ITRI Chairman Ching-Yen Tsay, who also serves as Chairman of the Association of East Asia Relations’ Science and Technology Interchange Committee, and Chairman of TMI Holding Corp., previously served as National Policy Advisor to the President, Chairman, Association for Taiwan-Japan Cooperation on Industrial Technology, Minister of State and Vice Convener of the Executive Yuan’s Science and Technology Advisory Group, Vice Minister of the National Science Council, Director General, Civil Aeronautics Administration, Ministry of Transportation and Communications, and Director General, Central Weather Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications. While serving as Minister of State, Dr. Tsay was active in promoting technologies in the fields of electronics (semiconductor and display technology), communication technology, biotechnology, nanotechnology and material, and information service.
Dr. Tsay also placed heavy emphasis on training and recruiting of talent during his time at the CWB. He also promoted an initiative to introduce a next generation weather forecasting system featuring advanced meteorological technology, such as automated observation system, radar observation network, nowcasting system, and numerical weather prediction models. Dr. Tsay was selected as an American Meteorological Society Fellow in 1999 in recognition of his research and pragmatic experience in the field of atmospheric sciences, and by the Meteorological Society of the ROC in 2001 in their first group of fellows.
Amid major changes in the global industrial framework, Dr. Tsay has advocated that Taiwan must direct its economy towards being innovation-driven, helping the younger generation and the industrial sector finding a new direction for innovation and entrepreneurship. Consequently, ITRI has founded the Commercialization Advisory Committee to promote a culture of entrepreneurship. In addition, TMI Holding Corp., jointly founded by ITRI, ITIC, WI Harper Group and Innovation Works led by Dr. Kai-Fu Lee, seeks to pool venture capital funds throughout the world to help the seeds of innovation from Taiwan’s youth gradually take root and develop, thereby promoting a boost to Taiwan’s economic growth.
Dr. Tsay was conferred the degree of Doctor of Science Honoris Causa of National Central University, for his devotion to technology innovation and entrepreneurship in 2013.