Wei-Chung Lin

April 27, 2016

Wei-Chung Lin (MS Computer Science '80), Skokie, Ill., died April 22 in Skokie. He was 63.

Lin was an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Northwestern University, where he taught for almost 30 years. He had taught in the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern since 1986, said McCormick professor Alan Sahakian, the department’s chair.

“He was a valued faculty member and colleague,” Sahakian said. “He is missed by all in the department.”

Lin died of natural causes, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Lin received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at National Taiwan University in Taipei. He received a master’s degree in computer science from Michigan State University in 1980 before earning a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Purdue University.

In the early to mid 1990s, Lin became one of the first in his field to work on facial recognition technology, Sahakian said. Lin also studied technology that created computerized medical images from raw data, such as PET scans. 

Lin also taught Design Thinking and Communication, a course McCormick students are required to take, usually during their freshman year. Weinberg professor Charles Yarnoff, a writing professor who had co-taught the course with Lin since 2012, said he was impressed by Lin’s interactions with students.

Yarnoff, who is the chair of Students Publishing Co., said Lin treated students with “respect and courtesy rather than condescension,” which helped in DTC, a class that involved frequent meetings with students working on projects.

“He was always quite specific about the things he saw the students needing to work on, things that would pose bigger problems later on,” he said. “He would always couch his suggestions in, ‘you might want to think about…’ and kind of let it reside in the students’ mind.”

Lin also owned a martial arts studio in Skokie. He was chief instructor of the studio, which opened in 2001.

Funeral services will be April 30 at the Haben Funeral Home & Crematory, 8057 Niles Center Road, Skokie. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Skokie.

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