On September 16th, 2017, the "2017 Qiushi Outstanding Scientist Award" by Hong Kong Qiu Shi Science & Technologies Foundation was unveiled at Fudan University. Prof. Shiyi Chen, Founding Dean of the College of Engineering, director of the State Key Laboratory of Turbulence and Complex Systems of Peking University and President of Southern University of Science and Technology, won the "2017 Qiushi Outstanding Scientist Award".
At 7:00pm on the 16th, Chairman of the Foundation Mr. Mou Sing Cha, advisors Mr. Chen Ning YANG and Mr. HAN Qide witnessed the ceremony along with renowned scientists in many fields in the academia in China. Prof. Chen and Prof. Xiaoliang Xie from Peking University were presented the "2017 Qiushi Outstanding Scientist Award". The ceremony also presented the "Outstanding Scientific Research Team Award" and the "Outstanding Young Scholar Award ".
Chen is awarded for "a leader in the field of international computational fluid dynamics, making deep impact in the field of fluid mechanics, turbulence and application research, and also for having made important contributions to China's engineering science and higher education." In the early 1990s, Chen et al. broke the world record of the Reynolds number in the direct numerical simulation at that time. The related research results were widely cited by the international turbulence community. For the first time, the scale index of the turbulence and the scale index of the convective diffusion process were calculated accurately.
Chen is also one of the founders of the lattice Boltzmann method. The lattice Boltzmann method combines the characteristics of statistical physics and hydrodynamics to solve the partial differential equations and simulates hydrodynamics and other physical and chemical processes, and achieves high efficiency parallel computing. It is one of the most active research topics in fluid mechanics. Chen and his team used a multi-scale hybrid algorithm to study the fluid physics spanning a number of spatial and temporal scales, and for the first time accurately calculated the singularity of the flow phenomenon.
In his speech, Chen thanked the Science and Technology Foundation and his mentors, colleagues and students. He said that the award was a recognition and encouragement of his work at Peking University and Southern University of Science and Technology.
He pointed out that turbulence is a problem that spans multiple disciplines and is one of the dilemmas in mathematics, physics, and engineering sciences, but turbulence research is important and worthy of research. He hopes that his award will encourage young people to study turbulence, and also hopes that more awards will support basic scientific research which have important applications.
The Qiu Shi Science & Technologies Foundation was established by Mr. CHA Chi Ming (1914-2007) and his family in Hong Kong in 1994. It was named after the present Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, formerly known as Qiu Shi Academy. In Chinese, “Qiu Shi” means the pursuit of truth. The primary mission of the Foundation is to promote scientific and technological progress in China by recognizing and rewarding successful Chinese scientists and scholars. From 1994 to 2015, through conscientious evaluations by its advisory committee, 283 Qiu Shi awards had been conferred to Chinese scientists in the fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry, life sciences, medicine, and so on.