"A magazine called him the $240 Million Professor"

This book describes the life experience of the author, from three years old to his retirement at 66 years old. He was called the $240 Million Professor by Transpacific Magazine. In his youth. he had suffered from Japanese invasion of China. While his father was fighting the Japanese in the front, he and his mother had to move from one province to the other, in order to escape the invading Japanese. In the meantime, lots of moving and frightening events had occurred. After WWII, they escaped to Taiwan when Communists took over the mainland. He went to college and obtained a degree. During the military training, he had invented three small weapon control system. After he proofed they worked, he was awarded a medal by then President Chiang Kai-Shek. After he served in the military, he got married and decided to go to the United States for an advanced degree. When he arrived in the U.S.A., he had only $30 in his pocket. Through working as a TV repairman, he graduated with a master’s degree. He found a teaching job and brought his wife and children over. He then went on for his doctor’s degree. Upon completing his Ph.D. in 1971, he started to build Computer Science department for colleges and universities in this nation. In 1979 he was promoted to eminent professorship. In 1985, he quit his professorship and dipped into running a business. After six years in business, he fought and won the largest contract the federal government had awarded to a small business in 1991. A magazine called him the $240 Million Professor. He was awarded in the White House by President Bush senior in 1991. In 1992 he was sent by President Bush to China as a member in the First commercial delegation of this country. In this book, the author described his personal encounters, feelings, other interesting events and there was no dull moment.


Dr. Richard T. Cheng

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Dr. Richard T. Cheng (MS CS ’69, PhD ’71) established a professorship in 2015 to help CS @ ILLINOIS retain and attract talented faculty. An influential educator, who founded the computer science departments at the Rochester Institute of Technology and Old Dominion University, Dr. Cheng’s philanthropy at Illinois began more than 15 years ago when he established the Richard T. Cheng Endowed Fellowship in Computer Science. Dr. Cheng’s influence also reached beyond CS departments in the United States. He helped establish the College of Computer Science and Engineering at King Saud University in Saudi Arabia, where he also advised the government about the nation’s computer network.

An entrepreneur, he founded ECI Systems & Engineering in 1980. At its peak, the Virginia-based company was a leading integrated systems provider for the U.S. military and government, with annual sales of $50 million, more than 500 employees, and 32 offices around the world. In 2011, Cheng was recognized by the College of Engineering at Illinois with the Alumni Award for Distinguished Service for his outstanding leadership in education and in business.


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