Professor Chun-yen Chang

Professor Chang Chun-yen
  • President Emeritus and National-Endowed-Chair Professor (Emeritus), National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
  • Member, Academia Sinica
  • Foreign Associate, US National Academy of Engineering

Speech Title: Nurturing World Class Scientists in the 21st Century: Re-thinking and Re-shaping Education

Professor Chang Chun-Yen was born in Feng-Shan, Taiwan. He received BS degree in electrical engineering from Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Taiwan, in 1960; MS and PhD degree in 1962 and 1970 respectively, from National Chiao Tung University (NCTU), Taiwan. He has contributed profoundly to the areas of microelectronics, microwave and optoelectronics. In 1964, he and his colleagues established the nation’s first and the state-of-the-art Semiconductor Research Center (SRC) at NCTU, which forms the foundation of Taiwan’s hi-tech development. From 1977 to 1987, he established the nation’s first researches on GaAs, a-Si, poly-Si at NCKU in Taiwan. In 1987, he returned to NCTU, and simultaneously served as the founding president of National Nano Device Laboratories (NDL) from 1990-1997. In 1997, he became Director of the Microelectronics and Information System Research Center (MIRC) of NCTU (1997–1998). For his continuous devotion to research and education, many of his former students have since become founders of the most influential Hi-Tech enterprises in Taiwan, namely Acer, UMC, TSMC, etc. In 1 August 1998, he was appointed as the President of NCTU (1998-2006). As the National-Endowed-Chair Professor and President of NCTU, his vision was to lead the university into excellence in science, engineering, humanity and art, as well as biological science and technology. In 2002, in order to establish strong system design capability, he initiated the “National program of system on chip” (NSOC). In 2005, Taiwanese contributions to ISSCC became one of the tops. Professor Chang received the IEEE fellow (1987) and the third millennium medal in 2000. He is a member of Academia Sinica (1996); Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Engineering (2000). He contributes to Taiwan’s electronics industry, education and material technology. It is also commented that, “Without Professor Chang’s leadership, Taiwan’s electronics industry could not be so flourished not only to the economy of Taiwan, but also to the world.”

He is the recipient of the NIKKEI ASIA PRIZE for SCIENCE category 2007 from Japan.