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researcher , Engineering educator , Computer scientist

Stephen Sik-sang Yau, American computer and information scientist, educator. Recipient Louis E. Levy medal Franklin Institute, 1963, Golden Plate award American Academy Achievement, 1964, The Silver Core award International Federation Information Processing, 1989, Special award, 1989, Overseas Outstanding Contributions award, Chinese Computer Federation, 2006.


Yau, Stephen Sik-sang was born on August 6, 1935 in Wusei, Kiangsu, China. Son of Pen-Chi and Wen-Chum (Shum) Yau. came to the United States, 1958, naturalized, 1968.


Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, 1958. Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, University Illinois, Urbana, 1959. Doctor of Philosophy, University Illinois, Urbana, 1961.


Assistant professor electrical engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1961-1964; associate professor, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1964-1968; professor, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1968-1988; professor computer science, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1970-1988; Walter P. Murphy professor Elec. Engineering and Computer Science, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1986-1988; also department chairman computer science, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1972-1977; department chairman electrical engineering and computer science, Northwestern University, 1977-1988; professor computer and information science, department chairman, U. Florida, Gainesville, 1988-1994; professor computer science and engineer, chairman, Arizona State University, since 1994. Conference chairman Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Conference, Chicago, 1967.

General chairman National Computer Conference, Chicago, 1974, First International Computer Software and Applications Conference, Chicago, 1977. Trustee Na. Electronics Conference, Inc., 1965-1968;chairman organizing committee 11th World Computer Congress, International Federation Information Processing, San Francisco, 1989. General co-chairman International Symposium on Autonomous Decentralized Systems, Japan, 1993, general chairman, Phoenix, 1995.


  • Other Work

    • Editor-in-chief Computer magazine, 1981-1984. Associate editor Journal Information Science, 1983-1999. Editor Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers transactions on Software Engineering, 1988-1991.

      Contributor numerous articles on software engineering, distributed and parallel processing systems, computer science, electrical engineering and related fields to professional publications. Patentee in field.


Fellow Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (member governing board Computer Society 1967-1976, president 1974-1975, director Institute 1976-1977, chairman awards committee, 1996-1997. Richard E. Merwin award Computer Society 1981, Centennial medal 1984, Extraordinary Achievement award 1985, Outstanding Contribution award Computer Science Society 1985, The Third Millennium medal 2000, Tsutomu Kanai award 2002), American Association for the Advancement of Science, Franklin Institute. Member Association for Computing Machinery, American Federation Information-Processing Society (member executive committee 1974-1976, 79-82, director 1972-1982, chairman awards committee 1979-1982, vice president 1982-1984, president 1984-1986.

Chairman National Computer Conference Board 1982-1983, special award 1990), American Society Engineering Education, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, Pi Mu Epsilon.


Married Vickie Liu, June 14, 1964. Children: Andrew, Philip.

Pen-Chi Yau

Wen-Chum (Shum) Yau

Vickie Liu

Andrew Yau

Philip Yau