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2017 MIT China Conference in Shanghai

October 25-26, 2017
 
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Gang Chen
Carl Richard Soderberg Professor of Power Engineering
Department Head / Mechanical Engineering
MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
Gang Chen is currently the Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Carl Richard Soderberg Professor of Power Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and is the director of the "Solid-State Solar-Thermal Energy Conversion Center (S3TEC Center)" - an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the US Department of Energy. He obtained his PhD degree from the Mechanical Engineering Department, UC Berkeley. He was a faculty member at Duke University and UCLA, before joining MIT in 2001. He received an NSF Young Investigator Award, an R&D 100 award, an ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award, a Nukiyama Memorial Award by the Japan Heat Transfer Society, a World Technology Network Award in Energy, an Eringen Medal from the Society of Engineering Science, and the Capers and Marion McDonald Award for Excellences in Mentoring and Advising from MIT. He is a fellow of American Association for Advancement of Science, APS, ASME, and Guggenheim Foundation. He is an academician of Academia Sinica and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering.
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Wilson Chu
Chairman, Defond Group
Wilson graduated from UC Berkeley engineering school in 1979 and joined Defond. Within 2 years Defond was the first switch maker in Hong Kong to obtain UL approval and quickly became the top supplier for that market. Today, Defond is the biggest global supplier of switches for the power tools sector. During the early ‘90s Defond started involvement in electronics and was the top supplier of Appliance Leakage Circuit Interrupters for the US market. With a combination of expertise on mechanical, electronics and firmware, Defond further diversified to cover different industrial sectors. Thereafter, Wilson acquired several overseas businesses including automotive controls. The company now focuses on HMI products to satisfy future market needs.
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Jason Fan
GM, Shanghai Yangpu Science and Technology Innovation Group
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617-253-2247

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Nicholas Fang
Associate Professor in Engineering Design
MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
Nicholas X. Fang received his BS and MS in physics from Nanjing University, and his PhD in mechanical engineering from University of California Los Angeles. He arrived at MIT in Jan 2011 as Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Prior to MIT, he worked as an assistant professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Professor Fang’s areas of research look at nanophotonics and nanofabrication. His recognitions include the ASME Chao and Trigger Young Manufacturing Engineer Award (2013); the ICO prize from the International Commission of Optics (2011); an invited participant of the Frontiers of Engineering Conference by National Academies in 2010; the NSF CAREER Award (2009) and MIT Technology Review Magazine’s 35 Young Innovators Award (2008).
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Karen Gleason
Associate Provost
Alexander and I Michael Kasser Professor of Chemical Engineering
MIT Office of the Provost
Dr. Karen K. Gleason is Associate Provost and the Alexander and I. Michael Kasser Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1987 and has served as Executive Officer of the Chemical Engineering Department, Associate Director for the Institute of Soldier Nanotechnologies; and as Associate Dean of Engineering for Research.

Professor Gleason’s research focuses on the near room-temperature synthesis of ultrathin, conformal organic films by chemical vapor deposition (CVD). Gleason has authored more than 250 publications and holds 18 issued US patents for CVD polymers and their applications in optoelectronic, sensing, microfluidic, energy storage, and biomedical devices, and for the surface modification of membranes.

Gleason is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE) and held the Donders Visiting Professorship Chair at Utrecht University, Netherlands. Her awards include the ID TechEx Printed Electronics Europe Best Technical Development Materials Award, the AIChE Process Development Research Award, and Young Investigator Awards from both the National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research. She has delivered the Van Ness Award Lecture at the Rensselaer Polytechnic University and the Tis Lahiri Lecture at Vanderbuilt University.

In 2001, Prof Gleason co-founded GVD Corporation, which has successfully scaled-up and commercialized technology invented in her MIT lab. GVD is headquartered in Cambridge, MA and has manufacturing facilities in Greenville, SC. In 2014, she co-founded Drop-Wise for improving the efficiency of steam power cycles.

Gleason received her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. Her BS and MS degrees are from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she also won All-American honors in swimming.
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Todd Glickman
Senior Associate Director
MIT Office of Corporate Relations Industrial Liaison Program
Welcome and Introduction
Day 2, 9:00 - 9:10
Mr. Glickman joined the Industrial Liaison Program in January 2000, serving as the MIT liaison for companies worldwide, and joined the senior management of the office in 2005.

Prior to joining ILP, Todd was Assistant Executive Director of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), the professional society for meteorologists, which is based in Boston. At AMS, Todd's responsibilities included strategic planning for conferences, headquarters' liaison with AMS member boards and committees, support to the AMS Council, and public relations. In addition, Todd was Managing Editor for the AMS Glossary of Meteorology (2nd edition).

