Over the years, Professor John Pan has given almost 30 presentations at international conferences and also given the same number of invited talks at universities and professional societies. Those accomplishments plus a record of involving students in research have earned Pan the 2011 IMAPS (International Microelectronics And Packaging Society) Outstanding Educator Award.
Pan received the award last October at the IMAPS International Symposium on Microelectronics, where he also earned Best Paper accolades for "A Study of Solder Joint Failure Criteria." The paper is an outcome of a joint research project with Agilent Technologies – Agilent's manager, Julie Silk, is a co-author.
Jose Macedo, chair of the Industrial and Manufacturing Department, noted that Pan's research projects often focus on environmental issues, including work on lead-free solder paste for printed circuit boards and encapsulation of LED lights.
"Dr. Pan's research efforts, over time, reveal a unique interest in contributing to the protection of the environment and sustainability," said Macedo. "John is teaching his students how to be good engineers, and at the same time how to apply their engineering knowledge to be environmentally conscious."
Pan earned his bachelor's degree at Xidian University and his master's at Tsinghua University. He holds a Ph.D. from Lehigh University; he joined Cal Poly in 2003.
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Photo: Howard Imhof, past president of IMAPS, presented the Outstanding Educator Award to Dr. John Pan.
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