14 Inspiring Innovators From Asia

Meet some of Asia’s best and brightest engineers and inventors.

AsianScientist (Oct. 6, 2016) – US politician John S Herrington once said, “There are no dreams too large, no innovation unimaginable and no frontiers beyond our reach.” The spirit of invention is alive in Asia, with our best engineering minds developing non-invasive medical devices, strong and lightweight nanomaterials and even flexible, stretchable ‘e-skin.’ Read more about 14 of them below.

  1. Ahn Byung Min

    69 Byung Min Ahn Credit Ajou University

    Ahn won the 2015 Young Scientist Award from the Korea Institute of Metals and Materials for developing strong and lightweight structural metal-based nanomaterials.

    (Photo: Ajou University)

  2. Masayoshi Esashi

    70 Masayoshi Esashi Credit Tohoku U

    Esashi received the 2015 IEEE Andrew S. Grove Award for developing micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS) used in transportation and industrial electronics.

    (Photo: Tohoku University)

  3. Gao Huijun

    71 Gao Huijun Credit University of Auckland

    Thomson Reuters named Gao as one of the most influential scientific minds in 2014 for publishing many “hot papers” that year.

    (Photo: University of Auckland)

  4. Neeti Kailas

    72 Neeti Kailas Credit Rolex Awards

    Kailas was a 2014 Young Laureate (science & health) of the Rolex Awards for Enterprise for developing a non-invasive medical device to screen for hearing impairment in newborns.

    (Photo: Rolex Awards for Enterprise)

  5. Viswanathan Kumaran

    73 Viswanathan Kumaran Credit SSB Prize

    Kumaran received The World Academy of Sciences 2014 prize in engineering for his work on the laminarturbulent transition of flow through soft-walled tubes and channels.

    (Photo: Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology)

  6. Lee Sung Hee

    74 Lee Sung-Hee Credit KAIST

    Lee was honored as a 2015 Young Scientist of the World Economic Forum for his work in computer graphics, animations and humanoid robotics.

    (Photo: KAIST)

  7. Lim Chwee Teck

    75 Lim Chwee Teck Credit NUS

    Lim won the Vladimir K. Zworykin Award 2015 for developing microfluidics devices for the detection and diagnosis of cancer. In 2016, he was elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows.

    (Photo: National University of Singapore)

  8. Lu Chih-Yuan

    76 Lu Chih-Yuan Credit National Chiao Tung University

    Lu received The World Academy of Sciences 2014 prize in engineering for his work in semiconductor device physics and semiconductor integrated circuits technology.

    (Photo: National Chiao Tung University)

  9. Masayoshi Nakashima

    77 Masayoshi Nakashima Credit Kyoto U

    Nakashima was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering in 2015 for his research into the large-scale dynamic testing of buildings.

    (Photo: Kyoto University)

  10. Andrew Nee

    Andrew Nee Credit NUS

    Nee, an expert on the use of computer-aided design in precision engineering as well as an augmented reality pioneer, received the US Society of Manufacturing Engineers Gold Medal in 2014 for his lifetime contributions to manufacturing research.

    (Photo: National University of Singapore)

  11. Yosiro Oono

    79 Yosiro Oono Credit IEEE

    Oono’s studies into classical circuit theory won him the 2015 IEEE Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award.

    (Photo: IEEE)

  12. Benjamin Tee

    Benjamin Tee Credit Benjamin Tee

    MIT Technology Review named Tee as one of their 35 Innovators Under 35 for developing flexible and stretchable electronic skin-like sensors.

    (Photo: Benjamin Tee)

  13. Yu Chengzhong

    Yu Chengzhong Wins 2015 Le Févre Memorial Prize

    Yu received the 2015 Le Févre Memorial Prize for developing nanoparticles with applications in vaccine delivery and water treatment.

    (Photo: University of Queensland)

  14. Yu Kyoungsik

    82 Yu Kyoungsik Credit KAIST

    Yu was honored as a 2015 Young Scientist of the World Economic Forum for his research into nanophotonics.

    (Photo: KAIST)


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