Impact Award + University Outstanding Graduate, Spring 2023
Jennifer Wong was drawn to biomedical engineering because of how it challenged her to consider problems from different perspectives. She grew confident in her choice when conducting research with Sarah Stabenfeldt, an associate professor of biomedical engineering, to assess the impact of traumatic brain injuries on the central nervous system.
While working to earn her bachelor’s degree in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, Wong researched lower motor neuron degeneration following traumatic brain injury as part of the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative, also known as FURI.
This interest led her to the accelerated master’s program for biomedical engineering. She plans to use her newly earned degree to improve accessibility and understanding of engineering education.
Reflecting on her time at the Fulton Schools, Wong is most proud of her time developing co-curricular activities for the Fulton Accelerated Community Engagement, or FACE, program. She assisted in developing, directing and supervising the program since its inception.
“I was able to help build FACE through the duration of its pilot year and develop diverse student leaders within the Fulton Schools of Engineering,” Wong says. “My involvement with FACE has captured my passion for engineering education.”
She has been an active advocate for promoting diversity in engineering, noting that she has seen firsthand how diverse perspectives enhance productivity, work satisfaction and innovation.
Wong, who is also being recognized as an ASU Outstanding Graduate and earned the Western Neurotrauma Young Investigator Travel Award, also took on leadership duties as an intern for Project C.U.R.E., a non-profit organization that provides medical resources to communities in need across the globe.
In her time at ASU, Wong has been a peer mentor, a Barrett Summer Scholars instructor and a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society. She was also an intern for Esperanca, a global health organization that promotes health equity.
She also served as an E2 counselor and remembers the experience fondly, especially the time she met Ira Fulton, the namesake of ASU’s engineering school.
“One time at E2, Ira came to visit,” Wong says. “He just popped out of his car with a handful of ears of corn. He had stopped by his farm on the way up to Prescott and wanted to share with us.”
She is grateful for the diverse and supportive network she’s had throughout her years at ASU. She hopes to pay it forward as a teaching instructor for a first-year engineering program.
“I am extremely excited by the growth that is currently underway within engineering education,” Wong says. “I want to help shape engineering education for generations of engineers to come.”
Read about other exceptional graduates of the Fulton Schools’ Spring 2023 class here.