Wong honored with ASME's 2018 Sia Nemat-Nasser Early Career Award

September 18, 2018

NEW YORK – Tak-Sing Wong, an assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering at Penn State, who is involved in pioneering work exploring synergies between biology and materials science, is the recipient of an award from The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

The Society will present the 2018 Sia Nemat-Nasser Early Career Award to Wong at the forthcoming ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Nov. 9-15, in Pittsburgh.  ASME is recognizing the young engineer for “the development of novel biologically inspired materials for applications in liquid-repellant coatings, anti-fouling surfaces, and ultra-sensitive molecular sensors,” among other research accomplishments.

Wong and his research associates are working at the intersection of biology and engineering, creating new types of bio-inspired materials and investigating their role in energy sustainability and healthcare.  Wong was named one of the world’s top-35 innovators under the age of 35 in the prestigious MIT Technology Review.

About ASME

ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world. For more information visit www.asme.org.


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