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Dorothy and Fred Chau MS '74

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After graduating with degrees in physics and electrical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1971, Frederick Chau entered Cornell University’s graduate program in applied physics, obtaining his master’s degree in 1974.

"The logic is very simple: Good teaching leads to better educated students, which leads to a better educated population, and finally it leads to a better world. A better world is the best thing we can leave our children to improve their chances of survival and happiness." —Frederick Chau, M.S. ’74 AP

Mr. Chau then worked as a scientist, an engineer, a manager, and an entrepreneur. He is now president of Pacific Quality Packaging Corp., a company that manufactures corrugated packaging and entertainment displays, which he founded in southern California in 1984. Mr. Chau says he followed the leadership of his former poker opponents in supporting the College of Engineering and is honored to be a part of the Excellence in Teaching Awards program.  

Mr. Chau is married to Dorothy Lau, also originally from Hong Kong. They have two children, Chris and Karen, both of whom graduated from Amherst College. Chris Chau received his M.Eng. degree at Cornell in May 2002.