Bayer Corporation Professor of Engineering
Famed for his inventiveness, Hsueh-Chia Chang essentially pioneered the field of biomicrofluidics—a multidisciplinary field that applies microfluidics’ understanding of how to control and manipulate small volumes of fluid to the study of human health. He is the founder and editor of the seminal journal Biomicrofluidics, published by the American Institute of Physics.
The applications of microfluidics are among the century’s great engineering challenges, and Chang is utilizing his research expertise to, among other projects, develop portable “lap-on-a-chip” devices that could be used by health care workers and researchers to quickly and easily diagnose diseases and pathogens in under-developed regions of the world.
Chang, who is a fellow of the American Physical Society, holds two U.S. patents for breakthroughs made in his laboratory. At Notre Dame, he directs the Center for Microfluidics and Medical Diagnostics, which seeks to apply the same technologies that miniaturized computers to hospital and laboratory work.
Formerly known as Miles, Inc., the Bayer Corporation was founded in Elkhart, Ind., in 1884. The company, today a subsidiary of the international Bayer AG, is now headquartered in Pittsburgh, Penn. At the time the professorship was established in 1989, Bayer and Notre Dame were the two largest employers in the region.