As we walked into Prof. Faa-Jeng Lin ’s office, we saw that his office was bright and clean, and various types of books were well classified and placed orderly on the shelves, implicitly revealing his rigorous academic attitude. As a newly elected Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2017, Prof. Lin keeps making self-breakthroughs with academic diligence. Despite the limited resources, he tries his utmost to explore students’ potential and soak students with knowledge!
IEEE is the world’s largest academic organization of electrical and electronics engineering. There are 360 thousand IEEE members from 175 countries. Every year the IEEE committees nominate members from various fields with extraordinary accomplishments, have them reviewed carefully, and award elected members with the IEEE Fellowship. The nomination rate is less than 0.1 percent. Prof. Lin was highly recognized by IEEE for his “contributions to intelligent control systems for motor drives and motion control.”
In his youth, Prof. Lin went to alternative military service at National Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST). Before that, he studied electric power systems. However, during the process of development and launching of missile in NCSIST, he found that the tail fins, which determine the accuracy of missiles, were controlled by servo motors. Prof. Lin thus took great interest in motor drive control and turned his research interest to electric machinery control when he was doing his doctoral study. The “smart-grid” for Taiwan power system and related industries in recent years would be the fruit of Prof. Lin’s years of effort to integrate intelligent control systems with power system.
In his 25-year academic career, Prof. Lin received the Outstanding Research Award of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) for three times, and has served as the chairperson of the Project of Smart Grid Focus Center under the National Energy Program for eight years. In 2007, he was elected as a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) of the United Kingdom, and a decade after he was elected as an IEEE Fellow.