Professor Philip C.H. Chan is Deputy President and Provost of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He received his BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Davis in 1973, and obtained a MSc and a PhD in Electrical Engineering in 1975 and 1978 respectively in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).
Professor Chan was Chair Professor of the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), where he joined in 1991 as a Reader and a founding member. He had served there as the Director of Undergraduate Studies, the founding Director of Computer Engineering Programme, Associate Dean of Engineering and Head of the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering. He became the Dean of Engineering in September 2003. He started his career as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor at UIUC. He later joined Intel Corporation in the US and was promoted to Senior Project Manager.
Professor Chan had undertaken numerous administrative roles at HKUST. He developed a number of academic programmes including undergraduate programmes in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Computer Engineering, Postgraduate Internship with industry, Inter-disciplinary Research Postgraduate Programmes and Self-financing Taught Master of Science Programme. He established administrative guidelines and operational models for the self-financing programmes in the School of Engineering, with which the total enrollment number increased from 123 FTEs in 2003 to 387 in 2009.
Professor Chan’s research interests embrace VLSI devices, circuits and systems, microelectronics, electronic packaging, integrated sensors, semiconductor device and material research. Professor Chan is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He also served as Director of HKUST’s Microelectronics Fabrication Facility and has received a total research funding of HK$71.7 million since joining the University. He has also been a key player in the commercialisation of University knowledge and technology.
Professor Chan is a Fellow of Hong Kong Institution of Engineering (HKIE). In Hong Kong, he has served on various Innovation and Technology Commission and HKIE committees, the Electronics Committee of the Industry and Trade Department Council. He has advised the Government on the set up of the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Ltd and currently serves in its board and Chair of the Technology Committee. He has also served as panel members on the Research Grant Council and University Grants Committee’s Research Assessment Panel.
Professor Chan has extensive network in the US and has facilitated the collaboration between HKUST and many top-notch Engineering schools in the US, including University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University and University of Southern California. He also holds honorary positions in various universities in Chinese mainland. He is the recipient of the ECE Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2010.