ITRI organized the 9th ITRI Laureates Award Ceremony in late October, when Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen in person conferred the ITRI laureate title to the seven awardees, including Dr. Mark Liu, the executive Chairman of TSMC, Dr. C.C. Wei, CEO of TSMC, Dr. Chi-Huey Wong, Chair Professor of Chemistry of the Scripps Research Institute, Dr. Hsiang-Tsung Kung, William H. Gates Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering of Harvard University, Dr. Yuan-Teh Lee, Professor Emeritus at the School of Medicine of National Taiwan University, Mr. Simon Lin, Chairman & CSO of Wistron Corp., and Mr. Evans S.W. Tu, President and CEO of Synnex Technology International Corp.
In her opening speech, President Tsai extended her appreciation to ITRI for its efforts in containing the spread of COVID-19 and expected ITRI to use its strong technological capabilities to lead Taiwan as an integral part of the global supply chain. President Tsai also praised the seven laureates for their significant contributions to their respective disciplines and encouraged them to use their excellence to assist Taiwan in transforming its economy and increasing industrial competitiveness.
ITRI Chairman Chih-Kung Lee pointed out that the annual ceremony aimed to recognize the achievements of industrial talent in technological innovation and industrialization. Awardees this year come from the semiconductor, ICT, biomedical, and AI sectors, which are major focuses for next-generation technology development that will promote the nation’s long-term growth.
He leads TSMC to continuously develop advanced manufacturing processes to pioneer the global wafer industry. He dedicated himself to the establishment of a mega wafer foundry, laying the foundation for TSMC to become a world-leading industry player in the semiconductor sector.
He is in charge of the formulation of the overall management and operation strategies of TSMC. Under his leadership, the company has maintained its competitive edge in the global logic IC industry, with its revenue hitting a historic high in 2019, when the global semiconductor industry encountered setbacks.
He is the first scientist successfully using chemo-enzymatic technologies to synthesize oligosaccharides and homogeneous glycoproteins, facilitating the advancement of cancer vaccines and treatments. His achievements have contributed greatly to the biotechnology sector.
He provided guidance for Taiwan’s forward-looking projects for ICT development. Moreover, he established Taiwan AI Academy to train related talent and drive the growth of AI industry.
He is a world-renowned cardiologist introducing balloon angioplasty and ultrasound electrocardiography into Taiwan. During his tenure as the superintendent of National Taiwan University Hospital, he led the medical team to combat SARS, setting a great role model for containing virus spread.
He is the first person separating brand management and OEM in the ICT industry. With insightful investment and R&D strategies, he has led Wistron Corp. to become a global leader in ICT industry.
Evans S.W. Tu
He established Synnex Technology International Corp. and the “channel service” model, growing the company to the second largest high-tech channel group, with an annual revenue of NT$340 billion and business in 38 countries across the globe.