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NSFC-funded Major Project on the Land-Ocean Interactions in the Greater Bay Area launched at SUSTech
In the final days of 2018, the National Natural Science Foundation of China launched a major research project for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area, led by the South China Sea Institute of Oceanology of the Chinese Academy of Science and Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) in conjunction with the Southern University of Science and Technology and several other institutions. The major research project is intended to study the key processes behind interactions of land and ocean, as well as the mechanisms and regulations for ecological security. SUSTech was the proud host of the meeting, and the School of Environmental Science and Engineering was a key organizer of the meeting. Experts traveled from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China Meteorological Administration, Beijing Normal University and other institutions to witness the launch and advise on the directions and organization of the major project. Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Dr. Zhang Si, is the chief scientist of the project. He first gave an overall briefing of the project, including the background, overall implementation plan, and expected results. Dr. Cai Shuqun, a researcher at the South China Sea Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Professor Zheng Chunmiao from the School of Environmental Science and Engineering at SUSTech, Dr. Zhang Si, Dr. Su Fenzhen, a researcher at the Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, presented the four specific themes of the project, respectively. The experts put forward opinions and suggestions on the project task setting and research plan. Dr. Leng Shuying introduced the management mode of major projects and put forward specific requirements for project implementation. Dr. Zhang Si said that the suggestions would be sorted and summarized, and the established research objectives will be successfully completed. The NSFC funded major project “Key Process of Land-Sea Interaction in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and the Mechanism of Ecological Security Control” was led by the South China Sea Institute of Oceanology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with SUSTech, the Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenzhen University and Sun Yat-Sen University. The project is aimed at the current and future development of the Greater Bay Area. It is intended to quantify the hydrodynamic mechanism and the key process of material transport at the land-sea interface of the Greater Bay Area under high-intensity disturbance, to explore the underlying mechanism of ecological response and the regulation of ecological security, to establish the hydro-atmospheric-oceanic-ecological dynamics and material cycle model of the Greater Bay Area, and to reveal the key factors that control the key processes of the land-sea interaction in the Greater Bay Area. The project will provide basic scientific and technological support for marine environmental protection, ecological security and land-see joint use optimization in the Greater Bay Area. Professor Zheng Chunmiao from the School of Environmental Science and Engineering at SUSTech is responsible for the second theme of the project, “The Process and Mechanism of Nutrient Migration and Transformation under the Interaction of Land and Ocean.”
SUSTech co-organizes 2030 Sustainable Development Forum
Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) was one of the co-organizers of the Shenzhen Forum on the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (the Forum). The Forum was sponsored by the Shenzhen Municipal People's Government. Other co-organizers included the Shenzhen Municipal Science and Technology Innovation Commission, and the Shenzhen Urban Public Safety and Technology Research Institute. More than 300 representatives and experts from national ministries, provinces and municipalities joined representatives from various international institutions, enterprises, universities, research institutes and industry associations at the forum. SUSTech University Council Chairperson Guo Yurong, Vice President Teng Jinguang and Vice Provost (Global Strategies) Zheng Chunmiao attended the event on behalf of SUSTech. The forum also held the opening ceremony of the Shenzhen Institute of Sustainable Development, which was established by the support of SUSTech. This practice marks a new stage of Shenzhen’s sustainable development, fully supported by SUSTech. With the theme of "Supporting innovative sustainable development", the forum aimed to actively deepen international cooperation and extensively explore theoretical and practical issues in the field of sustainable development. It also summarized Shenzhen’s sustainable development experience while detailing the development of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone through the prism of 40 years of reform and opening-up. At the forum, Vice Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Youba Sokona, Tsinghua SDG Research Institute Co-Chief and former UN Under-Secretary-General Wu Hongbo, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and Professor of the School of Environment at Tsinghua University Qian Yi all delivered keynote speeches around the theme of innovation leading a future of sustainability and inclusiveness. January 15th saw a multiparty dialogue presided by Teng Jinguang, with representatives from the government, industry, universities, scientific research institutions, civil organizations, and international organizations attending. On the 16th, the Forum on Innovation and Sustainable Development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area, one of the divisions of the Forum was held at SUSTech. The forum is based on the theme of "New Era, New Opportunities, New Development: Exploring the Emergence of a Sustainable World-Class Bay Area,” and was hosted by Zheng Chunmiao. Deputy Secretary-General of the Shenzhen Municipal Government Liu Jiachen and SUSTech University Council Chairperson addressed the forum. Dozens of professors from the United States, France, South Korea and China gave their opinions about the sustainable development of the Greater Bay Area. Liu Jiachen pointed out that Shenzhen is striving to develop the Greater Bay Area, and every city in this area is essential for the sustainable development chain. Whether it is the manufacturing and industrializing of research and development materials or the sustainability of trade and transportation, each city is creating a more solid and comprehensive Greater Bay Area. Working together, they are forming a sustainable ecosystem that is inseparable and united. Guo Yurong added that innovation is the paramount resource on the path of sustainable development research. The ability to keep innovating is the source of sustainable development. Shenzhen is the smallest city in the first-tier cities with scarce natural resources, so it has relied on high-level talent and innovative ability. As a result, the city has made great leaps forward, as has SUSTech. In just seven years, SUSTech has made incredible breakthroughs, which proves the power of reform and innovation. The Forum is important and influential in sustainable development for both SUSTech and Shenzhen. It fully adheres to the new development concept of innovation, coordination, green, openness and sharing, and focuses on the new situation and requirements of global sustainable development and supply side structural reform in China. New opportunities for urban industrial transformation were shown and an important platform for promoting the exchanges in sustainable development were made. All these efforts are striving to demonstrate the achievements and experiences in China’s sustainable development. February 13, 2018 saw the State Council’s approval of the Shenzhen Municipal Government with the theme of innovation leading the sustainable development of super-large cities, building a national demonstration zone for sustainable development agenda. According to the Shenzhen Sustainable Development Plan (2017-2030) and the Shenzhen National Sustainable Development Agenda Innovation Demonstration Zone Construction Plan (2017-2020), by 2020, Shenzhen will strive to build a model city in an innovative demonstration area. By 2025, Shenzhen will become an internationally advanced city for sustainable development and by 2030, a global innovation city for sustainable development will be built. By this point, Shenzhen’s sustainable development will be at a world-class level, forming a series of renewable and sustainable experiences for the rest of the world.
SUSTech hosts 2018 International Advisory Council meeting
November 19th was the first day of the 2018 International Advisory Council (IAC) meeting of Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech). 16 leading international academics of the world’s top universities have joined together to form a think tank for SUSTech’s future development. Great importance has been attached to the event by the Guangdong Provincial Government and the Shenzhen Municipal Government. Vice Mayor of Shenzhen Lixin Wang and Associate Counsel of Guangdong Provincial Department of Education Zicheng Wang attended the opening ceremony. Later that evening, Vice Mayor of Shenzhen Xuefeng Ai met with members of the International Advisory Council (IAC). The IAC members present at the meeting included Henry T. Yang, Chancellor of the University of California at Santa Barbara, Xinhe Bao, President of the University of Science and Technology of China, Jianhua Lin, Former President of Peking University, Edward Byrne, President &Principal of King’s College London, Tony F. Chan, President of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Lino Guzzella, President of ETH Zurich, Peter Høj, President of the University of Queensland, David Leebron, President of Rice University, David Richardson, President of the University of East Anglia, Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Mark Schlissel, President of University of Michigan, Choon Fong Shih, University Professor of National University of Singapore , Shin Sung Chul, President of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and Samuel Stanley, President of Stony Brook University New York. Wei Shyy, President of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Tan Eng Chye, President of the National University of Singapore are also the members of the IAC. They have all made great achievements in the international academic and educational circles, have rich experience in running world-class universities, and have high prestige and influence in the global higher education sector. Henry T. Yang serves as Chair of International Advisory Council. When meeting members of the International Advisory Council (IAC) of SUSTech, Lixin Wang introduced Shenzhen’s rapid development and the emphasis the city has placed on higher education. He hoped that all members would provide guidance for SUSTech’s development and internationalization, through their rich experience in running universities and strategic vision. The Guangdong Provincial Government attaches importance to building more high-level universities in the region. It also supports the further development of SUSTech, said Zicheng Wang. He believed that the leading international academics present today would help SUSTech with a global vision, which will power Guangdong's higher education in future. During the meeting, SUSTech’s