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CAS academician Duan Guangren shares experience back at alma mater

29 Nov , 2019

[News from the News Center] At 8:30, Nov. 28,GuanGuangren,Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and YSU alumni, gave a lecture atRoom109, StudentActivityCenter, East Campus, sharing his experience. YSU leadershipincluding Zhao Xiaofeng, Zhao Dingxuan, Zhao Yongsheng, Wang Baocheng, Ren Jiadong, Chen Guoqiang, Yu Shujiang, and Zhang Lifeng attended the conference as well as many teachers and students. The conference was presided over by Zhang Xiangqian,Party Secretary of Liren Collegeand Director of Centenary Celebrations Office.

The lecture (Photographed byCai Changshan)

Zhao Xianfeng speaks at the conference. (Photographed byLiu Zihao)

Zhang Xiangqian presides over the conference. (Photographed byLiu Zihao)

Zhao Xianfeng, on behalf of YSU staff, welcomed DuanGuangrenand said that DuanGuangren is a well-known expert inthe field ofcontrollingengineeringat home and abroad with deep insight and moral ethics, who has participated in a series of major national projects and cultivated a group of outstanding students. Duan went to visit his teachers in no time afterhe got off the train. As one of YSU’s outstanding alumni, he returned to his alma mater immediatelyhe had been elected as CAS academician.Next year will witnessthe 100thanniversarysince theestablishment, and the60thanniversary ofindependentrunning. We hope that all YSUers will work together to fully carry forward the spirit ofhard work, craftsmanship, superior quality and national sentiment, in order to bring brightness to YSU and make greater contributions to the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. In the end, Zhao Xianfeng hoped that DuanGuangren would return to his alma mater in the future from time to time, recallingtheir memories and seeking common development.

Student representative present a bouquet to DuanGuangren. (Photographed byWang Yixin)

DuanGuangren gives lecture. (Photographed byLiu Zihao)

Academician DuanGuangrengraduated from NortheastHeavy Machinery Institute in 1983, majoring in Applied Mathematics and is now a professor at Harbin Institute of Technology. At the conference, DuanGuangrengave a speech entitled “Long Journey of Life, Deep Feelingfor Alma Mater”, sharing his experience of youth, undergraduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral study, and life.

At the very beginning, DuanGuangren said, “To me, the alma mater feels just like home, and the teachers are more like parents;therefore, I went back to my alma mater to see my teacher directly I arrived.”When talking about Zhao Yupeng, who was once the instructor of Duan’sgraduation design, he was deeply moved because of Zhao’s guidance for solving problems and scientific research.Later, Duan shared his experience of learning English. He said: “At that time, Northeast Heavy Machinery Institute was among the very few universities thatoffered oral English classes in each grade by foreign teacher, which was really not easy due to the hardship in running school then. I came from rural areas andhad never studied English, so I was poor at the basics, and I couldn’t get into the oral class like others. How I envy them! What should I do? I prepared some sentences, practicing and memorizing them.When I saw the foreign teacher, I got up the courage to talk with him and say the words that I had memorized, hoping to get the chance to join in the class.This is how I get to learning English.Later with my own efforts, I even became a squad leader in the oral class.”

DuanGuangren not only shared his growth gains, but also mentioned that life cannotrose all the way. He points out that difficulttimeactually helps you grow stronger. Then, DuanGuangren talked about his reflection of life. First, don’t compete with othersunrealistically;just do yourself and work hardto be strong. Second, be broadminded and keep gain and lossaway from mind. Third, hold a positive attitude towards life. Fourth, be strict to yourself and do not go with the stream aimlessly. At the end of his speech, DuanGuangren wished his alma mater a thriving and prosperous future, and wished YSUerspeace and happiness.

DuanGuangrengives out YSU centenary souvenirs to lucky audience. (Photographed byWang Yapei)

In the Q&A session,DuanGuangrenput forward suggestionsto the students’ questions. Later, DuanGuangren also selected lucky audienceand gave out YSU centenary souvenirs to them.

Zhao Dingxuan presents Guest Professor Certificate to DuanGuangren. (Photographed byWang Yapei)

In order to congratulate DuanGuangren for his great achievements,the universitydecided to hire him as a guest professor at YSU, thanking him for the honor he won for his alma mater.

Students and DuanGuangren (Photographed byWang Yapei)

After the conference, teachers and classmatessurroundedDuanGuangren, hoping to take photos and exchange with him. Duan patiently met their requirements. Teachers and students expressed that the lecture was moving, rewarding, profound, and encouraging, and they benefited a lot. In the future, they will followDuanGuangren’s lead and continue toscale new heights and strive for first-class!

[Translated by Xing Tong]