Zheng Gangtie, born in 1960, joined the Communist Party of China in 1988. He is now the professor of Tsinghua University and the first director of Aircraft Design Institute. His primary research fields are system and structural design, structural dynamics and control of aircrafts. He has solved the key techniques of “FY-2C” Satellite, CBERS, lunar lander and rocket launcher, contributing to the successful launch of satellites and accurate landing of the lander.
In the summer of 2016, Zheng Gangtie took PhD candidate Hu Zhan out for an experiment. On the way back to Tsinghua, a traffic accident befell on him. Zheng was seriously injured and had to amputate his right leg.
“We are living in our brains, as long as the mind is okay, we can still go on with life!” Zheng consoled Hu Zhan who came for a visit. Hearing so, Hu couldn’t help but cry, “His optimism deeply touched me.”
During the two months of convalescence, Zheng never stayed idle, whenever a student came to visit him, a report of recent studies and scientific research would be a necessary “task”. Having just been allowed to use computer by the doctor, Zheng corrected the students’ papers without any delay. What’s even more surprising was, inspired by communicating with the doctor in a daily basis, Zheng, who was on the sickbed, has brewed a new program for Students Research Training, called surgical robot.
Zheng said, “When you have experienced misfortunes in life, you value what you once had even more.” One of them is the Student Research Training of Tsinghua University, for which he has devoted numerous years.
The Student Research Training (SRT) aims to improve students’ academic challenges, cultivate students’ ability in research and spirit of independent exploration, and stimulate their academic interests. Zheng believes that the SRT project concerns the full range of the students’ abilities. “This requires students’ IQ and EQ to come together and make joint efforts.” Zheng explained, “IQ and EQ are not just two abstract concepts. In the process of scientific research, they are two specific abilities. IQ includes the comprehensive use of knowledge, independent learning, ability in scientific research and practice, while EQ refers to teamwork, work attitude and ethics, will and courage. These factors are critical to each and every student involved in SRT.”
As a “veteran” in SRT, Zheng has directed undergraduates for scientific research for over ten years. He embedded aerospace technology in the SRT project, combining aerospace teaching with students’ research and training. Zheng complete dedicated his life for the cause and eventually all of the dedication paid off.
Today, SRT has become an important platform for undergraduates to participate in academic and technological activities, and to cultivate innovative spirit and practical ability. Zheng said that he’d like to continue playing a “farmer” in the nursery of SRT, seedlings saplings and watching them to grow; that’s what would make him the most content.