40 Under 40, Class of 2023

Qingwu (William) Meng


University of Delaware

Job Title

Assistant Professor


  • Gave a TEDx University of Delaware talk entitled “How Do We Grow Food Anywhere, Without Soil?”
  • Earned the Bukovac Outstanding Graduate Student Award in the department of horticulture at Michigan State University and presented to the USDA Secretary of Agriculture.
  • Developed the Delaware Indoor Ag Lab at the university and contributed to the development of the Controlled- Environment Lighting Laboratory at Michigan State University.
  • Received the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) Outstanding Vegetable Publication Award.


A Young Architect: “My artistic inclination propelled me to study architectural design and engineering in college,” he says, but after an architecture internship, he decided to pursue his interest in horticulture.

Fun Facts

Noodling Around: His favorite meal is Lanzhou hand-pulled beef noodle soup from his hometown in China.