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Gifts in Academic and Professional Areas

God's gifts are abundant in our society. God loves us so much that He shares His Wisdom with us so that we can continue to create a better society.

Yet many people have misused God's gifts to sin and to cause other people to sin.

In each of our professions and businesses, we need to offer the services and products to God so that the products of labor of the Earth will be used according to God's will to serve people, and not be used by Satan to destroy life, morality, family, and peace.

The following witnesses share these prayers and struggles to encourage people of God in the use of God's gifts.


Academia and Professional

Computer

Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Medical

Medicine

Mechanical Engineering

Meteorology

Network and Information Technology

Nursing

Witnessing Faith in all academic and professional areas are welcome. Please contact h.a.chan@ieee.org to post your witnesses.

Medicine

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James Sham
Associate professor, Department of Medicine - Pulmonary
John Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland

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Computer

Tom Ho
President
Iota
San Jose, California

Tom was formerly the key designer of the 286 CPU in Intel. He ascribes his successes to God's gifts. There were numerous technological difficulties in the design, requiring breakthrough technologies. He was having difficulties to find those solutions. Yet as he prayed to Jesus and Mary in front of his computer, the solutions to these problems quickly came to his mind. One of his invention is still known as Tom Ho gate at Intel.


"I do not want to give God only the left-over. God deserves the best time of my life!"

Ming Tung
Database management consultant
Pfizer
New Jersey

I have finally been approved by my boss to work part-time instead of full-time starting February 18, 2002, so that I can spend more time to serve the Lord. I am glad that I have made this decision.

My agent told me that the I will lose lots of money, but I would rather follow His calling to work for the Lord. It is my highest honor to serve Him!

I told my boss I do not want to wait till after I retire to serve the Lord, because I do not want to give God only the left-over. God deserves the best time of my life and I am very happy.

Please pray that I may follow God's will in serving Him. May God bless you and your family always.

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Manufacturing Systems Engineering

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Lucy King
Professor, Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Kettering University
Michigan

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Mechanical Engineering

Andrew M. Wo
Professor
National Taiwan University
Taiwan

Andrew is active in sharing the good news of Christ on the campus of National Taiwan University. He is working together with other faculty to offer university-wide elective courses: Engineering and Life, and Engineering Ethics.

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Meteorology

"I am striving to look upon my work as a 'part of God's ongoing creation.'"

(I got this insight from reading the book entitled `Spirituality @ work' by Gregory F.A. Pierce.)

Gabriel Lau
Professor
Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey

The extent of my interaction with students is rather limited. I teach one portion of a graduate-level course in each academic year. The enrollment of this course is quite small, usually less than ten students. They come from different departments of the University and have diverse needs and expectations. I do my best in tailoring my teaching material to meet these needs. My goal in teaching is to make sure that the students actually learn something useful on the basis of observational data taken from the real world, so as to give meaning to dry equations and theories in standard textbooks. Occasionally I also supervise graduate students in their doctoral research projects. I adopt a `hands-off' approach by letting them develop research ideas on their own, and only offer my advice when they call upon me. I do have high expectations of my students, but try hard to refrain from putting too much pressure on them. I almost never discuss with my students openly about faith matters. But I do regard my dedication to my teaching duties, as well as my commitment to treat my students with compassion and understanding, as being deeply rooted in my own faith.

I apply the same principles in dealing with fellow colleagues at my research lab, where I spend a far larger fraction of my working hours than teaching. The lab is a community of about 120 members, and comprises a wide spectrum of people, e.g., research scientists like myself, support scientists, postdocs, clerical workers, computer operators etc. I believe I have built considerable trust and respect between myself and various sectors of the lab. Over a year ago, our lab has gone through a transition in top management. It was an anxious and uncertain period for us all. I accepted the challenge of serving as acting director for four months. I did all I could to maintain morale and to keep everyone informed of developments in the search for a new director. Throughout this stressful time, I was thankful to God for giving me the strength and courage to go on. I now look upon my efforts in that period as part of my personal, unannouced ministry at the workplace.

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Medical

"I pray to God and for the intersession of Our Lady the physical and spiritual healing of my patients. It is God who heals, and I am only the instrument of His work of healing."

