Dr. Evangelyn C. Alocilja is recognized for her important contributions in the field of a Professor in the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering and an adjunct professor in the Institute of International Health at Michigan State University. She has formal training in chemistry (BS, Silliman University, Philippines), soil chemistry and plant physiology (MS, University of the Philippines Los Banos), and systems science and electrical engineering (MS and PhD, Michigan State University). Her research focus is on the development of field-operable nanotechnology-based biosensors for global health, homeland security, food and water safety, and product integrity in resource-limited settings. She is the program director of the Nano-Biosensors Lab at MSU. As PI or co-PI in several federal and state-funded projects, she is a pioneer in nanoparticle-based biosensing technologies and has four US patents in this area. She is a highly published scholar with 100+ peer-reviewed journal articles and proceedings and a highly sought conference speaker. She is also an effective teacher having won two awards in teaching, such as the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Award for Excellence in Teaching Materials and Methods in Biological and Agricultural Engineering and a 1995 Withrow Teaching Excellence Award from MSU. She has successfully mentored undergraduate and graduate students and postdocs who are now leaders in their own fields. She has also trained three high school teachers to develop science high school curricula in nanotechnology and biosensors. In 2012, Dr. Alocilja received the Innovator of the Year Award from MSU. In 2013, Dr. Alocilja’s technology was featured in the Science of Innovation Series: Anti-counterfeiting Devices, by the National Science Foundation, US Patent Office, and NBC learn.