President Shiyi Chen reported on the “State of the University.” The report mainly covers four aspects. It responded to the 2017 report, covered the progress made this year, and showed the new initiatives and new opportunities available. He also spoke about the challenges faced by SUSTech. He reviewed SUSTech’s progress in areas like student enrollment, faculty, academic structure, and research. Shiyi Chen also highlighted the achievements of 2017, including obtaining the qualification to confer doctoral and master’s degrees in the shortest time, campus construction and the preparation of the School of Medicine. He also introduced the new initiatives of building three academic institutes, including the Creative Design School, the SUSTech-HKUST Joint School of Microelectronics, and School of System Design and Intelligent Manufacturing. He pointed out that there are still some shortcomings when it comes to competing for talent pipeline and resources, but SUSTech is confident when it comes to seizing new opportunities. Subsequently, Vice President Tao Tang talked about “New Initiatives: Undergraduate Education” and “New Progress: Graduate Education.” Vice President Jinguang Teng made a report on the “Development of Major Research Facilities at SUSTech.” Vice Provost for Global Strategies Chunmiao Zheng talked about SUSTech’s global strategic vision. In compliance to Article Twenty-nine, Chapter Three of The Shenzhen Government Ordinance for the Southern University of Science and Technology (2011) , International Advisory Council of SUSTech was founded in 2017. On October 16, 2017 the SUSTech International Advisory Council (IAC) held the first Council meeting and approved the “SUSTech International Advisory Council Chapter.” Later that day, the IAC members visited SUSTech Cryo-Electron Microscopy Research Center. Following that, they went to the students commons to learn about the lives of SUSTech students, where they had in-depth exchanges with the students. -- This article is reproduced from SUSTech News Website: http://www.sustc.edu.cn/en/info_focus/2848
SUSTech Environmental Scientist Liang Xiuyu Published in Water Resources Research
Recently, Liang Xiuyu, a research associate professor from the School of Environmental Science and Engineering at Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), published three papers as the first author in the top international journal Water Resources Research (WRR) in the field of hydrology and water resources. The first paper, entitled "Aquifer recharge using a vadose zone infiltration well," studied the coupled simulation of unsaturated-saturated water flow in the aquifer artificial recharge process. Vadose zone infiltration well (VZW) is an important method to implement managed aquifer recharge (MAR) when groundwater table is relatively deep or sufficiently permeable soils at the ground and/or sizable land areas for surface infiltration systems are not available. However, the theoretical model for this kind of artificial recharge has rarely been developed. A mathematical model for the coupled unsaturated‐saturated flow process induced by a VZW is presented in this study with the purpose of understanding the overall hydrodynamics of unsaturated flow and recharge efficiency. The results indicate that for the case of an unsaturated zone with a small storage capacity, a greater proportion of injected water will be stored in the saturated zone. This is a favored situation for the implement of MAR using VZWs. The proposed analytical model can be used to estimate unsaturated parameters and can also be used to assess the effectiveness of VZWs for the purpose of MAR. Fig.1 Effects of unsaturated zone parameters on groundwater head changes during MAR Fig. 2 Effects of unsaturated zone parameters on saturation zone replenishment during MAR The second paper, entitled "Spatiotemporal responses of groundwater flow and aquifer-river exchanges to flood events," studied the temporal and spatial responses of groundwater to floods in the aquifer-river interaction zone. Rapidly rising river stages induced by flood events lead to considerable river water infiltration into aquifers and carry surface‐borne solutes into hyporheic zones which are widely recognized as an important place for the biogeochemical activity. Existing studies for surface‐groundwater exchanges induced by flood events usually limit to a river‐aquifer cross-section that is perpendicular to river channels, and neglect groundwater flows in parallel with river channels. Fig. 3 The conceptual model and the responses of river stages and groundwater heads to a flood event. In this study, surface‐groundwater exchanges to a flood event are investigated with specific considerations of unconfined flow in a direction that is in parallel with river channels. The groundwater flow is described by a two‐dimensional Boussinesq equation, and the flood event is described by a diffusive‐type flood wave. The results indicate that river water infiltrates into aquifers quickly during flood events, and mostly returns to the river within a short period of time after the flood event. However, the rest river water will stay in aquifers for a long period of time. The residual river water not only flows back to rivers but also flows to downstream aquifers. The one‐dimensional model of neglecting flow in the direction parallel with river channels will overestimate heads and discharge in upstream aquifers. Fig. 4 Propagations of flood waves in aquifers The third paper, entitled "Base flow recession from unsaturated-saturated porous media considering lateral unsaturated discharge and aquifer compressibility," studies the river base flow recession from unsaturated-saturated zones. Unsaturated flow is an important process in base flow recessions, and its effect is rarely investigated. A