Dr. Sheen moved to Chicago in 1974 and worked at Argonne National Laboratory. After forty years of service, Dr. Sheen retired as a Senior Engineer and Manager of Sensors and Instruction. He then worked as a Special Term Appointee until he moved to Las Vegas in 2016. Dr. Sheen was an expert in sensor and instrumentation development and applications to industrial process control, nondestructive evaluation, and remote sensing and measurement. His primary research was in acoustic and ultrasonic technology and their applications in measurements, especially for the Department of Energy and the Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Sheen received two R&D100 awards in 1994 and 2011. The R&D100 award is known as the “Oscars” of R&D that serves as the most prestigious innovation awards program for the past 55 years, honoring great R&D pioneers and their revolutionary ideas in science and technology. Dr. Sheen has authored more than 90 papers and holds a number of U.S. patents and patent disclosures.
In additional to his engagement in scientific and technological research, Dr. Sheen also devoted his time and effort in promoting Chinese culture and led the Chicago Chinese community. He served as president of the Mid-America Chinese American Professional Association, the Taiwan Benevolent Association of Chicago, the Performing Arts of Chinese Americans in Greater Chicago, the Chinese New Year Party of Greater Chicago (UNITY), and many others. He was also one of the founding members of the Chinese American Senior Apartment of Chicago Suburbs, which has been the home of many low-income Chinese American seniors.
Dr. Sheen was also admired for his wit and humor. He was also great at performing arts and an excellent sketch writer. He performed at a number of events and also served as the master of ceremonies within the Chicago Chinese American community. While serving as the general director of UNITY, he hosted the annual Chinese New Year Party at Navy Pier’s grand ballroom of Chicago to introduce Chinese culture and to demonstrate the strength and contribution of the Chinese community to the mainstream American society and to the Illinois political and economic circles. Because of his fairness, righteousness, wisdom, unselfishness, and contribution, Dr. Sheen has earned the respect and admiration of all those he has met especially within the Chicago Overseas Chinese community.
Shuh-Haw Sheen was the youngest of 10 siblings, a husband to Daria, a father to Albert and Philip, a father-in-law to Wendy, a grandfather to Chloe and Evelyn, a great uncle to a countless number of relatives, and a true friend to many.
A visitation will be at 1:00 pm followed by a funeral service at 2:00 pm, Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ, 85338.