Prof. Mau-Chung Frank Chang


    Dr. Mau-Chung Frank Chang is presently the Wintek Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department, UCLA.

      Before joining UCLA, he was the Assistant Director and Department Manager of the High Speed Electronics Laboratory of Rockwell International Science Center (1983-1997), Thousand Oaks, California. In this tenure, he developed and transferred the AlGaAs/GaAs Heterojunction Bipolar Transistor (HBT) and BiFET (Planar HBT/MESFET) integrated circuit technologies from the research laboratory to the production line (later became Conexant Systems and Skyworks). The HBT/BiFET productions have grown into multi-billion dollar businesses and have dominated the cell phone power amplifier and front-end module markets for the past twenty years (currently exceeding 10 billion units/year and exceeding 50 billion units in the last decade). Throughout his career, Dr. Chang's research has primarily focused on the research & development of high-speed semiconductor devices and integrated circuits for RF and mixed-signal communication radar and imaging system applications. He was the principal investigator at Rockwell in leading DARPA’s ultra-high speed ADC/DAC development for direct conversion transceiver (DCT) and digital radar receivers (DRR) systems. He was the inventor of the multiband, reconfigurable RF-Interconnects for Chip-Multi-Processor (CMP) inter-core communications and inter-chip CPU-to-Memory communications. He was the 1st to demonstrate a CMOS active imager at sub-mm-Wave (180GHz) based on a Time-Encoded Digital Regenerative Receiver. He also pioneered the development of self-healing 57-64GHz radio-on-a-chip (DARPA's HEALICs program) with embedded sensors, actuators and self-diagnosis/curing capabilities; and ultra low phase noise VCO (F.O.M. < -200dBc/Hz) with the invented Digitally Controlled Artificial Dielectric (DiCAD) embedded in CMOS technologies to vary its transmission-line permittivity in real-time (up to 20X) for realizing reconfigurable multiband/mode radios in (sub-)mm-Wave frequencies. He also realized the first CMOS VCO for Terahertz operation (1.3THz) and devised the first tri-color CMOS active imager at 180-500GHz based on a Time-Encoded Digital Regenerative Receiver and the first 3-dimensional SAR imaging radar with sub-centimeter range resolution at 144GHz.

     Dr. Chang is a Member of the US National Academy of Engineering and an Academician of Academia Sinica, Taiwan, Republic of China. He is also a Fellow of IEEE. He has received numerous awards (see later section on awards and recognitions) including Rockwell's Leonardo Da Vinci Award (Engineer of the Year, 1992), IEEE David Sarnoff Award (2006), Pan Wen Yuan Foundation Award (2008), CESASC Life-Time Achievement Award (2009) and John J. Guarrera Engineering Educator of the Year Award from the Engineers' Council (2014). He also received National Taiwan University's Distinguished Alumnus Award (2013), National Tsing Hua University's Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award (2002) and National Chiao Tung University's Distinguished Alumnus Award (1997).

     He has founded and co-founded several companies in both US and Taiwan, including a Fabless RF-Chip Design House G-Plus (acquired by SST in 2004 and renamed as SST Communications), and a GaAs HBT Foundry GCTC (merged with Win Semiconductor and became the world's largest GaAs HBT PA Foundry and went public in Taiwan's Stock Exchange). He recently spun-off from his UCLA High-Speed Electronics Lab a high data rate (6Gbps) Near-Field-Communication Company (Keyssa), invested by Intel Capital & ALP Venture Capitals.

      Dr. Chang earned his B.S. in Physics from National Taiwan University in 1972, his M.S. in Materials Science from National Tsing Hua University in 1974, and his Ph.D. in Electronics Engineering from National Chiao Tung University and a National Doctor of Engineering Degree, conferred by Ministry of Education, Taiwan, ROC, both in 1979.

      The following details Dr. Chang's past work/service records, awards & honors, and a summary of research fundings, graduated PhD students, and recent publications (2010-2014).

