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Charles Chiu
Professor, Department of Physics
University of Texas at Austin

Charles Chiu received his PhD in high energy particle physics in 1966 at the University of California at Berkeley. He was engaged in research in theoretical particle physics at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland; at Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, England; and at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. He joined the University of Texas (UT) Department of Physics in 1971 and was promoted to professor in 1981.

Chiu has published more than 120 journal articles and 4 review articles related to his research in theoretical physics and artificial intelligence. He has received numerous teaching excellence awards, including the 1991 UT President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award, a 1995 Special Teaching Award from the College of Engineering, and the 1998 Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship. In 1998, he was selected as a new member of the UT Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Chiu is very interested in teaching—especially in teaching engineering physics, which involves large classes and the use of technology. In the 1990s, he participated in the development of "computerized problems" for engineering physics. In 1996, he initiated the use of a classroom communication system (the UT Classtalk System) to promote interactive teaching in large classrooms. He has developed an Interactive Quiz Library for general physics on the Web. Chiu also played an important role in bringing the wireless Classroom Performance System to the UT campus. As of fall 2002, approximately 15 instructors were using the system, with a total estimated class enrollment of more than 2,000 students.

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