Hwa Chang 張重華, 工程科學系, 1977
Achievements in Engineer and Education field
Professor Chang started in Architecture Department at National Cheng Kung University in 1973 and received a BS in Engineering Science in 1977. He joined Phillip Electronics in Taiwan, where he supervised a department of 120 employers, after two-year military service as a second lieutenant. They manufactured color TV tubes, the first one in Taiwan. Professor Chang was in charge of the coating of the TV screen and the assembly of screens and cones. The yield improved very quickly. The company deemed him the most promising engineer and wanted to send him to Europe for six-month visiting to learn the technology and functions of the plants in England, Austria, Germany, and the Netherlands. Instead, he joined Montana State University and received his M.S. in Computer Science in 1983. Drexel University offered him a scholarship in 1983 to pursue a Ph. D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering right after.
Professor Chang was conferred a Ph. D. in 1987. By that time he had two children. For his love of Engineering and Education, he joined the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Tufts University as a faculty member in 1987 and became the first tenured member in Computer Engineering Program in 1993 and has been serving as the Program Director of Computer Engineering since then. The tenure process at Tufts University is very complicated and competitive. The department solicited the top twenty experts in the field of the candidate to evaluate the work of the candidate. Due to his contribution to the scholarship, education and services, Professor Chang was granted the tenure. He visited National Chiao-Tung University (交通大學) during the academic year of 1994-1995 with his wife and four children.
Professor Chang has been involved in higher education and research for twenty-four years: six year as a teaching/research assistant and eighteen years as a professor. He received numerous research/education grants from National Science Foundation (NSF), other government agencies and industries. In 2002, he collaborated with colleagues from MIT, Boston University, Northeastern University, and Syracuse University on a “Grid Computing” project, $600.000.00 funded by NSF. He has published many papers and graduated 3 Ph. D students and about 100 master students. He is a member of three National Honor Societies: Eta Kappa Nu, National Honor Society in Electrical Engineering; Tau Beta Pi, National Honor Society in Engineering; and Epsilon Delta Pi, National Honor Society in Computer Science. Professor Chang has reviewed many articles and books for renowned journals, conferences and publishers. He also served as a consultant for several high-tech companies in the area.
Contribution/Service to NCKU/Alumni Association
Professor Chang was the class head at NCKU during the academic year 1975-1976 right after he switched from Architecture Department to Engineering Science Department. He led the class to visit many leading research, educational and industrial institutions during the summer of that year. After returning from the trip, the team wrote a paper to the National Science Council. The paper won a scholarship for the class.
Since graduated from NCKU, he has organized many reunions of the Engineering Science class of 1977. He frequently contacted every member of the class one by one and has been keeping their information up-to-date. He also helped the class to build a website, which is the vehicle for the class of 1977, Engineering Science Department.
He is a member of the President Chao Nee Memorial Scholarship Committee. He has been a member of NCKU Alumni Association, New England Chapter (NCKUAA-NE) since the organization was found and served as an executive officer. He helped coordinating reunion and other events of the Alumni Association. Currently, he is the 2006 president-elect of NCKUAA-NE.
Civic and Humanitarian Activities
Professor Chang is actively involved in many activities:
Activities in the Local Residing Area
- Since 1999, he has been the advisor of ROC Taiwan Youth Club (中華青年聯誼會). The organization serves over 1000 Taiwanese students and scholars in the greater Boston area. Its most popular event is a welcome party to all new students and scholars every year. Last year, there were more than 500 people attended the welcome party.
- He was one of the organizers who planned in raising money for the 9/21 Taiwan earthquakes.
- He is involved in Tzu-Chi (慈濟) Foundation activities and has made numerous contributions.
- He is a committee member (僑務促進委員) of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Commission (中華民國僑務委員會).
Dr. Chang is a life member of Monte Jade Science and Technology Association, New England Chapter (MJNE, 新英格蘭玉山科技協會). He has been a Director of MJNE since 1999 and served as the Vice Chairman in 2001 and Chairman in 2002. During his tenure as the Chairman, he promoted science and technology dialogs among local business and between New England and Taiwan. When Chinese/Taiwanese students need a job or an internship, he is always there to help. He met President Chen Shu-Ben (陳水扁) with Monte Jade delegates from the US.
He also serves as a Director of the Board, New England Association of Chinese Professionals (NEACP, 中華專業人員協會) from 2001 to present and was the Vice President and treasurer from 1998 to 2000. He invited Dr. Henry Lee (李昌鈺) to give talks in MJNE’s conference. He met President Lee Teng-Hui (李登輝) in 1999. He is a life member of NEACP. He advises and involves in many Taiwanese student activities.