Mung Chiang, PhD

1999 Hertz Fellow
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Mung Chiang is President-Elect at Purdue University and currently the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering and Executive Vice President for Strategic Initiatives.

Previously, Chiang was the Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University, where he was the inaugural Chairman of Princeton Entrepreneurship Council and Director of Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education. He helped launch the entrepreneurial programs at Princeton and was named a New Jersey CEO of the Year (2014). He received B.S. (Hons.) in electrical engineering and in mathematics, and M.S., and Ph.D. in electrical engineering, from Stanford University.

As a researcher, Chiang received the Alan T. Waterman Award (2013), the highest honor to an American researcher under the age of 40 each year. His pioneering work in edge computing, network utility maximization, and wireless resource allocation also received IEEE INFOCOM Achievement Award (2022), Guggenheim Fellowship (2014), IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award (2012), Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2008), and MIT Technology Review TR35 Award (2007). His research publications on Internet congestion control and routing, wireless power control and scheduling, cloud and video optimization, smart data pricing, and social learning networks have received over 30,000 citations with an H-index of 81, and won the Best Paper Prizes at IEEE INFOCOM (2012), IEEE SECON (2013), and ACM MobiHoc (2021). He was elected to the National Academy of Inventors (2020) and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (2021).

As a teacher, Chiang received the Distinguished Teaching Award in Engineering (2016) at Princeton University for creating an interdisciplinary undergraduate course, flipping classroom, and teaching one of the university’s first Massive Open Online Courses that has been taught to over 400,000 people. His textbook “Networked Life” (2012, Cambridge University Press) received the ASEE Frederick E. Terman Award (2013) and an American Association of Publishers PROSE Award (2012). He has graduated more than 50 Ph.D. students and postdocs, including 24 who have become faculty in research universities.

As an inventor and entrepreneur, most of Chiang’s 25 U.S. patents have been licensed and deployed by the communications and networking industry. He co-founded three startup companies in mobile networks, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things, based on the research at Princeton Edge Lab, and co-founded a global nonprofit, the OpenFog Consortium, now part of the global Industrial Internet Consortium. He was the founding CEO of DataMi, which has served over 60 million users around the world in bridging the digital divide.

As a diplomat and policy-maker, Chiang was the Science and Technology Adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State and initiated the U.S. government’s tech diplomacy programs. Since returning from Washington D.C. in 2020, he co-founded the Krach Institute of Tech Diplomacy at Purdue, and serves as the Technology and Innovation Advisor to his home state of Indiana.

"The Hertz Fellowship was crucial in allowing me to have the support to explore research topics that excited me most, which turned the luxury of intellectual freedom into a reality of daily life."
– Mung Chiang

Graduate Studies

Stanford University
Electrical Engineering
Solving Nonlinear Problems in Communication Systems Using Geometric Programming and Dualities

Undergraduate Studies

Stanford University


2014, Prize for a Faculty Member for Research in an Undergraduate Institution, American Physical Society; 2007, TR35, MIT Technology Review; 2014, Guggenheim Fellow, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation; 2013, Alan T. Waterman Award, National Science Foundation; 2005, CAREER Awards Search, National Science Foundation; 2008, Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, National Science Foundation; 2012, Kiyo Tomiyasu Award, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

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