Professor WOO Chia-Wei received his B.S. from Georgetown College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Physics at Washington University.
After postdoctoral study at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), he taught at Northwestern University for 11 years, 5 of which as Chairman of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He then returned to UCSD as Provost and Professor of Physics, and 4 years later became President of San Francisco State University, the first Chinese-American to head a major university in the United States. In 1988, he returned to Hong Kong and was for 13 years the founding President of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Professor Woo published extensively in various fields of physics, including quantum many body theory, statistical mechanics, liquid crystals, low temperature physics, and surface physics, as well as on higher education and university administration. He received numerous honors and awards for his scholarly and civic contributions, including the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, Fellowships of the American Physical Society and the California Academy of Science, many honorary professorships and honorary doctoral degrees, the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award (United Nations Association), Golden Key (San Francisco), Gold Bauhinia Star (Hong Kong), Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (United Kingdom), and Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur (France).
Led by the Institute's President, Professor Woo Chia-Wei, the Academic Committee comprises 3 professors from Anchor Universities on rotating basis and 3 other distinguished academics from around the world.
The President and his Academic Committee guide the quality and delivery of the Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program; assist with developing criteria and eligibility requirements; review and assess results; and foster robust intellectual discussions that underpin all of the Institute’s Enrichment Programs.
Professor Jay Chung CHEN received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Taiwan Cheng Kung University, and his Ph.D. in Aeronautics from California Institute of Technology (Caltech). He continued his research and teaching at Caltech until he was appointed as Professor and founding Director of Research Center at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in 1989. Currently, he is a Visiting Professor at both Peking University and Taiwan Cheng Kung University.
Professor Chen’s research interests have been in aerospace technology, aviation science, coastal ocean and atmosphere sciences, and large systems technology. While at Caltech, he actively participated in planetary exploration projects at its Jet Propulsion Laboratory. At HKUST, he established applied research programs in atmospheric and coastal ocean science relevant to China, particularly Hong Kong. He successfully led a group of students and staff to complete the aviation safety enhancing Operational Windshear Warning System for Hong Kong’s new international airport. Professor Chen also initiated the long term Pearl River Estuary and Coastal Water Environmental Studies, which made significant impact on the sustainable development of the region.
Professor Chen has published numerous scientific papers, and is an author of 5 novels.
Professor CH’I Hsi-sheng received his B.A. from Tunghai University in Taiwan, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago.
He was a professor at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) for 25 years before joining the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 1990, first as founding Head of the Division of Social Science, and then as Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Science. He retired from the University after 14 years of service.
His research interest has been in 20th century Chinese politics and international relations. His scholarly publications include: Warlord Politics in China (Stanford University Press), Nationalist China at War (Michigan University Press), Politics of Disillusionment (M.E. Sharpe), and 劍拔弩張的盟友 (台灣中央研究院、北京中國社會科學文獻出版社). He has remained intensely active in research and writing after retirement.
Professor Ch’i has been an invited speaker at numerous universities and leading research institutes. He was recently invited by Stanford University as a speaker for “Recent Scholarship on the Study of Modern China”. He has also made various guest appearances on radio and television programs, the most recent being a 2014 CCTV series on modern Chinese political history and foreign policies.
Professor Hidetoshi KOTERA received his B.E. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Kyoto University.
He was a Research Scientist and Manager at the Central Research Laboratory of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd from 1982-1993. He joined Kyoto University as an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering in 1993, and then the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Postgraduate School of Engineering. He attained full professorship in the same department in 2000 before assuming his current position as Professor in the Department of Micro-Engineering. He was appointed Director of the President’s Office in 2008, and Vice-President of the University from 2009. In October 2012 he was appointed Executive Vice President for External Strategy, Knowledge and Technology Transfer, and Innovation.
Professor Kotera’s research interests have been in mechanical engineering; bio, micro and nanotechnology, micro total analysis systems, micro electro-mechanical systems, multi-physics numerical analysis theory and systems, and piezoelectric materials. He is the author of 170 academic papers and over 220 papers at international conferences, and is the holder of 47 patents. He has received many awards and distinctions including the JSME Medal for Outstanding Paper, Japan Society of Mechanical Engineering (1996); Best Paper Award, Japan Society of Applied Electromagnetics and Mechanics (2006); and Award of the Funai Foundation of Information Technology (2008). In 2005 he became a Fellow of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineering.
Professor Louis N. Y. SHEN did his undergraduate work at International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan. After obtaining a Ph.D. in Physics at Washington University, he pursued postdoctoral studies at Northwestern University.
He taught at Wesleyan University and California State University, Fullerton, and was the Chairman of Physics Department there for many years. In 1997, he joined the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) as Director of the Planning and Coordination Office.
His research interests include nuclear magnetic resonance, low temperature physics, magnetism, dilute magnetic alloys, and neutron stars. He also conducted research in physics pedagogy, and developed the Discovery Center, a travelling hands-on science museum that was very active in Southern California. Professor Shen was instrumental in forming strategic alliances between HKUST and top Chinese Mainland universities, including the establishment of Peking University-HKUST Shenzhen-Hong Kong Institution for Industry, Education, and Research.
Professor Shen strongly believes in and has engaged in promoting exchange activities that enhance international understanding and goodwill. He has also been active in facilitating Chinese students to pursue studies in Hong Kong and the United States.
KATSUICHI UCHIDA is Assistant to the President for Global Affairs of Waseda University since 2014. Before assuming the current position, he served as Vice President for International Affairs from 2006 to 2014. He holds a B.A. in Law from Waseda's School of Law, and later earned an M.A. and completed postgraduate study in the Graduate School of Law.
He became professor of Law in 1984, and he was subsequently named to be the founding Dean of Waseda's School of International Liberal Studies in 2004, an interdisciplinary liberal arts program that has inspired similar undertakings throughout Asia.
His research field is Japanese Civil Law, he has published many articles and books on Japanese Civil Law, and was elected as a member of the Japan Science Council (Nihon Gakujutsu Kaigi).
Professor Uchida is also an acknowledged expert in international education and served as President of the Asia Pacific Association for International Education from 2014 to 2016.
He also serves currently as President of the US-Japan Research Institute in Washington, DC, a joint undertaking by nine of Japan's top universities to dispatch policy related researchers to the U.S.