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4th World Laureates Forum Speaker, Larry Cheng

Huanyu (Larry) Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Assistant Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics in Penn State’s College of Engineering IMAGE: PENN STATE

By Mariah Chuprinski

Huanyu “Larry” Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Assistant Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics in Penn State’s College of Engineering, has been selected to present at two invite-only scientific conferences. 

Cheng will participate in the 4th World Laureates Forum (WLF), Oct. 30 to Nov. 3, as well as the Eighth Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Symposium, Nov. 1 to 4. His first time attending either of the conferences, Cheng will participate virtually due to COVID-19 regulations.  

In June, Cheng was named a Featured Young Scientist by the WLF among an elite group of 130 researchers from around the world. Young Scientists, who must be under 45 years of age, are selected based on an “outstanding record in academic research, with original innovative ideas and great potential for scientific advancement,” according to the selection requirements. 

Young Scientists are brought together to learn from and meet with winners of scientific prizes, such as the Nobel Prize, Turing Award or Fields Medal, among others. The conference’s focus is to advance the studies of “science and technology for the common destiny of mankind,” according to the WLF. 

Cheng will present his research at the materials science and engineering session on Oct. 30.

“I plan to present my recent work on standalone multimodal stretchable sensing platforms for biomedicine applications,” Cheng said. “Recent advances in electronics enable powerful biomedical devices that greatly reduce therapeutic risks by monitoring vital signals and providing means of treatment.” 

In the past year, Cheng has published peer-reviewed papers on technology underlying wearable sensors on the skin, saliva, tears and sweat to monitor patient biomarkers. One of his papers involves using radio waves to power the wearable sensors, and another, supercapacitors. He also developed new materials to monitor patient vital signs. Cheng has most recently been honored with the 2021 Frontiers of Materials Award from The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, and was named a 2021 Scialog Fellow by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.

The Arab-American Frontiers Program’s goal is to enhance the scientific exchange, dialogue and collaboration among young researchers from the United States and the 22 countries that comprise the Arab League. Cheng was one of 66 poster presenters selected out of 210 applicants for his “demonstrated accomplishments in science, engineering, medical research or technical work with recognizable contributions to advancing their fields,” according to the program website. All presenters are early in their careers and are between 30 and 45 years of age.

“I am humbled to be selected to participate in these two prestigious meetings, which will be an invaluable experience for me to meet and interact with the greatest minds in interdisciplinary research, and receive guidance and advice from them,” Cheng said. “It also is helpful to showcase some of the great research we have been doing at Penn State and establish new contacts and collaborations in the field, which will help take our research beyond the existing scope and open up new opportunities for my career.”

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