Pang joins the USC Viterbi Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering this fall, where he hopes to continue his research efforts, tap into USC’s diverse, multi-disciplinary resources, and collaborate on the cutting-edge research that is being done at the Viterbi School.
Pang is well known within the optimization circles because of the groundbreaking work he has done, Professor Sen said. He is among a small group of scholars who have received both the George B. Dantzig Prize, which is jointly awarded by the Mathematical Optimization Society (MOS) and the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), and the Frederick W. Lanchester Prize, which is awarded by the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science.
In addition to his research, Pang has served as a leader in both the academic and administrative sides of the field. Having worked extensively as a professor, department head and program director, Pang truly understands the ins and outs of the field, including the opportunities and challenges. He has considerable experience teaching future researchers in the lab at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and John Hopkins University, among others, on one hand; and making key decisions on research funding at the National Science Foundation on the other.
Pang most recently served as the inaugural head of the Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering at the University of Illinois, where he helped build the department. With the department now on solid ground, he is ready to embark on his next challenge: to help take USC Viterbi’s research and stature to the next level.