Joined September 2013

Ying Ling Lin

PhD Candidate


Describe where you are are from. What did it look, smell, taste, sound like?

Technically I was born in Madrid but I grew up in Montreal. I remember it was very sunny and there was ice cream in the shape of a foot which I found out later in my adult years that such a product did and does exist. Maybe I will get to taste it again! The second part of growing up, in Montreal, I remember it being very multicultural, maybe less than Toronto, but it did seem very much so growing up there.

Why do you do what you do? What motivates you to get up every morning and come to work?

I’m one of those people who is motivated by things that are bigger than them. The projects should be long term or I should really believe in a product to be able to put energy into it. I am happy to get up and go to work in part because I can work with caring and like-minded people and have a project that needs me.

Who inspires you? Why?

My parents. Without them, I would not be who I am today. They have instilled in me many of life’s little lessons in the most patient way possible. Their actions have always spoken louder than words and they have inspired me to work hard and persevere in all that I do.

Professional Bio

I completed bachelor and master’s degrees in materials engineering and worked as a product development engineer in antimicrobial polymeric textiles at Noveko. I completed internships at the Noranda Technology Centre in magnesium alloy development, Anglo Platinum’s research laboratory, National Research Council’s Aerospace Manufacturing Centre (NRC-AMTC).