On the morning of April 17, NPU held an appointment ceremony for consultant professor James Geoffrey Chase, who is the first distinguished tenured professor of the University of Canterbury.
Vice President Zhang Weihong expressed congratulations for the appointment. Prof. Chase is an academician of the Royal Academy of Sciences of New Zealand as well as an academician of the New Zealand Institute of Engineering. He is a renowned expert in the fields of dynamics and control, structural health monitoring, intelligent structures, finite element methods, and biomedical engineering. Prof. Chase and Prof. Xu Chao from school of astronautics have close cooperation in the research of structural health monitoring technology for a long time. Vice President Zhang said that NPU always regards brilliant talents as the first resource for the development of the university and sincerely invites high-level experts all over the world. Since astronautics is the dominant subject of NPU, we hope to take this opportunity to deepen the cooperation with Prof. Chase in the field of astronautics. Meanwhile, we wish Prof. Chase would play an important role in helping NPU to enhance its international influence. We will try our best to provide satisfactory service for Prof. Chase.
“For me, the most important aspect of my job is to help young researchers and engineers to be great researchers and engineers,” Prof. Chase said. When he was 12 years old, he occasionally read an article of National Geographic, which introduces Terracotta Warriors. At that time, he really loved history and hoped to be historian, he was deeply attracted by the ancient site in Xi’an at that time. Prof.Chase said, “I received an email from Prof. Xu many years ago when he was a PhD student. He expressed his intention to work together on a research project. Since then, we had worked together for many years. Now we work together again. I look forward to working with Prof. Xu and NPU scholars to advance our research.”
The appointment ceremony was hosted by Prof. Zhang Fuli, director of Office of International Cooperation. Tang Shuo, dean of School of Astronautics stated academic achievements of Prof. Chase.
By Fan Zixuan
Reviewer: Yang Hongli