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Dr. Jonq-Min Liu Appointed New ITRI President

Dr. Jonq-Min Liu was appointed ITRI’s new president on January 26, 2015. As leader of the 41-year-old research institute, he aims to reinforce international partnership, accelerate technology innovation, and encourage entrepreneurship.

Dr. Jonq-Min Liu took over ITRI’s presidential seal from the former president

In the inauguration ceremony on January 27, 2015, Dr. Jonq-Min Liu took over ITRI’s presidential seal from the former president, Dr. Jyuo-Min Shyu, who entered the Cabinet as Minister of Science and Technology.

Dr. Liu pointed out three strategies that he would like to focus on in his presidency. First, ITRI must establish solid building blocks to bridge technology gaps and create more value for major industries. Second, ITRI will build links with startups from around the world, such as those from Silicon Valley, Israel, and Japan by providing them with pilot production at a very early stage. Third is to consolidate talents for industry-academia collaboration. By deepening partnerships with universities and research institutions, ITRI will drive innovation and help accelerate industry upgrade. With these strategies, Dr. Liu hopes ITRI can make more contributions to Taiwan with its advantage in multidisciplinary innovation and capability in industrialization.

“Dr. Liu has been devoted to chemical and material technologies for years and is renowned as the pioneer of the photonic material industry,” said ITRI Chairman, Dr. Ching-Yen Tsay. “He is definitely an exceptional successor!” Dr. Jyuo-Min Shyu, outgoing ITRI President and newly appointed Minister of Science and Technology, added that Liu thinks big but does not lose sight of details.

Dr. Liu obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Columbia University and his life is closely connected to ITRI. He has worked for ITRI more than 30 years since he joined ITRI’s Materials Research Laboratories in 1984 as an engineer. He was promoted to division director, deputy general director, general director, and ITRI’s executive vice president. In addition to materials and nanotechnology, Dr. Liu is skilled at technology management. He championed the Advanced Research Program at ITRI and set up the technology readiness levels (TRL), which measure the maturity of evolving technologies during their development. His achievement has been awarded with the National Award of Outstanding Contribution.

Dr. Liu

Early in his career, Dr. Liu was responsible for developing semiconductor materials and processes, helping several domestic chemical makers successfully shift their business focus to optoelectronic chemicals and rooting Taiwan’s semiconductor industry. He also led the research team to industrialize high illumination LEDs. The projects he steered have borne fruits, for instance, the creation of STOBA®, a high safety lithium-ion battery technology to prevent thermal runaway.

Dr. Liu will continue to promote industrialization and startup business as well as strengthen the links between ITRI and its global partners to enhance ITRI’s R&D capability and industrial influence.