“Nature is Inspirational. Keep looking into nature & exercise your creativity. You may create something unusual that can make the world a better place.” ― Tak-Sing Wong
Dr. Tak-Sing Wong is currently an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. His research focuses on surface and interface, micro- and nanomanufacturing, as well as designing multi-functional biologically inspired surfaces with applications in materials, energy, and health.
His research has been published in Nature, Nature Materials, Nature Communications, and The Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences USA. His work on bio-inspired materials has been recognized with a 2012 R&D 100 Award, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2014) and a Young Faculty Award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (2014). He has been cited as one of the top young engineers in the United States through the invitation to the National Academy of Engineering’s Frontiers of Engineering symposium. More recently, he has been named one of the world’s top 35 Innovators Under 35 by MIT Technology Review.
He received a bachelor's degree in automation and computer-aided engineering from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. He completed his postdoctoral research at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University.
Presentations by Dr. Tak-Sing Wong:
MIT Technology Review Meet the Innovators Under 35
International and national awards and recognitions including:
Innovators under 35 by MIT Technology Review (2014),
National Academy of Engineering U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Invitee (2014)
NSF CAREER Award (2014)
DARPA Young Faculty Award (2014)
20 Outstanding Alumni by Mechanical Engineering, CUHK (2014)
R&D 100 Award for the invention of SLIPS: Slippery Liquid-Infused Porous Surfaces (2012)
Croucher Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010 - 2012)
Intel Foundation Ph.D. Fellowship (2007 - 2009)
Lucent Global Science Scholar (2001)
A number of best paper awards from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Dr. Wong's research on SLIPS has been featured in a documentary by BBC in 2012, as well as >100 international media, including PBS NOVA, Reuters, The Times, The Wall Street Journal, Popular Science, and Nature.