Wee-Liat graduated with a B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and was the valedictorian of his class and recipient of the IES gold medal and Lee Kuan Yew gold medal in 2002. He also received a M.Eng from NUS in 2004 where he developed a robot for performing experiments used in drug discovery. He joined the Institute of Microelectronics, Singapore and worked in the fields of bioMEMS and microfluidics. In 2015 he received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University under Prof. Jonathan Malen and Prof. Alan McGaughey, where he studied nanoscale heat transfer focusing on organic-inorganic nanostructured materials using both experimental and simulation techniques. He received several faculty/departmental awards in CMU including the Steinbrenner, the Northrop-Grumman, and the Bushnell graduate fellowships. Before becoming a faculty at ZJU-UIUC joint institute, he was a joint post-doctoral fellow at Columbia University and Carnegie Mellon University working with chemists to characterize novel hybrid materials.