Dr. Sooyoung Chang established the Dr. Robert W. Newcomb Endowed Engineering Scholarship in April 2016 to provide need-based scholarships for undergraduate students in the A. James Clark School of Engineering.
Dr. Robert W. Newcomb is a proud graduate of Purdue University, where he obtained his B.S.E.E. degree in 1955. He received his M.S. from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Newcomb is a Life Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of AIMBE. Since 1969, Dr. Robert W. Newcomb has positively impacted the lives of thousands of students as a professor in the electrical and computer engineering department at the University of Maryland. During his tenure as professor, both at Maryland and at Stanford University, Dr. Newcomb has graduated more than 70 Ph.D. students. He has also mentored and advised hundreds of students ranging from high school through post-doc. Dr. Newcomb's commitment to helping his students succeed has endeared him to many, including one of his former doctoral students, Dr. Sooyoung Chang, who went on to serve as the second President of Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) in South Korea. By establishing this scholarship, Dr. Chang intends to honor his advisor, whom he greatly respects.