C.T. Chan received his PhD degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1985. He is currently serving as the Associate Vice-President for Research & Development at HKUST. He is also concurrently the Daniel C K Yu Professor of Science. He has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society and Hong Kong Physical Society. He received the Achievement in Asia Award of the Overseas Chinese Physics Association (2000) and Croucher Senior Research Fellowship (2010). He is a co-recipient of Brillouin Medal for his research in phononic metamaterials (2013). His primary research interest is the theory and simulation of material properties.