Tech wizard Chao Cheng calls it quits after 38 years working for Simon Fraser University

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      Normally, universities make a big deal out of the arrival or departure of a president. But this week, SFU drew attention on its website to the long-standing manager of facilities and technology in the faculty of applied science.

      That's because Chao Cheng decided to step down after 38 years with the university, according to an article written by Ray Sharma on the SFU News page.

      One of Cheng's claims to fame was bringing the first desktop computer to the school of engineering. Sharma also reported that Cheng created the first two local area networks before converting them to a more reliable Ethernet link in 1989.

      Cheng played a significant role in the development of the new Applied Sciences Building and the Technology and Science Complex at the Burnaby campus.

      In addition, he designed and supported teaching labs in the mechatronics program at the Surrey campus.

      And he found time to lead SFU's robotic soccer team in competitions in Korea and France.

      “Due to the loyal support of my team, I was able to succeed in my daily work,” Cheng says in the article. “Each day brought its own challenges, but the last 38 years were certainly rewarding and I’ll always cherish the friendship of my coworkers.”