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Distinguished Engineer Photo: Chi-Ming Chang, Ph.D.
Chi-Ming Chang, Ph.D.

Chi-Ming Chang, Ph.D.

Distinguished Engineer



M.S. Industrial Engineering – 1983


Ph.D. Industrial Engineering – 1986



At Time of Nomination in 2009

Dr. Chi–Ming Chang is co–founder of and President of Ardentec Corporation, a semiconductor testing company headquartered in Taiwan and founded in 1999.

Chi–Ming earned a Ph.D. from the Department of Industrial Engineering at Texas Tech University in 1986. He received a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering at Texas Tech in 1983 and a Bachelor of Science from Tunghai University in 1980. While a graduate student at Texas Tech, he served as a part time instructor for the department. From 1986 to 1990, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Louisiana Tech University.

In 1990, Chi–Ming joined the Electronics Research and Service Organization at the Industrial Technology Research Institute in Taiwan. He was the Deputy Director of Semiconductor Manufacturing for the Engineering Division and was responsible for the operations management of a 4–inch R&D wafer fab from 1990 to 1993, and Taiwan’s first pilot 8–inch wafer fab from 1993 to 1994. He accepted a position with Vanguard International Semiconductor Corporation in 1994 as the Division Director of Product Manufacturing Engineering. In this role, he was responsible for DRAM and SRAM backend manufacturing and product engineering. In 1996, he was transferred to Division Director of Operations Planning and Control and was responsible for production planning and supply chain management.

In 1999, Chi–Ming helped co–found Ardentec Corporation, and from 1999–2001, he served as Vice President of Operations. In this capacity, he was responsible for team organization, operation system establishment, and delivery performance. He became Vice President of Operations and Sales in 2001 and was in charge of the alignment of operation resources with target customers. In 2003, he was promoted to senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and IT in charge of business development in new market segments. Chi–Ming was appointed to Executive Vice President in 2005, managing the Finance, Information Technology, and Human Resource groups. The company achieved an average of 19% ROE for the three–year period from 2005 to 2007.

In 2006, Chi–Ming was named as Chairman of Ardentec Singapore Pte. Ltd. – a 100% owned subsidiary company of Ardentec Corporation, which had consolidated revenue of $116 million and post tax profit of $30 million in 2007. He was later appointed as President of Ardentec Corporation in June 2008. In this capacity, he is responsible for overall corporate operations and business profit and loss.

Chi–Ming has served professionally as a Reviewer/Auditor for Industrial Engineering, ABET–Taiwan Higher Education Foundation; Board Member of the Chinese Institute of Industrial Engineers–Taiwan; Grant Reviewer, Industrial Engineering Discipline, National Science Council, Taiwan; and Co–Chair of the Technical Program, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Workshops.

Chi–Ming resides in Taiwan with his wife, Michelle, and two sons, Oliver and Chris, and enjoys mountain hiking, travel, and reading.

It is a privilege and a pleasure for Texas Tech University’s Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering to select this outstanding alumnus for honor and recognition. Dr. Chi–Ming Chang is declared a DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.

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