Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology
SEE, AARON RAYMOND
Dr. Aaron Raymond See was born and grew up in the Philippines. Being used to a competitive learning environment, he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering at De La Salle University, the top two university in the country. Having to desire to learn more Mandarin and get to know more about the Chinese culture, he decided to come to Taiwan to pursue his studies. He was able to receive a scholarship at Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology (STUST) where he finished his master’s and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with a major in Biomedical Engineering. He showed strong leadership and language skills that helped promote the Biomedical Engineering center to international guests and produce several outstanding research results. After graduation, he received a Postdoctoral Research Offer at the Brain Research Center at National Tsing Hua University. Afterward, he went into the industry before receiving an offer to be a Project Assistant Professor at STUST in 2016. In 2018, he became a tenured Assistant Professor and also assigned as the Director of Student Affairs – Office of International Affairs in STUST. He has taken the challenge to be part of the innovators for Taiwan’s future in education.
Summary of accomplishments during the first four years of service in STUST:
1. 2 Administrative Service Award
2. 2 Teaching Excellence Award
3. 1 Outstanding Homeroom Advisor
4. Led students to win NT$540,000 in prize money and scholarships
5. Managed or garnered government funding amounting to more than NT$17,000,000 (MOST, MOE, MOFA)
6. Invited 12 times as speaker with 5 keynote speeches in 4 different countries
7. 3rd place and 2nd place in the administrative innovation competition in 2019 and 2020 respectively
A. Cultivate the future of the students and the world as their platform: His career started with a mission to bring the teaching concepts from Olin College of Engineering to promote PBL in vocational education. The goal is for designing teaching and classroom methods for education transformation using the student-centered learning approach. It should arouse the learning motivation, independent thinking, and problem-solving ability of the students. The focus of teaching is to cultivate students to respond to the needs of the industry, trends in the world and develop contemporary young people who have an international outlook, a positive attitude, and are full of social care. He guides students to find their passion in learning and engineering through abundant resources. Subsequently, he encouraged students to participate in local and international competitions where many of them won numerous awards. One notable achievement is that a group of freshmen students won the 2017 Corning Future Innovator competition with prize money of NT$300,000. Truly, a first for a freshmen team to win against the top universities nationwide. Furthermore, the team received a NT$500,000 industry-academia collaboration to make their idea into a reality. It made them work with an interdisciplinary group of students. All these take a lot of time and effort but at the end of the day, these are all worth it to see these students grow.
B. Cross-cultural interaction to cultivate the students’ international outlook: In order to enrich the learning opportunities of the students, Dr. See has invited numerous international lecturers to provide students with short term courses. He also trained a team of students on how to accommodate guests, plan the details, and let them engage with our guests more. One of the big activities that he handled is the 2019 international project-based learning summer labs on robotics that brought in students from Taiwan, Japan, and the Philippines. Subsequently, he also brought his students to have a month-long internship in the Philippines to open their eyes to life outside of Taiwan. In addition, they have also assisted in many other activities such as workshops, and PBL activities. The videos of two activities can be seen in the links below.
2019 i-PBL on Robotics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHZirYLnURM
Student Internship in the Philippines funded by MOE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ac1XjxfOJyE
C. Giving back to society – social responsibility projects: In this rapidly changing generation, the knowledge and skills learned in school are not enough to meet the needs of students entering the workplace in the future. Thus, “soft skills” such as positive attitude, sense of responsibility, and innovation are indispensable. Dr. See trains the students to learn how to discuss and work in groups and learn to communicate. Using PBL one of the projects was for them to understand the need of the elderly and the issues that they are facing. They were required to visit home for the aged and understand their needs before they plan their projects. It causes them to get out of their narrow world and have real insights to understand real-life challenges. In 2018, he led a team to work on a Taiwan-Philippines project to develop a “Remote Physiological Monitoring System for Pregnant Women.” He accompanied students to visit rural areas in the Philippines to see the poor living conditions and extremely inconvenient transportation, thus making a need for the project in Palawan, the Philippines. The results of the research project also garnered first place in the 14th Digital Signal Processing Creative Design Competition and represented Taiwan to compete internationally. The team joined the Novel Research and Innovation Competition held by University Sains Malaysia where they won a Gold award and the Social Impact Award. His team’s recent projects are in the development of assistive devices for the visually impaired and blind, as well as a digital stethoscope and medical platform to reach rural communities in the Philippines.