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educator , Computer scientist

Richard Tien-ren Cheng, American computer scientist, educator. Recipient medal President Chiang Roc, Taipei, 1961, Founder's award OCA, 1998; named National Minority Business Person of Year, 1991, President George Bush, Entrepreneur of Year, 1992, K Peat Marwick Group, High Technology Entrepreneur of Year, 1992, Ernest Young, Inc., Outstanding Industrialist of Year 1998, Outstanding Alumni Taiwan National University Alumni Association.


Cheng, Richard Tien-ren was born on June 4, 1934 in Nanjing, China. Came to the United States, 1961. Son of George T. and Elaine M. (Liu) Cheng.


Bachelor of Science in Education, Taiwan Normal University, 1958. Master of Education, University Wisconsin, Menomonie, 1963. Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, University Illinois, 1969.

Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science, University Illinois, 1971.


Instructor, Taiwan Normal U., Taipei, 1958-1960;instructor, Racine (Wisconsin) Technology, 1963-1966;assistant professor, Stout State University, Menominie, 1966-1968;research assistant, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1968-1971;assistant professor, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, 1971-1972;assistant professor Hunter College, CUNY, 1972-1973;associate professor, chair, Rochester (New York) Institute Technology, 1973-1974;professor, chair, Rochester (New York) Institute Technology, 1974-1979;eminent professor, chair, Old Dominion U., Norfolk, Virginia, 1979-1985;chairman, ceo, Eastern Computers, Virginia Beach, since 1985. Consultant Western Printing, Racine, 1963-1966. Senior consultant Talor Instruments, Rochester, 1980-1981, Ministry of Interior, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 1980-1990.

Director, treasurer Operation Smile International, Norfolk, since 1992. Board directors National.Def. U., since 1992, Center Innovative Technology Virginia, since 1993, Signet Bank, FirstUnion Bank, SENTARA Health Systems Board.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional publications.


Director Marine Science Museum, Virginia Beach, since 1989, foundation board Norfolk State University, since 1992, Navy League, Norfolk, since 1991, Committee of 100, since 1994. Active Boy Scouts American, since 1990. Member Organization Chinese-American (founder, president 1987-1989), Defense Oriental Conference, New York Academy of Sciences, Chamber of Commerce of Hampton Roads (board directors since 1990), Cavalian Yacht and Golf Club.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: photography, stamp collecting, gun collecting.


Married Nancy P. Chiang, January 24, 1960. Children: James S., Raymond S.

George T. Cheng

Elaine M. (Liu) Cheng

Nancy P. Chiang

James S. Cheng

Raymond S. Cheng