Carnegie Mellon University

A portrait of Hanghang Tong

January 14, 2022

MLD Alum Named IEEE Fellow

By Susie Cribbs

Hanghang Tong, who earned his Ph.D. in machine learning at Carnegie Mellon University in 2009, has been named an IEEE fellow for his contributions to graph mining. 

IEEE confers the grade of fellow upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the institute's fields of interest. IEEE fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.

Now an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Tong credits his doctoral research with Fredkin Professor of Computer Science Christos Faloutsos for providing a strong framework for his current success.

"It's always amazing when you learn of receiving a great recognition, and becoming an IEEE fellow is definitely a great honor," Tong said in an article published by the Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science at the University of Illinois. "However, this is also representative of all the people who I've worked with over the years. This goes back to the work I did during my Ph.D. studies, which was a long time ago now. It also is indicative of the high level of students I am privileged to work with here at Illinois CS." 

Read the full story about Tong's career and his elevation to fellow on the University of Illinois website.