- Academy Member Profiles
Year Inducted / Awarded: 2013
Member Award: Academy of Distinguished Engineers
Dr. Hsing-Yao Chen received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UConn in 1968 and enjoyed an enviable 45-year career spanning engineering, managerial and advisory positions with CBS Laboratories, RCA Electronics, Zenith Electronics and Chunghwa Picture Tubes. At RCA, he designed the HIBI and COTY type color CRT electron guns that were used in mass production and have become the world standard. For this work, in 1983 RCA presented him its highest technology award, the David Sarnoff Award. One of the early pioneers in computer modeling of CRT electron gun design, he discovered the most effective and practical beam angle control mechanism, control of a normalized G2 thickness, which is now the standard method for CRT E-gun design. At Chunghwa Picture Tubes, he trained engineers in 3D computer modeling techniques and led the new CLEAR electron gun design project. This enabled CPT to break free of Toshiba and to become the top color CRT display manufacturer of the world during the late 1990’s. Dr. Chen was awarded 50 U.S. patents during his lifetime, was a Life Fellow of both IEEE and the Society for Information Display, and was appointed a visiting professor by three well known Chinese universities. After retiring at the age of 80, Dr. Chen continued to remain active with SID and worked on passion projects such as fusion and global warming. He was also an adjunct professor in China and, prior to his passing, loved traveling the world and spending time with his family and friends. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees at Cheng-Kung University and Chiao-Tung University in Taiwan.