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Meet Dean Mung Chiang


Mung Chiang is the John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering and the Roscoe H. George Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. Prior to July 2017, he was the Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University. His research on communication networks received the 2013 Alan T. Waterman Award, the highest honor to scientists and engineers under the age of 40 in the U.S. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Technical Achievement Award, his research paper citations leads to an H-index of 70 and 23 of his advisees have become professors. He founded the Princeton EDGE Lab in 2009, which bridges the theory-practice gap in edge networking research by spanning from proofs to prototypes, and co-founded a few startup companies in mobile data, IoT and AI with products used by tens of millions of people worldwide. He was also elected to the board of the global nonprofit Industrial Internet Consortium. A recipient of the ASEE Terman Education Award, his textbook “Networked Life,” popular science book “The Power of Networks,” and online courses have reached hundreds of thousands of students.

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January 2021

Dear Purdue Engineering Students, Faculty and Staff,

Happy New Year!

Thank you to all who have provided observations and suggestions to me since December 16. Listening to you, reading your emails, and walking around engineering buildings with safety precautions have been very helpful. Summaries from the 13 Heads of schools, departments and divisions have provided substantial insight.

Currently, Executive Associate Dean Arvind Raman along with Associate Dean Alina Alexeenko and Associate Dean Dana Weinstein are drafting a set of best-practice suggestions to minimize unnecessary workload, aiming at returning a few hours each week to the realm of flexibility for everyone. They also are updating the resources and communications for mental health and for effective and efficient online learning-teaching, ahead of the start of the new semester. Longer term, what we have been learning about curricular and co-curricular programs during the pandemic will influence how we think about and operate these programs going forward.

The Gateway Complex, including Dudley Hall and Lambertus Hall, will be the first academic buildings with a design fully informed by the new range of possibilities and demand. Along with the new ABE Building, the BME Innovation Wing, and other recently completed construction and renovation, we are well on our way to the midpoint of the 10-year Engineering Facilities Plan previously unveiled by Senior Associate Dean Robert Frosch. At the same time, Zucrow Aerospace District continues to grow, contributing to a robust post-pandemic tech economy for our neighbors and creating knowledge and jobs together.

We understand that discovery of knowledge has faced unique challenges last year – from safe operation of experimental facilities to stable funding and talent pipelines. Associate Dean Wayne Chen is working with research centers and labs and the five Purdue Engineering Initiatives to help provide the best environment as our professors, research staff and graduate students drive fundamental research and translational innovation. Such pursuit of the Pinnacle of Excellence at Scale has directly benefited a society in a public health crisis and is continuing to do so:

Thank you all!


Mung Chiang
John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering
Purdue University

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