From the Dean: February 2018

Dear Purdue Engineering Community,

Before I share an update on the 2015 COACHE survey results and announce a College-wide conversation that will take place this semester, I will quickly share the exciting news that a new dual-degree program has been approved, through a joint effort with Dean David Hummels and colleagues in the Krannert School of Management. This new program will allow admitted students to receive both an MBA (from Krannert) and a professional master’s degree in engineering (from Purdue Engineering) in two years. A pilot program may launch as soon as this year.

In 2015, Purdue participated in a Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) Survey of Faculty Job Satisfaction. Results were discussed in February 2017 with the Engineering Leadership Team. We are now making College-specific results available for faculty and staff in Engineering: 2015 COACHE Results for Engineering.

Results of the 2015 COACHE survey led to a number of initiatives in the College of Engineering, including: (1) the creation of Engineering Faculty Conversations (EFC); (2) the creation of a Celebrating Our Associate Professors series; (3) the inclusion of campus mentoring opportunities and a link to a “best practices guide” for faculty mentoring; (4) the launch of “Faculty Retention and Success through Intergroup Dialogue and Inclusion Alliance,” a Provost-funded, University-wide initiative led by Drs. K. Howell, K. Kokini, A. Moors, and P. Buzzanell to develop new evidence-based programs to promote a positive climate for faculty; and (5) the expansion of services of the College’s Concierge Program. Several Engineering schools/divisions have also launched noteworthy efforts based on the 2015 COACHE results.

I hope you will take part in university’s upcoming 2018 COACHE survey. Your responses are confidential and will help us continue to promote the success of our faculty.

Focusing now on the overall direction of the College, the strategic plans overseen by the two previous deans have provided outstanding foundations for the growth of the College. Many well-articulated points in those plans remain essential today. Let us celebrate our many accomplishments and renew our commitment to the 2002 theme of “From Excellence to Preeminence” and the 2009 theme of “Extraordinary People, Global Impact.” Over the past few years, new opportunities and challenges have arisen, and many new colleagues have joined us. Let us join in conversation on aspiration and actions.

In the next three months, we will take a few events as public forums where everyone can provide input:

  • February 27: Faculty Forum (originally scheduled as a College-wide faculty meeting). 4:30–6 pm in ARMS 1010
  • March 5: Meeting with undergraduate student leaders
  • March 23: Meeting with graduate student leaders
  • April 6: Faculty Forum (to be followed by the annual Faculty Award Banquet)
  • April 11: Staff Forum (originally scheduled as a College Town Hall)

Topics for each forum will be identified and communicated in advance. We will also create and advertise an “anonymous email inbox,” where anyone can submit ideas anonymously.

To plan each forum and to digest and summarize the input received, I have asked Drs. K. Howell and M. Lundstrom, along with the five associate deans, to organize small-scale workshops with faculty/staff/student leaders. More details will be provided soon.

All ideas are welcome as we explore the future of the Purdue College of Engineering.


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


Brief Biography

Mung Chiang is the John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering and the Roscoe H. George Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. Previously he was the Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University, where he also served as Director of Keller Center for Innovations in Engineering Education and the inaugural Chairman of Princeton Entrepreneurship Council. His research on networking received the 2013 Alan T. Waterman Award, the highest honor to US young scientists and engineers. His textbook “Networked Life,” popular science book “The Power of Networks,” and online courses reached over 250,000 students since 2012. He founded the Princeton EDGE Lab in 2009, which bridges the theory-practice gap in edge networking research by spanning from proofs to prototypes. He also co-founded a few startup companies in mobile data, IoT and AI, and co-founded the global nonprofit Open Fog Consortium.

Full Biography

Mung Chiang is the John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering and the Roscoe H. George Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. Previously, Chiang was the Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University, and an affiliated faculty in Applied and Computational Mathematics, and in Computer Science. He received his B.S. (Hons.), M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University in 1999, 2000, and 2003, respectively, and was an Assistant Professor 2003-2008, a tenured Associate Professor 2008-2011, and a Professor 2011-2013 before becoming one of the youngest endowed chair professors at Princeton University.

Chiang’s research areas include the Internet, wireless networks, broadband access networks, content distribution networks, network economics, and online social networks. His research has contributed to the areas of Optimization of Networks and Network Utility Maximization (NUM), Smart Data Pricing (SDP), Fog Computing and Networking, and Social Learning Networks (SLN). Chiang’s research on networking received the 2013 Alan T. Waterman Award, the highest honor to US young scientists and engineers, for "fundamental contributions to the analysis, design, and optimization of wireless networks," which was the fourth Waterman received by Princeton faculty. As the 38th Waterman Awardee, he was the only award recipient from the field of networking. He also received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2014, the 2012 IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award “for demonstrating the practicality of a new theoretical foundation for the analysis and design of communication networks”, the INFORMS Information Systems Design Science Award in 2014, a U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2008, an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in 2007, and a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2005. He was a selected participant at the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Symposium in 2008. His publications received a few paper prizes, including the 2013 IEEE SECON Best Paper Award, the 2012 IEEE INFOCOM Best Paper Award, the 2015 IEEE INFOCOM Best Paper Runner-up, an ISI Citation Fast Breaking Paper in Computer Science in 2006, a Young Researcher Award Runner-Up in Continuous Optimization over 2004-2007, IEEE GLOBECOM Best Paper Award three times, and the paper that received the Yelp Data Challenge Award in 2014. He was a Hertz Fellow in 1999-2003, a Princeton H. B. Wentz Junior Faculty Fellow in 2005, and elected an IEEE Fellow in 2012.

