Yu-Ling Cheng is Distinguished Professor of Global Engineering, and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto. She was the founding Director of the Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN) from 2009 to 2018. CGEN was established to be the focal point and major driver in preparing engineering graduates to meet challenges, responsibilities and opportunities in a globally sustainable future. Under her leadership, CGEN has been enabling research to develop technologies for vulnerable populations, including technologies for food and nutrition security, water and sanitation, low cost and disaster resilient shelter, and diagnostics for public health. She is also the PI on a project supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to “re-invent the toilet”, and thus address a sanitation challenge faced by over 4 billion people globally. She is a member the Teaching Academy which consists of members who have received the President's Teaching Award, the highest honour for teaching at the University of Toronto.