Honorary Degree Recipient
Doctor of Science
Institute of Technology, May 21, 2007
Yongxiang Lu, professor and president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress in China, has made significant contributions to the development of mechanical engineering, particularly in the field of fluid power transmission and control. His accomplishments in electro-hydraulic proportional control are regarded as some of the most significant developments in the 1980s. His meritorious academic achievements and his efforts to promote scientific and technological advances in his country have influenced public policy and advanced China's development. Throughout his academic career, he procured approximately 25 patents in China, Europe, and the U.S. He has published more than 250 papers and five monographs related to electro-hydraulics and mechanical engineering education and science and technology innovation. His research is recognized internationally. He was awarded the second and third prizes of the National Invention Award (1988 and 1989). He also received the Rudolf-Diesel Gold Medal (1997) and the Gold Badge for Science and Culture of Public from the president of Italy (2004). In 2005 he received the first prize of the National Higher Education Scholarship in China. Because of the academic activities initiated between the University of Minnesota and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the first bilateral research forum was hosted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing in 2005. The focus was on renewable energy, nanotechnology, computer sciences, and environmental sciences. A second bilateral research forum is scheduled in the Twin Cities in fall 2006. Developed by Professor Lu and President Bruininks, these initiatives serve as a platform for collaborations between U.S. and Chinese faculty and scientists.
Biographies are as-of time of award presentation.