Unlike previous years where most of the Technology award winners were research university professors, three out of this year’s six first-time winners have one-of-a-kind journeys to scholarship success at non-research universities and are dedicated to innovations that lead the way in relevant sectors in Taiwan and abroad, best demonstrating that “times do make the man”. The Humanities award was given to Chien-Chi Chang, who is known as the “Poet of Photography” and a full member of Magnum Photos, in recognition of his humane care and unique esthetics presented through his camera lenses as well as his border-crossing contribution to breaking new ground in Taiwan’s documentary photography field. TECO Awards witness Taiwan's technology development at the very beginning and the current highly developed technology. Each winner is not only involved in the process of innovation of the technology industry and R&D, but also made significant contributions to the relevant area including Electromechanical engineering, IT & Communications, Agriculture & Biomedicine, and Humanity & Education. Notwithstanding, TECO Group still affirmatively upholds its sustainability philosophy and continues fulfilling its corporate social responsibility. It also promises to continue supporting the Foundation’s operation and working with the Foundation to boost the sustainability of the technology and humanities in Taiwan.
Prof. Kuo is a world-renowned researcher in the area of dependable computing. He has made pioneering contributions to research, education and industry. He also actively participated in the international professional community and served as the IEEE Fellow Committee Judge and Computer Society Vice President. These efforts have contributed significantly to Taiwan's visibility and impact on the related fields.
Deeply cultivating research in the field of machine tools and precision measurement, integrating and leading a cross-field team of industry, academia and research with outstanding R&D results and technical talent cultivation, promoting industrial transformation and upgrading, and making outstanding contributions to the development of Taiwan's machinery and manufacturing industry.
He devotes himself to green energy and fuel research, leads international biomass torrefaction research and development, actively promotes the development of clean energy and energy-saving innovation in the industry, and makes outstanding contributions to the cultivation of domestic energy and environmental talents and the development and application of sustainable technologies.
Professor Chen is a pioneer and doer in circular economy technology, developed the world's leading supercritical recyclable foam material, and built Taiwan's first carbon capture and utilization pilot plant; established two start-up company to provide innovation energy to the industry. He has made remarkable contributions to environmental sustainability field.
Dr. Tung has been dedicated to the R & D of high-efficiency separation technology for two decades, the world's first destructive innovative inorganic membrane is obtained. Thus earning internationally recognized academic reputation, and also successfully commercialized the established start-up companies. With the significant industrial performance, this technology made outstanding contributions to the sustainability of water resources and the environment.
Prof. Lee invented nano- and micro-fluidic biochip techniques for fast diagnoses of seasonal and epidemic infectious diseases and automatic screening of artificial antibodies (aptamers and peptides). He also developed a new electromagnetic thermos-therapeutic device using electromagnetically heated stainless-steel needle arrays to treat tumors. His works on these subjects have been transferred to several companies and contributed significantly to local biotech industry.
張乾琦 Mr.Chien-Chi Chang
Chien-chi Chang is an internationally-renowned reportage photographer with a career spanning over three decades. About ten years ago, Chang began to explore photographyinspired videorecording and acoustic possibilities. His works are richly characterized by a profound human touch and a unique aesthetic, lending an extraordinary vision to the art of story-telling.