Dr. N. Nan Chu, 朱 南 玉, worked in AT&T Bell Labs, Rockwell International, Tellabs International, Comcast/Motorola/Verizon and Thomson Multimedia, started as Senior Member of Technical Staff and promoted through the ranks to Executive Program Manager of Advanced Technology, Product Development and Service Deployment. Her technical contributions have followed the transformation from digital voice, Internet data, to digital video distribution and processing, where she was involved in encryption, conditional access, digital rights management, Intellectual Property protection as well as content processing and user interface.
While heavily engaged with the telecom and consumer electronics industry, Dr. Chu has forged collaboration with the academia by grant management and adjunct teaching in University of Illinois - Chicago, Widener University - Philadelphia, California Lutheran University - Thousand Oaks, DeVry University Keller School of Management, on multiple campuses in the USA, and National Central University in Taiwan. She was also the Director of Research & Services at California State University – Northridge. She has started 2 companies and currently is the principal of CWLab International, among other entrepreneurial activities throughout Chicago, Southern California, and Asia.
She has published more than 50 papers in areas related to digital communication/networking technology evolutions, and edited 2 books. She has been credited as the co-author of Digital Set-top Box Standards in American SCTE and United Nations’ CCITT Study Group 9, and received awards for the early digital cable conversion standardization. Her current interests in research and product development include social networking, cloud computing, data security, and Internet technology to eHealthcare, concentrating on brain communication interfaces.
Dr. Chu has volunteered in IEEE professional services since the 1980’s, serving as Board of Governors in Consumer Electronics Society, Executive Industry Chairs for GLOBECOM, IGIC, and many other Communications/Computer/Consumer Electronics Society conferences and Section/Chapter meetings.
She received her B.S. from National Tsing Hua University, M.S. from Iowa State University, and Ph.D. from Northwestern University, major in Nuclear Engineering, in 1972, 1973, and 1977, respectively. Her career in the nuclear industry was short-lived. Her career in Telecommunications, Networking Software Systems and eHealth Consumer Electronics has thrived for 30+ years and continued till today.