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  Professor Enrique J. Lavernia, the strategic scientist in WUT, won 2017 Chinese Government Friendship Award
  On September 29, 2017, the award ceremony of the Chinese government Friendship Award was held in the Great Hall of the People.As theStrategic Scientist in WUT, the expert of the Recruitment Program of Global Experts(known as Thousand Talents Plan,foreign experts section), dean of International Model College of Materials Science and Engineering, Professor Enrique J.Lavernia won the award and was invited to attend the ceremony.

  Vice premier of the State Council, Ma Kai awarded 2017 Chinese Government Friendship Award for Professor Enrique J. Lavernia
  At the ceremony, Ma Kai, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and vice premier of the State Council, presented the prize to Professor Enrique J. Lavernia. On September 30th,the foreign experts who won the prizes were invited to meet Premier Li Keqiang, Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli and Vice Premier Ma Kai for a conversation. During the stay in Beijing, Prof. Enrique J. Lavernia also participated in a panel discussion with foreign experts on the suggestions to Chinese government.
  The Chinese government's Friendship Award is the highest award established to honor foreign experts who made outstanding contributions to China's modernization cause. This year, 50 foreign experts from 21 countries won this award.

  Premier Li Keqiang took a group photo with the foreign expertsof the 2017 Chinese Government Friendship Award
  Enrique J. Lavernia is a professor at the National Academy of Engineeringof United States and a member of the National Academy of Inventors of United States, the first executive vice president and dean of the University of California, Irvine(UCI), and the chief editor of Materials Science and Engineering A, an international key journal. Professor Enrique J. Lavernia was employed as the visiting professor in 2006 and a strategic scientist in 2013 in WUT. He was selected as a member of national Thousand Talents Program (foreign experts section) in 2014, and was employed as the dean of International Model College of Materials Science and Engineering in 2015, thus he has conducted long-term and fruitful cooperation with WUT. In 2016, he was awarded the Chime Award by Hubei Provincial Government.