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2009 Outstanding Alumnus – Zhang Yuan-Qiao (former Manager of the Thermal Control System in Space Shuttle, NASA)

Doctor Zhang Yuan-Qiao, a NTNU graduate in the Department of Physics in 1964, had been the manager of the thermal control system in space shuttle, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) from 1981 to May 2009. In the duration, Dr. Zhang had participated 121 times out of 126 launching, and had taken the leading role in the thermal control system in space shuttle for 81 times. Current Mission Management Chairman John Shannon recognized Dr. Zhang’s contribution to NASA and commented that his ability was “immeasurable”.

2009 Outstanding Alumnus – Hu Shu-De (Honorary Consultant of the National Anti-Corruption Commission, Thailand)

Hu Shu-De (originally Hu Jing-Shan) is the 4th generation of Chinese in Thailand graduating from the Department of Social Education in 1964. His great-grand father set off to develop his career in Thailand from China, and both his grand father and father had gone back to China to study. Originally planning to study in China, he came to Taiwan in the end because of China’s unstable political situation. After serving as a police officer for several years in Taiwan, he went back to Thailand and continued serving his country. He established a NTNU Thai Alumni Association.

2009 Outstanding Alumnus – Huang Yong-Chuan (Director-General of the National Museum of History)

Graduating from the Department of Fine Arts in 1966, Huang Yong-Chuan has been working in the National Museum of History for nearly 4 decades. It’s the “only job in his life”, he commented. Huang is simple and honest, dedicated and focused. Besides administrational works of the museum and programming exhibitions that re-energize cultural and historic relics, he continues to express his artistic side through creation. He wished to give special thanks to Wu Mei-Ling, a local artist of calligraphy drawing that led him into the world of art when he was in high school.

2009 Outstanding Alumnus – Fang Sheng-Xong (Professor at the Department of Applied English at Kun Shan University)

Graduating from the Department of Chinese in 1966, Fang Sheng-Xong now teaches at the Professor at the Department of Applied English at Kun Shan University. During his years in NTNU, he diligently studied French. Though he didn’t foresee the application of the language in the future, French-related selective courses gave him the strength to promote both eastern and western cultures and to increase Europeans’ understandings towards Taiwan. Fang established the Department of French in National Central University, which produced most of today’s chairmen and professors in the department of French all around Taiwan.

2009 Outstanding Alumnus – Cai Dian-Mo (Principle of National Taitung University)

Cai Dian-Mo was born in a farming family and raised by his illiterate but loving parents. As a child, he needed to toil in the farm and help with farming, thus he didn’t have the time and energy to study. By chance, he entered the newly established Xingwu High School. Having been enlightened by wonderful teachers in junior and senior high schools, he aspired to be a professor. Cai graduated from the Department of Education in 1973 and became the principle of National Taitung University as well as the president of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children.