mathematical model for a coupled unsaturated‐saturated flow in a horizontally unconfined aquifer with time‐dependent infiltrations is presented. Semi-analytical solutions for hydraulic heads and discharges are derived using Laplace transform and Cosine transform. The solutions are compared with solutions of the linearized Boussinesq equation (LB solution) and the linearized Laplace equation (LL solution), respectively. The results indicate that the previous models overestimated the base flow due to neglect the impacts of the unsaturated flow. The present solution provided more reasonable estimations for the base flow. In addition, the present solution was applied to the observed streamflow discharge in Iowa, and the estimated values of the aquifer parameters were reasonable. Fig. 5 Effects of the unsaturated zone on base flow recession hydrographs Liang Xiuyu is a member of Professor Zhang Youkuan’s research group from the School of Environmental Science and Engineering. The above research was supported by projects such as the National Natural Science Foundation of China, which was chaired by Zhang Youkuan.
School of Environmental Science and Engineering Held 2018 Commencement Ceremony
On the morning of July 12, the School of Environmental Science and Engineering (SESE) held its first graduation ceremony in the lecture hall of SUSTech’s Research Building #1. Hosted by SESE Vice Dean Zhang You-Kuan, the ceremony invited University Council Chairperson Guo Yurong, SESE Dean Zheng Chunmiao, Vice Dean Zheng Yi, Dean of Engineering College Xu Zhenghe, faculty members, 48 SESE graduates and their family members, faculty members and special guest Liu Jian, Director of Technology Division at UN Environment Program. Guo Yurong delivered the opening speech at the ceremony. She congratulated all the graduates, thanked all the faculty members’ hard work, and urged the graduating students to contribute to national and global development with their academic expertise. Xu Zhenghe shared the similar sentiments. He pointed out that graduation is not the end, but a beginning of a new chapter in life.   Next, Dean Zheng Chunmiao presented the keynote speech themed “Fearlessly Start from Scratch,” in which he reflected on the foundation and development of SESE since 2015. He praised the first graduates for their outstanding qualities and looked forward to their future achievements.  Zheng Yi shared his thoughts on graduation with the theme of “choices,” saying we need to think outside the box, break the mold, and focus on the bigger picture when making decisions. However, he also reminded graduates also to be pragmatic and hard-working. Liu Jian’s speech focused on environmental issues and his work at the UN Environment Program. He stated that environmental pollution could pose more threats and cause more damage than world wars and that the existing ecological issues would take many generations’ efforts to resolve. He urged everyone to be aware of environmental problems and called on SESE graduates to participate in protecting the environment. Zhang You-Kuan announced SESE’s five summa cum laude graduates. Huang Rongfan, Song Libo, Song Yating, Zhong Xuan and Chen Jingjing received their honor certificates from University Council Chairperson Guo Yurong. Graduate representatives Huang Rongfan and Chen Jingjing followed the presentation with moving speeches. They expressed their gratitude towards SESE’s nurture throughout the years and gave SESE the best wishes. After the speech, they presented faculty members and university leaders with flowers.   Zhang You-Kuan then returned to the stage and announced the decision to award degrees to 38 class of 2018 graduates and 10 master’s graduates. Zheng Chunmiao turned the tassels on the graduates’ cap and took photos with them to capture the memorable moment.   Original Article: School of Environmental Science and Engineering Translation: Fan Yining Proofreading: Chris Edwards
Dr. Chang-Eui Park receives the WMO Research Award for Young Scientist
At the 17th session of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Executive Council held in Geneva from 20 to 29 June 2018, Dr. Chang-Eui Park, a research assistant professor in the School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), was announced as the winner of the WMO Research Award for Young Scientist. The aim of this award is to encourage young scientists to undertake outstanding research work in all fields of meteorology and hydrology. This award was first made in 1967 and has been given to only one young scientist under age 35 in the world annually since 1970. It has been granted to young scientists from more than 20 different countries. Dr. Park is the first person who has received this award as Korean while working at SUSTech. Dr. Chang-Eui Park Dr. Park was honored for his outstanding contributions to global change research as the principal author of the paper “Keeping global warming within 1.5 °C warming constrains emergence of aridification published in Nature Climate Change in 2018. This research highlights that limiting global warming to 1.5 °C, the final goal of Paris Agreement 2015, will significantly reduce risks of aridity increase such as desertification, severe drought and wildfire, as compared to 2 °C warming. About SUSTech | School of Environmental Science and Engineering.  The School was established in 2015 to provide a new platform for conducting cutting-edge research and for training a new generation of environmental scientists, engineers and managers who are interdisciplinary, innovative and global-thinking. Currently, the school has about 80 full-time faculty member and post-doctoral research staff in three major disciplines: environmental science and engineering, hydrology and water resources, and global environmental change.
