Two Penn State biomedical engineering faculty members named AIMBE Fellows

January 18, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Yong Wang and Pak Kin Wong, professors of biomedical engineering at Penn State, have been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

AIMBE is a nonprofit organization that provides leadership and advocacy in medical and biological engineering for the benefit of society. The College of Fellows includes more than 1,500 outstanding individuals in academia, industry and government. Leaders in the medical and biological engineering community, they have distinguished themselves through their contributions in research, industrial practice and/or education.

Wang joined the Penn State faculty in 2013. As head of the Biomolecular and Biomimetic Materials Laboratory, he leads a research team that is exploring the development of biomaterials that can undergo multiple, dynamic, independent and controllable changes. Inspired by the evolution of nature, they have applied nucleic acids and hydrogels to create innovative programmable biomaterials that can be molecularly regulated.

Wang’s awards and honors include the NSF CAREER Award (2010) and the NSF INSPIRE Award (2012). He is a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society and the Society for Biomaterials, and served as a section editor for the "Handbook of Biomedical Engineering" (2009-2013).

Wong joined the Penn State faculty in 2015. As head of the Systematic Bioengineering Laboratory, he leads a research team that develops advanced biomanufacturing strategies for translational applications, such as collective cell migration in tissue regeneration and cancer metastasis, as well as microfluidic systems for clinical diagnostics.

Wong’s awards and honors include the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award (2010), the University of Arizona Engineering Faculty Fellow (2011), the University of Arizona Asian American Faculty, Staff and Alumni Association’s Outstanding Faculty Award (2013), and JALA Ten — A Top 10 Breakthrough in Innovation (2015). He is a section editor for IEEE Nanotechnology Magazine, an associate editor for IEEE Transaction on Nanotechnology, and an editorial board member for Scientific Reports. He has served on organizing committees for numerous international conferences, such as the general co-chair of IEEE NEMS 2017 in Los Angeles.

Wang and Wong will be formally inducted into the College of Fellows at AIMBE’s 2017 Annual Event on March 20 in Washington, D.C.

Last Updated January 18, 2017