Dr. Frederick R. Chang will take the position of Research Professor at The University of Texas at Austin's Department of Computer Sciences (UTCS). He will move to UTCS from SBC Communications effective September 1, 2004.
Research professors have been a part of UT campus life since 2002, with the goal of enhancing UT's ability to attract the highest quality research talent and more fully integrate research and teaching components.
Research professors develop independent research programs such as performing collaborative research with academic faculty, organizing and presenting seminars and colloquia involving academic faculty and students, teaching courses, supervising undergraduate or graduate student research, serving on committees and attending supporting events.
Dr. Chang's extensive background is a good fit for the position of UTCS Research Professor. Dr. Chang was President of Technology Strategy for SBC Communications, where his organization was responsible for establishing SBC's long-term technology direction. His prior position was as President & CEO of SBC Technology Resources (now SBC Laboratories), Inc., SBC's applied R&D subsidiary. He began his professional career at Bell Labs.
He is a member of the National Security Agency Technology Panel and serves on the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board Committee on Telecommunications Research and Development for the National Academy of Sciences. He also currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Austin Technology Council.
A cognitive scientist by background, Dr. Chang received his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. He also completed the Program for Senior Executives at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.