Jackie Ying, executive director of the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology of Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), continues to receive recognition for her achievements in the field of nanostructured materials. For her research excellence and academic leadership, Ying was elected a fellow of the Singapore National Academy of Science (SNAS) in May. She is one of two female fellows to receive the honor since it was established by SNAS in 2011.
In June Ying was presented with The Cooper Union Gano Dunn Award. Given annually to a graduate of The Albert Nerken School of Engineering, the award was established in 1955 by a former president and trustee of the college. Ying graduated summa cum laude from The Cooper Union in 1987 with a B.E. in chemical engineering. In 1991 she earned her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Princeton.
Ying was elected a 2015 fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for her contributions to nanotechnology and bioengineering, particularly for the design and synthesis of nanomaterials and nanodevices for biomedical and catalytic applications.
Also in 2015 she was honored with the inaugural Mustafa Prize-Top Scientific Achievement Award, which is granted to research that has improved human life through innovations that push the boundaries of science. Ying was recognized for her achievements in advanced nanostructured materials and systems, nanostructured biomaterials and miniaturized biosystems, in particular for the creation of polymeric nanoparticles that carry insulin and auto-regulate its release according to blood glucose levels in diabetics.