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Wai-Kai Chen is widely known for his work with applied graph theory, theory and design of broadband matching networks, and active network and feedback amplifier theory, among many others.
Professor and department head emeritus of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Chen previously taught at Purdue University, the University of Hawaii at Manoa – and at Ohio University’s Russ College from 1967-1981.
Chen has authored more than 280 technical papers and articles, and authored or contributed to more than 40 books.
He has received more than 45 awards, including the Lester R. Ford Award from the Mathematical Association of America, the Alexander von Humboldt Award from Germany, the JSPS Fellowship Award from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the National Taipei University of Science and Technology Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Ohio University Alumni Medal of Merit for Distinguished Achievement in Engineering Education, the Golden Jubilee Medal, and the Third Millennium Medal from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Chen, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and a diploma from the Taipei Institute of Technology, is a fellow of IEEE, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the China Institute in America. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Illinois.