LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 25 February, 2011 – Wen-Tsuen Chen, a Distinguished Chair in National Tsing Hua University's Department of Computer Science, has been named the recipient of the IEEE Computer Society's 2011 Taylor L. Booth Education Award.
The Taylor L. Booth award commemorates outstanding records in computer science and engineering education. Accompanied by a bronze medal and $5,000 honorarium, the award recognizes achievement as a teacher of renown through writing an influential text; leading, inspiring, or providing significant education content during the creation of a curriculum in the field; or inspiring others to a career in computer science and engineering education.
Chen received the award "for contributions to computer science education in Taiwan and worldwide, and for promoting computer networking education at all levels." For more information on IEEE Computer Society awards, visit http://www.computer.org/awards.
Chen has served as department chairman, college dean, and university president. He received his BSc (1970) in nuclear engineering from National Tsing Hua University, and his MSc (1973) and PhD (1976) in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University of California at Berkeley.
Chen joined National Tsing Hua University in 1976, before establishment of Taiwan's information and communication technologies industry, and since then has contributed to its development into a worldwide ICT center.
Chen helped found the Department of Computer Science of the National Tsing Hua University and founded the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the university. He has vastly expanded the capacity of the university in educating young talents for the ICT industries in Taiwan and worldwide.
In 1988, Chen began a four-year stint as a science and technology advisor to the Ministry of Education and helped establish the Taiwan Academic Network (TANet), the first Internet in Taiwan.
From 1992 to 1996, he served as director of the Advisory Office of Ministry of Education. He helped improve the information infrastructure of K-12 schools and initiated the computer systems, communications, and VLSI design education programs that significantly improved research infrastructure and teaching programs in universities to cultivate talents for the expanding ICT industries in Taiwan.
Chen was elected an IEEE Fellow in 1994 and received the Technical Achievement Award from the IEEE Computer Society for his research accomplishments in computer networking and parallel processing in 1999. He is a Lifelong National Chair of the Ministry of Education, Taiwan.
The award is named after Taylor L. Booth, a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Connecticut, his alma mater, and director of the university's Computer Applications and Research Center. His name was on the ballot as a candidate for president-elect of the Computer Society when he died of a heart attack on October 20, 1986.
Active in the Computer Society for more than 16 years, particularly in its educational activities, Booth was instrumental in defining computer science and engineering curricula for program accreditation through the society's and IEEE's respective board. He also worked for closer cooperation between the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the IEEE Computer Society, served as a member of the Board of Governors, chaired the society's Constitution and Bylaws Committee, and held positions as first vice president, secretary, and vice president for educational activities.