The NARL Appoints Dr. Kuo-Ning Chiang as the NCHC's New Director
The National Applied Research Laboratories (NARL) announced on February 1st that the position of the Director of one of its centers, The National Center for High-Performance Computing (NCHC), will be filled by Professor Kuo-Ning Chiang. The Inauguration Ceremony took place at 10 AM on February 1st and many VIP guests from the industrial and academic circles came to congratulate Director Chiang. The VIP guests included Mr. Nick Yeh, the CEO of Gallant Precision Machining; Mr. Gerry Wang, President of Argosy Technology; Dr. Hsien-Chie Cheng, Secretary of the International Microelectronics And Packaging Society (IMAPS)-Taiwan chapter; Dr. Hung-Yin Tsai, Deputy Secretary of the Popular Science Committee, Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics R.O.C. (STAMROC); Dr. Chao-An Lin, Chairman of Power Mechanical Engineering (PME), National Tsing Hua University (NTHU); Dr. Gee-Pinn Too, Chairman of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), National Cheng Kung University (NCKU); Dr. Peter Chang, Deputy Director of Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) South/MSTC; Mr. K. M. Chen, Manager of United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC); the President and Vice President of the NARL; and representatives from other NARL member laboratories. With the VIP guests as witnesses, President Wen-Hwa Chen of the NARL conducted the hand-over ceremony.
Prior to his coming to the NCHC, the newly appointed Director Chiang was a Distinguished Professor in NTHU's Department of Power Mechanical Engineering. In 1989, he received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in the U.S.A. Director Chiang was among the first generation of researchers to write his doctoral dissertation on the topic of high-performance and parallel computing and is considered one of the pioneering researchers in the field of HPC.
During his time in the States, Director Chiang worked for the General Motors Company and the Norwegian-based Det Norske Veritas (DNV) group. He successfully applied HPC parallel computing with the finite element method to the structural analysis of automobile crashes and the impact between oil rigs and icebergs. Additionally, he worked at MacNeal-Schwendler Co. in MSC/NASTRAN high performance parallel computing research and was invited to speak at numerous international HPC-based forums and conferences. One of the HPC research modules that he developed is still being used by engineers and researchers worldwide.
Director Chiang's professional experience after returning to Taiwan includes being the Division Head of the NCHC's Applied Research Division; the General Secretarist for the R.O.C. Computer-Aided Engineering Association; the General Secretarist of the Taiwan chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME); the head of the Electronics Department at the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI); the Chairman of the Taiwan chapter of International Microelectronics And Packaging Society (IMAPS); a tenured Professor within the NTHU's Department of Power Mechanical Engineering; and the editor of four SCI periodicals. Director Chiang's experience in both academia and industry is strong and mature and his research achievements are many and fruitful.
While teaching and researching at the NTHU, he won the Executive Yuan's National Science Council's (NSC) "Outstanding Research Award (2003-2006)" for his research in simulation and analysis, reliability theory and verification. This, in turn, helped to advance the field of microelectronics packaging and electronic components. In 2009 at two IEEE international symposiums, he won awards for outstanding research contribution in "Advanced Microelectronics Packaging Technologies" and the "Simulation and Modeling of Micro/Nano Electronics and Systems."
At present, Director Chiang has published more than 300 papers and holds 38 patents. He has successfully and effectively combined fundamental design theory and modeling analysis and applied them to packaging, nano-scale semiconductor manufacturing processes, MEMS, and automotive engine R&D. In so doing, he has enabled domestic industry to compete technologically with other large international companies. Director Chiang also won the "Outstanding Cooperation with Industry Award" given out by the NTHU for his outstanding contribution in raising the competitiveness of the domestic manufacturing industry.
Director Chiang, having previously worked at the NCHC, has maintained a strong relationship with the NCHC over the years and has a thorough understanding of its operations. Director Chiang stated that it means a lot to him to be appointed the new Director of the NCHC because, to him, the NCHC is Taiwan's equivalent of the U.S.A.'s Argonne and Los Alamos National Laboratories. He went on to say that the NCHC's future emphasis will be on strengthening hardware technology, improving HPC and software applications, and nurturing its software development ability. Director Chiang also hopes to lead NCHC's workforce to build upon the strong foundation they've already established and move forward toward a common goal. He wants to drive the center to become one that demonstrates excellence in both service and in research, with a focus on the value-added expertise.
Professor Kuo-Ning Chiang (left) accepts the official NCHC seal from the NCHC's Interim Director, Vice President Kuang-Chong Wu of the NARL (right). Center is President Wen-Hwa Chen of the NARL.
Group photo at the NCHC's "New Director Inauguration Ceremony"