Prof. Wonmo Kang

Kang is an assistant professor in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy. His current research interests include biomaterials/biomechanics for understanding of injury and wound healing mechanisms and characterization of functional materials for energy/manufacturing applications. Before joining ASU, he was a leading scientist at the US Naval Research Laboratory. He is the recipient of several awards including the postdoctoral fellowship from the American Society for Engineering Education.



  • Ph.D., Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012

Professional appointments

  • Assistant professor, Arizona State University, Jan 2020-present.
  • Research Scientist, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Aug 2015-Dec 2019.
  • The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)-Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Research Associate, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Aug 2014-Aug 2015.
  • Post-Doctoral Associate at Northwestern University, Aug 2012-July 2014.
  • Research Scientist, iNfinitesimal LLC, Skokie, IL, Aug 2012-July 2014.
  • Summer Intern, John Deere Company, Champaign, IL, May 2008-Sept 2008.


  • The U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship, 2021.
  • FY19 Leidos Technical Publication Competition Award, 2019 ($5,000). 
  • Best Poster Award at International Symposium on Traumatic Brain Injury Mechanisms and Protection, 2019.
  • FY18 Leidos Technical Publication Competition Award, 2018 ($5,000).
  • American Society for Engineering Education-Naval Research Laboratory Research Program Fellowship, 2014 ($74,872 + Research expense).  
  • Best Poster Award at 2014 Nanotechnology for Defense Conference, 2014.
  • Outstanding ME PhD Award for 2012 Graduates at UIUC, 2013.
  • NSF NMC2013 Registration Award, 2013.
  • NSF Student Travel Grants for the ASME IMECE Micro/Nano Poster Forum, 2011.
  • Schaller Fund and Conference Travel Awards at UIUC, 2009.
  • FMC Fellowship at UIUC, 2008-2009 ($9,000 + Tuition).
  • Frank & Marie Wheeler Fellowship at UNL, 2005-2006.
  • Exchange Student Fellowship (Tuition and fees), 2003-2004.
  • Several Honor Student Fellowships (70% of tuition and fees), 2000-2003.