Ting-wei Tang Receives Portrait at Annual Endowed Lecture
On October 13th, Dr. Joseph Hidler '94, Founder and CEO of Aretech, LLC, delivered the Shirley and Ting-wei Tang Endowed Lecture in the Old Chapel on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Aretech is an industry leader in developing advanced rehabilitation technologies, with a focus on robotic body-weight support systems. Aretech’s feature product, ZeroG, is designed to provide patients who have experienced a stroke, traumatic brain injury, or other neurological disorders the opportunity to practice walking safely and effectively.
Hidler’s lecture—“From Concept to Market: Bringing a Medical Device to Life”—marked the 23rd annual Tang Lecture. Since 1999, the series has brought prominent engineers to campus to present major talks to the College of Engineering and the broader campus community. Lectures cover subjects such as technology innovation, entrepreneurship, engineering education, global engineering issues, and engineering and business leadership.
The lecture series is made possible by the generous philanthropy of Ting-wei Tang and his late wife, Shirley Tang. Shirley served as an academic adviser for the United Asia Learning Resource Center before retiring from UMass in 1998, while Ting-wei was a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for more than 30 years and is a professor emeritus. In addition to funding the Tang Lecture series, Ting-wei and Shirley have funded numerous scholarships and awards for College of Engineering students.
In recognition of Ting-wei and Shirley’s tremendous contributions, this year the College of Engineering commissioned Chloe McLean—a talented senior in the Department of Art—to paint a portrait of Ting-wei and Shirley. This portrait was presented to Ting-wei and his daughter, Patricia, before Dr. Hidler delivered his lecture.