Joan has been named an honorary citizen of Singapore for her significant contributions in developing a safe and sustainable water system in the island nation.
For the last 14 years, Joan has worked with researchers and government officials in Singapore to help build the country’s water infrastructure and monitor water quality.
“I am honored and delighted to receive this prominent national award,” she said. “I feel extremely fortunate to have played a small part in helping Singapore shape the way the world understands water.
“As a microbiologist, I believe that the provision of safe drinking water is the basic building block of a healthy and successful society, and I have been very impressed with how Singapore has evolved from a small island struggling with water challenges into a model for sustainable water management through relentless pursuit of research and development,” she said.
The award is the highest form of recognition bestowed by the Singapore Government for outstanding contributions by individuals to the country’s growth and development. It is awarded to those who have made a significant impact in the areas of business, science and technology, information communications, education, health, arts and culture, sports, tourism, community services or security.