Lay Nam Chang serves as dean of the College of Science.
Prior to this position, Chang was chair of the Department of Physics since 1995. He joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 1978 after working on the physics faculty at the University of Pennsylvania for seven years. Chang has conducted research at MIT and the University of Chicago and has been a visiting scientist or visiting instructor at institutions of higher education in Denmark, British Columbia, Singapore, and the United States. Since earning a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of California at Berkeley, he has written extensively for refereed journals and has published numerous reports on his work.
“Although the university and the college are facing some great challenges, these in turn spawn extraordinary opportunities," Chang says. "As we strive toward meeting President Steger’s goal of reaching the top 30 research institutions, we will be positioning ourselves better to fulfill our potential to be the key player in higher education in the state."