Prof. Philip C.H. Chan was born in Shanghai and moved to Hong Kong when he was in primary school. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Davis in 1973, and obtained the MS and the PhD in Electrical Engineering in 1975 and 1978 respectively from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

He started his career as an IBM Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor at UIUC. He joined Intel Corporation, Santa Clara, California in 1981. At Intel, he worked on integrated circuit technology development, multichip packaging, and circuit design. In 1991, he returned to Hong Kong to join the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) as a founding member of the University. He served as the Head of the Electronic and Computer Engineering Department (1997 to 2002). He served as the Dean of Engineering (2003-2009), and Director of HKUST’s Microelectronics Fabrication Facility (1997-2003). He was appointed the Deputy President and Provost of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2010. He retired from the University in 2020.

Professor Chan is a Fellow of the Institute of IEEE, a Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences, and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. He has advised the Government on the set up of the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute, and served in its board and the chair of the Technology Committee. Professor Chan is the recipient of the ECE Distinguished Alumni Award from the UIUC in 2010. He was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star (BBS) by the Hong Kong Government for his exemplary effort in promoting innovation and technology development in Hong Kong, as well his valuable contribution to the education sector.