Worthy of Gold


Congratulations to the 2016 Gold Medal Award Winner


The Case Alumni Association’s Gold Medal Award is the organization’s highest honor bestowed upon an alumnus/a. This year, Chung-Chiun “C.C.” Liu, PhD ’68, the Wallace R. Persons Professor of Sensor Technology and Control in the Department of Chemical Engineering and director of the electronics Design Center, received the award at the 131st All-Classes Celebration on Friday, Oct. 14 as part of the Innovation ShowCase and Awards Presentation. This is Liu’s third recognition from the Case Alumni Association, having previously been awarded a Meritorious Service Award in 1999 and the Samuel Givelber ’23 Award for fellowship in 2008.

Not only is Liu receiving the top honor from his alumni association this year, he previously was named a Distinguished University Professor of Case Western Reserve University, a permanent, honorific title that acknowledges the outstanding contributions of full-time, tenured professors with a distinguished academic record of extraordinary research, scholarship, teaching and service.

And in 2003, Liu traveled to the White House to accept the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. This is just a sample of the many honors, awards and accolades Liu has received over his nearly 50-year academic career.


Additional Career and Academic Highlights


  • Graduated in 1959 from the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan, received his master’s degree from the California Institute of Technology in 1963 and his Ph.D. from the Case Institute of Technology in 1968.
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Electrochemical Society and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers.
  • Holds honorary professorships from National Cheng Kung University and National Chiao Tung University, Chair Professor in Energy and Biomedical Sciences from National Chung Hsing University and K.T. Li Professorship from National Cheng Kung University.
  • Received multiple achievement-oriented awards from the Electrochemical Society, National Cheng Kung University, International Meeting on Chemical Sensors and the American Electrochemical Society.
  • Serves as the Wallace R. Persons Professor of Sensor Technology and Control and director of the university's Electronics Design Center. His research spans multiple areas, including electrochemical engineering, microelectronic materials and fabrication processes. He uses his knowledge in these areas to develop miniature electrochemical and biomedical sensors, among other products.
  • More than 2,000 undergraduate students have benefited from his teaching, as have more than 60 doctoral students and 40 visiting scholars and postdoctoral fellows whom he has advised and mentored.
  • Authored more than 220 peer-reviewed journal publications and holds 17 U.S. patents.
  • Case Dean’s Society member for 20 years.