Professor Si-Chen Lee

Honorary graduates 2011-12

Professor Si-Chen Lee (DEng)

Tuesday 19 July 2011 4:00pm

Si-Chen Lee received a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the National Taiwan University (NTU) in 1974 and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1981. He joined the Department of Electrical Engineering, NTU in 1982 as a visiting associate professor, and is a professor now. He served as the chairman of the Department from 1988 to 1992 and the Dean of Academic Affairs from 1996 to 2002. He is now the President of NTU.

Professor Lee’s research has been remarkably distinctive. It led to the innovative development of ledge-type heterojunction bipolar transistor (HBT) in 1985 and has promoted HBT technology into an industrial application which is now used in every mobile phone. For this achievement, he received various awards and titles of recognition. He is an IEEE Fellow, and currently serves as the President of the Chinese Institute of Electrical Engineering. He also received the IEEE Third Millennium Medal for outstanding achievements and contributions in the area of semiconductor devices in 2000.

He is especially distinguished in his public service, raising the National Taiwan University to a globally competitive status during his tenure of presidency from 2005 until the present day. Under his leadership the University administration has gone through a comprehensive restructuring, focused on excellent research and teaching.

His fundraising record is unprecedented in the history of Taiwanese universities. With his help, several colleges have been hugely improved already or are in the process of undergoing major infrastructure development. As a result of his dedication, the University has recently been ranked within the world top 100 universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.