Je Ping Hu received his Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering from the National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, in 1997. Then, he joined ITRI. He has been forcusing on the area of printed and flexible electronics area for over 20 years. His research and development efforts have led to the foundation of three start-up companies spun out from ITRI. He became the director of the flexible electronics division in 2008. In 2015, he was promoted to the position of the deputy general director of the electronic and optoelectronic system research lab (EOSL).
He has been a steering committee member of ICFPE (International Conference on Flexible and Printed Electronics) since 2009, and is currently organizing the 2019 ICFPE in Taiwan. He was runner-up of the Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award in 2010. Furthermore, he was awarded the title of “Outstanding Engineer” by the Chinese Institute of Engineers in 2013 and received the “National Industrial Innovation Award” from the Ministry of Economic Affairs of Taiwan in 2017. Meanwhile, he also won a “Technical Management Award” from the Chinese Society for Management of Technology.
In recent years, he was able to set up a a roll-to-roll line for pilot scale production at ITRI, the purpose of which is to support innovative research and development in the area of organic lighting emitting diodes (OLED) lighting.
Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is one of the world’s leading technology R&D institutions aiming to innovate a better future for society. Founded in 1973, ITRI has played a vital role in transforming Taiwan's industries from labor-intensive into innovation-driven. It focuses on the fields of Smart Living, Quality Health, and Sustainable Environment. Over the years, ITRI has incubated over 270 innovative companies, including well-known names such as UMC and TSMC. In addition to its headquarters in Taiwan, ITRI has branch offices in the U.S., Europe, and Japan in an effort to extend its R&D scope and promote opportunities for international cooperation around the world.