2004 CAFA Awards

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Achievement Award - Professor Cheng Hsiao

Dr. Cheng HSIAO, Professor of Economics at the University of Southern California, is an eminent economist and one of the most reputable leaders in the field of panel data econometrics, both methodological and applied.

The first edition of his masterful monograph Analysis of Panel Data (Cambridge University Press, 1986) has been recognized as a standard reference and popular graduate text in the economics literature. He is also a coauthor of Econometric Models, Techniques and Applications, Second Edition (Prentice Hall, 1996), a coeditor of Analysis of Panels and Limited Dependent Variable Models (Cambridge University Press, 1999), and a coeditor of Nonlinear Statistical Inference (Cambridge University Press). He is also the author or coauthor of numerous journal articles.

His recently revised second edition of Analysis of Panel Data offers major additions covering non-linear panel data models dealing with truncated and censored panel data, sample selection problems, as well as providing useful overviews of unit root and cointegration in dynamic heterogeneous panels. The thorough discussion of theory and the judicious use of empirical examples should make this book useful to graduate students and advanced researchers in economics, business, sociology, and political science. This book is expected by leading researchers in the field to stay as "a landmark for the 15 years to come" just like the first edition which was viewed as a "necessary reading and a landmark" for the past 15 years. His contributions to econometric theory are profound and practical for applied researchers. Typically, his work employs an empirical problem as the point of departure. It is both insightful in the subject-matter area involved and intriguing in the new methods introduced to handle the typical aspects of specific case.

Dr. Hsiao received his BA from the National Taiwan University and his Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University. Before he joined the faculty at the University of Southern California in 1985, he was a faculty member at UC, Berkeley, Princeton University, and the University of Toronto. As a visiting fellow or visiting professor, he has collaborated extensively with colleagues at many leading academic institutions in North America, Europe, and Asia.

He has also contributed substantially to the professional community by serving on the advisory board of many academic institutions and organizing committees for a number of international conferences. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and coeditor and Fellow of the Journal of Econometrics. In 1995, he was elected as an academician of the Academia Sinica in Taiwan. He served in 1998 as the President of the Chinese Economic Association of North America and, from 2002 to 2003, he served as the acting Chair of Economics at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Hsiao and his family reside in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

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Service Award - Professor Haw-Jan "John" WU

Dr. Haw-Jan ˇ§Johnˇ¨ Wu is an Associate Professor of Business at California State University Monterey Bay. Before joining CSUMB in 2002, he had taught at Whittier College and Penn State, and worked in the transportation industry in Taiwan. Dr. Wu received his Ph.D. in business logistics and marketing from the Pennsylvania State University, an M.A. in international management from the University of Texas at Dallas, and an MBA and a BBA from the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. His research interests include supply chain integration, international business, Asian and Asian-American businesses, and management education. He has published a number of research articles and made over 40 research presentations on management practices in many national and international conferences. John has work experience in military logistics, railroad transportation, and supply chain management from the various positions he has held before turning to academia. He has consulted with American and Asian organizations including Merck, Payless Shoesource, Conrail, Sony in Mexico, ZPMC in China, Taiwan Cellular and Chung-Hwa Telecom in Taiwan, and Pusan Development Agency in Korea.

Professor Wuˇ¦s achievements have won him several awards and scholarships. He co-authored a paper that won an Instructional Innovation Award from DSI in 1992, and another paper that was selected the ˇ§Best Paperˇ¨ by Britainˇ¦s MCB Press in 1993. More recently, he received an Irvine Foundation grant in 1995, a Union Bank of California grant in 1996, San Diego Community Foundation scholarship in 1997 and 2001, a USC Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBEAR) faculty scholarship in 2002, and a California State University Faculty Research Grant in 2003.

Dr. Wu is an active member in many community and professional organizations such as Asia Society, Asian Business League, Southern California Chinese American Faculty Association (President 99/00), Alpha Iota Delta, Decision Sciences International, Association of International Business, and AsiaNetwork. He also volunteered at Salinas Chamber of Commerce and several other local non-profits.

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