The 2020 Outstanding Alumni Award
NTHU has recently announced the two recipients of the Outstanding Alumni Award for 2020: Huang Tiao-kuei, a 1973 graduate of the Institute of Applied Mathematical Sciences; and Wu Lin-maw a 1977 graduate of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
A leading figure in the insurance industry who has made significant contributions to society and his alma mater.
Soon after completing his master’s degree at NTHU, Huang Tiao-kuei began working at Cathay Life, successively serving in the actuarial, business, and investment departments; he is currently the chairman of the board and in recognition of his many contributions to the industry he was awarded the Insurance Excellent Performance Award from the Taiwan Insurance Institute. As of 2019, Cathay Life was the largest insurance company in Taiwan, such that one out of every three people is a customer. Huang has also played an indispensable role in Cathay Life’s commendable efforts in promoting green operations and corporate social responsibility.
Chairman Huang is a past recipient of the College of Science’s Outstanding Alumni Award and is currently a member of NTHU’s Club One Hundred. Ever since graduation, he has been actively involved with his alma mater and is a regular attendee of school events, taking every opportunity to share his experience with teachers, alumni, and students. He has even set up a scholarship for helping disadvantaged students to successfully complete their studies.
Huang began his career in an entry-level position and gradually accumulated a wealth of experience while finding ways to deal with various difficulties. He’s found that in dealing with a particular issue, it’s essential to formulate a strategy that fits the time, place, and people involved; he’s also found that slavishly imitating something which worked well for others often brings poor results. Huang also encourages young people to learn from their failures, to take risks, and to be willing to go overseas to such places as mainland China, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, and elsewhere in Southeast Asia.
Forging ahead in the steel industry while making major contributions to society and his alma mater
Wu Lin-maw earned his bachelor’s degree from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in 1977, and worked as an engineer, section chief, and director of metallurgy and quality control at Sinosteel from 1979 to 1990. In 1990 Wu began working for the Yieh Phui Enterprise steel company, where he served as the assistant manager of the Technology Department, the assistant general manager, the vice president of Marketing and Sales, and the deputy general manager of technology; in 2002 he was promoted to become the president of his campany.
In 1991 Wu completed a manual on steel plating technology which was quickly incorporated into the training programs of numerous steel companies. In 1998, in cooperation with Hon Hai Precision Industry, he helped to developed a method for producing hot-dip galvanized steel sheeting for computer cases, which has since replaced the electroplated galvanized steel. In 2011 the Ministry of Economic Affairs conferred on Yieh Phui Enterprise the International Trade Award and the Top 100 Taiwanese Brands Award.
Under the leadership of Wu, Yieh Phui Enterprise has won many other awards for innovation and development. The company’s total revenue in 2018 was NT$73.856 billion. In 2000 CommonwealthCommonwealth magazine ranked Yieh Phui Enterprise as the third largest metal manufacturer in Taiwan, and the 677th largest enterprise in Greater China. In 2019 the company received the Excellence in Workplace Safety Award from the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
Wu has been a member of the Tsinghua Entrepreneur Network since 2013, and in 2016 he served as its president. In 2018 he was elected the executive director of the Alumni Association, in which capacity he established the Southern Alumni Association and served as its vice president; in 2020 he became its president. In addition to actively promoting cooperation between the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the E United Group, Wu has participated in numerous activities at NTHU and has made considerable contributions to its development.
Reminiscing about his time as a student at NTHU, Wu said, “I grew up in the countryside, and was admitted to the Department of Physics. When I first arrived I fell in love with playing billiards, as a result of which I neglected my schoolwork; I rationalized it by calling my new hobby an “ongoing experiment in vector science.” I managed to eventually catch up with my schoolwork, but ultimately decided to transfer to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering—a decision which changed the course of my life.” Wu’s advice to students is to make a major effort to acquire good skills in English and computers.
The recipients of the Outstanding Alumni Award for 2020: Huang Tiao-kuei (left) and Wu Lin-maw.
Alumnus Huang Tiao-kuei.
Alumnus Wu Lin-maw.