Cheng also got involved with students. Between 1996 and 2002, he led SFU’s student robotic Soccer team twice at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in Seoul, South Korea and in Paris, France.
SFU was the only Canadian team to compete and received media coverage from CBC, CTV and the Vancouver Sun. In 1997, Cheng hosted the KAIST team’s visit to SFU.
Remaining at SFU for 38 years wasn’t in Cheng’s original career plan, but he stayed because there was always an interesting new project to undertake. Watching students and faculty achieve success was another motivator, as was the consistent support he received from colleagues.
“I’d go through any complication to ensure that a student graduates,” says Cheng. “And I’m very grateful for the teamwork that went into the projects I worked on.”