C. ROBERT KAO (SM’11) received his PhD in Materials Science from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1994. He joined National Central University (Taiwan) in 1995 as an assistant professor. In 2005, he became the first director for the newly established Graduate Institute of Materials Science & Engineering at National Central University. In 2006 he relocated to National Taiwan University, became a University Distinguished Professor in 2008, and served as the Department Head of Materials Science and Engineering from 2010 to 2013. He currently also serves as the program manager of Materials Engineering in Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan. His main research interests include electronic, optical, and MEMS packaging with a main thrust on the thermodynamics and kinetics of materials interactions within packages. He helped organizing 16 international symposia on solders and soldering technology for TMS and ASM. He has served as guest editors for Journal of Electronic Materials and Microelectronic Reliability, and currently is a Principal Editor for Journal of Materials Research and Associate Editor for Journal of Materials Science – Materials in Electronics. Kao is a committee member for CPMT Materials and Processing Technical Committee, and also served as session chair for ECTC meeting.
Kao is a Fellow of the ASM and MRS-Taiwan. In 2014, he received the Brimacombe Medalist Award from TMS. He is a High Impact Research Icon of University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.
He has authored over 130 referred journal papers, five of which reached the status of Highly Cited Papers according to Web of Science Essential Science Indicators. He has an h-index of 33. He holds 10 US and Taiwan patents. Kao is considered the leading experts on the metallurgical reactions for electronic packaging applications, and has given more than 30 invited or keynote lectures in international conferences. He presented an invited talk at the Gordon Research Conference (Plymouth State College, July 23-28, 2000), and served as a discussion leader for the same conference in 2006. In addition to his teaching and research activities, Professor Kao was an independent board member of LOTES (2006-2010), and served as consultants for many industry leading corporations, including ASUS and VIA Technologies.