Paul Low, MD, MBA, F.A.C.P., F.C.C.P.
Clinical Service Manager/Chief Medical Officer
Veterans Integrated Services Network 12 Hines, IL
Chicago

Doctor who goes the extra mile: Caring for the spirit, healing the body
by Susan Harrington Preston, Senior Associate Editor, Medical Economics.
reproduced with permission from Medical Economics magazine, 1999.

"He's an angel -- and brilliant," says Amy Lopez, an RN and wound-care specialist in the medical ICU that pulmonologist Paul Low directs.

Since Low's 1990 arrival at the veterans' hospital in East Orange, New Jersey, he's turned the ICU into a place for healing the spirit as well as the body. And the patients, who include substance abusers and AIDs sufferers, greatly need spiritual healing.

Low likes to work with veterans for just that reason. "They've gone through hell," he says. "That changes a lot of people. They've lost their trust in the government. But I've discovered that if you show concern for them, they are very touched."

He's improved the ICU's clinical tract record, as well. "Our infection rate and length of stay are below the national average, and our survival rate is above it," says Low, managing to mix humility and pride.

The elfin, energetic physician attributes his many accomplishments -- an MBA in finance among them -- to his Roman Catholic faith. He was an infant when his mother, a Buddist, fled with him from a Chinese communist work camp and joined a relative in Hong Kong. It was there, at age 17, that Low, under the influence of a teacher and friend, converted to Catholicism. One year later, in 1968, he and his mother came to the United States, where they were reunited with his father.

Low's religion shapes his life. "He starts every day with a prayer," says Bernard Pagano, a Roman Catholic chaplain. "When patients are willing, he prays with them and their families."

He's also a gifted educator -- an assistant professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey, in Newark. Many of the residents he's trained call him the best teacher they've ever had. "A real genius," wrote one resident in evaluating him. "The residents come from other rotations just to listen to him."

Part of the appeal is that Low is generous with his time. He admits to working about 72 hours a week, sometimes under extraordinarily difficult circumstances. In 1998, he spent two weeks practicing from a wheelchair because of an injured ankle. "The patients were inspired by his example," says Mike Phipps, a Protestant chaplain at the VA hospital.

To make time for patients and residents, Low sleeps only four to five hours a night. Sill, that's longer than when he was in private practice in Oakland, CA. "I had to drop my pulmonology practice because I used to get home afte midnight and get up about 4 a.m.," he says. "May daughter didn't recognize me." Today, she's in eighth grade, and Low gets home in time for family prayers.

The Lows moved to the East Coast in 1990 to be near his elderly mother. Since then, he's also found time to add to his medical qualifications: Besides earning board certifications in internal medicine and pulmonology, he's picked up certifications in managed-care medicine, forensic medicine, medical management, and geriatrics.

He's now working toward a PhD in finance at nearby Rutgers University. "You have to know how to use resources equitably and efficiently," he explains. "Otherwise you'll have an outside agency imposing constraints.

My dream -- the one I'v had since high school -- is that I will someday manage a nursing home, orphanage, school, and hospital, all in the same complex," Low says, his eyes lighting up. "So the children can help the older people, and the older people can shower the children with love."

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Bioengineering

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Albert I. King
Professor, Director, BioEngineering
Wayne State University

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Network and Information Technology

"I do not possess anything. What I have is only borrowed from God so that I can serve other people."

H. Anthony Chan
Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering
University of Cape Town
South Africa

Prayer Sharing

God gave me 15 years of experience at AT&T Labs before. As I have acquired the gifts in the hot areas of Internet and network, I realize that they are playing highly influential role in the world today. God's gifts of Internet, television and media enable people surpass limitations in space and time to enrich our lives. Yet, they have been used to spread immorality and violence into every family causing more and more souls to die. There are 200,000 websites today that spread immoral sex; most movies and TV programs promote immorality, lust, and violence. God's gifts of marriage and family enable men and women experience God's love in the family. Yet as the media promote lust and violence, lust has become today's mainstream, and families are broken.

Engineers are using God's gifts and are in the position to pray that the fruits of their work be used to serve people according to God's will. I pray that in an engineering school, students may learn not just the technology, but to thank God's gift. They may learn to seek help from God that the products of the engineers will not be used by Satan.

I prayed that I may share God's gifts and these prayers with engineers and students in the academia. Yet, my background was primarily in the industry so that changing to the academia is not without difficulty.

God's gifts are abundant, amazing, and more than what I can imagine. Thank you God; You have indeed led me to the academia. Thank you God you are guiding me every day. You lead me in my work and You give love and protection to my family. I thank You and praise You.

