From 2006 to 2009, Professor Chan was Assistant Director of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate at the U.S. National Science Foundation (2006-9), the largest directorate at the NSF. In that position, he guided and managed research funding in astronomy, physics, chemistry, mathematical science, material science, and multidisciplinary activities.
Professor Chan is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia, the President’s Advisory Council of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), the Scientific Advisory Board of the University of Vienna, International Advisory Board of Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the United States Committee of 100. Professor Chan is also a member of the Advisory Committee on Innovation and Technology of the Hong Kong Government.
Education: Professor Chan received his BS and MS degrees in Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and his PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University.
Career: He pursued postdoctoral research at Caltech as a research fellow, and taught Computer Science at Yale University before joining the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) as Professor of Mathematics in 1986. He was appointed Chair of the Department of Mathematics in 1997 and served as Dean of Physical Sciences from 2001 to 2006.
Research interests: Professor Chan’s research interests include mathematical image processing and computer vision, and Very Large-Scale Integration (VLSI) physical design and computational brain mapping. He has published over 200 refereed papers and is one of the most cited mathematicians in the world.
Professor Chan is an active member of many scientific societies. He is an elected member of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE), a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), an elected fellow of both the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the American Mathematical Society.
Professor Chan has served on the editorial boards of many journals in mathematics and computing, including the SIAM Review, the SIAM Journal of Scientific Computing, and the Asian Journal of Mathematics, and is one of the three editors-in-chief of Numerische Mathematik. He formerly served on the NSF Mathematical and Physical Sciences Advisory Committee and the US National Committee for Mathematics, and was one of five US representatives to the General Assembly of the International Union of Mathematicians in 2006.
Professor Chan is a founding director of the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics at UCLA (2001-2).