Wong selected to attend national symposium for young engineers

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Tak Sing Wong, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is among 83 of the nation's brightest young engineers to attend the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium.

The invitation-only symposium will be held Sept. 11 to 13 at the National Academies' Beckman Center in Irvine, California.

Participants, ages 30 to 45, are selected based on their demonstrated accomplishment in engineering research and technical work with recognizable contributions to advancing the frontiers of engineering; interest in engineering developments in other fields and ability to consider how advances, techniques and approaches in those areas relate to the nominee's own field; as well as potential to be a future leader in the U.S. engineering endeavor.

Engineers from industry, academe and government labs will discuss pioneering technical work and leading-edge research in various engineering fields and industry sectors.

Wong said, "It is an honor to be selected to participate in the symposium. I am looking forward to it, because it is an excellent opportunity to learn about some of the best engineering work outside my field."

He added that new technology often emerges from these types of multi-disciplinary collaborations.

This year's symposium topics include co-robotics, frontiers in materials for batteries, technologies for the heart, and shale gas and oil.

Wong, whose research includes utilizing biologically inspired concepts to design functional and adaptive interfacial materials, explained, "I want to see how my work might contribute to these different areas."

A Penn State faculty member since 2013, he received his bachelor of engineering degree in automation and computer-aided engineering from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, his doctorate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, and completed his postdoctoral research at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University.

Earlier this year, Wong was selected for an early CAREER award from the National Science Foundation.

Last Updated July 01, 2014