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  • [ June 28, 2011]

    COE Departments hold symposiums for their development strategies

  • All six departments of the College of Engineering held symposiums in the last several months to discuss development strategies for the coming years.

    From late April to the mid-June, COE leaders, government officers, and experts and professors from other universities were invited to attend these symposiums to help each department shape their future direction.

    Here are the highlights:

    April 30 - Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    “One driving force, two capabilities, three measures, four subjects, and five research Centers will be our department’s five year development strategy.” said Cunbiao Lee, chair of the department during his proposal. Lee went on to clarify his statement - the nation’s demand for growth in the aeronautics and astronautics industry would provide a driving force, while the department's strong research facilities and teaching faculty would be its capabilities. Three measures require work and expansion in the next five years, specifically recruitment of excellent faculty, construction of a scientific platform and winning the university’s support. The department's subjects will include aerospace materials, flight control and information technology, aircraft engine, and aircraft and space vehicle design. Five research centers initiated will be in the fields of aerospace materials, turbofan engines, flight control and information, hypersonic, and flight vehicle design.

    Symposium on Development Strategy for the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    May 21 - Department of Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering

    COE Dean Shiyi Chen was present to express his appreciation for the department’s vital contribution to the establishment and development of the whole college. Most of the fundamental courses at COE laying a solid foundation for the college’s undergraduate education were taught by this department's faculty, Chen said. Department Chair Jianxiang Wang, introduced the department’s overall mission and individual strategy on team building, undergraduate and graduate education, scientific research and discipline setup.

    Symposium on Development Strategy for the Department of Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering

    May 29 - Department of Industrial Engineering and Management

    Officers of Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), and Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission, as well as leaders of industrial engineering departments from universities like Shanghai Jiaotong University, Chongqing University, and Tsinghua University, attended the symposium and offered constructive advice.

    Symposium on Development Strategy for the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management

    June 12 - Department of Energy and Resources Engineering

    According to Chair Xidong Wang, the department is now focusing on three research areas: clean energy, energy recycling, and water resources, having made significant progress in CO2 capture and storage, solid waste recycling and utilization, underground water experiment and solar energy. Department leaders mentioned that a number of research centers have also been established to aid research and further progress, including the National Center for Wetland Protection and Restoration Technology and Beijing Key Laboratory for Solid Waste Utilization and Management.

    Symposium on Development Strategy for the Department of Energy and Resources Engineering

    June 14 - Department of Biomedical Engineering

    The BME department’s current research areas include biomechanics and bioinformatics, biological materials and regenerative medicine, and molecular medical imaging and medical devices, according to Department Chair Qiushi Ren. The mission of the department is to become a world class biomedical engineering research and education institute and lead the way for medical technology innovation and development. Its short term goal is to promote biomedical engineering to become a first class national key discipline.

    Symposium on Development Strategy for the Department of Biomedical Engineering

    June 19 - Department of Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology

    Huai Yang, chair of the department, gave an overview on the department’s rapid growth in recent years. The AMN department currently offers four research areas: nanomaterials and micro-nano devices, biomedical materials and devices, new energy materials and devices, and polymers and composite materials. The department has also undertaken efforts that culminated in collaborations and joint programs with world renowned universities and laboratories. Officers from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and Ministry of Science and Technology offered constructive advice on the department’s future development.

    Symposium on Development Strategy for the Department of Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology