- Academy Member Profiles
Year Inducted / Awarded: 2010
Member Award: Academy of Distinguished Engineers
Francis (Frank) Chan, Ph.D., is Science Advisor to Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Navy. He is responsible for providing objective scientific and technical advice to the Commander and his staff. Prior to this fleet assignment, he served 14 years at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, RI. As Division Head, he managed an 80-person division that executed more than $100 million of technical/engineering tasks annually. The Naval Sea Systems (NAVSEA) Command designated him a Technical Area Expert for submarine imaging, electromagnetic, electro-optic and electronic warfare systems. Dr. Chan developed and deployed the first digital imaging system for the U.S. submarine force. He has received five Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medals, the Navy Achievement Medal and other honors. He served 10 years on active duty (’81-’91) and retired from the Navy Reserves with the rank of Captain after 27 years of service. While employed at Tracor Applied Sciences from 1991 through 1995, he led surface ship and submarine sonar system testing, data analysis and performance evaluation. Dr. Chan has served on the Industrial Advisory Board of the Computer Science & Engineering Department since 2003. He earned his B.S. from the University of Rochester (’79), M.S.E.E. and Electrical Engineers degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School (’86), and an M.S. in product development from the Joint Naval Postgraduate School/MIT program (’02).