INDUSTRY AND THE PROFESSION
THE ALAN T. WATERMAN AWARD
GOES TO ...
Photo courtesy of Brian Wilson/Princeton University.
Princeton University's Mung Chiang, an electrical engineer who "uses innovative mathematical analyses to
design simpler and more powerful wireless networks." The
annual award is given by the National Science Foundation
to outstanding researchers under the age of 35 in any
NSF-supported field. Prof. Chiang's contributions have been
applied to wireless net resource optimization, Internet
congestion control, plus wireless signal traffic routing and
resource distribution in cloud computing. According to
Chiang, in his work, "We cut through the buzz words and
get to the fundamentals.
We teach the key concepts in networking that help
formulate and address central questions, those that
teenagers can readily relate to in their daily lives."
The professor is no stranger to awards, having
previously reeled in the IEEE's 2012 Kiyo Tomiyasu Award,
US Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and
Engineers, the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator
Award, and the MIT Technology Review young innovator award.
The Waterman award comes with a tidy $1 million grant, to be spread out over five years. NV
■ Mung Chiang, winner of the
2013 Alan T. Waterman Award.
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