Dr. Hong came to the United States from Taiwan as a graduate student with a degree in physics to study fluid power at Oklahoma State University (OSU). In the following four years, he coupled his physics degree with two graduate degrees in mechanical and fluid power engineering at OSU. Throughout his 20 years in fluid power he has served as student researcher, research program manager, technical director of sponsored research, and professor of mechanical engineering. In addition, his broad experiences with research sponsors of the Fluid Power Research Center (FPRC) enabled him to develop a unique virtual reality software package, called HyPneu, for the fluid power industry.
Dr. Hong was recognized quite early in Taiwan as a budding scholar by being selected to attend an honors high school. When he graduated, with honors, his academic record allowed him to enter one of the top universities in Taiwan. Upon graduation, he was selected to attend a comprehensive advanced computer study program at a graduate institute.
His innate abilities and formal studies in physics and computer programming did not go unnoticed. When he entered his mandatory military service, he was assigned several high level tasks. These assignments created a distinct interest in engineering systems.
After satisfying his military commitment, he was offered a staff position at Timex where he quickly rose to a quality control supervisor and had the opportunity to apply many of his scientific talents to their engineering efforts. Following his Timex tenure, he was recruited by the National Research Institute at Taiwan where he was able to begin his studies in fluid power research.
After attending a lecture on fluid power by Dr. E.C. Fitch in Taipei, Dr. Hong applied for admittance to OSU as a graduate student. Upon acceptance, Dr. Hong joined the research staff of the Fluid Power Research Center (FPRC) and within a few months completed his master's thesis. His graduate committee was so impressed with his technical contribution that they approved him to pursue his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering.
While conducting engineering studies for research sponsors at the FPRC, he selected the area of computer aided design in fluid power engineering as the subject for his Ph.D. dissertation. With his outstanding background in this field of study, he was able to complete his dissertation in record time. His graduate work was sponsored by the U.S. Army and it later became the basis for his now famous HyPneu software which is known throughout the world.
After receiving his doctorate, he was promoted to a full-time research program manager and eventually became the technical director of the FPRC. In his position at the FPRC, he had many opportunities to interface with both governmental and industrial sponsors where he became acquainted with various practical problems that confronted the fluid power industry.
In 1988, Dr. Fitch purchased the research facilities of the FPRC. With this acquisition, he founded two new companies: FES, Inc. and BarDyne, Inc. Dr. Hong elected to become a major stockholder in these new companies and to serve as their president and chief executive officer. This involvement allowed him to interface directly with practicing engineers and researchers in power and motion control in many different industries. In recent years, BarDyne has become the R&D company that creates component and system models while FES provides the testing a model verification.
Dr. Hong is now a citizen of the United States and a registered professional engineering with a Master of Science degree and a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering. His undergraduate background in physics has given him considerably more insight into the basic elements of engineering science than most students and even graduate engineers ever possess. He is currently active as a professor at Oklahoma State University in fluid power and mechanical engineering and is a popular lecturer worldwide.
Dr. Hong is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society of Automotive Engineers. He has authored 50 technical papers and five books--he also has three additional books in progress. Since 1990, Dr. Hong has been awarded five U.S. Patents. His honors and awards are significant--elected a U.S. Delegate to ISO two times, received the Filtration Society Scholarship Award, and was made an Honorary Professor by Huazhoung University of Science & Technology, Wuhan, China, in 1993.
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