Wong Laboratory for Nature Inspired Engineering


Principal Investigator


Tak-Sing Wong, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Materials Research Institute

Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

The Pennsylvania State University


Offices: N-330 Millennium Science Complex


Lab: N-252A Millennium Science Complex

Phone: (814) 865-6122

Email: tswong@psu.edu



Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles (2009)

B.Eng. in Automation & Computer-Aided Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2003)


Selected Honors and Awards


ASME Sia Nemat-Nasser Early Career Award (2018)

Distinguished Alumni Award, Faculty of Engineering, CUHK (2017)

IEEE Nanotechnology Council Early Career Award in Nanotechnology (2016)

Wormley Family Early Career Professorship in Engineering (2015)

Innovators Under 35, MIT Technology Review (2014)

DARPA Young Faculty Award (2014)

NSF CAREER Award (2014)

US Frontiers of Engineering Invitee, National Academy of Engineering (2014)

Outstanding Alumni, Dept. Mechanical & Automation Engineering, CUHK (2014)

R&D 100 Award (2012)

Best Inventions Using Biomimicry, Treehuggers - A Discovery Company (2011)




Dr. Tak-Sing Wong is currently Associate Professor and the inaugural holder of Wormley Family Early Career Professorship in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University.  Dr. Wong conducted his postdoctoral research at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University  from 2010 - 2012 (with Prof. Joanna Aizenberg).  He received his Ph.D. degree in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at UCLA in 2009 (with Prof. Chih-Ming Ho), following his B.Eng. degree in Automation and Computer-Aided Engineering from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.


Dr. Wong's research focuses on micro/nanoengineering, interfacial phenomena, and biologically inspired engineering with applications in materials science, water, health, and energy. His research has collectively led to 10 granted U.S. patents  (with 11 pending) and >25 peer-reviewed publications, including papers in Nature, Nature Materials, Nature Communications, Science Advances, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA (PNAS). Five of these papers are listed as top 1% highly cited papers in his field according to ISI Web of Science.


Dr. Wong has received a number of international and national awards and recognitions including: Innovators Under 35 by MIT Technology Review (2014), ASME Sia Nemat-Nasser Early Career Award (2018), IEEE Early Career Award in Nanotechnology (2016), National Academy of Engineering U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Invitee (2014), NSF CAREER Award (2014), DARPA Young Faculty Award (2014), Distinguished Alumni Award by Faculty of Engineering, CUHK (2017), 20 Outstanding Alumni by Mechanical Engineering, CUHK (2014); R&D 100 Award for the invention  of SLIPS: Slippery Liquid-Infused Porous Surfaces (2012), the Croucher Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010 - 2012), the  Intel Foundation Ph.D. Fellowship (2007 - 2009), the Lucent Global Science Scholar (2001), and a number of best paper awards from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).  Dr. Wong's bio-inspired materials research has been featured in two documentaries by BBC (2012) and PBS NOVA (2013) and a short film by Science Nation (2016) of the National Science Foundation, as well as >100 international media, including  Reuters, The Times, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, Die Welt, National Geographic, Popular Science, Discover, MIT Technology Review, Nature, and Science.


Dr. Wong is a National Geographic Explorer, and a member of Sigma Xi, the American Chemical Society (ACS), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Materials Research Society (MRS), and IEEE.  Dr. Wong currently serves on the Editorial Board of IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology and Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group), and has served as a Guest Co-Editor for MRS Bulletin. In addition, Dr. Wong serves as a peer reviewer in leading research journals such as Science, Nature, Nature Communications, Science Advances, Physical Review Letters, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, ACS Nano, Advanced Materials, Chemical Society Reviews, Nano Letters, and Lab on a Chip, etc, as well as delivering over 30 invited academic seminars and international conferences worldwide.


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Department of Mechanical Engineering

Materials Research Institute

Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802


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