitch was such an incredible inspiration to me: I will never forget the early conference with Frank and Ralf at HKUST, but even more the recent work with FCU. His vision, passion and the incredible commitment to make his visions come true were incredible.

I won’t forget when he first came to Nuremberg and told about the early plans of the new school and programme, the visits with his president, colleagues and students, the influence he had on my latest „Habilitand“ and early career scholar Albrecht Fritzsche – who just finished his habilitation last week which he dedicated to Mitch. The school and programme are in impressive shape. His students are passionate and will continue to further his vision.

Hau L. Lee Stanford University  

November 8, 2019 

Remembering A Long Time Colleague and Friend 

In was the beginning of the 90’s, and I was visiting Digital Equipment Corporation in the Boston area.  I was told then that a key senior manager at DEC, Dr. Mitchell Tseng, was leaving DEC to become the first inaugural Department Head of the Department of Industrial Engineering at HKUST.  Mitch was someone whom I have known for years, when he was a representative from DEC visiting Stanford’s Institute of Manufacturing and Automation on several occasions, and who had hosted me to give a workshop on service parts management a year earlier.  Being from Hong Kong myself, I sought to meet with Mitch to tell him how happy I was that he was heading to HK.  The two of us met at the cafeteria at one of the DEC buildings, and we exchanged preliminary ideas of mutual collaboration in the future.  This cafeteria conversation, as it turns out, has formed the root of our long-term relationship. 

─ 逢甲大學金融學院 劉炳麟主任

逢甲大學曾經有您,真好!

實在很不想提筆寫這一封道別信,心中滿滿的不捨,一直到深夜才整理好情緒可以緩緩地跟曾院長說聲再見,學著適應沒有曾院長的逢甲大學。

曾院長初次在經管院授課是由我負責接待,當時的曾講座讓我感覺非常和善,也不時跟我詢問EMBA的學生屬性和課程定位,他希望可以將過去在國外多年的經驗帶回到台灣,甚至對台灣企業產生一些效應。和曾院長最密切的互動則是與他前往深圳洽談產學合作案,當時得知搭機前一刻他才剛結束化療便立即與我們會合,沿路上還不斷地跟我們分享他與產業合作的經驗,卻在他的身上絲毫感受不到化療後的疲憊。在我眼中的曾院長十分善於面對和解決問題,似乎沒有他克服不了的難題,和他一起做事有很大的安定感;也由於曾院長的好人緣且善於經營產學關係,在他身上好像有用不盡的資源,更重要的是可以適時地提供我們協助。

─ 沉痛悼念恩師曾明哲教授

学生集体追思,杜雪红执笔  

永恆的禮物 永遠的懷念 

晨跑回來掃了一眼手機,是 Janet 的短信:“師姐,老師 10 月 21 日走了,你知道嗎?”不會吧?即刻發短信給您:“您還在,是嗎?我們等您的回復!”又發短信給師母 Jennifer:“兩分鐘前得到消息說 Prof. Tseng 走了, 想從您這裡知道:這不是真的!”等不及回復,又拨通您在臺灣的手機,“Hello!”─ 那邊傳來的是女聲,我的心一下子提了起來,是 Jennifer!她說,剛看到我的短信,“是真的”─ 電話裡傳來我最不願聽到的三個字!

 

站在您的靈前,仍不能相信您已經去了另外一個世界。靈位上擺放著您的遺像,灰髮有些稀疏,面容有些清瘦,但仍洋溢著您慣有的笑容,微仰著頭、看向遠處的天空。不!您没有走!您不可能走!淚水模糊了我的雙眼,頭腦中卻異常清晰地重播著拜入師門以來受您教誨、被您影響的樁樁件件、點點滴滴,如一顆顆寶石,彌足珍貴…… 

─ 逢甲大學人文社會學院 翟本瑞院長

追憶曾院長

會議中傳來耗運,老哥,您真的捨我們而去了,不是說好一起為理想而努力的嗎?我們還等著您的指導呀!

記得您談到與逢甲的因緣,當年您離開美國到香港科技大學創辦工業工程系時,朋友說您瘋了,香港有幾篇在國際上拿的出來的論文?在您努力下,這些年香港高等教育的發展不可同日而語。所以當您離開香港,要到逢甲開創新格局時,人家也說你瘋了,逢甲真的有這樣的條件吸引您來嗎?

您說晚年想為台灣做些事,引進國際化發展,更希望帶領逢甲脫胎換骨,證明自己的選擇,我佩服您,更追隨您的指導。不論是爭取EIA的名額或是為國科管院協調事情,我都從您身上學到許多寶貴經驗。在您罹癌之際,早上化療下午居然還惦念著學生回來上班;行政一館沒電梯,看著您到三樓開會要分幾次走到,心中無限感佩!靠著過人的意志力抗癌成功,為您高興。