Shang-Hua Teng

University Professor

University Professor
Seeley G. Mudd Professor of Engineering
Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics
USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Throughout his career, internationally renowned theoretical computer scientist Shang-Hua Teng has driven transformative progress in his field. His propensity for tackling longstanding, open problems in computer science distinguishes him as an inventive and undaunted scholar, always forging ahead in search of creative solutions. Collaborating frequently with academics from around the world, Professor Teng has steered humanity’s journey into the information age.

Professor Teng has established himself a respected authority in multiple research areas. His elucidation of the smoothed analysis of algorithms propelled a deeper understanding of increasingly complex and versatile computerized operations. In addition, Professor Teng’s work on nearly-linear-time Laplacian solvers has provided mathematicans with an algorithmic tool to spur advancements in realms such as network analysis and matrix computation. For each of these tremendous achievements, he earned the prestigious international Gödel Prize, becoming one of only six individuals to attain this major distinction twice.

Professor Teng’s innovative scholarship garners considerable recognition from his peers. The American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Optimization Society jointly honored him with the coveted Fulkerson Prize for his outstanding work in discrete mathematics. He also serves as a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Simons Foundation—the latter of which praised him as “one of the most original theoretical computer scientists in the world.” Such acclaim attests to the truly indelible mark he has made on the discipline of computer science.

For his determined pursuit of knowledge, his exceptional scholarly accomplishments, and his singular creativity, the University of Southern California proudly bestows upon Shang-Hua Teng the title of University Professor.