Mung Chiang

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Mung Chiang
Mung Chiang Speaking at the NSF Waterman Award Ceremony in 2013.jpg
Born 1977
Nationality U.S.
Fields Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Institutions Princeton University
Alma mater Stanford University
Doctoral advisor Stephen P. Boyd and Thomas M. Cover
Known for Communication networks
Notable awards Alan T. Waterman Award (2013)

Mung Chiang (born 1977) is an American engineering researcher, educator, and entrepreneur. He is the Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University,[1] and an affiliated faculty in Applied and Computational Mathematics and in Computer Science.

Education and Career[edit]

Mung Chiang was born in 1977 in Tianjin, China. He immigrated to Hong Kong in 1988, where he enrolled at a local middle and high school, Queen's College, and served as the school’s Head Prefect in 1995. He entered Stanford University as a freshman in 1996.

He received the B. S. (Hons.) in both Electrical Engineering and Mathematics in 1999, M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2000, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2003 from Stanford University.

He became an Assistant Professor at Princeton University’s Electrical Engineering Department in 2004, an Associate Professor with tenure in 2008, a Professor in 2011, and the Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering in 2013. He is among the youngest faculty at Princeton University to become an endowed chair professor.


In 2013, Chiang became the 38th recipient of the Alan T. Waterman Award,[2] the highest honor to young scientists in U.S. and administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Science Board (NSB). He is the only researcher in the field of networking to receive the Waterman Award.

In 2012, he received the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award[3] from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He is the youngest recipient of any IEEE-level Technical Field Award.

He has also received other awards on research and education, including Guggenheim Fellowship in 2014 (Guggenheim Foundation), Frederick Emmons Terman Award in Engineering Education in 2013 ([ ASEE), PROSE Awards in Science and Technology Writing in 2013 [4] (AAP), INFORMS Information Systems Design Science Award 2014, IEEE SECON Best Paper Award in 2013 (IEEE), IEEE INFOCOM Best Paper Award in 2012 (IEEE), IEEE Fellow in 2012 (IEEE), Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2008 (OSTP), Technology Review TR35 Young Innovator Award in 2007 (Technology Review), ONR Young Investigator Award in 2007 (ONR), NSF CAREER Award in 2005 (NSF), Princeton University H. B. Wentz Junior Faculty Award in 2005 (Princeton University), and Hertz Graduate Fellowship in 1999 (Hertz Foundation).


Chiang is best known for his work on networks, especially Optimization of Networks, Network Utility Maximization (NUM), Smart Data Pricing (SDP) and Fog Networks.

Chiang’s Ph.D. dissertation in 2003 made contributions to information theory and optimization theory. Since then he has contributed to many areas in networking research, including wireless networks, the Internet, broadband access, content distribution, network function optimization, network economics and social learning networks. In 2009, he founded the Princeton EDGE Lab, which bridges the theory-practice divide in networking research by spanning from proofs to prototypes.

He was the Chairman of founding Steering Committee of the IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering in 2013-14. He co-edited the National Information Technology Research and Development Program’s report on Complex Engineered Networks in 2013.

Teaching and Writing[edit]

Chiang co-authored two undergraduate textbooks: Networked Life: 20 Questions and Answers (2012) and Networks Illustrated: 8 Principles without Calculus (2013).

He created an undergraduate course at Princeton University: Networks: Friends, Money, and Bytes in 2011, which led to a Massive Open Online Course in 2012 with about 250,000 enrolled students since then. He was named the 2016 Distinguished Teacher at Princeton University Engineering School.

Invention and Entrepreneurship[edit]

Chiang is an inventor of 15 issued U.S. patents. He initiated a number of technology transfers from university lab to networking industry in the areas of network optimization, mobile, and big data. He is a co-inventor of the personalized bookapp.

He is a co-founder and the first CEO of DataMi, a startup company that enables Open Toll Free mobile data globally, a co-founder of Zoomi, a startup company on big data for learning and training, and a co-founder of Smartiply, a startup company on fog networking. He is a member of the advisory board of several other startup companies and technology investment fund.

He is a founding board member of "Open Fog Consortium", a global, non-profit, industry-academia consortium launched in 2015 to develop and promote fog computing and fog networking technologies. The consortium was co-founded by Chiang's Princeton Edge Lab, ARM, Cisco, Dell, Intel and Microsoft.

University Administration[edit]

He is the Director of the "Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education" at Princeton University. In 2014, he was named an New Jersey (non-profit) CEO of the Year by New Jersey Technology Council.

He was the Chair of the Princeton Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee "(PEAC)" in 2014 to make recommendations on the vision, structures, and mechanisms of entrepreneurship at Princeton University. In 2015, he created and was named the inaugural Chairman of the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council, part of the Princeton University Provost's Office in charge of entrepreneurship and innovation programs.


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