Professor Luo displays phrases written in Chinese calligraphy in his office as a constant reminder of his role as a university professor. The phrases present four rules for scholars and educators to follow: Teach the established principles and theories; answer students’ questions patiently and intelligently; create new knowledge for our society; and publish your new findings, not only for historical and permanent records, but also for the next generation of educators.
In China, it is customary that educators are given the highest level of respect. Chinese scholars and educators practice the first two rules, and Luo expanded the list to reflect his own beliefs.
“We must follow this way or society cannot progress,” he explains. “This is my grounding philosophy and why I wanted to become a professor. I know that my thinking matters. We’re just individual persons, but our good thoughts will last forever and benefit our society.”
Professor Luo has been studying the theory and application of nonlinear dynamics and mechanics for more than 20 years and is internationally recognized in the area of nonlinear vibration. He promises to teach his students something new and challenging.
Traditional K-12 learning focuses on classic knowledge. Professor Luo believes that university learning should be different. Simply teaching from the textbook is not enough. “We have to challenge students with advanced knowledge and encourage them to think creatively about established knowledge,” he said. “The ability to develop new ideas opens so many doors for my students.”
He teaches his students to be independent and logical thinkers. “I try my best to open their minds to new ideas. How much they learn is up to them.”