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Winny Dong

Winny Dong is an expert and national leader in innovative academic programs that support traditionally under-represented students in higher education. She has created various program models that leverage entrepreneurship in STEM, project-based learning, and interdisciplinary leadership development. Her work has resulted in documented increases in students’ graduation rates and their continuation in graduate programs.

Recent Grants and Fellowships:

  • Principal Investigator, U.S. Department of Education, McNair Scholars Program, $2,800,000, 2010 – 2022
  • Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation iCorps, “Innovation Teams at Cal Poly Pomona,” $180,000, 2018 – 2021
  • Principal Investigator, Kellogg Legacy Foundation, ”Learn Through Discovery”, $240,000, 2016 – 2019
  • Principal Investigator, U.S. Dept. of Education, Title III – Strengthening Institutions Program, $2,100,000, 2014 – 2020
  • Principal Investigator, NASA Armstrong Research Center, “Technology Transfer Assessment,” $155,000, 2014 – 2019
  • Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation, S-STEM, “Engineering Scholars Program,” $597,496, 2014 – 2019
  • Co- Principal Investigator, National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, “Education in STEM Entrepreneurship,” $28,000, 2013 – 2016
  • Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation, Three Strategies to Improve Graduation Rates,” $1,000,000, 2010 – 2015
  • Principal Investigator, Kellogg Legacy Endowment, “Training Faculty to Mentor Diverse Undergraduate Research Teams,” $80,000, 2011 – 2014
  • Principal Investigator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “MgO Aerogels, a Novel Material for the Adsorption of CO2,” $14,000, 2012 – 2013
  • Co-Principal Investigator, American Chemical Society – Petroleum Research Fund, “Absorption of CO2 by MgO aerogels for enhanced steam reforming,” $65,000, 2009 – 2012
  • Principal Investigator, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, “Technology Screens,” $47,000, 2011

Selected Publications:

  • With K. Pettinger, “When Does the Operation of a Battery Become Environmentally Positive?” Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 164 (1), A6274-A6277, 2017
  • With O. Sawyerr, H. E. Ozkaya and S. Emerson, “Evaluating the Efficacy of a STEM Entrepreneurship Program: Lessons from the Trenches,” Proceedings of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Jan. 2016
  • With O. Sawyerr and S. Emerson, “Student partnerships for innovation in engineering entrepreneurship development (SPIEED): Developing entrepreneurial competencies in twenty-first century engineers,” Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, 12 (4): 24-43, 2012
  • With J. Wilson and M. Li, “A study of MgO aerogels as CO2 adsorbents for use in adsorption enhanced production processes,” AIChE Annual Meeting, paper 630q, 2011
  • With J. Sakamoto, T. Caillat, J. Fleurial, S. Jones and J. Paik, “Improving Thermoelectric Device Performance and Durability through the Integration of Advanced, Aerogel-Based Ceramics” in Electroceramic Materials and Applications: Ceramic Transactions Series, Volume 196, pp. 275 – 290, 2011
  • With O. Sawyerr and S. Emerson, “Student Partnerships for Innovation in Engineering Entrepreneurship Development (SPIEED): Developing Entrepreneurial Competencies in Twenty- First Century Engineers,” International Council for Small Business Conference Proceedings, 2011
  • With B. Dunn, “Enhanced Energy Storage in Nanostructured Materials, Nanostructured Materials for electrochemical Energy Production and Storage,” in Nano Structure and Technology (R. Leite, ed., Springer, 2010)



B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles


English, Mandarin

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