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CAE Academic in Wuyi
Post Time: 08/10/2018


On September 22, the opening ceremony for Jiang Zhuangde’s professional support workshop in Wuyi County was held in Jin’aolan Machine Tools Co.,Ltd. Jiang, academic of Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) as well as professor and Ph.D. supervisor in Xi’an Jiaotong University, will lead a team to back Wuyi’s scientific innovation, industrial restructures and sustainable development with professional knowledge.

His friend, Yang Jiangxin, a professor at Zhejiang University, whom he has known for thirty years, was the reason bringing him to Wuyi. Jiang said, “Although Yang himself is not from Wuyi, his friend owns a factory here and he wanted me to come over to visit it. That triggered my interest.” Afterwards, officials of Jinhua Science Association and leaders of Wuyi county visited Jiang twice in Xi’an to discuss about the cooperation with him.

Last year’s visit to Wuyi made Jiang feel positive about its manufacturing industry. For one thing, the Wuyi government places great value on developing substantial economy and science innovation, and is working out policies to facilitate Wuyi’s development of science and technology. For another, there are many existing great enterprises in Wuyi that are well equipped with high technologies and good facilities.

Jiang has been studying micro-nano manufacture technology and precision measuring techniques for twenty years, and is the pioneer and pacemaker in sensor technique of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) in China.

At the start of the 1990s, MEMS and nanotechnology played a crucial role in the global competition of advanced technologies. Back then, while Jiang was teaching in Xi’an Jiaotong University, he spotted the developing trend and the potential behind it. However, during that time, MEMS studies were a new and foreign field in China. There were neither funds nor professional teams or laboratories in that area. Under those conditions, Jiang applied for funds and received 20,000 RMB from his university as start-up. 

Jiang also highlights scientists’ responsibilities for educating the public about science. He insists that the ways to publicize and the scientific contents should be intelligible and engaging.

Many kids would say, “I want to be a scientist when I grow up,” which indicates that the children are keen in learning science and are rather curious about scientists. “Interest is the best teacher. The kids will spontaneously explore, think, and study with their interests. And that may also lead them all the way to scientific research. ” Jiang said.

The question is, how to cultivate kids’ interest? “Kids won’t listen if you teach them a science principle through lecturing. However, if you tell them in a relaxing and fun way, it’s easier for them to accept it. If our science education textbooks can be made as fun as Boonie Bears (a widely-loved Chinese cartoon), every kid’s gonna like science.” (By Tang Xuyu – Jinhua Daily, translated by Sun Yin, edited by Cristina Bonacin)

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