Class of 2018 Student Song Libo: Multifaceted Personality, Constant Love for SUSTech
He's obsessed with solving problems. He built a WeChat public account and a mini program that facilitated communication and shared internship experience, thus becoming a public figure of SUSTech. With a "work hard, play hard" spirit, he has been recommended to SUSTech's Graduate School directly. He is Song Libo, one of SUSTech’s Top 10 Summa Cum Laude Graduates of 2018.  Combine Academic Knowledge with Practice Though a lover of environmental science, Song Libo spent his entire first year in biology and mastered many laboratory work skills. However, when he stepped into the classroom of an environmental science course, he found out environmental science is what he really loves. Like many others on SUSTech, he chose to follow his heart and changed his research focus. "Among SUSTech students, I may be the one who likes to browse through the university's official website the most. I visit the university and departmental websites at least four times a day so that I can find a newly hired professor as soon as possible." Song Libo's observant habit led him to his academic advisor Hu Qing, and they share a lot of common personality traits. Because of Song and Hu's high compatibility, they have participated in major national and municipal water projects. One of the pollutant visualization models they co-created is already in use. Standing at the crossroads of life upon graduation, Song Libo chose to stay at SUSTech to continue his studies. When asked about the reason, he said: "I like engineering projects, because they allow you to combine theory with practice and solve problems as fast as possible. By being recommended to SUSTech Graduate School, I can continue doing major national water projects with my advisor. You can't be guaranteed the opportunity of such major projects in other graduate schools." Growing Up with Practice and Richer Experience Through interning at IT companies for two summers and spending his junior year at the SUSTech Center of Engineering and Technology Innovation (Beijing), Song Libo has learned about mutual assistance, mutual learning, knowledge sharing and challenging oneself. Once a colleague asked if Song knew about Android development, and he honestly answered "no." The colleague managed to use the MIT visualization development software to learn it himself and taught it to Song. Song later mastered an advanced way of developing WeChat mini-programs and taught the colleague to return the favor. Later, he passed on the spirit back to campus by helping fellow students with their questions in internships. Song also has other things to say about his internship experience: “Internships are all about pushing yourself to learn something beyond your reach. If you succeed in doing it, you will progress quickly. I remember a freshman asking me what significant activities she could engage in since she missed the deadline for an overseas exchange program. I responded to her by saying 'internship.' She worried that doing an internship in freshman year was too early, but I persuaded her otherwise, saying that 'you cannot simply push back the inevitable.' She has to gain necessary job skills anyways, and she has the free time now. It's better to start gaining internship experience as soon as possible."  Offering Constructive Criticism of SUSTech Because of Song Libo's true love for SUSTech, he never hesitates to point out the problems on campus. But at the same time, Song spares no effort in promoting the good side of SUSTech.  "Many people like to criticize the university, but that's not enough. We need good solutions. SUSTech is a new university, and I believe constructive criticism and sincere suggestion will make it a better place for everyone." In his opinion, his biggest achievement in campus affairs is persuading university authorities to add one more shuttle bus. As many SUSTechers know, Lychee Hills is a relatively remote area on campus. Many students who live there found the late afternoon bus schedule forced them to choose between dinner and making class on time. After multiple on-campus observations, Song Libo wrote a detailed letter to the administration, describing the problem to the university and suggested that an extra shuttle bus could be deployed at 6:40 p.m. The university accepted his suggestion and many students' daily problems were solved.  Song Libo also helped initiate collaborations between SUSTech and Cranfield University. With his effective coordination work between SUSTech's Global Engagement Office and Cranfield University, the Department of Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering has established academic exchange programs with Cranfield.  