University of Pittsburgh engineering professor, Dr. Minking Chyu, received the Sheth Distinguished Faculty Award for International Achievement. The Sheth International Achievement awards reception was held on March 18, 2015 at the William Pitt Union. As a current University of Pittsburgh faculty member, Professor Chyu was recognized for his contributions to furthering international education. Chyu is the inaugural dean of the Sichuan University – Pittsburgh Institute, a joint engineering partnership between the two schools that opened its door to the first class of students in September 2015. Chyu was a key member of the University’s international development team that grew the collaborative vision from a student exchange into a $40-million, purpose-built undergraduate engineering institute and academic program in the western Chinese city of Chengdu. “Minking Chyu is the consummate global engineering educator,” says Dr. Jagdish Sheth, University of Pittsburgh alumnus (BUS ’62, ’66) who, with his wife Madhuri, promotes global thinking and international endeavors through the Sheth Family Foundation. “In a career spanning 30 years, he has shown a deep desire to equip students with the engineering and global skills needed for success anywhere in the world. He will bring those same talents to the first cohort of students at the Sichuan University-Pittsburgh Institute.” A faculty member of the Swanson School of Engineering since 2000, Chyu is also the associate dean for international initiatives and the Leighton Orr Endowed Chair Professor.
Meet Dr. Minking Chyu.