Hwa Chung Torng

Hwa Chung Torng

Electrical and Computer Engineering


Professor Torng joined the EE faculty as an assistant professor in 1960, was promoted to an associate professor in 1963 and became a full professor in 1971. Here, his two most popular courses were Computer Networks and Telecommunication and Processor Organization. He was a vigorous and stimulating lecturer and won the Tau Beta Pi Commendations for Excellence in Teaching, the IEEE Cornell Student Chapter “Best Professor” (1982, 1986, 1997), and the Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Excellence in Teaching in (1995 and 1998). Torng retired in 1999.

In addition to his academic achievements, Torng was the graduate field representative from 1990 to 1993, introduced innovative recruiting and admission policies in the EE School graduate program, and took an active personal interest in the recruiting process. Following that term, he received a large grant in 1993 from NSF, with matching funds from the Provost, to initiate a doctoral program for students from underrepresented minority groups.

In 1977, Professor H.C. Torng was named the first Intel Academic Research Fellow “for his contributions to the state of the art in high-speed instruction decoding and execution”.

Selected Publications

  • Torng, Hwa Chung.  1994. Instruction Level Parallel Processors.  IEEE Computer Society Press.
  • Torng, Hwa Chung, Daddis G. 1993.  "'Overview of Switching Architectures', Photonics in Switching."  , edited by J. Midwinter.  Academic Press.
  • Torng, Hwa Chung.  1989. "Instruction Issuing Mechanisms for Processors with Multiple Functional Units."  U. S. Patent 4,807,115.
  • Torng, Hwa Chung.  1972. Switching Circuits: Theory and Logical Design.Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley.
  • Torng, Hwa Chung.  1964. Introduction to Logical Design of Switching Systems.  Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • U. S. Patent 4,807,115 - "Instruction Issuing Mechanisms for Processors with Multiple Functional Units".
  • Engineering College Teaching Award 1995, 1998
  • Intel Academic Research Fellow Award 1997
  • Golden Core Member Award (IEEE Computer Society) 1996
  • Meritorious Service Award (IEEE Computer Society) 1991
  • IEEE Fellow 1990


  • B.S. National Taiwan University, 1955
  • M.S. Cornell University, 1958
  • Ph.D. Cornell University, 1960