Helping Peers by Starting WeChat Public Account To share his experience about internships, major declarations, overseas exchange programs, and choices after graduation, Song Libo opened a WeChat public account and received widespread acclaim. His follow-up effort is a WeChat mini program aiming to help new staff at SUSTech. "Ever since I developed these two WeChat gadgets, my message inbox is always full. But I'm truly happy that people really care about what I do. I hope SUSTechers can find answers to their questions on my platforms, and I also expect the university to improve itself when seeing the questions and problems listed there." When asked about Song Libo, Professor Deng Weiwei said: "Song truly cared about SUSTech and SUSTechers. He regards himself as a master of the SUSTech family. He's practical and idealistic at the same time. He likes to think, analyze, share, act, assume responsibility, and pass on all his positive energy onto others. I am also truly inspired by him in a way." Lv Zhong said the following about Song Libo: “Your first impression of him may be his unique voice and smile. But what's really amazing about him is his positive spirit and willingness to share knowledge. He can see things from a bigger picture, and he acts in a very mature way. He is truly a confident human being."   Original Chinese Article by Zhou Xinyi (Student News Agency) English Translation by Fan Yining Proofreading by Chris Edwards
Class of 2018 Graduate Huang Rongpeng: An Adventurous and Knowledgeable World Traveler
At the SUSTech’s Earth Day Photography Contest, Huang Rongpeng and her partner delivered a stunning presentation despite having to speak first and break the ice in the crowd. Eventually, they won the grand prize because of their high-quality photos and the experience of traveling across five continents.   Rongpeng made another stunning appearance at SUSTech’s Summa Cum Laude Graduates Award Ceremony. Again, she overcame the disadvantage of being the first presenter and was one of the Top 10 Graduates of Class of 2018.   Huang Rongpeng seems to have a history of starting first and achieving first place, with her ranking first in her major courses, and her team receiving the grand prize at the 2017 International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM), being among just some of her achievements. Coming from Xuancheng (Anhui Province) with a rich history and calligraphy culture, Rongpeng has embarked on multiple academic exchanges in North America and the United Kingdom, and traversed numerous islands, waterfalls, canyons, glaciers, and volcanoes. It is highly likely that she was also the first SUSTecher to achieve these missions, but not the last.   Be Active and Set the Goals Early Huang Rongpeng has long been a lover of environmental science, geography, and geology. She likes to spend her spare time sketching and taking photos, which led to her being conditionally admitted to the Landscape Architecture undergraduate program at Beijing Forestry University. However, she chose to come to SUSTech despite the university not having the School of Environmental Science and Engineering (SESE) at that time. With her general course ranking at No.2, she was nominated for the National Scholarship and planned to study biology at SUSTech.   Fortunately, SESE was founded after Rongpeng’s first year at SUSTech. Upon hearing the exciting news, Rongpeng personally came to the office of SESE Dean Zheng Chunmiao with her academic transcript from the University of British Columbia’s summer program. “Professor Zheng had only reported to SUSTech a few days earlier. His office didn’t even have a sign, but I couldn’t wait to talk to him and express my interest in the environmental science program. Professor Zheng was shocked that a student would ever visit him, considering the school he worked for was not officially open back then.” Huang Rongpeng was the first student ever to visit SESE, and Professor Zheng was more than happy to see her join SESE. They clicked right away and became long-term academic partners in the following years.   More interestingly, Rongpeng once attended a lecture on the virtual water economy by Professor Liu Junguo from Beijing Forestry University; the university Rongpeng almost went to. She highly admired Professor Liu’s works and talent, and she was thrilled to find Professor Liu joining SUSTech a year later and becoming her academic advisor.   After officially embarking on the academic journey of environmental science, Huang Rongpeng felt more motivated than ever and worked tirelessly on numerous projects. She collaborated with the Society for Wildlife and Nature (S.W.A.N.) on the endangered black-faced spoonbill’s habitat choices and migration routes and was directly involved in the research, survey, and writing of Shenzhen’s water pollution control project. She also accompanied Queen Rania of Jordan on a visit to OCT Wetland and told the queen about this environmental restoration project.   