From 1979 to 1994, Todd held a variety of positions with WSI Corporation of Billerica, MA, including Manager, New Product Development, Media Marketing Manager, and Manager of the Government Program Office. WSI was a pioneer in the development of real-time weather information, providing value-added information and workstations for clients in media, aviation, industry, academia, and government. Some of Todd's projects included development of the weather data/information infrastructure for The Weather Channel; the introduction of digital satellite and radar imagery for television; planning and implementation of a network of weather briefing systems for the Federal Aviation Administration; and serving as liaison with the National Weather Service and professional organizations. In addition, Todd was instrumental in helping to develop the public-private partnership between the weather information industry and the Federal government.

Concurrently, Todd has a more than 30-year career as a radio meteorologist, and has been heard on dozens of stations nationwide. Today, he can be heard occasionally on all-news WCBS Newsradio-88 in New York City. He has chaired numerous meteorological conferences and symposia, and served on a number of boards and committees for the American Meteorological Society (AMS). He was awarded the AMS Seal of Approval for Radio Weathercasting in 1979, and was elected a Fellow of the AMS in 1997.

Todd's interests include transportation systems of all types, and he is an officer and past-trustee of the Seashore Trolley Museum of Kennebunkport, Maine. At MIT, Todd an officer and trustee of the Technology Broadcasting Corporation, which oversees the campus radio station WMBR-FM. He also volunteers as the academic advisor to a group of MIT freshman.
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Dina Katabi
Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
Director, Center for Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing (Wireless@MIT)
MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Dina Katabi is the Andrew & Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. She is also the director of the MIT’s Center for Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a recipient of the MacArthur Genius Award. Professor Katabi received her PhD and MS from MIT in 2003 and 1999, and her Bachelor of Science from Damascus University in 1995. Katabi's research focuses on innovative mobile and wireless technologies with particular application to digital health. Her research has been recognized by the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award, the SIGCOMM test of Time Award, the Faculty Research Innovation Fellowship, a Sloan Fellowship, the NBX Career Development chair, and the NSF CAREER award. Her students received the ACM Best Doctoral Dissertation Award in Computer Science and Engineering twice. Further, her work was recognized by the IEEE William R. Bennett prize, three ACM SIGCOMM Best Paper awards, an NSDI Best Paper award, and a TR10 award. Several start-ups have been spun out of Katabi's lab such as PiCharging and Emerald.
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Karl F. Koster
Executive Director
MIT Office of Corporate Relations/Industrial Liaison Program
Karl F. Koster is the Executive Director of the MIT Office of Corporate Relations. The Office of Corporate Relations includes the MIT Industrial Liaison Program, which celebrated 67 years of service to the Institute and its corporate partners in 2015.

In that capacity, Mr. Koster and his staff work with the leadership of MIT and senior corporate executives to design and implement strategies for fostering corporate partnerships with the Institute. Mr. Koster and his team have also worked to identify and design a number of major international programs for MIT, which have been characterized by the establishment of strong, programmatic linkages among universities, industry, and governments. Most recently these efforts have been extended to engage the surrounding innovation eco-system, including its vibrant startup and small company community, into MIT's global corporate and university networks.

Mr. Koster also serves as the Chairman of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP), an organization that seeks to enhance the value of collaborative partnerships between universities and corporations.

Mr. Koster graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in geology and economics in 1974, and received a M.S. from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1980. At the Sloan School he concentrated in international business management and the management of technological innovation. Prior to returning to MIT, Mr. Koster worked as a management consultant in Europe, Latin America, and the United States on projects for private and public sector organizations.
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Tianwen Liu
Chairman & CEO
iSoftStone
Mr. Tianwen Liu (TW Liu) is the founder, Chairman and CEO of iSoftStone Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: ISS), a leading China-based provider of consulting & solutions, IT services and business process outsourcing to clients both domestically in China and worldwide.

Mr. Liu has over 20 years experience in technical and management roles in the IT industry. Since founding iSoftStone in 2001, Mr. Liu has become a leading voice for China's IT outsourcing industry and the globalization of Chinese enterprises, and has been recognized by domestic and international publications as such. Mr. Liu received the “Award of People of the Year with Remarkable Contributions to Outsourcing in China” for three consecutive years (2010 - 2012) by Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China, as well as awarded “Top Leaders of the Past 10 Years in China IT Services Industry” in 2012.

Prior to iSoftStone, Mr. Liu co-founded AsiaEC.com in 1999 and led efforts to build the company from inception to become China's largest on-line office supply and services provider (until it was acquired by Office Depot in 2006). He also served in multinational companies such as Bechtel and Siemens.

