The College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) is pleased to announced that Dr. Jing Deng, professor and head of UNC Greensboro’s Computer Science Department, has been awarded the Bank of America Professorship, effective January 1, 2023.
This endowed professorship, established in 1982, recognizes Deng’s robust scholarly contributions, his commitment to teaching and mentorship, as well as his service to the University.
“Dr. Deng is an accomplished teacher-scholar who, during his 14 years at UNCG, has contributed greatly to his scholarly community, UNCG students, and to UNCG as an institution,” said Dr. John Z. Kiss, dean of CAS. “I am delighted that he is honored with this distinguished professorship.”
A Top Computer Science Scholar
Deng’s research focuses on networks: from wireless communication networks, to network security, and even social networks of people. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Air Force, and other major institutions, Deng’s work has led to innovations that have dramatically improved communication efficiency and security within wireless networks.
With an h-index of 64, Deng is among the top computer scientists in the world. He has published more than 110 peer-reviewed publications in journals and conferences, and his work has been cited over 18,000 times on Google Scholar. Deng has also been appointed the rank of Fellow by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the largest professional association dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.
“Dr. Deng is a truly outstanding computer scientist whose scholarly accomplishments put him on par with the best faculty at flagship institutions,” said Dr. Stephen R. Tate, a UNCG computer science professor and previous department head, who supported Deng’s nomination for the Bank of America Professorship. “He is highly visible and prominent in the field, and enhances UNCG’s reputation as a university that produces serious scholarship.”
Dedication to Teaching and Service
On top of his many research accomplishments, Deng also excels in teaching and mentorship. In addition to teaching standard core computer science classes, he has created classes within his own specialties such as “Principles of Wireless Networks” and “Network Analysis.” He regularly mentors M.S. students, and as department head, was instrumental in the creation of UNCG’s new computer science Ph.D. program.
For these reasons, Deng has been named the Bank of America professor, which provides resources to help him maintain his productivity as a scholar while continuing to serve as department head.
The Bank of America Professorship is funded by an endowment from North Carolina National Bank (NCNB) in 1982. NCNB was a Charlotte-based bank that, after a number of mergers and acquisitions, became Bank of America. Bank of America is still headquartered in Charlotte and continues its commitment to the local community.
The previous two recipients for this professorship were Dr. Susan D. Calkins (Human Development and Family Studies – 2013) and Dr. John Stufken (Mathematics & Statistics – 2019).
Story by Elizabeth Keri, College of Arts & Sciences
Photography by Sean Norona, University Communications
UNCG offers bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. programs in computer science.