Singapore’s Jackie Ying Elected to US National Academy of Engineering

Nanotechnology trailblazer Professor Jackie Ying has been elected to the prestigious US National Academy of Engineering based on her research in Singapore.

AsianScientist (Feb. 19, 2021) -Renowned nanotechnology researcher Professor Jackie Y. Ying is the first scientist to be elected to the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) based on her research in Singapore.

Recognized for her contributions at the “interface of nanostructured materials, nanomedicine and diagnostic devices to improve human health,” Ying will be formally inducted during NAE’s annual meeting on October 3, 2021. Notably, she is one of the only two new members based outside of the US. Election to the NAE is considered among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.

Ying heads the NanoBio Lab at Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and was the founding executive director of A*STAR’s Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology. With over 350 publications, 30,000 citations and 190 primary patents, Ying is one of the most prolific researchers in the field of nanomedicine, drug delivery and medical devices.

Fittingly enough, NAE membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research and pioneered the development of new technologies. As a NAE member, Ying will be invited to participate in National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine workshops and reports on engineering issues of importance to US policies.

Her election to the NAE is the latest accolade Ying has received over the course of her accomplished career. In 2001, the 35 year-old Ying made waves at MIT as one of its youngest full professors. Later on in 2005, Ying was inducted to the German National Academy of Sciences as its youngest member. She was also elected to American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2015, the US National Academy of Inventors in 2017 and most recently, the Turkish Academy of Sciences in 2019.

“I am deeply honored to be elected to the US National Academy of Engineering,” said Ying. “I am fortunate to be blessed with a team of creative and passionate researchers, students and collaborators. I look forward to making more impact through commercialization of the latest technologies that we have developed.”


Source: A*STAR; Photo: A*STAR.
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