Professor Way Kuo is President of City University of Hong Kong, commencing 14 May 2008.
Before joining CityU, Professor Kuo was University Distinguished Professor and Dean of Engineering at the University of Tennessee (UT). He was also named a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. During his tenure at UT from 2003 to 2008, he oversaw a marked increase in funds raised through the development of industrial and alumni contacts.
Professor Kuo dedicated his service to Texas A&M University from 1993 to 2003, where he held the Wisenbaker Chair of Engineering in Innovation and was the Executive Associate Dean of Engineering for three years. From 1993-2000, he was head of the Department of Industrial Engineering, managing both the industrial and biomedical engineering programmes. The NRC - Research Doctoral Programmes and US News & World Report rated the department under his leadership among the best in the US.
Professor Kuo received his PhD degree in engineering in 1980 from Kansas State University and BS degree in nuclear engineering in 1972 from National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. He worked for Bell Laboratories during 1981-1984 before joining the academic field. He was appointed a Fulbright Scholar in 1991.
Professor Kuo is a Member of the US National Academy of Engineering, Academia Sinica in Taiwan and International Academy for Quality as well as a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. He is also Fellow of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Institute for Operations Research and the Management Science (INFORMS), American Statistical Association (ASA), and Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE).
Professor Kuo is renowned for his work in designing reliability of electronics systems and nuclear energy and has made breakthroughs in nano reliability research. He is a recipient of the IEEE Reliability Society Lifetime Achievement Award. He holds honorary professorship titles at Tsinghua University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Central South University, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, National Tsing Hua University, National Taiwan University and National Chiao Tung University. He has also been awarded the Honorary Doctorate by the Beijing Institute of Technology granted by the State Council of the People's Republic of China.
His other awards and honours include David F Baker Distinguished Research Award, Albert G Holzman Distinguished Educator Award, Award for Technical Innovation in Industrial Engineering, Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE); Hall of Fame, Kansas State University College of Engineering; the Pan Wen-Yuan Foundation Award for Outstanding Research; Distinguished Alumni Award, National Tsing-Hua University; IEEE Millennium Medal; TSMC Chair; Austin Bonis Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Advancement of Reliability Research, ASQ; and others. With his remarkable academic achievements, he has been appointed an external examiner and advisor for internationally renowned institutions, hi-tech companies and research organisations.
An author and co-author of nine books on reliability, education and nuclear safety, he is also well respected for promoting the higher education with an emphasis on its relevance to societal needs and problem-driven research. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Reliability.