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Professor Emeritus and Former Associate Provost Chung Laung (Dave) Liu Dies at 86

11/11/2020 10:04:42 AM

Illinois Computer Science is deeply saddened to note the passing of Professor Emeritus and former Associate Provost Chung Laung (Dave) Liu.

C.L. David Liu
Professor Emeritus Chung Laung (Dave) Liu

Professor Emerita Jane W.-S. Liu said he died peacefully on Nov. 7 after a brief illness. He was 86.

A pioneer in the fields of electronic design automation (EDA) and real-time systems, Liu joined the Illinois CS faculty in 1972, serving as an associate provost from 1995 to 1998. He then led National Tsing Hua University as its president from 1998 to 2002.  His brilliance, warmth, and selfless mentorship will be greatly missed.

The department will post a more in-depth retrospective about Liu soon.

Friends and family have created a website to remember Liu at:

Instead of flower baskets or monetary gifts, the family has asked that donations be made to the three schools where he attended and worked.  Those who wish to make a donation to Illinois CS in Liu’s memory may do so through the department’s giving page. Donations will go towards a scholarship named in his honor.  To send a gift by check, send it to University of Illinois Foundation, P.O. Box 734500, Chicago, IL 60673-4500, payable to "University of Illinois Foundation."  Please include a note designating the gift for the C.L. (Dave) Liu Scholarship in the UIUC Computer Science Department.