Rongpeng loves SUSTech’s education model: “The university doesn’t control students with sets of disciplines and regulations. The policies here are practical and student-friendly. I don’t need to officially report to anyone before leaving a building for other experiments. I just need to let my advisor know. Because of SUSTech’s considerate policy, I have more time for academic self-improvement.” As a result, her project “Studying the Behavioral Psychology of Caenorhabditis Elegans with Optofluidics,” was published as a conference paper at the International Optofluidics and Interdisciplinary Science Conference and received multiple awards and nominations at the 2017 iGEM.   As the first student of SESE, she graduated with top academic ranking in the school while participating in three years’ of laboratory work in biology, which again proves her track record of “starting first and achieving first place.”   Venture out into the World with Rich Knowledge To read great books and do great travels has been the ultimate goal of Chinese intellects throughout history. Huang Rongpeng’s past few years has been a living example of this ancient Chinese motto. Rongpeng’s passport features plenty of visas and stamps from her travels crossing five continents to satiate her wanderlust.   Rongpeng has participated in academic exchange programs three times as a student representative. During the summers, she has studied at the University of Oxford, Georgia Institute of Technology, and University of British Columbia (UBC). She also embarked on field trips on disaster prevention of U.S. soil and underground water.   Based on her rich traveling experience, she delivered a speech at Shude Residential College on how to travel in style and on a budget during college years. Besides sharing her experience, she also taught the audience geological and geographical knowledge.   Rongpeng did not let her extensive travels affect her academic performance. She always combines her travel experience with her academic knowledge. In other words, her travels are a way for her to review the knowledge learned in class. Every time a certain kind of landscape is mentioned in class, Rongpeng would give examples she saw during her travels. “I am easily bored if I stay in one place for too long. I need wanderlust to relax and learn, and I hope this can be my way of life in the future.”   On the road, Rongpeng likes taking pictures to capture unforgettable moments. Her photos have earned her numerous awards on campus and even made it to the official website of National Geographic. When she was the chief editor of campus magazine Zhengfeng, she published multiple stories on her own travel experience, phytology knowledge, and ancient folk houses in Huizhou, Anhui Province. She has also designed illustrations for books, academic posters for the university, and logo for her residential college.   At SUSTech’s 2018 Summa Cum Laude Graduates Contest, Rongpeng didn’t hesitate to declare her interest in working at National Geographic. She believes she has what it takes to receive the job offer. Her confidence and diverse hobbies contribute to the acceptance letters she received from four world-class universities, and she eventually chose the Earth and Environmental Sciences Master’s Program at UBC.   Do What You Like, and You Can Have It All The colorful life usually belongs to those who are willing to work hard and fight, including Huang Rongpeng. Her schedule is always extremely tight: the day after taking the GRE test last summer, Rongpeng took an intercontinental long-haul flight to Boston for the iGEM Competition. Many wonder how she could do it all, and she replied: “I know it’s hard, but I truly love doing what I do and I don’t want to give up either of them. Motivated by enthusiasm, I’ll just arrange my schedule like a sponge and suck it up!”   When asked about what she wants to share with younger fellows at SUSTech, she said: “What’s most important during college is not what you have learned, but how you have seized all kinds of opportunities. SUSTech can provide us with many once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, so when you see something you’re interested in, don’t hesitate to participate! Only by doing this can you proudly say, ‘I have no regrets’ upon graduation.”   Let’s hope the determined Rongpeng achieve more success with her lovable personality!   Original Chinese Text by Tian Lu (Student News Agency) English Translation by Fan Yining Proofreading by Chris Edwards Photos by Cao Ruoxiao (Student News Agency)
Summa Cum Laude Graduates Award Ceremony Held at SUSTech
