P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


William Hwang, 2008

Executive Director, InnoWorks

William Hwang is the child of immigrants from China and Taiwan

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MD in Medicine at Harvard University

WILLIAM HWANG was born in the United States. His parents emigrated from Taiwan and Hong Kong and became naturalized US citizens. The family resides in Potomac, Maryland.

William completed his Ph.D. in Biophysics at Harvard University. He earned a MSc in chemical biology at Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. His undergraduate majors at Duke University were in biomedical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and physics with a minor in chemistry. He graduated summa cum laude with election to Tau Beta Pi and Phi Beta Kappa. He held a Goldwater scholarship, the A.B. Duke 4-year merit scholarship, several awards for outstanding research and service, and was a member of the 2006 All-USA College Academic First Team.

William has conducted research at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, the Office of Naval Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Georgetown University, Duke University, and now at the Chemistry Research Laboratory and Radcliffe Hospital at Oxford University. He is the editor/author of three books, three book chapters, and thirteen refereed journals and conference publications. William played volleyball at Duke University and at Oxford University, where he was the Captain of the Varsity team. He was first violinist in the Duke University's orchestra, senior editor of Duke University's undergraduate humanities journal, and associate editor of the undergraduate science journal.

William is the Founder and Executive Director of United InnoWorks Academy , a nonprofit organization that delivers free, innovative educational programs in science and engineering for middle school children from disadvantaged backgrounds. InnoWorks is run entirely by more than 200 passionate college volunteers at nine campuses and was a winner of the 2007 BR!CK Award. It has produced ten summer programs for over 300 students, developed three curricula, and published two books.

William hopes to become "the best biomedical researcher, educator, and mentor for future generations of inquisitive leaders."

  • MD Medicine | Harvard University 2015
  • PhD Biophysics | Harvard University 2013
  • MSc Chemical Biology | Oxford University 2008
  • AB Biomedical Engineering | Duke University 2006
Work History
  • InnoWorks, Executive Director | January 2003 - PRESENT
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