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Dr. Shu Chien has made tremendous contributions in bioengineering, especially in cellular, molecular, and cardiovascular bioengineering and related fields. His contributions in fundamental and applied bioengineering sciences are epochal and long lasting.
Dr. Chien received his M.D. in 1953 from National Taiwan University and his Ph.D. in Physiology from Columbia University in 1957. After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Chien was employed at Columbia as the Assistant to Associate Professor of Physiology. In 1969 he was promoted to Professor of Physiology at Columbia University and in 1974 he became the Director of the Division of Circulatory Physiology and Biophysics. In 1987 Dr. Chien took a one year sabbatical and established Taiwan’s Institute of Biomedical Sciences in Academia Sinica. He returned to the United States in 1988 and joined the University of California, San Diego. While working at UCSD he founded the Whitaker Institute of Biomedical Engineering in 1991 and the Department of Bioengineering in 1994. In 2002, Dr. Chien was appointed as a University Professor in the University of California system. He is one of fourteen University Professors in active service in the UC system among nearly 9,000 professors. This honor is reserved for scholars of international distinction who are recognized and respected as teachers of exceptional ability.
Dr. Chien has received numerous honors and awards that include the Melville Medal (twice), Fahraeus Medal, NIH Merit Award, Landis Award, ALZA Award, Zweifach Award, Poiseuille Gold Medal, and the Galletti Award. In 2005, Dr. Chien was honored with the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award from the Asian American Engineer of the Year Awards Committee.
Dr. Chien is a member of all three U.S. Academies, the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Sciences. He is one of only nine members who hold membership to all three academies. He is also a member of the Academia Sinica and a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. In 2006, Dr. Chien was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Science.