Peter Tong: Building ideas

Posted on 24. Jan, 2014 by in Alumni, Gift Report, Issues, People, Students

Peter Tong and Eric Ronning

Peter Tong with Innovation Days participant Eric Ronning.

Since 2000, undergraduate competitors in the Schoofs Prize for Creativity (and later, Innovation Days) also vie for the Tong Prototype Prize. Funded by electrical and computer engineering alumnus Peter Tong (pictured with mechanical engineering undergrad Eric Ronning) and the Tong Family Foundation, the prize recognizes the best physical representation of the students’ ideas. Tong established the prize because he feels strongly that the process of building an idea leads to greater insight about that idea. “You learn a lot more about the practicality of what you’re trying to do,” he once said. “I think prototyping is really a way of life. If you learn how to do prototyping well, you will do well the rest of your life.”

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