BY LILY DATILLO
Electrical engineering professor Mung Chiang has been awarded the Alan T. Waterman Award, the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for young researchers.
Chiang studies economic, technological and social networks, using innovative mathematical methods to analyze these networks and ultimately design better, more powerful ones. According to an NSF press release, Chiang’s efforts to connect theory with practice made him an impressive candidate for the prize, which recognizes a researcher’s originality, innovation and impact on his or her field. The award, which is given each year to one person under the age of 35 working in any scientific or engineering field, comes with a $1 million research grant to be used in any field the recipient finds exciting.