Jong-Shi Pang included in’s Top 500 Best Scientists for 2022

| February 13, 2023

Pang is an internationally recognized expert in the field of operations research, optimization, and applied mathematics.

Jong-Shi Pang

Epstein Family Chair Jong-Shi Pang has been included among’s top 500 scientists.

Jong-Shi Pang, Epstein Family Chair and Distinguished Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, has been included in’s Top 500 Best Scientists for 2022. Pang was honored in the Engineering and Technology category, ranking 414 in the world and 182 nationally. He was also recognized in the Mathematics category, ranking 120 in the world and 68 nationally.

The list, based on a meticulous examination of 166,880 scientists on Microsoft Academic Graph, ranks scientists’ D-index (Discipline H-index), which includes papers and citation values for an examined discipline.

Building on his past works in optimization and equilibria, Pang’s recent research focuses on “coupled non-convex and non-smooth” (or “CNN”) problems, possibly with uncertainty. These are problems where favorable properties for calculation are absent, and the realism is subject to uncertainty or may not follow a defined pattern. These problems are pervasive in real-world applications, for instance, in the financial and energy markets and many engineering systems as well as in the topical area of machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Pang said he likes to think outside the box when approaching problems and prefers not to work in crowded areas of research.

Pang joined USC in August 2013 and earned his Ph.D. in operations research from Stanford University. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in February 2021.

Prior to joining USC Viterbi, he was the first head of the Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, after 30 years of academic work at Johns Hopkins University and other universities.

Over the course of his career, Pang has received an impressive number of accolades, including the 2003 George B. Dantzig Prize, awarded jointly by the Mathematical Programming Society and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), as well as the Lanchester Prize, also presented by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). Pang also received the 2019 INFORMS John von Neumann Theory Prize, honoring his lifetime achievements in operations research.

Published on February 13th, 2023

Last updated on February 13th, 2023

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