Current and Past Work/Service Records
  • Chairman, Electrical Engineering Department, UCLA (2010 August - 2015 June)
  • Wintek Endowed Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering, UCLA (2008-present)
  • Distinguished Professor (Further Above the Scale), UCLA (2008-present)
  • Full Professor, Electrical Engineering, UCLA (1997-2008)
  • Member, HSSEAS Dean's Advisory Council (2004-2011)
  • Member, Advisory Board, Institute of Technology Advancement (HSSEAS-ITA) (2008-present)
  • Vice Chair - Industrial Relations, Electrical Engineering Department, UCLA (2004-2006)
  • Member, Electronics Division Board of Visitors, US Army Research Office, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, USA (2014)
  • Member, President's International Advisory Board, National Taiwan University (2014-present)
  • Member, President's Advisory Board, National Chiao Tung University (2010-present)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Wintek Corp., Taichung, Taiwan (2008-present)
  • Advisor, Advanced Research Advisory Committee (ARAC), ITRI, Hsinchu, Taiwan (2006-present)
  • Chairman, Technical Advisory Committee of Electro-optical Laboratory, ITRI, Hsinchu, Taiwan (2006-present)
  • Chairman, Scientific Advisory Board, VIRTUS Research Institute, National Technological University, Singapore (2010-2013)
  • Assistant Director, High Speed Electronics Laboratory, Rockwell Science Center (1988-1997)
  • Member of Technical Staff and Manager, Advanced Devices and Material Department, Rockwell Science Center (1983-1988)
  • Member of Technical Staff, TRW, Redondo Beach, CA (1982-1983)
  • Senior Microwave Research Engineer, M/A-Com, Torrance, CA (1980-1982)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Material Science Department, UCLA (1979-1980)
Awards and Honors
  • John J. Guarrera Engineering Educator of the Year Award, The Engineers' Council, Sherman Oaks, California (2014)
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan (2013)
  • Honorary Doctor of Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan (2013)
  • Honorary Doctor of Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan (2012)
  • Academician, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (2012)
  • Member, US National Academy of Engineering (2008)
  • CESASC Life-Time Achievement Award (2009)
  • Pan Wen Yuan Foundation Award (2008)
  • IEEE David Sarnoff Award (2006)
  • Fellow, IEEE (1996)
  • Leonardo da Vinci Award (Rockwell International Engineer of the Year) (1993)
  • Best Paper Award, IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits (2012)
  • Distinguished Technical Paper Award, IEEE International Solid-State Circuit Conference (2012)
  • Jack Kilby Best Student Paper Award, IEEE International Solid-State Circuit Conference (2012)
  • 1st Place Award, Broadcom Foundation University Research Competition (2013)
  • 1st Place Award, Broadcom Foundation University Research Competition (2012)
  • Best Paper Award, Radio-Frequency Integrated Technology Conference (RFIT) (2011)
  • APMC 2010 Prize (Best Paper Award), IEEE Asia Pacific Microwave Conference (2010)
  • Best Paper Award, IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit Conference (RFIC) (2009)
  • Best Paper Award, IEEE High Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA) Symposium (2008)
  • Distinguished Alumnus, National Chiao Tung University (1997)
  • Distinguished Engineering Alumnus, National Tsing Hua University (2002)
  • Honorary Chair Professor, Chinese University of Science and Technology, Hefei, China (2012)
  • Honorary Chair Professor, Fudan University, Shanghai, China (2012)
  • Honorary Chair Professor, Southeast University, Nanjing, China (2012)
  • Honorary Chair Professor, National Cheng-Kung university, Tainan, Taiwan (2010)
  • Honorary Chair Professorship, National Tsing Hua University (2009)
  • Honorary Professorship, National Chiao Tung University (2008)
  • Editor, IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices (1999-2001)
  • Guest Editor, IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits (1991 and 1992)
  • Guest Editor, International Journal of High Speed Electronics and Systems (1994)
Summary of Publications, Graduated PhD Students and Secured Research Funding
      Dr. Frank Chang has published more than 350 technical papers and 41 US patents in the area of high speed electronic devices and integrated circuits and systems. (Publications in the past 5 years are listed here and the rest can be found at During his 18 years tenure with UCLA, he has graduated more than 35 Ph.D. students. Among then, four became faculty at: UC Davis (California), Southern Methodist University (Texas), National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan) and Hongik University (South Korea). Three of his Postdocs became faculty at: Tel-Aviv University (Israel), Kwongwoon University (South Korea) and National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan). He has also secured more than $16M extramural research funds over the past 18 years to support his students and research at his High-Speed Electronics Laboratory (HSEL) of UCLA.

Link: List of Publications & Patents (2011-2015)

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