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Prof. Jackie Y. Ying, Laureate of the IAS-COMSTECH Ibrahim Memorial Award 2015

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IAS had instituted an Award some time ago in honour of Prof. Mohammad Ibrahim, IAS Founding Fellow from Bangladesh. Previous winners of course include Professors Abdollahi, the late Prof. Dilmen among others.

The IAS Council after careful consideration has picked Professor Jackie Ying (Singapore), Executive Director of the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, and Laureate of the 2015 Mustafa Prize to be the Laureate of the IAS-COMSTECH  Ibrahim Memorial Award 2015.

Jackie Y. Ying was born in Taipei, and raised in Singapore and New York, and graduated with B.E. summa cum laude in Chemical Engineering from The Cooper Union in 1987. As an AT&T Bell Laboratories Ph.D. Scholar at Princeton University, she began research in materials chemistry, linking the importance of materials processing and microstructure with the tailoring of materials surface chemistry and energetics. She pursued research in nanocrystalline materials with Prof. Herbert Gleiter at the Institute for New Materials, Saarbrücken, Germany as NSF-NATO Post-doctoral Fellow and Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow. Prof. Ying joined the Chemical Engineering faculty at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1992, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1996 and to Professor in 2001. She is currently the Executive Director of the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN), Singapore. IBN is a multidisciplinary national research institute founded by Prof. Ying in March 2003 to advance the frontiers of engineering, science and medicine; it has grown to over 170 research staff and students under Prof. Ying’s leadership.

Prof. Ying’s research is interdisciplinary in nature, with a theme in the synthesis of advanced nanostructured materials for catalytic and biomaterial applications. Her laboratory has been responsible for several novel wetchemical and physical vapor synthesis approaches that create nanocomposites, nanoporous materials and nanodevices with unique size-dependent characteristics. These new systems are designed for applications ranging from biosensors and diagnostics, targeted delivery of drugs and proteins, generation of biomimetic implants and tissue scaffolds, pharmaceuticals synthesis, to green chemistry and energy. Prof. Ying has authored over 340 articles, and presented over 430 invited lectures on this subject at international conferences.

Prof. Ying has been recognized with a number of research awards, including the American Ceramic Society Ross C. Purdy Award for the most valuable contribution to the ceramic technical literature in 1993, David and Lucile Packard Fellowship, Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, Royal Academy of Engineering ICI Faculty Fellowship, American Chemical Society Faculty Fellowship Award in Solid-State Chemistry, Technology Review’s Inaugural TR100 Young Innovator Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Allan P. Colburn Award for excellence in publications, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and Chemical Engineering Science Peter V. Danckwerts Lectureship. She was elected a member of the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina in 2005 as the youngest member of the Academy. She was named one of the “One Hundred Engineers of the Modern Era” by AIChE in its Centennial Celebration, and honored with the Great Woman of Our Time Award for Science and Technology by Singapore Women’s Weekly. She was the first recipient of the Singapore National Institute of Chemistry-BASF Award in Materials Chemistry. She received the Service to Education Awards from the Ministry of Education, Singapore in 2011 and 2015. She led the invention on MicroKit, which received the 2011 Asian Innovation Silver Award from the Wall Street Journal Asia. She was recipient of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) Jubilee Medal in 2012. Prof. Ying was selected by The Muslim 500 in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 as one of the world’s 500 most influential Muslims. She was elected as a Materials Research Society Fellow in 2013, a Royal Society of Chemistry (U.K.) Fellow in 2014, an American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering Fellow in 2015, an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow in 2015, and a Singapore National Academy of Science Fellow in 2016. She was selected as an Inaugural Inductee for the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame in 2014. She received the Crown Prince Grand Prize and the ASEAN New Invention and Innovation First Prize in the Brunei Crown Prince Creative, Innovative Product and Technological Advancement (CIPTA) Award, and the Medal of Honor from the Academy of A*STAR Outstanding Publications Award 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016 A*STAR Patent Power Award 2009 and 2010 Singapore HEALTH Award (Platinum) 2012, (Gold) 2008 and 2010 Sciences of Iran in 2015. She was the inaugural winner of the Mustafa Prize “Top Scientific Achievement Award” in 2015 for her research in bio-nanotechnology. The laureate of this science and technology award receives a certificate, an engraved medal and US$500,000 in prize money. She led the invention on Dengue Test Kit, which was named one of top 50 innovations in Singapore for 1965–2015 (INNOVATI50N).

Prof. Ying serves on the Advisory Board of the Society for Biological Engineering. She was appointed by the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2006 to serve on the blue-ribbon committee that identified the grand challenges and opportunities for engineering in the 21st century. She serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of Molecular Frontiers (a global think tank that promotes molecular sciences), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Catalysis Center, and National University of Ireland Galway Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM).

Prof. Ying is the Editor-in-Chief of Nano Today. Under Prof. Ying’s leadership, Nano Today underwent a successful transition from a magazine to a journal, witnessing major increases in the Impact Factor from 5.929 in 2007 to 15.000 in 2014 (Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports®). Nano Today now ranks 3rd among the 79 journals in the ISI Nanoscience and Nanotechnology category, 7th among the 259 journals in the Materials Science (Multidisciplinary) category, and 7th among the 157 journals in Chemistry (Multidisciplinary) category.

In addition, Prof. Ying is Advisory Editor for Materials Today and Molecular and Supramolecular Science, Honorary Editor of Biomaterials and Biodevices, Associate Editor of The Nanotechnology and Nanoscience, and Regional Editor of Current Bionanotechnology. She serves on the Honorary Advisory Board of Journal of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, and the Editorial Board of Journal of Porous Materials, Nanoparticle Science and Technology, Journal of Metastable and Nanostructured Materials, Journal of Experimental Nanoscience, Biomolecular Frontiers, International Journal of Molecular Engineering, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology, Materials Science and Engineering C: Materials for Biological Applications, Journal of Biomedical Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Nano Research, Cambridge Series in Chemical Engineering, Macromolecular Bioscience, Biomicrofluidics, The Open Catalysis Journal, Nano: Letters and Reviews, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology – Asia, American Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Nano Energy, Nano Energy and Nano Environment, and Journal of Molecular and Engineering Materials, Biomaterials Science, Trends in Molecular Medicine, Materials Horizons, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, and Applied Materials Today. She was Editor for Advances in Chemical Engineering, Associate Editor of Acta Materialia, Scripta Materialia and Nanostructured Materials, and Guest Editor for Materials Science and Engineering A, Nanostructured Materials, AIChE Journal, and Chemistry of Materials. She served on the Editorial Board of Journal of Electroceramics, Applied Catalysis A: General, Journal of Nanomaterials, Biomedical Materials: Materials for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, Letters in Organic Chemistry, and ACS Nano. She was a member of the International Advisory Board of University of Queensland Nanomaterials Centre (Australia), Leibniz-Institut für Festkörper- und Werkstoffforschung Dresden (Germany), and National Research Council Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences (Canada). She was a founding member of the Board of Directors of Alexander von Humboldt Association of America.

Prof. Ying is an Honorary Professor of Jilin University (China) and Sichuan University (China), and an Adjunct Professor of National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and King Saud University (Saudi Arabia). Prof. Ying has over 150 primary patents issued or pending, and has served on the Advisory Boards of 6 start-up companies and 2 venture capital funds. One of the spinoff companies that she cofounded, SmartCells, Inc., has developed a technology platform that is capable of auto-regulating the release of insulin therapeutic depending on the blood glucose levels. Merck acquired SmartCells, Inc. in 2010, with potential aggregate payments in excess of $500 million to further develop this technology for clinical trials.