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H. RES.  613

Honoring the life of Dr. Chang-Lin Tien, model educator, diplomat, and mentor. 


NOVEMBER 14, 2002

Mr. HONDA (for himself, Mr. SHERMAN, Mr. MATSUI, Mr. WU, Mr. SCHIFF, Ms. LEE, Ms. LOFGREN, Mr. STARK, Mr. FILNER, Mr. WAXMAN, and Mrs. NAPOLITANO) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Government Reform 

Honoring the life of Dr. Chang-Lin Tien, model educator, diplomat, and mentor.

Whereas Dr. Chang-Lin Tien was the first Asian Pacific American to head a major research university in the United States as Chancellor of University of California-Berkeley for 7 years; 

Whereas Dr. Tien received his bachelor’s degree at National Taiwan University, a masters degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Louisville, and a masters degree and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Princeton University; 

Whereas Dr. Tien joined the University of California-Berkeley faculty in 1959, and in 1962, at the age of 26, became the youngest professor to receive University of California-Berkeley’s Distinguished Teaching Award; 

Whereas Dr. Tien pioneered the fields of thermal radiation in gases and microscale heat transfer and was internationally recognized with numerous honors in his field, including the Max Jakob Memorial Award in 1981, the highest international honor in his field; 

Whereas Dr. Tien became one of the youngest members of the National Academy of Engineering in 1976, and in 2001 was awarded the Academy’s Founders Award for members who have made lifelong contributions to engineering and whose accomplishments have benefited United States citizens; 

Whereas Dr. Tien developed a wide range of partnerships between academia and government, business, and community, both in the United States and abroad; 

Whereas Dr. Tien was committed to fostering communication between the East and the West to promote the values of 
democracy and freedom across the world as an active member of the Pacific Council on International Democracy and the Council on Foreign Relations; 

Whereas Dr. Tien served as a leader in various capacities, including his appointment as member of the National Science Board, chairman of the San Francisco Bay Area Economic Forum, member of the National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century, and chairman of the Asia Foundation; 

Whereas Dr. Tien served on the first board of directors of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional 
Studies, an organization that seeks to empower Asian Pacific Americans and functions as a resource for Congress about the Asian Pacific American community; 

Whereas Dr. Tien tirelessly supported student diversity, and in 1995, launched the Berkeley Pledge, a partnership 
program between the University of California Berkeley and California’s public schools that later became the 
model for the national ‘‘Gear-Up’’ project, serving over 1,000,000 low-income students nationwide since its inception in 1998; and 

Whereas, as Chancellor, Dr. Tien maintained and raised the University of California-Berkeley and its programs to the 
top in the Nation, despite California’s lagging economy and decreased State funding for the university, by 
launching the most ambitious fundraising drive of the time for the University of California-Berkeley, raising 
more than $975,000,000 to support students and faculty through scholarships, professorships, research funds, and 

Now, therefore, be it 

1 Resolved,  That the House of Representatives honors 
2 the life of Dr. Chang-Lin Tien, model educator, diplomat, 
3 and mentor, on the occasion of his death, and extends its 
4 condolences to the Tien family and to the faculty, staff, 
5 and students of the University of California-Berkeley.
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