Dr. Chak Chan Appointed as New Dean of KAUST's Physical Science and Engineering Division

01 May, 2023

The Physical Science and Engineering Division (PSE) proudly welcomes Dr. Chak Chan as the new Dean. With his extensive experience and expertise, Dr. Chan is expected to make a positive impact on the academic community at KAUST and contribute to the goals of Vision 2030.

"Through education, research, and innovation, we can help drive the progress of the Kingdom and the entire region towards a sustainable and prosperous future," said Dr. Chan. "I look forward to working with my colleagues at KAUST to fulfill the goals of Vision 2030 and bring about a positive change that will have an impact on tomorrow's world."

Prior to joining KAUST, Dr. Chan served as the Dean and Chair Professor in the School of Energy and Environment at the City University of Hong Kong and held academic leadership positions at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and CityU. He has academic training in chemical engineering and his research focuses on aerosol science and atmospheric chemistry. He has an impressive research track record, having published over 250 academic research papers that have been cited over 20,000 times (google scholar). He also received the Haagen Smit Award for Atmospheric Environment in 2015.  

Dr. Chan's impact on Vision 2030 extends beyond his research and academic leadership roles. He is also committed to promoting science education in the Kingdom. As part of his new role, he will work closely with local communities and organizations to inspire the next generation of Saudi scientists and engineers. 

"It’s a great opportunity for me to live and work in Saudi Arabia, a country with a rich history and culture, to explore the many facets of Saudi culture, learn about its historical heritage, and engage with the local community. As a scientist and educator, I am committed to contributing to the country's future and advancing its goals of becoming a leader in science and technology.

Dr. Chan's mandate will start on May 1st, 2023, after a welcome meeting with the PSE Faculty and the Office of the Dean's staff.

"I would like to express my sincere thanks to Professor Gilles Lubineau for his outstanding leadership as Interim Dean of the Physical Sciences and Engineering Division. His dedication and hard work have helped to maintain the high standards of excellence at KAUST, and I am grateful for his contributions to the university. I look forward to building upon his accomplishments and working with him and the rest of the Faculty to further advance the goals of KAUST."