Shang-Hua Teng

Shang-Hua Teng (Chinese: 滕尚华; pinyin: Téng Shànghuá; born 1964)[3] is a Chinese-American computer scientist. He is the Seeley G. Mudd Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Southern California. Previously, he was the chairman of the Computer Science Department at the Viterbi School of Engineering of the University of Southern California.[4][5] In 2008 he was awarded the Gödel Prize for his joint work on smoothed analysis of algorithms with Daniel Spielman.[1] They went to win the prize again in 2015 for their contribution on "nearly-linear-time Laplacian solvers".[2][6] In 2009, he received the Fulkerson Prize given by the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Programming Society.

Shang-Hua Teng
Born1964 (age 5455)
ResidenceUnited States
Alma materShanghai Jiao Tong University
University of Southern California
Carnegie Mellon
Known forsmoothed analysis of algorithms
AwardsGödel Prize (2008, 2015),[1][2] Fulkerson Prize (2009)
Scientific career
FieldsComputer Science
InstitutionsUniversity of Southern California
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Boston University
University of Minnesota
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
ThesisA Unified Geometric Approach to Graph Partitioning (1991)
Doctoral advisorGary Miller


Teng was born in China in 1964. His father, Dr. Teng Zhanhong, was a professor of civil engineering at the Taiyuan University of Technology. His mother, Li Guixin, was an administrator at the same university.[3]

Teng graduated with BA in electrical engineering and BS in computer science, both from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1985. He obtained MS in computer science from the University of Southern California in 1988. Teng holds a Ph.D in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University (in 1991).

Prior to joining USC in 2009, Teng was a professor at Boston University. He has also taught at MIT, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has worked at Xerox PARC, NASA Ames Research Center, Intel Corporation, IBM Almaden Research Center, Akamai Technologies, Microsoft Research Redmond, Microsoft Research New England and Microsoft Research Asia.

Teng is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)[7] as well as an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow.

Personal life

In 2003, Teng married Diana Irene Williams, then a Ph.D. student of history at Harvard University.[3]


  1. 2008 Godel Prize
  2. 2015 Gödel Prize
  3. "Diana Williams, Shanghua Teng". The New York Times. July 27, 2003. Retrieved November 7, 2011.
  4. Calverley, Bob (July 15, 2009). "Computer Scientist Teng to Join USC". USC News. Archived from the original on July 23, 2009..
  5. Computer Scientist Teng to Join USC — USC News
  6. Gödel Prize 2015
  7. Dr. Shang-Hua Teng
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