On the afternoon of May 24, the award ceremony for top 10 graduates took place at SUSTech. Attendees included University Council Chairperson Guo Yurong, University Council Vice Chairperson Li Fengliang, Residential College Director Hanwei, professor representatives, student representatives, and representatives from every department, school, institute, office, center and residential college. Before the voting process, each of the 16 nominated graduates introduced themselves, engaged in debates, and answered tough questions from judges. Equipped with eye-catching Powerpoint slides and well-edited videos, the graduates’ introductions covered their experience and achievements in their studies, research, charity, volunteer service and student society engagement. All of them had strong stage presence and responded to the judges’ challenges in their own way. The nominees are from different backgrounds with different aspirations, and they made full use of this to highlight themselves as unique individuals rather than the typical “top Asian students.” The 16 nominees also talked about their outstanding qualities: Perfectionist Huang Rongpeng, Purist Jiang Haoyue, Math Genius Zhong Benxing, Computer Lover Ge Linfei, Research “Magician” Yu Sicen, World Traveler Ouyang Wenkai, Heart Follower Li Jiayuan, “The Perfect Kid Next Door” Chen Wanli, The Super Ambitious Ye Qiao, The Somewhat Edgy Wu Tingting, The Smiley Underdog Girl Xu Jiahui, International-Style Meme Queen Wang Siting, Smart, Ambitious and Cool Girl Guo Tianzi, Startup Entrepreneur with Buddhist Mindset Wang Yang, Huang Lexiang, who always chooses to live differently; and Song Libo, who always feels responsible for SUSTech’s Development. Before the results were released, the Center of Arts presented an instrumental quintet. By combining the Internet public votes and judge votes, Student Affairs Office Director Xue Zheng announced the top 10 graduates of SUSTech’s class of 2018: Huang Rongpeng (School of Environmental Science and Engineering), Chen Wanli (Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering), Jiang Haoyue (Department of Physics), Zhong Benxing (Department of Mathematics), Yu Sicen (Department of Materials Science and Engineering), Ye Qiao (Department of Biology), Wang Siting (Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering), Song Libo (School of Environmental Science and Engineering), Guo Tianzi (Department of Materials Science and Engineering), and Ouyang Wenkai (Department of Materials Science and Engineering). After the top 10 students spoke about the honor of being deemed in the top 10 of the graduating class, Guo Yurong congratulated them and encouraged other SUSTech students to learn from them.   Original Chinese Article by Ning Shuo (Office of Student Affairs) English Translation by Fan Yining Proofread by Chris Edwards Photos by Wang Kaiqiang and Zeng Haixiang
Business leaders gather at SUSTEF's SUSTech Club establishment ceremony May 23, 2018 Latest
On the afternoon of May 22, SUSTech Education Foundation (SUSTEF) held the SUSTech Club Establishment Ceremony and initiated rounds of discussions based on the theme “Intellects Leading the Future at SUSTech.” A long list of esteemed guests joined the ceremony at the Intercontinental Shenzhen, such as Vanke Founder Wang Shi, President of China Society of Education Reform (CSER) Zhang Jing’an, President of Shenzhen Charity Federation Yao Xinyao, Chairman of Taizhou Finance Investment Company Jiang Hong and Chairman of Runyang Group (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd. Yang Jun. The SUSTech Club will provide a brand-new platform for entrepreneurs, technological experts, scholars, and artists to exchange ideas, and it will spare no efforts in inviting elites and top experts from all walks of life for the better development of SUSTech, Shenzhen, and China. SUSTech President Chen Shiyi opened the ceremony by introducing major recent developments of the university, saying “A first-class city like Shenzhen needs a first-class university, and SUSTech aims to be that first-class university for Shenzhen in the near future.” Next, the founder of Vanke, one of China’s largest property developers, Wang Shi made a speech named “Entrepreneurs’ Social Responsibility,” which resolved around reforms and innovative measures throughout Vanke’s development. He compared Vanke’s achievements in innovation to SUSTech endeavors and spoke highly of the university. CSER President Zhang Jing’an followed by delivering a speech on China’s Outline of Innovation-Driven Development Strategy. Zhang pointed out that SUSTech would play a key role in the implementation of the outline. SUSTEF President and University Council Chairperson Guo Yurong added that the SUSTech Club was born during the rising phase of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area, which was probably the best opportunity for the club to attract social capital, engage in collaborations on production, education, and research, and foster a team of leading talents. Original Chinese Article by Yu Yin Translated by Fan Yining Proofread by Chris Edwards, Xia Yingying
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