Chairs, Professorships, and Faculty Scholars

Chair: Swanlund Chair

The Swanlund chair is the highest endowed title bestowed upon faculty at the University. The Swanlund Chair is named for alumna Maybelle Leland Swanlund. Swanlund, who received a degree in library studies from Illinois in 1932 and who died in 1993, provided a $12 million endowment for chairs to attract leaders in the arts and sciences to the University and recognize current faculty members who have made exceptional contributions in their fields. The awards are for five years and may be renewed.

Faculty: Thomas S. Huang

ECE Professor Thomas S. Huang

Thomas S. Huang is Swanlund Chair and Center for Advanced Study Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He holds appointments in Coordinated Science Laboratory and Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.

Huang received a bachelorís of science degree from National Taiwan University, and SM and Sc.D. degrees from MIT, all in electrical engineering. Huang has made pioneering contributions to a number of areas in information technology, including image compression and enhancement, computer vision, multimedia indexing and search, and human computer interaction.

For his contributions he has received many honors and awards, including: member, National Academy of Engineering (USA); academician, Academia Sinica (Taiwan, ROC); foreign member, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering; IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal; and the International Association of Pattern Recognition's King-Sun Fu Prize.