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Dr. Liang Cheng is an associate professor of computer science and engineering (CSE) with tenure at Lehigh University. He has advised six Ph.D. students to their graduation and supervised two postdocs. As the director of LONGLAB (Laboratory Of Networking Group), Dr. Cheng has been the Principal Investigator (PI) and a Co-PI of more than fifteen projects supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, Agere Systems, Inc., East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc., PPL Corporation, and ABB, Inc.
Dr. Cheng’s research is geared toward enabling smarter cities through inter-disciplinary projects, such as smart grid (DOE and PITA projects), smart structure (NSF and PITA projects), smart subsurface (an NSF project), and IoT middleware (an NSF project seeded by his work on networked appliances in 2000). He is also an expert in ad hoc networks (NSF, DARPA and PITA projects). He has authored/co-authored more than 100 papers and technical reports, including a best paper, a best paper award nomination, and papers in premium conference/journals. Dr. Cheng has served as an external member on seventeen Ph.D. dissertation committees and supervised several visiting scholars and students. He has served as an expert reviewer for project/grant proposals/panels for programs in U.S. such as NSF, DOE, NIH (National Institute of Health), ACS (American Chemical Society), NRI (Nebraska Research Initiative), and GENI (Global Environment for Network Innovations), and in Europe such as The Knowledge Foundation and Austrian Science Fund.
As a former awardee of Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Foundation Minority Junior Faculty Award, Liang advocates inter-disciplinary research and integrating research results into undergraduate education. He has published papers on CSE educations. He has designed wireless sensing lab modules for Engineering 5: Introduction to Engineering Practice, a mandatory first-year practical engineering experience course at Lehigh University, and created a software-hardware co-design course on Network Systems Design at an advanced undergraduate level supported by the NSF and industry partner.
Dr. Liang Cheng was awarded the membership of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars. He was a Visiting Professor at TU Dortmund and University of Science and Technology of China during his sabbatical year and he also worked at Rutgers University and Duke University in his Ph.D. studies.