Dr. Jack Chang - 2011 A Award Recipient
Dr. Jack Chang, class of 1961, received the A Award for his accomplishments as a teacher and scientist.
Born in Shanghai, China, Chang lived for several years in Hong Kong and attended Bethel High School there. He enrolled at Asbury in 1958, graduated with a bachelors degree in chemistry and went to graduate school at the University of Illinois, where he earned a masters and doctoral degree in chemistry. After post-doctoral work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he researched the electroluminescence of aromatic hydrocarbons, he began working as a research chemist at Eastman Kodak.
Over the next 35 years, Chang served in several roles at Eastman Kodak; he managed the Advanced Technology Division for Copy Products, directed the Chemistry Division, Corporate Research Laboratory and PhotoScience Research Division, and served as a vice president and the associate director of Research and Development.
Chang’s formal education is in the physical sciences, but a keen interest in leadership and motivating others to achieve excellence has proven just as significant to his impact. Inspired by the work ethic of his parents and Asbury professors such as Dr. J. Paul Ray ’39 and Harland Lutz, Change worked his way from “a kid in Shanghai” to a leader at one of the top research companies in the world. At Eastman Kodak, he led by sharing a vision of what the company could be and how the team members could achieve their goals, making it a priority to learn the first names of as many of his 7,500 division members as he could.
Currently, Chang is a research professor at the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Science, Hong Kong City University, Hong Kong and Soo Chow University in China studying nano, organic and inorganic materials in an effort to develop methods for delivering cancer drugs directly to cancer cells and nano-devices.