Professor Chun-Yen Chang

Emeritus Senior Fellow of Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Study, City University of Hong Kong

Professor Emeritus at the National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

Member of the Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Foreign Member of the National Academy of Engineering, USA

Presidential Science Prize of Taiwan

Professor Chun-Yen Chang

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Professor Chang Chun-Yen 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, Professor Chang and his colleagues established Taiwan'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). In 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). He is a member of Academia Sinica (1996); Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering (2000). Recently, he has worked on the negative C-gate- FINFETs and Power Devices in which, an excellent SS of 31 mV/dec was achieved. [VLSI, technology, 2013 and Kyoto, IEDM2014]. Demonstrated nano sec speed, 1000x faster than flash memories [2015 VLSI-Kyoto and 2016 VLSI-Hawaii.]

Professor Chang 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."


  • Ph.D., Electronics Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan (1970)
  • M.S., Electronics Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan (1962)
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, Taiwan (1960)

Professional Experiences

  • President, National Chiao Tung University (1998-2006), professor Emeritus, NCTU Emeritus Endowed Chair 2006.8.1-.
  • Dean of Research (1957-), Engineering (1990-1994), EECS (1994-1995)
  • Founding President of National Nano-Device Laboratories, Taiwan (1990-97)
  • Senior researcher at Bell Labs (1981)
  • Visiting Professor of Stuttgart University, Stuttgart, Germany (1990, 93, 96) 


  • Pioneer in the areas of VLSI, Microelectronics, Optoelectronics, and Microwaves.
  • More than 45 granted patents and more than 10 patents pending.
  • Published more than 380 papers in international journals and continues to give keynote speeches at international conferences.
  • Since 1963, he has established the first Semiconductor Research Center in Taiwan and supervised more than 350 Masters and 60 Ph.D. students, they are now the key persons both in academic and business areas all over the world such as TSMC, UMC, Acer, Leo, Mosel, UCLA, UIUC, CISCO, IBM, BELL Labs. .etc. Under his leadership and promotion, NCTU papers contributed to IEEE journals are among highest in the world.
  • “Without Prof. Chang’s leadership, Taiwanese electronics industry could not be so flourished not only to the economy of Taiwan but also to the world” ---- C.T.Sah / The National Academies, USA. 

Honors and Awards

  • Foreign Associate, National Academy of Engineering, U.S.A. “For his contributions to the Taiwanese electronics industry, education and to material technology.” (2000-)
  • NIKKEI Asia Prize for Science Category (2007)
  • Presidential Science Prize (2007)
  • Academician, Academia Sinica, Taiwan ROC (1996-)
  • Fellow, IEEE, “For his contribution to Semiconductor Device Development and to Education.” (1988-)
  • Science and Technology Advisor to the President Office and Prime Minister of the Taiwan ROC (2000-)
  • Recipient of the IEEE third millennium medal (2000)
  • PICMET International Leadership in Technology Management (LTM) Award on education (2003)
  • Outstanding Technology Award, Prime Minister of Taiwan ROC (1997)
  • Received Outstanding Research Award from the Pan Wen Yuan Foundation (1996)
  • Outstanding Research Award, National Science Council, Taiwan ROC (1983-)
  • Lockheed-Martin World Scholar in Residence at Texas A & M University (2000)