Vincent W. S. Chan is the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Aeronautics and Aeronautics at MIT.
Professor Chan received his BS (71), MS (71), EE (72), and Ph.D. (74) degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT in the area of communications. From 1974 to 1977, he was an Assistant Professor with the School of Electrical Engineering at Cornell University. He joined Lincoln Laboratory in 1977 as a Staff Member of the Satellite Communication System Engineering Group working on military communications and networking. In January 1981, he became the Assistant Leader of the Communication Technology Group starting a research and development program on optical space communications. In July 1983, he formed and became Leader of the Optical Communication Technology Group and Manager of the LITE (Laser Intersatellite Transmission Experiment) Program. He then served as the Head of the Communications and Information Technology Division of Lincoln Laboratory until joining LIDS in 1999. He served as Director of LIDS from 1999 to 2007. He also served as the Principal Investigator of a Next Generation Internet Consortium (ONRAMP) formed among AT&T, Cabletron, MIT, and JDS Fitel, and a Satellite Networking Research Consortium formed between MIT, Motorola, Teledesic and Globalstar. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation and the Chairman of its Technical Advisory Board. He also serves on the Technical Advisory Boards of Agility Communications, Axiowave Networks (TAB Chairman), and as a Member of the Corporation of Draper Laboratory.
His research interests are in optical communications, wireless communications, space communications and networks. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the Optical Society of America.