Chong Yung is currently the Associate Director of University Relations & External Research and a Master Scientist at Agilent Technologies. Dr. Yung joined Agilent in 2011 as a Staff Scientist in Agilent Labs and has made key contributions to the invention and development of commercial cell analysis and genome engineering technologies. In 2018, he joined University Relations and leveraged his technical expertise and distinctive creativity to lead the global flagship research programs – Application and Core Technology University Research (ACTUR), Agilent Early Career Professor Award (AECPA), Thought Leader Award (TL) – and drive broad technological impact and business value at Agilent. He also leads institute-specific partnerships like the Agilent Biodesign Program at Berkeley and Agilent Fellowship programs at Stanford and USC to advance innovations in science and technology, as well as education. In his early career, Chong was a bioprocess specialist at Genentech’s research bioprocess development and biomanufacturing facilities. Chong was a CIMIT Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University and completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, and BS in Chemical Engineering at UCI. He has been a member of the US Frontiers of Engineering – National Academy of Engineering since 2013.
Dr. Yung is a first-generation Chinese American immigrant, who has personally faced the challenges of crossing steep language, cultural and socioeconomic barriers. He owes his success to education opportunities, perseverance, humor, and many gracious mentors in his life. He strongly advocates early childhood education, mentorship, and social mobility through education. In his free time, he enjoys giving back to the community through volunteering with Science is Elementary to deliver STEM educational outreach to underprivileged children at Title 1 elementary schools and spending quality time outdoors with his wife and two young children.
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