The premier named Chang San-cheng the inaugural Minister of Science and Technology, and named 1990 UW CSE Ph.D. alum Jason Yi-Bing Lin as Deputy Minister with a portfolio that includes the National Science Council, Taiwan’s NSF. Jiang emphasized the importance of continuing the NSC’s tradition of cultivating a strong fundamental research capability, assisting academia to direct its resourceful creativity toward innovative entrepreneurship, and enhancing the global competitiveness of local high-tech industries.
Lin has had enormous career impact. Following his UW CSE Ph.D. (where he worked with Ed Lazowska), he spent five years at Bell Communications Research before joining the faculty of National Chiao Tung University in his native Taiwan. His research interests include personal communications, mobile computing, intelligent network signaling, computer telephony integration, and parallel simulation. The author of five books, hundreds of papers, and dozens of patents, he is a Fellow of ACM, IEEE, and AAAS. He currently serves as Dean of the College of Computer Science at NCTU, and as NCTU Vice President, as well as holding a lifetime Chair Professorship.