Eddie Cheng

Eddie Cheng

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Eddie Cheng, Ph.D., is a professor of mathematics in Oakland University’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He has served as chair of the department since May 2010.

Dr. Cheng arrived at Oakland in 1997 after serving a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Rice University that was awarded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Dr. Cheng’s research interests include combinatorial optimization, integer programming and network analysis. He is an associate editor of Journal of Networks, a peer-reviewed international scientific journal focusing on theories, methods and applications in networks.

Since 2002, Dr. Cheng has served as director of Oakland’s Summer Mathematics Institute, a six-week summer program that allows exceptional high school students in Southeastern Michigan the chance to earn college math credits.

In 2003, Dr. Cheng supervised the NHL Project, the honors thesis of an Oakland undergraduate student who developed a sophisticated formula to compute a professional hockey team’s chances of earning a spot in postseason play. This method proved to be so accurate that it garnered the attention of local media.

Dr. Cheng teaches courses on a variety of topics, including linear algebra, graph theory and applications, design and analysis of algorithms, linear and integer optimization, calculus, number theory and cryptography and operations research.

Throughout his career, Dr. Cheng has earned a number of prestigious honors. In 2007, he received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Mathematical Association of America. He also received the 2009 Distinguished Professor of the Year Award from the Presidents Council State Universities of Michigan. 

In addition to his academic work, Dr. Cheng has used his expertise to help solve the challenges of private industry. He was awarded research contracts from well-known companies such as General Motors and Caterpillar.

Dr. Cheng earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, in Ontario, Canada.   

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