Lawrence Ong received the BEng degree (1st Hons) in electrical engineering from the National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore, in 2001. He subsequently received the MPhil degree from the University of Cambridge, UK, in 2004 and the PhD degree from NUS in 2008.
Lawrence Ong was with MobileOne, Singapore, as a system engineer from 2001 to 2002. He was a research fellow at NUS from 2007 to 2008, and then a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Newcastle, Australia, from 2008 to 2012. Funded by the Australian Research Council, he held a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award from 2012 to 2015, followed by a Future Fellowship from 2015 to 2019.
He is currently an associate professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Newcastle. He is also an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications.