Yu-Ling Cheng is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry. She was the founding Director of the Director of the Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN) in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. CGEN was established in 2009 to be the focal point and major driver in preparing engineering graduates to meet challenges, responsibilities, and opportunities in a globally sustainable future. In that role, she co-developed courses on engineering design, and the role of engineering in global development, and an interdisciplinary course on global challenges. She also led efforts to enable global engineering research within the Faculty in areas that included food and nutrition security, water and sanitation, shelter, and diagnostics for public health. Her own global engineering research included projects on medical oxygen, micronutrient fortification and the development of an off-grid sanitation technology as part of the “re-invent the toilet” challenge posed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.