Past Tien Award Recipients

2015 – Dr. S. David Wu

S. David Wu joined George Mason University as Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs on July 1, 2014. In this role, he is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the full range of the university’s academic activities, including curricular, instructional, and research affairs.

Dr. Wu came to Fairfax, Virginia from Bethlehem, PA, where he served as Dean of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, and holder of the Lee A.… Read More

2014 – Dr. Liza Cariaga-Lo

Dr. Liza Cariaga-Lo is the Associate Provost of Academic Development and Diversity at Brown University. She has dedicated her career to understanding inequality and she is an advocate for more diverse educational systems. She continues a tradition of Asian American activism on college campuses and she focuses her work on addressing inequality in academia. Dr. Cariaga-Lo is a leader in the fields of education program evaluation, minority student development, ethnic minority health care and public policy affecting children and families.… Read More

2013 – Dr. Ellen Junn

Dr. Ellen Junn is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at San José State University. Since arriving at San José State University in January 2012, she has worked to increase and coordinate multiple support programs to improve student learning, retention, and graduation rates, with special attention to closing the under-represented minority student graduation gap. Dr. Junn graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan with High Honors in Psychology in 1979, and earned a Ph.D.… Read More

2012 – Dr. Jacqueline L. Mok

In 2012, Jacqueline L. Mok joined The Johns Hopkins University as Secretary of the Board of Trustees, Vice President and Chief of Staff. She was previously at the University of Arizona, where she was appointed the first Vice President and Chief of Staff. She has also served for five and a half years as a cultural attaché of the US diplomatic corps in France, Nigeria and Sri Lanka. Ms. Mok earned her bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College in Vermont, her master’s degree in music education from the University of North Texas, and her doctorate in arts education from New York University.… Read More

2012 – Dr. Suresh Subramani

In 2012, Dr. Suresh Subramani was the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and a Chancellor Associates Chair at the University of California San Diego. A professor of Molecular Biology and a highly distinguished cell and molecular biologist, he has been a member of the UC San Diego faculty since 1981. Dr. Subramani received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from UC Berkeley, was a post-doctoral fellow in Biochemistry at Stanford University, and has won numerous awards and fellowships.… Read More

2011 – Dr. Phyllis M. Wang Wise

At the time she received the Chang-Lin Tien Education Leadership Award, Phyllis M. Wise was Interim President of the University of Washington. In August 2011, Wise was named vice president of the University of Illinois and chancellor of the Urbana-Champaign campus.

At the University of Washington, she had responsibility for all programs and operations of the University, reporting directly to the Board of Regents. The University of Washington is an AAU research university with an annual operating budget of near $4 billion and nearly 35,000 full and part-time employees.… Read More

2010 – S. Shankar Sastry

In 2010, S. Shankar Sastry was the dean of the College of Engineering, Roy W. Carlson Professor of EECS, BioE & ME and director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies at the University of California, Berkeley. An internationally recognized expert on embedded and autonomous software, Dean Sastry has an exceptional background in technology research, spearheading projects to improve the nation’s cyber security and network infrastructure as well as initiatives in robotics and hybrid and embedded systems.… Read More

2010 – Meredith Jung-En Woo

In 2010, Meredith Jung-En Woo served as the dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia. She came to UVA from the University of Michigan, where she served most recently as professor of political science and associate dean for the social sciences in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. Prior to her eight years on the Michigan faculty, she taught for 12 years at Northwestern University, where she helped rebuild the department of political science and co-founded the Center for International and Comparative Studies.… Read More

2009 – Dr. Vivian S. Lee

Vivian S. Lee was named the University of Utah’s senior vice president for health sciences in 2011.

She was previously Vice Dean for Science, Senior Vice-President and Chief Scientific Officer of NYU Medical Center. She was also Professor and Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Radiology and Professor of Physiology and Neuroscience. A practicing MRI radiologist, Dr. Lee was principal investigator for three NIH R01 grants and Chair of the Medical Imaging NIH study section.… Read More

2009 – Dr. Subra Suresh

Our congratulations go to Dr. Subra Suresh, who in 2013, became president of Carnegie Mellon University.

At the time of receiving the Chang-Lin Tien Education Leadership Award in 2009, Suresh was the Dean of Engineering and Ford Professor of Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he held joint faculty appointments in Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biological Engineering, and Health Sciences and Technology.

He is recognized internationally for his contributions to the areas of mechanical behavior of materials, surface engineering, nanotechnology, and cell and molecular nanomechanics with particular connections to infectious diseases and cancer.… Read More

Previous Award Recipients

Previous Award Recipients


Dr. Norman C. Tien
Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Hong Kong

Frank H. Wu
Chancellor & Dean, University of California Hastings College of the Law


Dr. Sung-Mo “Steve” Kang
Chancellor Emeritus, University of California Merced

Dr. Belle W. Y. Wei
Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, California State University, Chico… Read More