Materials Science and Engineering Professor C.P. Wong to Give Commencement Address

C.P. Wong, Regents' Professor in the Georgia Tech School of Materials Science and Engineering, will address the Georgia Institute of Technology's 219th commencement ceremony on Friday, July 30, at 9 a.m., in Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Tech expects approximately 1,000 students to participate in the ceremony.

In April, Wong received Georgia Tech's Distinguished Professor Award. The prize, which includes the honor of delivering the summer commencement address, is the most prestigious award bestowed upon Tech faculty members. The recipient is chosen for his or her outstanding commitment to teaching, research and service and is selected by the Faculty Honors Committee.

A professor in Georgia Tech's School of Materials Science and Engineering since 1996, Wong holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in inorganic/organic chemistry from Pennsylvania State University. After his doctoral study, he was awarded a two-year postdoctoral fellowship with Nobel Laureate Professor Henry Taube at Stanford University, where he conducted studies on the electron transfer and reaction mechanism of metallocomplexes. He was the first person to synthesize the first known lanthanide and actinide porphyrin complexes, which represents a breakthrough in metalloporphyrin chemistry.

In 1977, Wong joined AT&T Bell Laboratories and began working on the research and development of polymeric materials for electronic and photonic applications. In 1992, he was elected an AT&T Bell Laboratories Fellow - the most prestigious award bestowed by Bell Labs - for his fundamental contributions to low-cost, high-performance plastic packaging of semiconductors. Upon joining the Tech faculty in 1996, Wong also became research director of the National Science Foundation-funded Packaging Research Center. He was named a Regents' Professor in 2000. His research interests lie in the fields of polymeric materials, high Tc ceramics, materials reaction mechanism, and IC encapsulation.

In the seven years since he joined Georgia Tech's faculty, Wong has secured research grants and contracts from a wide variety of government agencies and private corporations. For these distinguished efforts, he received the Georgia Tech Outstanding Research Program Development Award in 1999. In addition, Wong has received more than twenty-five Outstanding and Best Paper Awards from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the International Materials and Packaging Society since 1996. Among these honors are the IEEE Outstanding Sustained Technical Contribution Award, the Award of Excellence from University Press (London), the 2002 IEEE Exceptional Technical Achievement Award, the Harry Toops Award for Fundamental Contributions to Electronic Packaging, and awards from the Georgia Tech chapter of Sigma Xi for Best Faculty, Best Master's Thesis, and Undergraduate Research. For his sustained and significant contributions in materials and process in electronics, he was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2000.

Throughout his career, Wong has been teaching and mentoring students. Since coming to Georgia Tech, he has served as thesis adviser to seven Ph.D. students and 14 master's students, in addition to advising 14 undergraduates and 12 postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars. Wong has also participated in Georgia Tech's Summer Program for Undergraduate Research, Summer Undergraduate Research for Underrepresented Students, and the Georgia Summer Intern for High School Teachers programs.