Distinguished Professor Frank Chang was Selected for the 2014 John J. Guarrera Engineering Educator of the Year Award
Distinguished Professor Frank Chang has been selected to receive the
John J. Guarrera Engineering Educator of the Year Award for 2014
from the Engineers’ Council. His citation reads “ For transformative
contributions in undergraduate engineering education to prepare
students for the challenges of the 21st century, and for pioneering
research in high-speed, high frequency semiconductor devices,
materials and integrated circuits.”
Professor Chang has been the Chair of the Electrical Engineering Department since 2010. In recent years, the Electrical Engineering in UCLA has accomplished outstanding academic standard and have been recognized as one of the top 10 electrical engineering departments in the world. Sources like the Microsoft Academic Search has ranked the department as the #1 department (in par with MIT) in terms of its publication H-Index over the past decade. The U.S. News World’s Best University Ranking ranked the department at #8 worldwide. The US National Research Council also gave a ranking #7 among the best U.S. electrical engineering departments recently.
While enhancing the graduate research and academic standard Professor Chang re-aligned the education standard for the undergraduate program through a curriculum reformation according to his unique concept of “Learning by Building.” Students will no longer be bored doing pure mathematics and concepts; instead they would be motivated and inspired in learning the actual applications and impact of their work. He also devoted resources, with the support from industry, for every EE undergrad to conduct experiments in non-traditional laboratory spaces like dorms and homes which promotes fun learning experience with high self-confidence and proud ownership of their work.
His devotion to the undergrad students extends to supporting student organizations by providing them with pertinent resources in order to design, develop and build projects for them to top regional competitions and at the same time mobilize membership to the organization.
His technical and research contributions in the development of high-speed and high-frequency III-V semiconductor materials, devices and RF/wireless & mixed-signal GaAs HBT (Heterojunction Bipolar Transistor) and Si CMOS integrated circuits for communication, interconnect and imaging systems have received worldwide recognition as evidenced by the major honors and awards that have been bestowed upon him. In 2008 he was elected in the to the US National Academy of Engineering. In 2012 he was elected to the Academia Sinica. In 2008 he received the Pan Wen Yuan Foundation Award and 2009 CESASC Career Achievement Award. In 2006 he received the IEEE David Sarnoff Award and in 1992 while at Rockwell International Science Center, he received the Leonardo da Vinci award “Engineer of the year.”
The John J. Guarrera Engineering Educator of the Year Award recognizes an individual who is outstanding in professional qualities and has a top reputation for accomplishments and leadership. The Engineers’ Council will honor all awardees at the 59th Engineers' Council National Engineers' Week Honors and Awards Banquet on Saturday, February 22, 2014, at the Sheraton Universal hotel in Universal City, California.