Purdue University has chosen an award-winning researcher in networks engineering and a leader in educational innovations from Princeton University as the next dean of the College of Engineering. Mung Chiang, the Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering, was selected from a group of three finalists following a national search. He will assume the position of John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering on July 1.
In 2013, Chiang received the prestigious National Science Foundation Alan T. Waterman Award, among the highest honors given to young U.S. scientists and engineers, and he will become the only researcher at Purdue to hold that distinction. He also has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Kiyo Tomiyasu Award, the American Society for Engineering Education Frederick E. Terman Award, a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and the Distinguished Teaching Award from Princeton School of Engineering. Chiang currently serves as director of Keller Center for Innovations in Engineering Education at Princeton and the inaugural chairman of Princeton Entrepreneurship Council.
He founded the Princeton EDGE Lab in 2009, which bridges the theory-practice gap in edge networking research by spanning from proofs to prototypes. His core areas of research include computing and networking, and information sciences and systems.
Chiang will succeed Leah Jamieson, who is stepping down as Purdue’s engineering dean after 11 years. She will transition to full-time faculty duties in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Chiang joined the Princeton faculty in 2003 after studying at Stanford University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and mathematics in 1999. He received his master’s degree in electrical engineering in 2000 and his doctoral degree in 2003, also from Stanford. As a Princeton faculty member, Chiang’s Alan T. Waterman Award was based on his work on networking. His book, “The Power of Networks,” was published last year, and his textbook, “Networked Life,” and open online course have reached 250,000 students globally.
He co-founded startups in mobile networks, the Internet of Things and big-data areas, as well as the global nonprofit Open Fog Consortium in December 2015.