SAN JOSE, Calif. – Shu-Park Chan, a champion of electronics engineering education, passed away February 22, the same day the university he founded here was officially accredited.
Chan was founder and president emeritus of International Technological University (ITU), an institution providing advanced degrees in high tech fields that maintains close links to industry. He founded ITU in 1994 after 30 years teaching at Santa Clara University, where he rose to become Dean of the School of Engineering.
Chan was well known for tapping industry experts as guest lecturers in his courses, bridging academia and industry practice. He is said to have had among his students founders of Atmel, Cadence, Oak Technology, Inc. and other well known Silicon Valley companies.
Chan died in Hong Kong the same day ITU officially became accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The accreditation “is a great achievement for ITU, and its mission contributes to the role of San Jose as the capital of Silicon Valley,” said San Jose city council member Sam Liccardo.
ITU has seven departments and grants master’s and doctorate level degrees in fields such as electrical engineering, computer and software engineering, engineering management, international business, interdisciplinary sciences and digital arts and animation. ITU planned a celebration of Chan’s like in its auditorium on March 15 at 11am.