Chiang's education innovations received the Distinguished Teaching Award from Princeton Engineering School in 2016 and the Frederick Emmons Terman Award by the American Society of Engineering Education in 2013. He created a new undergraduate course Networks: Friends, Money, and Bytes at Princeton University in 2011, which lead to a Massive Open Online Course with over 250,000 students in 2012-2015. He wrote the corresponding undergraduate textbook "Networked Life: 20 Questions and Answers" in the Just-In-Time style, and received the 2012 PROSE Award in Engineering and Technology by the Association of American Publishers. In February 2013, it became the first Integrated and Individualized Book-App that adapted to individual readers. In 2015, Chiang created the first course on Fog Networking and offered it as another MOOC. In 2016, he co-authored a popular science book “The Power of Networks: Six Principles That Connect Our Lives,” published by Princeton University Press. This book has been profiled in many media, including the TIME Magazine. He flipped classroom in 2012 and chaired the Princeton University Committee on Classroom Design in 2013. He has graduated over 30 Ph.D. students and postdocs, the majority of whom are now faculty in electrical engineering, computer science, or business schools in US, Asia, and Europe.

Chiang founded the Princeton EDGE Lab in 2009, which bridges the theory-practice gap in networking research by spanning from proofs to prototypes. Since its founding, the lab was a leader in edge networking, and has been in part supported by industry, receiving Innovation Awards from AT&T;, Comcast, Cisco, Google, HP, Intel, Microsoft, Qualcomm, SES, Vodafone, Verizon, Princeton IP Acceleration Fund and Princeton Innovation Fund. The lab has completed many technology transfers and commercialization, including research results in use by tens of millions of smart phones around the world. His inventions have resulted in over 20 issued patents, a few technology transfers to commercial adoption, and a Technology Review TR35 Young Innovator Award in 2007. He was the founding CEO of DataMi, the largest provider of Open Toll-Free solutions and the only provider of Peak-Valley Technology for mobile content globally. He is a co-founder of Zoomi, an Artificial Intelligence startup company enabling individualized learning and corporate productivity in Fortune 100 companies. He is a co-founder of Smartiply, a fog networking startup company delivering boosted connectivity and embedded artificial intelligence. He is a member of the Advisory Board of various public and private companies. Chiang is a co-founder and board member of the Open Fog Consortium, a global, non-profit, industry-academia consortium on fog networking in 2015. Along with ARM, Cisco, Dell, Intel and Microsoft, Princeton EDGE Lab is the only academic institution in the co-founding group of the consortium. The consortium generates open reference architectures in fog computing, organizes Fog World Congress and members events, hosts research article website in the field, evangelizes fog applications, and enables industry-university collaborations. It grew in the first year to over 50 member universities and companies from 14 countries.

Chiang chaired the Princeton Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee (PEAC), which issued the Report: “Entrepreneurship the Princeton Way,” and helped create the first large-scale incubator, the first startup investment fund, and other mentoring, ecosystem, co-curricular, and policy initiatives at Princeton University. In 2014, he became the fourth Director of the Keller Center for Innovations in Engineering Education at Princeton University, introducing programs on design thinking, maker space, immersive internship, Tiger Challenge design competition, entrepreneurship pedagogy conference joint with Kauffman Foundation, and inter-disciplinary innovation on engineering curriculum from freshman sequence to technology and society. He was named a New Jersey (non-profit) CEO of the Year in 2014 by New Jersey Technology Council. In 2015, the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council was established based on recommendation from PEAC. Chiang was named the Inaugural Chairman of the Council as a direct report to university provost, launching the Certificate in Entrepreneurship, town-gown innovation collaboration, New York and Silicon Valley engagements, and Princeton’s first incubator the eHub, the first seed fund Alumni Entrepreneurs Fund, and most recently Princeton Innovation Center, a wet-lab incubator for industry collaboration in central Jersey’s innovation ecosystem.

Chiang created the Optimization of Networks track in CISS conferences in 2006, hosted the series of Smart Data Pricing (SDP) Industry Forums in 2012 and 2015, co-chaired the U.S. National Information Technology R&D; Workshop on Complex Engineered Networks in 2012, and U.S. NSF Grand Challenge Workshop in Edge Computing in 2016. He was also a co-chair of the inaugural Fog World Congress, the 2nd IEEE/ACM Symposium on Edge Computing, the 9th IEEE WiOpt Conference, the 38th CISS, and the 1st ACM S3 Workshop. He served on various IEEE committees including the Communications Society Fellow Evaluation committee, and was an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer 2012-2013. He delivered the Simon Stevin Lecture on Optimization in Engineering at K. U. Leuven in 2010, the Jury Lecture in University of Miami in 2012, and gave plenary or keynote speeches at international conferences such as IEEE WCNC, NOMS, SECON, INFOCOM, GLOBECOM, WiOpt, and MPS MOPTA. He co-edited the Wiley book volume on smart data pricing and on fog computing. He has been an Associate Editor (of IEEE Transactions on Communications, Transactions on Wireless Communications, Transactions on Networking, INFORMS Operations Research, Springer Journal of Optimization and Engineering), a guest editor (of IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Journal of Selected Areas in Communications, Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing, Communications Magazine), and chaired the inaugural Steering Committee that launched the IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering in 2013-14.

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