Professor Jackie Y. Ying, the Executive Director of the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) in Singapore and internationally known for her research in the field of Nanotechnology became the first female winner of the “Abdeali Tayebali Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2016.
MSTF Media reports:
Mr. Ameerali Abdeali, Chairman of the Abdeali Tayebali Family Trust, said that Prof. Ying has been selected to be the 5th Recipient of the Award which seeks to recognize individuals that contribute to the welfare of the community and inspires others especially the young – through their courage and significant efforts.
Among her many global accolades, are the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ “One Hundred Engineers of the Modern Era”, Technology Review’s TR100 Young Innovators Award, World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader, Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame. She was also one of the recipients of the inaugural 2015 Mustafa (pbuh) Prize for “Top Scientific Achievement”. In 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 she was selected by The Muslim 500 to be one of the world’s 500 most influential Muslims.
This full Professor of Chemical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is internationally renowned for her research in nanotechnology while has over 130 patents issued or pending, and has served on the Advisory Boards of 6 start-up companies and 1 venture capital fund.
Jackie Ying, 51, is a strong advocate for nurturing and mentoring future generations of scientific talents in Singapore. In 2003, IBN established the Youth Research Program (YRP) to encourage more young Singaporeans to pursue careers in scientific research. Today, over 103,772 students and teachers from 290 schools have participated in YRP activities, such as open houses, workshops, career talks and research attachments. It is worth noting that she was introduced to Islam when she was in Singapore in 2000 and was inspired by the religion’s focus on knowledge and service to society.
Prof. Ying at the presentation ceremony said: “I am deeply honored that our efforts are recognized outside the scientific community and I hope that this would inspire more young people to pursue research.”
This award was presented to Prof. Ying by Speaker of Singapore’s Parliament, Madam Halimah Yacob, who was the Guest-of-Honor at the award presentation ceremony.