UL is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) worldwide. In this pursuit, we are excited to once again support the ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women together with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the U.S. Mission to ASEAN and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The prize rewards $25,000 USD annually to female scientists who deliver major safe, sustainable and relevant scientific contributions to the ASEAN region and their local communities while also inspiring other young women to pursue careers in STEM.

This year, the prize focused on precision agriculture, awarding those working at the intersection of agriculture, digital tools, technology and data in support of smallholder farmers and regional agriculture.

Learn more about opportunities at UL at ul.com/careers

The Eight Finalists:

Brunei Darussalam

Dr. Vanessa Teo is the ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women 2018 finalist from Brunei Darussalam, Dr. Teo is  the founder and CEO of Agrome IQ, an agribusiness intelligence platform to help farmers make better decisions. Her technology collects data from farm systems to create customized solutions and real-time monitoring to increase overall farm productivity. Learn more about her work with commercial smallholder farmers to enhance their productivity by integrating digital technologies: ASEAN-U.S Women Science Prize – Dr.Vanessa Teo


Dr. Sri Malahayati Yusuf is the ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women 2018 finalist from Indonesia. Dr. Sri Malahayati is a researcher at the Environmental Research Center at Bogor Agricultural University, in Indonesia. Her work aims to improve environmental sustainability by using information and technology to better understand agricultural insights and the impact of watershed management, soil and water conservation. Learn more about how her work: ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize – Dr. Sri Malahayati Yusuf


Dr. Vimontha Khieovongphachanh is the ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women finalist from Lao PDR. Dr. Khieovongphachanh is a Lecturer in the Faculty Engineering at the National University of Laos, she is using her background in engineering, information technology and the internet of things to improve agricultural practices in Laos. Learn more about her work: ASEAN-U.S Women Science Prize – Dr. Vimontha Khieovongphachanh


Dr. Samsuzana Abd Aziz, an Associate Professor at the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia and a precision farmer is #Malaysia’s ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women 2018 finalist. Born and raised on a family farm, she grew up thinking about how to make farm work easier so that farmers, like her father, would not have to struggle so much. Now, her research is improving and economizing farming practices using precision agriculture applications, and enticing a new generation of agropreneurs. Check out her work here: ASEAN-U.S Women Science Prize – Dr. Samsuzana Abd Aziz


Dr. Moe Thanda Kyi from Myanmar Aerospace Engineering University, is Myanmar’s ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women 2018 finalist. Here’s how she is working to create a sustainable agriculture environment: ASEAN-U.S Women Science Prize – Dr. Moe Thanda Kyi


Dr. Gay Jane Perez is an Associate Professor from the Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology at the University of the Philippines Diliman. She is Philippine’s finalist for ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women 2018. Dr. Perez’s is focusing on how precision agriculture can improve yields by using remote sensing and satellite data to better derive and create prediction tools for agricultural in the Philippines. Find out more about her research here: ASEAN-U.S Women Science Prize – Dr. Gay Jane Perez


Dr. Janice Lee is the ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women 2018 finalist from Singapore. Dr. Lee hopes to create a sustainable future for ASEAN by tapping into technological innovation. As an Assistant Professor at the Asian School of the Environment, Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, her research focuses on the sociological impacts of oil palm expansion in Southeast Asia and evaluates the effective of land-use policies in mitigating impacts. See how she is using remote sensing tools and spatial analysis to create historical and current land-cover maps to better understand trends & predictions: ASEAN-U.S Women Science Prize – Dr. Janice Lee


Dr. Do Thi Phuc is the ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women 2018 finalist from Viet Nam. She is a lecturer in plant science at the VNU-University of Science, Vietnam National University, Hanoi, working to create improved, efficient and precise agricultural practices. She has spent more than 10 years studying how land adapts to different stressors and volatile climates in hopes to create a more sustainable ASEAN. Check out her work: ASEAN-U.S Women Science Prize – Dr. Do Thi Phue