A Tale From Taiwan

In late October 2012, members of the International Board of Directors of the Polytechnic Institute Alumni Association (PIAA) eagerly approved the formation of the Taiwan Alumni Section, which will serve some 300 Poly grads in that region.

In a letter announcing the news, Josiane Arbouet, president of the PIAA wrote, “[Those in the Taiwan section will] join 39,000 fellow Alumni Association members who volunteer their time to advance the growth and functions of our organization while promoting fellowship among and between NYU-Poly and fellow alumni. Your collective efforts will continue to strengthen our global network for current and future NYU-Poly alumni.”

Almost 100 alumni and their guests gathered on November 3, 2012 at the elegant Cosmos Hotel in Taipei to vote on the new section’s bylaws, elect officers and hear remarks from President Jerry Hultin; Jason Hsuan ‘75ECE, a past recipient of the NYU-Poly Distinguished Electrical and Computer Engineering Alumni Award; and other luminaries. Hsuan, now the chairman and CEO at TPV Technology, a leading maker of CRT monitors, TFT-LCD monitors and flat TVs, was instrumental in organizing the Taiwan section and currently serves as its president.

President Hultin thanked Hsuan for his overwhelming support in creating the NYU-Poly Taiwan Alumni group and said, “We are fortunate to have dedicated alumni in Taiwan, working tirelessly to make the chapter and today’s event a success.” He encouraged the attendees to “read Cable magazine on line, listen to educational financial webinars on the Internet, sign up for continuing education classes, and send us your ideas and suggestions” and exhorted them to “think about the power of giving back and ways you might get involved Alumni programs and activities.

Indeed, the Taiwan chapter seems poised to become one of the PIAA’s most vibrant and active groups. T.J. Hou ’89 ’94EE, who welcomed the attendees to the November 3 event, said, “I’m really looking forward to meeting Poly grads from other years, exchanging information, and maybe mentoring some of the younger members of the group. It should be an enriching experience on many different levels.”