Engineering alumnus honored with prestigious science award

Mung Chiang
Mung Chiang

MUNG CHIANG, a Stanford alumnus who earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at the School of Engineering, has been awarded this year’s Alan T. Waterman Award. The annual award honors outstanding researchers under the age of 35 in any field of science or engineering that the National Science Foundation supports.

Chiang’s achievements will be recognized with a $1 million award, spread over five years, to help further his research, which focuses on developing methods for analyzing the often-complex interaction between layers of wireless networks.

Chiang completed his doctorate in electrical engineering at Stanford in 2003 under the guidance of engineering Professor STEPHEN BOYD and the late THOMAS COVER, who was a Stanford professor of electrical engineering and of statistics. Chiang is now a professor at Princeton University.

“It is a great pleasure to honor Mung Chiang with NSF’s most prestigious award designed to recognize outstanding young researchers,” said NSF Director SUBRA SURESH. “Dr. Chiang’s work links the worlds of theory and practice, and begins to close the gap between what is known today and what might be possible in next-generation wireless networks. His scientific contributions are certain to continue to impact our lives.”

Chiang’s research has been applied to wireless network radio resource optimization and Internet congestion control, as well as network traffic routing and fair distribution of resources in cloud computing.

“I’m deeply humbled by this prestigious honor,” Chiang said. “We’ll use NSF’s support to further develop mathematical languages that crystallize the architectures of network design and then turn the theoretical advances into deployable systems.”

An IEEE Fellow, Chiang received the institute’s 2012 Kiyo Tomiyasu Award. He also is the recipient of the U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, NSF CAREER Award and MIT Technology Review young innovator award, called the TR35. He joined the Princeton faculty in 2003.

The Waterman Award will be presented to Chiang at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on May 9.

—ANDREW MYERS, Stanford Engineering