American Society of Mechanical Engineers announces fellow, conference honoree


By Mariah Chuprinski

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A College of Engineering faculty member and student were recently honored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Pak Kin Wong, professor of biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering, was named a fellow of ASME.

This honor is the latest of four such fellowships Wong has received from professional organizations. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

Fellowships at ASME recognize “exceptional engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession and to ASME,” according to the award letter. Wong is among 3,462 fellows out of almost 80,000 ASME members around the world.

“Pak has made seminal contributions to single cell biosensing approaches and systems for biomedical applications,” said Wong’s nominator, Wen Jung Li, associate provost and chair professor of biomedical engineering at the City University of Hong Kong. “His work creates unprecedented platform technologies for characterizing live cells at the single cell resolution in complex tissue environments based on biomimetic and nanoengineered materials and advanced manufacturing strategies. These single cell analysis technologies enable multimodal characterization of complex biological processes and open new opportunities for the rapid diagnosis of infectious diseases, probing the mechano-regulation of tissue morphogenesis, and multiscale modeling of the cooperative strategy in collective cancer invasion toward precision medicine applications.”

Suparno Bhattacharyya, doctoral student in engineering science and mechanics (ESM), was nominated for a spotlight presentation at the 2021 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences (IDETC), which will take place virtually Aug. 17-19.

Bhattacharyya’s paper, “An Energy Closure Criterion for Model Reduction of a Kicked Euler–Bernoulli Beam,” was published in ASME’s Journal of Vibration and Acoustics in November and was co-authored with his adviser, Joseph Cusumano, professor of engineering science and mechanics.

“As a grad student, I feel honored to have received the invitation to present my work at IDETC 2021,” Bhattacharyya said. “The selection of our paper for the spotlight presentation is an indicator of the quality and importance of our research. This is quite reassuring, and at the same time, motivating. I would like to convey my sincere gratitude to my adviser, Joseph Cusumano, for his patience, motivation, and guidance, and to the ESM department for supporting my research endeavors.”


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