Cheng has more than 18 years of experience in creating and fostering new research and education programs. His research focuses on Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things and is geared toward enabling intelligent infrastructure through inter-disciplinary projects. As the principal investigator, he led a DOE project (Keystone Smart Grid Fellowship Program) that enhanced the sustainability of the Energy Systems Engineering Institute at Lehigh University and the Power and Energy Initiative at the University of Pittsburgh. He was a founding member of the INE cluster (a research cluster in Integrated Networks for Electrical, Information and Financial Flows) at Lehigh University. Leading a multidisciplinary team of researchers from 20 universities and institutes in 6 countries, he co-edited a book onUnderground Sensingpublished by Elsevier Academic Press in 2018. Cheng obtained his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in 2002. He has been a Computer Science and Engineering faculty at Lehigh University and advised 2 postdocs, 7 doctoral candidates to their graduation, and supervised 25 Master’s degree theses since 2002. Cheng takes his passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion in collaborating with colleagues to spearhead policy changes during his service on the Faculty Senate and as a Faculty Tri-Chair of the Council for Equity and Community at Lehigh University.