On the afternoon of October 22, the appointment ceremony of Prof. Hugh McCann, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng), as an honorary professor at Beihang University was held at the Conference Center of New Main Building. Those attending the ceremony included Beihang President Xu Huibin, representatives from related departments and schools of Beihang Univeristy, as well as nearly 70 teachers and students from Tsinghua University, North China Electric Power University, Beijing Jiaotong University, North University of China, etc. Xu Lijun, Dean of the School of Instrumentation Science and Opto-electronics Engineering, presided over the ceremony.
During the ceremony, President Xu Huibin issued the letter of appointment to Prof. McCann. In his remarks, he briefed the audiences on the results achieved by both sides in the fields of personnel exchange and academic cooperation, and expressed his earnest expectations that the relationship between the two sides could become deeper and more productive in the future. Next, Xu Lijun gave a basic introduction to Prof. McCann.
In his acceptance speech, Prof. McCann expressed his gratitude to Beihang university, and noted that Beihang University, as a comprehensive university with a wide range of disciplines, is unmatched by British universities especially in the number of postgraduate students. He said he would devote more effort to promoting the research on joint projects and exchange of teachers and students between the two universities in the future.
Following that, Prof. McCann gave an academic report entitled “100 Years of Tomography: We are all super-human now”, and had an in-depth exchange of views with teachers and students attending the ceremony.
Prof. McCann is an expert in tomographic imaging, and has achieved remarkable accomplishments on dynamic process monitoring, combustion diagnosis, medical diagnosis, etc. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2009 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2015. He served as the Dean of School of Engineering of the University of Edinburgh from 2013 to 2018. Prof. McCann has developed extensive and in-depth cooperation with Prof. Xu Lijun in the field of multimode imaging and combustion diagnosis in the past decade, and has made tremendous contributions to the international exchange and cooperation between the two universities by working as a member of the British expert group of the Sino-UK Space Science and Technology Joint Laboratory.
Reported by Zheng Dan
Reviewed by Xu Lijun
Edited by Jia Aiping
Translated by Lyu Xingyun