Cha-Mei Tang received B.S. (’71), M.S. and E.E. (’71) and Sc.D. (’77) from the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT. She worked at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) before founding Creatv MicroTech, Inc. She was in the Plasma Physics Laboratory of NRL from 1978-1993 and served as Head, Radiation and Accelerator Physics Section for seven years. She performed research on free-electron lasers, charged particle beams, accelerator physics, and field emission cathodes. She was a visiting scientist at the Physics Laboratory at NIST from 1993-1996 performing research on x-ray physics and applications. She founded Creatv MicroTech in 1996 initially focusing on developing novel x-ray anti-scatter grids and nuclear collimators to improve image quality. In 2000, she led the company into the field of medical diagnostics developing sensitive detection instruments and assays, making products requiring combined experience of microfabrication, instrumentation and assay development.
She received numerous awards, including Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1990 and the most outstanding woman scientist in the Federal Government by Women in Science and Engineering in 1992, senior member of IEEE in 1995, and R&D 100 Award for Anti-scatter Grids for X-ray Imaging and Collimators for Nuclear Imaging made by LIGA in 2006.
She served on many activities at American Physical Society, such as member of FIAP Nomination Committee of APS in 2007, member of working group to setup a new American Physical Society Prize for Industrial Applications of Physics, 2007, and APS Society Membership Committee (2004-2006).
There are two areas that she would like to contribute to FIAP: (1) promote the integration of physical science, engineering and biomedical science to develop novel products and solve outstanding needs; (2) encourage and promote women physicists. She served on Women in Plasma Science Subcommittee (2000-2005) and Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (2000-2002).