Wang Chu Chien-Wen Summer Research Awards

Created to encourage motivated undergraduates to conduct faculty-mentored research projects during the summer.

About the Fund

Vivian and Tony Wang



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Wang Chu Chien-Wen



The Wang Chu Chien-Wen Summer Research Fund was established in 2005 by Tony K. Wang (BSE ’73, MSE ’75) in memory of his mother, Wang Chu Chien-Wen. Although Mrs. Wang never received a college education, she taught her only son, Tony, the values
of education, caring, and giving.

The Fund was created with these values in mind: to encourage motivated undergraduates to conduct faculty-mentored research projects during the summer, to write a formal report on their findings, and to present their work to their faculty advisor and peers.


Applying for the Wang Chu Chien-Wen Award

Wang Chu Chien-Wen Summer Research Awards are open to international and domestic students of Sophomore or Junior standing (or Seniors with at least one full year of remaining undergraduate classes). Freshmen and graduate students are not eligible to apply. In addition, domestic students must show financial need as determined via the FAFSA application and U-M’s Office of Financial Aid. The research period takes place during the summer months.

Recipients will be responsible for:

  1. Selecting a faculty advisor, who will:
    • Be based on each recipient’s particular area of Engineering interest
    • Work with and provide research supervision to the recipient during the research period (Spring/Summer),
  2. Sending an introductory email to Mr. Wang upon notification of selection
  3. Submitting a final written report to their faculty advisor and Mr. Wang
  4. Making an oral presentation to their affiliated department and any others interested in the College of Engineering by the end of September, and submitting a video recording of the presentation to Mr. Wang

The 2022 application is now closed.



Research fund recipients since its inception

YearRecipientAdvisor(s)Research PerformedReportsPresentationsCurrent Status
2019Hannah FerribyHerek ClackModels of Terpene Interactions with Ozone and NOxreport  CEE Student
2019Harry SoodJean-Baptiste JeanninUnicycle and Bicycle Model for Car Collision Avoidancereportslides AERO Student
2018Neha BidthanapallyQiong YangMitotic cycle study of Xenopus laevis embryonic cellsreport  ChE Student
2018Geoffrey JenkinsStephen BougherMars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) Mission EUVM Solar Occultation CO2 Density Profilesreport  CLaSP Student
2017Tejas PrahladJenna WiensA Data-Driven Approach to Patient Risk Stratification for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)report  BSE CS ’18
2017Vikram SachdevaShai RevzenMulti-legged Locomotion Incorporating Slipreport  ECE Student
2017Bowen ZengChinedum OkwudireUltra-Precision Step Stage for Silicon Wafer Scannersreport  BSE ME ’18,
BS Math ’18
2015Chhavi ChaudhryAmy CohnAnalysis of factors influencing taxi times in aviation and waiting times in chemotherapy delivery within a complex health  BSE IO ’16,
MSE ’17
2014Andrew HartmanShuichi Takayama

An In Vitro Model for a Cell Monolayer using a Microfluidic Device

report  BSE MS ’16, MSE ’17
2014Jing JiNecmiye OzaySynthesis of Reactive Controllers for
Vehicular Electric Networks via SMT
 report  BSE EE ’15,
MSE ’16
2014Paul MyersDavid BlaauwDesign of Robust, Low-Power CMOS Circuits for Millimeter-Scale Sensor Nodesreport  BSE Elec ’15
2014Ji WangAmy CohnAviation-Meteorology Statistical Analysis and
Pediatric Residency Scheduling
report  BSE IO ’15
2014 Chris Yu Joerg Lahann, Sahar Rahmani Fabrication and Fluid Dynamic Properties of Polymeric Particles with Varying Physical Properties report  BSE MS ’15, MSE ’16
2014Rui ZhangHonglak Lee, Kihyuk SohnUnsupervised Dictionary Learning for
Large-Scale Natural Image Classication
report  BSE CompE ’15
2013Kaherine GrahamRyan Orizondo, MSE, Keith Cook, PhD, John Younger, MDBactericidal Effects of Antibacterial Perfluorocarbon Ventilation report slides BSE ChE ’15
2013Vera Mann Hey LoAmy CohnBuilding an infrastructure for investigating the effects of weather conditions on flight delaysreportslidesvideoBSE IO ’14,
MSE ’14
2013Vittorio BichucherProfessor Ryan Eustice and Ph.D Jeff WallsEfficient Online Beacon SurveyingreportslidesvideoBSE NAV ’14, MS ’16
2013Tae-Hyung Kang Achieve faster response time of the osmotic valve
by having faster osmotic flow rate; improve reliability of device fabrication
reportslidesvideoBSE Elec ’15, MSE ’16
2013Yanran YangProfessor Zhengya Zhang
Coding of information for reliable and low power communications
reportslidesvideoBSE Elec ’14, MSE ’15
2012Ning HeProf Xiaoxia Nina Lin, Alissa KernerConstruct isobutanol production auxotroph strains, build up part of the lignocellulosic biofuel production microbial consortiareportslidesvideoBSE ChE ’14, MSE ’15
2012Pengrui WangProf Michael ThoulessDetermine the spacing of defects on nanochannel moldsreport  BSE MS ’13, MSE ’14
2012Han YuProf Wei Lu, Seungjun LeeMore efficiently diagnose blood-infected diseases by using a device that scans either the fingernail or the eye for distinctive signatures of parasite-infected red blood cellsreportslidesvideoBSE Elec ’14
2012Lisa LiangProf Shuichi Takayama, Byoung Choul Kim, Toshiki MatsuokaIn vitro model for Spinal Cord Injury using a size-adjustable nanochannel devicereportslidesvideoBSE BE ’14
2011Shiming SongProf David Blaauw, Yen-Po ChenDesign of a Low-Current Voltage Dividersreportslides BSE Elec ’12
2011Steve HwangProf Ellen ArrudaMechanical Characterization of Human ProstatereportslidesvideoBSE ME ’14, MSE ’15
2011Jialin LiProf Valeria BertaccoXPV: Cross Phase Verificationreport  BSE CompE ’12
2010Qi WuProf Gustavo J. Parra-Montesinos, Alex DacostaEvaluation of the Efficiency of Shear Studs for Punching Shear Resistance of Slab-Column Connectionsreport  BSE Civ ’11
2009Yifan Yang GongProf Thomas WenischConstruction of an embedded Linux Operating System based on the AVR32 Micro-processor, and design of the overall Controlling System for Cube-Satreportslides BSE Elec ’09
2008Mit Dushyant Shah CRI Modeling of blue LED with laser fluorescent dyes    
2007Tao Sun Quantitative characterization of InAs quantum dots (QDs) on GaAs surfaces by using computer analysis methods