Chao-Hsien Chu

Obituary of Chao-Hsien Chu

Chao-Hsien Chu, beloved husband and father, and inspirational teacher to many, passed away on January 15, 2021.

A native of Qiaotou, Taiwan, he moved to the US in 1980, earning a Ph.D. from the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University. Driven by a lifelong sense of curiosity, he has made significant contributions to research in a wide range of fields ranging from business and management to information systems and computer security to bioinformatics, with numerous publications in top-ranking journals and proceedings.

As a teacher and mentor, he has touched many lives throughout his career teaching at Baruch College (City University of New York), Iowa State University, Penn State University, Singapore Management University, and Hebei University of Technology. One of the founding professors of the School of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at Penn State University, he helped establish and expand a program that has grown into one of the main academic colleges at the university.

Outside of academic pursuits, he was also an excellent artist and had a keen interest in photography. He also enjoyed music, and often amazed his family with his whistling.

He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Fang-Mei Chu, and his two daughters Karen and Emily Chu, as well as one sister and two brothers.

A public memorial service will be held at a future date.  

In lieu of sending flowers, please donate the funds to THE CHAO-HSIEN CHU MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN THE COLLEGE OF INFORMATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. Donations can be made at the following link: 

Arrangements are under the care of Koch Funeral Home, State College. Online condolences and signing of the guest book may be entered at or visit us on Facebook.

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