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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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April 2021: Special Addition

Dear Purdue Engineering Community,

American higher education was transformed, toward the end of WWII, by a broadening of access and the mission of impactful research. From the late 1950s through the 1960s, federal investment into R&D further amplified the roles of research universities.

In 2021 and in the next several years, two overarching trends are transforming American universities in magnitude not seen in more than half a century: (1) society’s demand for innovative learning during and beyond the college age in a post-pandemic world and (2) a tremendous renewal of federal, state and private sector investment in critical technologies. 
Through this crucial period, Purdue University has the opportunity to become the most consequential public university in the United States. The strategic initiatives announced by President Daniels and the Board of Trustees this month coincide with the focus on technology innovation by the State of Indiana and with the nationwide, bipartisan support for research advance and a vibrant talent pipeline.   
Starting May 1, I am honored to serve in the additional role of Purdue University’s Executive Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, reporting to President Daniels. I will be collaborating with colleagues from across the University system and from Purdue For Life Foundation and Purdue Research Foundation. Initial focus includes the initiatives in Purdue’s Next Moves, as described by the University on April 9, and the “Innovation Campus,” consisting of the Discovery Park District and Zucrow Aerospace District. 
Simultaneously, I will continue to serve, alongside an amazing team of colleagues, as the Dean of the College of Engineering. With Pinnacle of Excellence at Scale, Purdue Engineering is serving more students than any other engineering school ever ranked in the country’s top five. As the upward momentum of our College continues, thank you and Boiler Up!


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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