Derek Cheung, Ph.D.
Consultant to ITA
Dr. Derek Cheung was formerly the founding Director of the ITA and is now a consultant to the ITA. Dr. Cheung is the former president of Teledyne Scientific and Imaging LLC. He is also the former president and CEO of Rockwell Scientific Company, LLC, where he spent more than 30 years.
Dr. Cheung spent most of his career at Rockwell Scientific, from his initial technical assignments developing infrared focal plane arrays until becoming President and CEO. Through his 30 years of service, he led the transformation of the Rockwell Science Center from a corporate research and development lab into a stand alone, for-profit high-tech enterprise, Rockwell Scientific Company (RSC). His leadership at RSC resulted in the transition of numerous high-value technologies to various Rockwell business units, as well as the spin-out of three new companies with industrial partners and venture capital investors. During his progressive career at RSC, he directed technical efforts in information sciences, III-V semiconductor technologies, electro-optics devices, and high-performance infrared sensor technologies. Dr. Cheung was instrumental in the successful sale of RSC to Teledyne Technologies Inc. in 2006.
Dr. Cheung has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, and MS/PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. His thesis work at Stanford was on GaAs-AlGaAs solar cells and photo-detectors. He has served on the US Army Science Board, US Air Force Advisory Board on Electronics, Optics and Electro-Optics, Visiting Committee of Engineering & Applied Sciences Division for the California Institute of Technology, and the Industrial Advisory Committee for the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UCLA.
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