David C. Chang

David C. Chang


Distinguished academic and leader in civic engagement

Professor Emeritus, Tandon School of Engineering

Dr. David C. Chang has been a Professor Emeritus at the Tandon School of Engineering at New York University since 2013. He served for 8 years as the Chancellor for Global Programs & President Emeritus, 2005-2013 and President for 11 years, 1994-2015 at the Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, NY before the latter was merged with NYU. Prior to that, Dr. Chang was Dean of Engineering at the Arizona State  University, and Chairman/Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Dr. Chang received his MS and Ph.D. from Harvard and BS from National Cheng-Kung University. He was elected as Fellow (1985) and Life Fellow (2006) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and received an IEEE Third Millennium Medal in 2000. He was President of the IEEE Professional Society on Antennas & Propagation in 1985-86, and Chairman of the U.S. National Committee, International Scientific Radio Union, 1991-94. He was named an honorary professor and/or presidential advisor at a number of major universities in the Greater China Region. He also received an Honorary Doctor of Engineering from Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2015.

Dr. Chang founded the Global Maximum Educational Opportunities, Inc. or g-MEO in short, a new venture aimed at recruiting American college students to study and/or intern abroad in China in 2012, and is now its Chairman & CEO. In addition, Dr. Chang has since 2013 been as a Special Advisor to President & Chancellor of Nanjing University, a member of the Mayoral International Advisory Board for the City of  Wuhan, China since 2013, and the Founding Chairman and member of the International Advisory Board at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University since 2009.

Dr. Chang was named to NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Transition Team in 2001, and served as a member, 2002-08, and then Chair, 2008-10, of the Panel for Educational Policies, which is the governing board for New York City’s public school system. His past public service activities also include being a founding member of the Gates Millenium Scholars Program’s National Advisory Board, and a trustee for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME).

Dr. Chang was a board member of Time Warner Cable, 2004-16 until it was acquired by Charter Communication, and has been on the American XTAL Technologies, a NASDAQ-listed company since 2000.

Dr. Chang is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a trustee of the American Council on International Education.

Areas of Expertise

  • Education

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