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He graduated with BA (summa cum laude) from Rice University in 1992, and completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science at UBC in 1995 at the age of 19. His late mother, Miu Yung Chan, was a molecular physicist with a Ph.D. from Ohio State University.
He is currently an associate editor for SIAM Journal on Computingand the International Journal of Computational Geometry and Applications . He is also a member of the editorial board of Algorithmica , Discrete & Computational Geometry , and Computational Geometry: Theory and Applications .
Chan has published extensively. His research covers data structures, algorithms, and computational geometry.
He was awarded the Governor General's Gold Medal (as Head of Graduating Class in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of British Columbia during convocation), the NSERC doctoral prize,and the Premier's Research Excellence Award (PREA) of Ontario, Canada.
He was elected as an ACM Fellow in 2019 "for contributions to computational geometry, algorithms, and data structures".
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