The event celebrates and acknowledges achievement by women in male-dominated industries such as mining, road transport, infrastructure, logistics and materials handling.
Professor Yi is from the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies' School of Electrical and Information Engineering and the University’s Sydney Nano Institute. She was previously Sydney Nano's theme leader for computing, communication and security.
The Engineering award recognises an individual who has shown leadership in engineering, technological excellence and innovation.
The award highlights Professor Yi’s pioneering work, which includes developing new pain-free, low-cost methods to help people with diabetes monitor their ketone levels.
Professor Yi has described her ambitious vision to deliver major breakthroughs to bring about positive change in field such as healthcare and defence.
Interim Dean of Engineering, Professor Kim Rasmussen said, “I am delighted that Professor Yi has been recognised among her peers. I congratulate her on continuing to be honoured for her exceptional work, most recently when she was awarded the Bradfield Award, one of NSW’s top engineering honours, and named as one of Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers by Engineers Australia in 2017.”
“The Faculty values industry engagement and gender diversity so I also commend Professor Yi and these awards for helping bring a focus on these important areas.”
The other finalists in the Engineering section of the Women in Industry awards were Romana Tomic, Process Engineer Special Gases, BOC Limited and Julia Lamborn, Associate Dean of Education, Professor in Environmental Engineering, Monash University.