Dr. Kuan-Neng Chen is Chair Professor of Institute of Electronics in National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University (NYCU) in Taiwan. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and M.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering, both from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He was Vice President for International Affairs and Associate Dean of International College of Semiconductor Technology in NYCU, Program Director of Micro-Electronics Program in National Science and Technology Council in Taiwan, and a Research Staff Member at IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center. 

Dr. Chen is the recipient of IEEE EPS Exceptional Technical Achievement Award, IMAPS William D. Ashmon – John A. Wagnon Technical Achievement Award, National Industrial Innovation Award, MOST Outstanding Research Award (2 times), MOST Futuristic Breakthrough Technology Award, NSTC Futuristic Breakthrough Technology Award, NCTU Distinguished Faculty Awards, NYCU/NCTU Outstanding Industry-Academia Cooperation Achievement Awards (7 times), Pan Wen Yuan Foundation Outstanding Research Award, CIE Outstanding Professor Award, CIEE Outstanding Professor Award, and IBM Invention Achievement Awards (5 times). He has authored more than 300 publications, including 3 books and 67 book chapters, and holds 87 patents. He was Guest Editor of MRS Bulletin and IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology. He served as General Chair of IEEE IITC and Program Co-Chair of IEEE IPFA, and committee member of IEDM, IEEE 3DIC, IEEE SSDM, IEEE VLSI-TSA, and IMAPS 3D Packaging. Dr. Chen is a Fellow of National Academy of Inventors (NAI), IEEE, IET, and IMAPS, and a member of Phi Tau Phi Scholastic Honor Society. 

In addition to his faculty position, Dr. Chen is Specially Appointed Professor of Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) and Adjunct R&D Director in Industrial Technology and Research Institute (ITRI). Dr. Chen’s current research interests are three-dimensional integrated circuits (3D IC), advanced packaging, and heterogeneous integration. 

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NYCU was founded on the idea that, in a great university, people work across the disciplines to solve real-world problems. At our university, putting this idea into practice requires integrating Chiao Tung’s strengths in information and communications technology with Yang Ming’s strengths in biomedical research. It also requires contributing to fields located at the intersection of these research areas, for example, digital medicine and bioinformatics. And it requires training our students in such a way that the next generation will not be as constrained by disciplinary boundaries as the previous one.

At NYCU, we are striving to be a great university that transcends disciplinary divides to solve the increasingly complex problems that the world faces. We will continue to be guided by the idea that we can achieve something much greater together than we can individually. After all, that was the idea that led to the creation of our university in the first place.