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Obituary - Dr. Peng Wang, PhD '04


By Chemical Engineering Department, Columbia University

Dr. Peng Wang, a 2004 PhD graduate from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Columbia University was involved in a fatal automobile accident on his way to work in Rhode Island on February 6, 2012. Peng worked with Prof. Jeffrey Koberstein on the modification of polymer surfaces while at Columbia and following a brief stint in industry, was a postdoctoral associate at both the University of Michigan and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

In 2010 Dr. Wang was appointed Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Rhode Island where he had an active research program in pharmaceutical processing. He earned his master's and bachelor's degrees from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He was the husband of Ran Luo and the father of seven-month old Carolyn Wang.

A memorial service was held for Dr. Wang on February 18, 2012 and was attended by friends and associates from all over the world as well as many of his students. A fund has been established to help provide for his daughter's future education; further information on Peng's life and how to donate is available at

Ancestral Home: Xinning County, Shaoyang, Hunan, China


Place of Birth: Loudi, Hunan province, China

出生日期 (DOB):  4-2-1975

Primary School: Lianyuan Steel Company's school


Middle School and High School: Lianyuan Steel Company's school


1992.9—1997.7         清华大学化学工程系本科

                               Tsinghua University, Chemical Engineering, B.S

1997.9-2000.6           清华大学化学工程系硕士

                               Tsinghua University, Chemical Engineering, M.S

2000.9-2004.8           哥伦比亚大学化学工程系博士

                                Columbia University, Chemical Engineering, Ph.D

2004.9-2006.3           密执根大学(Ann Arbor校区)博士后

                                University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Postdoc

2006.3-2007.3           英特尔上海,3M上海

                                Intel Shanghai, 3M Shanghai

2007.7-2010.8            新泽西州科研所

                                New Jersey Institute of Technology

2010.9-2012.2.6         罗德岛大学教授
                                 Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Rhode Island
February 7, 2012

URI offers condolences to family of Dr. Peng Wang

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The University community is deeply saddened by the death of Peng Wang, assistant professor of chemical engineering and pharmaceutical sciences.

The 36-year-old professor and researcher was killed Monday, Feb. 6 at 10:20 a.m. when the car he was driving collided with a cement mixer on Route 138 about a quarter mile west of Dugway Bridge Road.

The University community offers its heartfelt condolences to his wife, Ran Luo and their 7-month-old child, Carolyn.

Dr. Wang, a resident of Hartford, Conn., was a promising young researcher assigned to the College of Engineering and the College of Pharmacy. He worked as part of a research group that focuses on the thermodynamics of mixing mechanisms of polymer drug mixtures. The group’s work is to develop novel methods of controlling drug release, which is being funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Army and various industries.

“Dr. Wang represented the best of the University,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Donald H. DeHayes. “He was not only a pioneer in his research, but he was a pioneer in bringing together the disciplines of engineering and pharmaceutical research. His death is a profound loss for URI and for his family.”

Raymond Wright, dean of URI’s College of Engineering, said Dr. Wang was an innovative and enthusiastic teacher and researcher.

“We are devastated by the loss of Professor Wang, and we offer our thoughts and prayers to his family, colleagues and friends,” Wright said. “His commitment to developing novel drug control release mechanisms has laid the foundation for pharmaceutical advancements that can only lead to more effective treatments for numerous medical conditions. He will be sorely missed.”

Professor Wang earned his doctorate from Columbia University in 2004 and he earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.