Jean-Pierre Contzen, the Chairman of the Board of the von Kármán
Institute (VKI) for Fluid Dynamics in Rhode St Genèse, Belgium, visited
National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), southern Taiwan, April 17, to
facilitate understanding and international cooperation.
He gave a talk on "The life of Theodor von Karman and the transformation
of the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics: how Science evolved in
the troubled Europe of the last Century. Lessons to be learned?"
NCKU President Hwung-Hweng Hwung welcomed Contzen and mentioned that
NCKU signed memorandums of understanding (MOU) with VKI in 2012 as part
of its efforts to enhance international academic cooperation in
aeronautics and astronautics.
Contzen who visited NCKU for the first time said that he was very
impressed by the scope of activities in the universityand the
international component of training for the students.
"We have established cooperation in the field of mini satellite in the
QB50 Project which is a network of 50 small satellites in space approved
by the European Commission in 2012," according to Contzen, "and the mini
satellite your university made is very interesting which is dealing with
the attitude control."
"The mini satellites, CubeSats, have two advantages. One is cheap and
the other one is that you can increase student development in forming
the satellite so it is more interesting from students' point of view,"
NCKU is the first university in Taiwan to join the QB50 project,
according to Jiun-Jih Miau, professor of Department of Aeronautics and
Astronautics, a team member of the project.
Miau also indicated, "CubeSat is an opportunity for the academic
community to participate in the space technology development because it
is small and economical."
"NCKU is probably the most advanced in terms of the CubeSat technology
among the universities in Taiwan," according to Miau who also mentioned
that with the joint efforts in the interdisciplinary fields, NCKU is
going to develop a CubeSat technology center.
"It will focus on the miniaturized technology and serve as a platform
for international cooperation as well," he added.
Contzen is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of the von
Kármán Institute for Fluid Dynamics and President of the Russian
Scientific Foundation "Nansen International Environmental and Remote
Sensing Centre " in Saint Petersburg.
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