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Jackie Y. Ying received her BE and PhD from the Cooper Union and Princeton University, respectively. She joined the MIT faculty in 1992, where she was a professor of chemical engineering until 2005. She has served as the founding executive director of the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Singapore since 2003. For her research on nanostructured materials, she has been recognized with the American Ceramic Society Ross C. Purdy Award, David and Lucile Packard Fellowship, Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, NSF Young Investigator Award, Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, 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, Singapore National Institute of Chemistry–BASF Award in Materials Chemistry, Wall Street Journal Asia’s Asian Innovation Silver Award, International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Jubilee Medal, Materials Research Society Fellowship, Royal Society of Chemistry Fellowship, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering Fellowship, and Crown Prince Grand Prize in the Brunei Creative, Innovative Product and Technological Advancement (CIPTA) Award.
Professor Ying was elected a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a member of the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina. She was named one of the One Hundred Engineers of the Modern Era by AIChE in its Centennial Celebration. She was selected by The Muslim 500 in 2012, 2013, and 2014 as one of the world’s 500 most influential Muslims, and an inaugural inductee to the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame in 2014. She is the editor in chief of Nano Today, which has an impact factor of 15.000.