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ITRI Celebrates Its 45th Anniversary

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ITRI Celebrates Its 45th Anniversary

On July 5th, ITRI held celebrations to mark its 45th anniversary, during which it also announced its latest group of laureates, namely Kang Lung Wang, Jimmy Chu, Matthew F.C. Miau, and Yue-Teh Jang. President Ing-Wen Tsai personally bestowed the honor on the new laureates and thanked them for their contributions to Taiwan's industry.


President Tsai remarked that the government and industry have a common goal of helping Taiwan find the next transformative driver of economic momentum. Over the past two years, the government has devoted considerable resources to the development of green energy, helping to accelerate the transformation of the energy industry. This is not unlike 30 years ago when Taiwan reinvented its economy by making major efforts to develop and grow the semiconductor and information communications sectors. Taiwan today cannot fear change, as innovation will always be the key to Taiwan’s success, she stated. President Tsai expressed her hope that ITRI will lead Taiwan in creating another wave in its economic miracle. 


ITRI Chairman Chih-Kung Lee commented that ITRI, as a government sponsored research institute, actively responds to the 5+2 Industrial Innovation Plan and dedicates its R&D to cross-disciplinary technologies such as smart machinery, water treatment, and green energy. ITRI will also continue to expand the applications of its Open Innovation System Platform to assist industries, he added. Meanwhile, ITRI President Edwin Liu indicated that ITRI will focus on market-driven R&D, while playing the role as a bridge between the industrial, academic, and research communities. ITRI will remain committed to being a solid partner of industry, he said.

President of Taiwan Ing-Wen Tsai (5th left), celebrates ITRI’s 45th Anniversary Ceremony with the four newly named ITRI Laureates.
President of Taiwan Ing-Wen Tsai (5th left), celebrates ITRI’s 45th Anniversary Ceremony with the four newly named ITRI Laureates.

Four New Laureates Named

ITRI laureates have made outstanding contributions in promoting industrial technology development and enhance social wellbeing. ITRI hopes that these distinguished individuals will provide insightful suggestions on the development of national industrial policies. 


This year makes the seventh group of laureates named. Kang Lung Wang is Distinguished Professor and Raytheon Chair in Electrical Engineering at UCLA’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Development. He is an internationally renowned semiconductor expert and was a pioneer in nanotechnology research. The research team led by Dr. Wang last year discovered a mysterious particle that the global physics community had been pursuing for 80 years. The team finally proved the existence of the Majorana Fermion, marking an important milestone in the development of topological quantum computing technology. 


Jimmy Chu is the founder of Fair Friend Group and has led his company from being an SME with revenues in the millions to the world’s third largest machine tool manufacturer. Matthew Miau is chairman of the Mitac-Synnex Group, which has units spanning the fields of information communications, food, and petrochemicals under its umbrella. Mitac-Synnex has played a key role in the development of Taiwan’s ICT industry. Yue-Teh Jang is a venture capitalist in the biotechnology and medical device industries. He also developed the intravenous indwelling needle that is commonly used nowadays, as well as arterial imaging with a forward-viewing intravascular ultrasound catheter.

Tech Exhibition

On July 5th, ITRI also held a special tech exhibition to mark its anniversary, showing the positive impact that innovative technology is having on industry. President Tsai and other guests present expressed their appreciation for the important successes in ITRI’s assistance in the revitalization of industry and underpinning the development of industry on a more evenly balanced basis throughout Taiwan. Technologies exhibited are as follows.

Maitake Mushroom Cultivation.
Maitake Mushroom Cultivation.