“Prof. Lang Tong named to Irwin and Joan Jacobs Chair in Engineering”
The Trustees have named Prof. Lang Tong to have the Irwin and Joan Jacobs Chair in Engineering. This is the endowed chair that Toby Berger held before his retirement last January. It is great to see the Chair stay within the School, and it is appropriate that it also is going to someone who has had a strong impact in the communications field.
Lang has distinguished himself in many ways in our school, but was noted in particular for his pioneering scholarship in the field of communications signal processing, his leadership in the school, and his effort and success at team building for funded research among the faculty in the school and college. Even as this award is announced, Lang is busy assembling a large proposal for an Army-funded center that will involved over 6 Cornell faculty plus a number of other schools. He has been an active leader in helping others get research funding since he arrived.
This is a great honor both for Lang and for the School. A Chair represents the highest rank that can be achieved in a university; it is well-deserved and appropriate honor for Lang.