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Distinguished Service Award for Tat Ching (Henry) Yu

Tat Ching (Henry) Yu

Tat Ching (Henry) Yu
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Tat Ching (Henry) Yu is an engineer and manager who has grown an exemplary business in a developing economy while generously sharing his skills with the community.

Yu attended the UW-Madison College of Engineering where he received BS and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering in 1952 and 1957 respectively. He landed a job at General Motors in research and earned U.S. citizenship. GM considered him one of their most promising young engineers.

Yu had planned to stay in the U.S. permanently, but duty demanded he return to Hong Kong, where the family business was not doing well. Yu's father owned and operated a small metal stamping plant which primarily manufactured flashlights. Chinese tradition holds that sons must take responsibility in such cases, so Yu returned to take over the business.

Yu applied the engineering knowledge he acquired at UW-Madison to develop specialized tooling and machinery. Under his direction, and that of his equally capable wife Florence, Sunnex Products Limited has grown by several orders of magnitude with factories in mainland China and Hong Kong and a warehouse in England. In 30 years, Sunnex became a major supplier of stainless steel catering and household products with customers in more than 90 countries.

Yu has chaired numerous committees including the Hong Kong Productivity Council, Vocational Training Council and Industry Development Board. He has been keen on advancing Hong Kong's work force to new technology. His contributions were recognized by Queen Elizabeth ll when he was awarded the "Member of British Empire" honor. His civic activities in Hong Kong and his significant contributions to the Myers-Uyehara fund in the college's Department of Mechanical Engineering demonstrate his continued concern and support of education.

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