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NCKU president awarded distinguished diplomat by ACOPNE

Tainan, Taiwan, January 17, 2014

National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) President Hwung-Hweng Hwung, a well-recognized hydraulic expert, was awarded the title of Distinguished Diplomat of Coastal Engineering by the Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port and Navigation Engineers (ACOPNE) under the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to commemorate his outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of hydraulic and ocean engineering.

Hwung is the first ever Taiwanese scholar to be awarded this prestigious title and one of the two scholars to receive Distinguished Diplomat in 2013. 

The title will be officially awarded to Hwung during the 34th International Conference on Coastal Engineering in June in Seoul, South Korea.

Hwung was recommended by Dr. Young C. Kim, professor emeritus of civil engineering at the California State University, Los Angeles, and received unanimous approval from the ACOPNE committee.

Hwung has engaged in long-term research on ocean wave and has carried out many international collaboration projects with scholars from the United States of America, Russia, Japan, Australia, France and so on. 

His journal articles have been published in international top tier academic journals. The results of his research on ocean engineering are also excellent, especially in non-linear wave dynamics which he pioneered and enjoy the highest status in academia at international level.

Hwung has published more than 100 journal articles and 300 academic papers in well-known international academic journals and academic conferences respectively. 

His pioneer study of non-linear wave dynamics phenomenon is a world leading research which he has published in books as book chapters, including one in the Handbook of Coastal and Ocean Engineering.

Apart from his outstanding academic achievements, Hwung has also made huge contributions to economic development and environmental protection. 

He has dedicated approximately 30 years on efforts to develop and maintain Taiwanese coastal projects, especially research and testing on water inflow and outflow of Taiwan Power Company’s nuclear and fossil-fuel power stations. 

President Hwung modified the water pumping system at the Third Nuclear Power Plant as the original design of the system has led to the destruction of coral growth at South Bay. His modified design has successfully protected the ecosystem of the corals at nearby oceans. 

His another significant contribution to Taiwan’s economy and environment is the research investigation and experiments on Changhua Coastal Industrial Park, the Sixth Naphtha Cracking Plant at Yunlin Offshore Industrial Park and Mailiao Industrial Harbor, carried out by his research team during his tenure as the NCKU Tainan Hydraulic Laboratory (THL) director.

Between 1994 and 1998, Hwung built the world’s largest plane wave basin with dimensions 180 m × 80 m × 1.5 m, and the world’s second largest wave flume with dimensions 300 m × 5.0 m × 5.2 m, providing Taiwan and other international coastal engineering research a vital place for experiment. 

Transnational collaboration projects were also planned and executed by Hwung with world class scholars from the United States of America, Russia, Japan, France and Australia. 

With the support from the National Science Council (NSC), the International Wave Dynamics Research Center (IWDRC) was established as a cross-country advanced research center by NSC, THL and the Russia Academy of Sciences (RAS) to promote international research on wave dynamics, produce more significant research outcomes and make great contributions in the field.

Hwung has received many awards, including the Executive Yuan’s NSC Outstanding Achievement Research Award and Outstanding Achievement in Science and Technology, the Fellow of the Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics of the Republic of China (R.O.C.), the Kwoh-Ting Li Honorary Scholar award, the American Pacific Congress on Marine Science International Service Award, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering honor, the R.O.C. Outstanding Engineering Professor award, the member of the Phi Tau Phi Scholastic Honor Society and the Honorary Fellow of the Asian College of Knowledge Management.

Established in 1852, ASCE is America’s longest serving national professional engineers society and is currently the world’s leader in the field of civil engineering which consists of 140,000 professionals from roughly 159 countries as members. As the world’s largest civil engineering publisher, ASCE has always been committed to the education and development of civil engineering.

ACOPNE, under ASCE, was established in October 2009 by experts and professional societies who are devoted to the protection of the long-term sustainability of coastal, ocean, port and maritime environment as well as the improvisation and professional certification of coastal, ocean, port and navigation engineering. Until press time, there have been 31 Distinguished Diplomat titles have been awarded to scholars worldwide.