Academician Binggang Tong was invited by the College of Engineering to deliver a lecture on engineering science at Peking University's Modern Engineering Forum on March 24.
Dean Shiyi Chen chaired the forum
Academician Binggang Tong lectures on the forum
Entitled "Learn-Think-Practice-Reflection: Marking the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Hsue-shen Tsien,” Tong's lecture elaborated on Hsue-shen Tsien's thoughts on the creation of engineering science in the 1940s. Tong pointed out that the famous scientist’s key thought was to add engineering science between the natural sciences (fundamental sciences) and engineering techniques as a new level of science, with a goal of developing the theory on engineering.
Tong added that a mathematical approach should be taken to help form the theory of engineering; thus, modeling analytics will become a key tool for research, while at the same time integrating with experimental research.
The 84 year old academician closed his lecture by summarizing his professional life as well as his personal experiences.
Dean Chen confers the PKU Modern Engineering Forum award to Academician Tong
Tong was born on September 28, 1927 in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu Province, China. He obtained his bachelor's degree at Nanjing University in 1950 and master's degree at Harbin Institute of Technology in 1953. In 1961, he taught at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) and assisted Hsue-shen Tsien in establishing the fluid mechanics program at USTC. Since 1986, he has worked for the Chinese Academy of Science. Tong was elected academician in 1997 due to his outstanding achievement in highly unsteady aerodynamics.