Assistant Professor Ian Wong Receives Pierrepont Award

Ian WongAssistant Professor of Engineering Ian Wong has been named the recipient of this year's Nathalie Rutherford Pierrepont'07 prize for leadership, career advising, and motivation.

This is the fifth annual Pierrepont Award, which is offered through the Center for Careers and Life After Brown (CareerLAB), to recognize faculty members who have been especially helpful to students in shaping their life goals and plans after Brown.

According to the award citation, "His guidance and mentorship inspired students and changed their lives. Moreover, Professor Wong's passion for teaching and scholarship is an example that students entering any profession should follow."

Prof. Wong engineers new technologies to study cancer cell invasion, phenotypic plasticity and therapeutic resistance. He received his A.B. magna cum laude in applied mathematics from Harvard in 2003. He did his graduate work on the directed self-assembly of biomolecular materials, receiving a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Stanford in 2010. He did his postdoctoral training in BioMEMS and cancer cell migration at the Center for Engineering in Medicine of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School from 2010-2013. Wong joined Brown University as assistant professor of engineering in July 2013. He is a recipient of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship as well as the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Fellowship.