Thank You God that I am able to attend weekday masses; thank You Jesus that You are present in the Eucharist and come to me. I offer to You my daily work and the students in my class, whom you have sent to me. that they may share and thank Your gifts and may learn about your love, so that they may seek your guidance in their lives.


"Outside God's will is no true success, in God's will no failure."

Fisseha Mekuria, PhD
Professor of Telecom & IT Engineering
Graduate School of Telecommunications and Information Technology (GSTIT) & CTC, Infracom
Addis Ababa
Ethiopia

I thank God for my family, the time I spent in Ethiopia, India and Sweden, for the places I visited and people I worked together until now. In 1993, after acquiring, my PhD. in telecommunication, in Linkoping, Sweden I called to my parents in Ethiopia to announce the good news and achievement. I wanted to talk especially to my father who was an old priest, a graduate from the then traditional monastery universities in Ethiopia. Driven by his own experience of coming from a farmer's home, it was expected of him to follow his fathers' footsteps in life. However, he refused to accept his fate and managed to educate himself into a deacon, lawyer, priest and author. Therefore, was he the driving force for his children's education, the question he asked then rings still in my ears: "What can your PhD do to this poor country?" It wasn't an easy question to answer then, however, it became my next century challenge from that moment. It took 11 years to realize my dreams to fulfill the promise I gave to my late father and return to my country of origin. I have to go through the ordeal of convincing my family, the big multinational company I was working with the benefits of helping poor countries' economies to develop. For the past four years, I have been involved in developing Educational and research activities in telecom and ICT and the promotion of knowledge based decision making using ICT technology and services as a vehicle and important transformational tools

When God created mankind, His aim in life for us was: "To become wise to do good things and leave a better world for the generations to come." I see the use of technology in telecom and networking and Internet in this light. However, as weeds in between the seeds of plantation, we see destructive and lustful messages and news that are being spread through these networks. These are affecting the family and the fabrics of modern societies. The lack of Godly parental examples in the society, the smaller time and space we give for the family and spiritual things in life have adverse effects, more specifically for the younger generation. I am afraid the prophesy of Our Lord Jesus Christ "Will the son of man find faith and truth in his second coming" seems approaching when one sees the lack of spiritual wisdom in the decision makers, people and societies of the modern world. Perhaps they do mouth service, during big gatherings and mass media but in their DEEDS they deny the very existence of God, as the God of Love, peace, creator and sustainer of the universe.

Exchanges between poor and rich country churches and society is one way to alleviate this. The experience of giving and serving the needs of poor people and societies, where the trust and faith in God is still very profound is a good practical therapy for many professing Christians in the western world. My wife a devote Catholic and myself experienced this after returning to Ethiopia from over 20 years of life in Sweden. We support a local young group of Catholic singers of around 25 youngsters. With a little effort and support one can change scores of young lives to the better. The thankfulness to God and joy of these youngsters is something heavenly and lost in the modern societies my family and I had lived for the past 20 years. Young people require the sharing of real life experience by the adult population MORE THAN the gadgets, TV and games of the fictitious world.

May God give us the wisdom and willingness to leave behind us a better world both physically and spiritually stronger for the next generation. May God lead me and my family in the paths of faithfulness and truthfulness to His will and of service to mankind.

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Nursing

"You have been called to holiness, and one of the ways to holiness is to love" (Message from Our Lady at Medjugorje)

Lai Wan Filomena Chow
Associate Professor
Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau
Macau

Sharing:

Teaching these days at the University is no fun. Apart from all the demands on sharing administrative duties, doing research and writing for publications, we still have to perform the most significant and important role i.e. educating our youngsters of today. Through fifteen years in education, I am finding the job more and more challenging and demanding, in that students are less motivated, less active, less responsive and more dependent than before. There have been lots of times that I feel down and wanting to give up, but I am constantly being encouraged by the teachings within the Church to move on.

On the New Year of 2002, I was given the duty to pray for the young people, following the tradition of a religious group which I befriend with. How appropriate it is for me to do so. I guess the only way for me as an educator to continue loving and caring for my young students is to pray for them. While I am feeling helpless and lost with them, only prayer can re-energize me and help me continue to love them as they are.

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Updates, additions and suggestions are most welcome. Please send e-mail to h.a.chan@ieee.org. Thank you very much for your prayers.