Professorship: Robert C. MacClinchie Distinguished Professorship in Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Robert C. MacClinchie Distinguished Professorship in Electrical and Computer Engineering was established with a bequest from alumnus Robert MacClinchie (BSEE ’32), who died in March 1999 at the age of 89.  Mr. MacClinchie and his late wife, Kathryn, were loyal supporters of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for many years, sponsoring a generous undergraduate scholarship in the department which they established in 1985.

A World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy, Mr. MacClinchie spent 28 years with the federal government as an engineer with the Rural Electrification Administration, as an assistant director of the budget for the Department of Defense, and with the State Department.

At age 57, Mr. MacClinchie had a second calling. Then working as a physical plant director at Olivet College in Michigan, Mr. MacClinchie decided to join his wife as an educator.  He earned a teaching certificate from Michigan State University, and was hired as a teacher at Olivet High School. He ultimately returned to Olivet College as an assistant professor of physics and mathematics.  The teaching MacClinichies retired to Sun City, Arizona, where they continued their involvement in education as volunteer tutors in local elementary schools.

Faculty: Shun Lien Chuang

ECE Professor Shun Lien Chuang

Professor Shun Lien Chuang received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University in 1976 and both his masters degree and PhD, also in electrical engineering, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980 and 1983, respectively. Shortly after earning his PhD, Professor Chuang joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois.

Professor Chuang’s research interests include optoelectronics, semiconductor device physics, semiconductor lasers, modulators, quantum electronics, and electromagnetics.

Professor Chuang’s research efforts have been recognized through various awards. He received the Engineering Excellence Award from the Optical Society of America in 2004.  He also received the Distinguished Lecturer Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Lasers and Electro-Optics Society for two terms, 2004 through 2006. Professor Chuang has also been listed on the “Incomplete List for Excellence in Teaching” more than 20 times.

Professor Chuang is a Fellow of the IEEE, Optical Society of America, American Physical Society, and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. In addition, he has published more than 300 journal and conference papers and given many talks at conferences and institutions. Professor Chuang also served as an associate editor of the IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics from 1997 to 2002.