History and Purpose
Lung-Wen Tsai, professor of mechanical engineering, died in November 2002 at his home in Riverside.
Tsai, who was born in Taipei, Taiwan, received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 1973. Before joining the Bourns College of Engineering faculty in 2000, he was a professor for more than 14 years at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he established world-renowned research and education programs in robotics and mechanisms.
Tsai's research interests were in robotics, mechanisms and machine theory, design methodology, automotive engineering and microelectromechanical systems. He was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers. He held numerous U.S. patents and was the author of two textbooks, 68 archival journal papers and 95 conference papers.
His honors include the Melville Medal (1985 ASME Congress and Exposition), Best Paper Awards (1984 ASME Mechanisms Conference, 1989 and 1991 Applied Mechanisms and Robotics Conference), Arch Colwell Merit Award (1988 SAE International Congress & Exposition), South Pointing Chariot (1993 Applied Mechanisms & Robotics Conference), Presidential Chair Professor at UC Riverside (2000-2002) and numerous international invited professorships and lectureships. Since 1998, he was the editor-in-chief of the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design. In February 2002, he was elected as an Honorary Professor at National Chiao-Tung University.
This fund will be used to support graduate students in mechanical design at the direction of the Chair of Mechanical Engineering in the Bourns College of Engineering.