Tsinghua: 100 years strong

Tsinghua University celebration
Frank Yin, PhD (left), the Stephen F. and Camilla T. Brauer Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, presents Yunfei Shi, a PhD student in biomedical engineering, with the grand prize in a Tsinghua University Alumni Photo Contest during a Tsinghua Centenary Celebration, held April 30 in Whitaker Auditorium at Washington University. Looking on is McDonnell International Scholars Academy Director James V. Wertsch, PhD, associate vice chancellor for international affairs and the Marshall S. Snow Professor in Arts & Sciences. Tsinghua, one of China’s top universities, is one of 27 partner institutions in WUSTL’s McDonnell Academy. Shi, who earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in engineering mechanics at Tsinghua University, is one of 12 founding members of the Tsinghua Alumni Association in St. Louis. Some 40 Tsinghua alumni attended the celebration. Yin, who is the McDonnell Academy ambassador to Tsinghua, and Wertsch both spoke at the event. Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton and Wertsch attended a Tsinghua anniversary celebration April 24 in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing and planted a friendship tree April 23 on Tsinghua’s campus, located on the former imperial gardens of the Qing Dynasty. Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr.