On October 13th, 2016, invited by the College of Engineering, Peking University (PKU), Professor Steven Chu, 1997 Nobel Laureate of Physics, paid a visit to Peking University. He was warmly received by PKU Chairman of Board Shanlu Zhu, PKU President Jianhua Lin, PKU Vice President Song Gao, PKU Director of International Relations Hongwei Xia, and PKU Dean of Engineering Dongxiao Zhang.
Prof. Steven Chu met with PKU President Jianhua Lin
Steven Chu is currently Professor of Physics and Molecular & Cellular Physiology in the Department of Physics at Stanford University. He was the 12th U.S. Secretary of Energy from January 2009 until the end of April 2013. It was the second time of Steven’s visit to PKU, since his last visit in 2009 during his term as the U.S. Secretary of Energy.
It was well recognized that Steven as an old friend of PKU has paid much attention to and supported the education and research causes of China for a long time. In the past decade, he had many connections with PKU, such as talking about the clean energy development with PKU students in 2009, promoting the Solar Decathlon to take place in China in 2011, and serving as a guest professor in the School of Physics of PKU.
Prof. Chu exchanged gift with PKU Chairman of Board Shanlu Zhu
PKU Chairman of Board Shanlu Zhu and President Jianhua Lin expressed appreciation to Steven and hoped for more cooperation in the long run.
Speech by Prof. Chu: "Why choose STEM"
In addition, Prof. Chu delivered a speech in the Yingjie Exchange Center of PKU and communicated with teachers and students on the topic of “Why choose STEM?”(Click here to watch the video) Participating the event were around 90 students from the College of Engineering, School of Physics, Yanching Academy and other departments of Peking University.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Reviewing his own study and research experience, Steven pointed out that the best method of STEM studies lies in “train and learn”, i.e., training thinking abilities by reading by oneself, team discussion, expert consulting, as well as teaching others after one’s own understanding process. He also asked the students to take social advance as one’s own responsibility.
Group photo of PKU speech
The speech aroused great interests among the students. They raised many questions such as how to become an expert in one field, the prospect of conventional energy, machine learning, and Steven answered them accordingly.