The Biodesign Institute Names Chief Operating Officer

The Biodesign Institute Names Chief Operating Officer

August 31, 2004

August 30, 2004

Kimberly Ovitt, Director of Communication & Institutional Advancement
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August 31, 2004


Yaa-Yin Meng has been named Chief Operating Officer of the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. Meng has been with ASU for the past 21 years, having served a variety of management roles. Most recently, Meng served as the Assistant Dean of Business Administration for the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering.

Meng will lead the development of systems and processes at the Biodesign Institute to ensure efficient operations and maximize project funding. This includes oversight of fiscal operations, administrative policies, contract negotiations, and performance metrics.

"As the flagship initiative for ASU research, the Biodesign Institute is growing rapidly," said George Poste, Director of the Biodesign Institute. "Yaa-Yin brings proven organizational skills to build a strong operational foundation during this critical point in our development."

The Biodesign Institute currently includes eight research centers located in facilities across ASU's campus. With the opening of a state-of-the-art research facility this fall, most of these centers will be brought under one roof. A second building, which will connect to the first, is under construction, and two additional interconnected buildings are planned. "We anticipate another 10-15 centers to be added over the next several years," said Meng. "It is extremely important to build a solid foundation for the infrastructure now that will support our rapidly expanding research and innovation activities in the near future. So, much of my initial focus will be on building the operational logistics structure, budget and facilities planning. I am very excited to be part of the driving force of the Institute," said Meng.

In her prior role with the Fulton School of Engineering, Meng was responsible for extensive budget planning, national and international contract negotiations, administrative operations, and business and strategic planning.

Meng has been listed in the International Who's Who of Professionals, was named an Award Finalist for the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce's ATHENA Award and was named among the Outstanding Young Women of America. Meng earned a B.S. in Accounting from Feng Chia University in Taichung, Taiwan, and an M.B.A. at the W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU. She is fluent in English, Mandarin and Taiwanese.


Written by: Joe Caspermeyer