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Meet Dean Mung Chiang


Mung Chiang is the Executive Vice President of Purdue University for strategic initiatives, the John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering, and the Roscoe H. George Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Purdue Engineering in 2021 became the largest engineering school to ever ranked among top five in the U.S. During 2019-20, he served as the Science and Technology Adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State and the chief global technology office in the Department of State to launch Technology Diplomacy. Prior to 2017, he was the Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering, the inaugural Chair of Princeton Entrepreneurship Council and Director of Keller Center for Engineering Education 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 Tomiyasu Technical Achievement Award, he was elected to the National Academy of Inventors and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. He founded the Princeton EDGE Lab in 2009 and co-founded several startup companies and an industry consortium in mobile networks, IoT and AI. A recipient of the ASEE Terman Education Award, his textbooks and online courses have reached hundreds of thousands of students. 

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October 2021

Dear Purdue Engineering Community,

Having listened to suggestions from students, faculty and staff, the College this month provided additional resources to support undergraduate teaching beyond what has been allocated by the University in the summer, in order to serve our students with as much individualized attention as possible. We also continue to strongly support student well-being. We have partnered with Purdue Engineering Student Council (PESC) and Steps to Leaps to conduct a student well-being survey to guide us further, now open through November 29th.

Among the many experiential learning activities for our students are the sports technology events held this month. For example, Purdue student teams participating in the AT&T 5G Sports Hackathon received several awards, including First Place in the Internet of Things category. Boilermakers also led a multi-university team that competed at the final round of Indianapolis Autonomous Challenge, the world’s first autonomous racecar competition, for which our College hosted the visiting visas for all the international student teams.

Over the same week, we also celebrated nine students and alumnae receiving awards at the annual Society of Women Engineers conference, held this year in Indianapolis with participation by close to 100 Purdue Engineering students. And we hosted this year’s Trailblazers Conference, a career development workshop series we started two years ago, for African American and Black, Hispanic and Latinx, and first-generation graduate students in engineering from around the country.

We appreciate opportunities to talk with students during the Fall semester virtual town hall, as well as during my office hours. On November 19, 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Faculty Lounge of Purdue Memorial Union, we will celebrate the 2021 Faculty External Awards. This festive event also reminds us to continue the ongoing effort to renew our support not only for tenured/tenure-track faculty, but also for research faculty, professors of practice, lecturers, and visiting faculty. Then on December 3, 6-9 p.m. in Shively at Ross Ade Stadium, we will recognize staff at the 2021 Staff Awards Dinner. I hope you will be able to join us in thanking some of the outstanding staff colleagues at our College.


Mung Chiang
John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering
Roscoe H. George Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Purdue University

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