Mr. Liu is a Sloan Fellow and holds an MBA degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.
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Elisabeth B. Reynolds
Executive Director
MIT Industrial Performance Center
Elisabeth Reynolds is the Executive Director of MIT’s Industrial Performance Center (IPC), an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to the study of innovation, productivity and competitiveness.

Dr. Reynolds works on topics related to the geography of innovation, regional economic growth, and industrial innovation and competitiveness. She has worked in particular on the theory and practice of cluster development and regional innovation systems and advises several organizations and governments in this area. Her current research focuses on innovation and advanced manufacturing, in particular the globalization of the biomanufacturing industry, as well as how innovative startups grow to scale. She is a member of the Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative and an advisor to the Massachusetts Biomanufacturing Roundtable.

Before coming to MIT, Dr. Reynolds was the Director of the City Advisory Practice at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a non-profit founded by Professor Michael Porter focused on urban economic development.Her background also includes working as a policy analyst at the Institute for Research in Public Policy, a Canadian think tank, and as a financial analyst with Goldman Sachs.

She has an A.B. from Harvard College in Government and was the Harvard Fiske Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge. She holds a MSc from the University of Montreal in Economics and a Ph.D. from MIT in Urban and Regional Studies.
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Alex Slocum
Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director, Experimental Study Group (ESG)
MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
Alexander Slocum is the Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, a MacVicar Faculty Teaching Fellow, and a Fellow of the ASME. He has 100+ patents and has helped develop 12 products that have received R&D 100 awards for “one of the one hundred best new technical products of the year”. He has helped start several successful companies and has a passion for working with industry to solve real problems and identify fundamental research topics.

Alex was the Massachusetts Professor of the Year in 2000 and is the recipient of the Society of Manufacturing Engineer’s Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal, and the ASME Leonardo daVinci and Machine Design Awards. His current interests focus on the development of precision machines from medical devices and instruments to energy harvesting and storage machines. Recently he served on the DoE Science Team working on the Gulf Oil Spill, and has served in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President as the Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing. Since high school days, Alex has had a passion for furniture making and carpentry. Alex also loves sports from SCUBA to snowboarding to marathons and iron-distance triathlons.

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Bing Tan (invited)
Deputy Governor of Yangpu District, Shanghai
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Zhijun Wang (invited)
Director, Science and Technology Committee of Shanghai Yangpu District
Zhijun Wang is Director of Science and Technology Committee of Shanghai Yangpu District.
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Kuang-Shine Yang
VP of Research & Development - Product Development Center
Auto21
Degree: PhD, Department of Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan
Research Areas: system integration engineering, intelligent system vehicle, control system analysis and design, vehicle design.
Achievements: 2 gold medals winner, 2107 Taipei International Invention Show and Technomart; Best thesis, Taiwan Automatic Control Program
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Kamal Youcef-Toumi
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Co-Director, Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy
MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
Kamal Youcef-Toumi joined the MIT Mechanical Engineering Department faculty in 1985. He earned his advanced degrees (M.S. 1981 and Sc.D. 1985) in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. His undergraduate degree (B.S. in Mechanical Engineering awarded in 1979) is from the University of Cincinnati. Professor Youcef-Toumi's research has focused primarily on design, modeling, simulation, instrumentation, and control theory. The applications have included manufacturing, robotics, automation, metrology and nano/biotechnology. He teaches courses in the fields of dynamic systems; robotics; precision machine design and automatic control systems. Professor Youcef-Toumi was selected as a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator "in recognition of research and teaching accomplishments and academic potential." He served as a member on several professional committees of The National Science Foundation, Chairman of the Information Technology program within The Arab Science and Technology Foundation, Member of the review committee for European Union funded Network of Excellence for Innovative Production Machines and Systems, Member of the Scientific Committee for Qatar Foundation Annual Research Forum, Head of the Controls, Instrumentation and Robotics Area in the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT, Member of the MIT Council for International Programs, and Research and Strategy Advisor for Qatar Computing Research Institute. He is the Co-Director of the Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy and Co-Director of the Center for Complex Engineering Systems at MIT. Professor Youcef-Toumi has served as a consultant for a several companies including AT&T Bell Laboratories, EDO Corporation, Varian Radiation Division, Gillette Corp., Delta Search Laboratories, Jentek Sensors, Morgan Stanley Co., General Electric, TEKES - National Technology Agency of Finland, Jordan Hospital, Mitsubishi Electric Corp. Penn State University-College of Medicine - Cancer Institute, and Saudi Aramco. He is a member of IEEE and an ASME Fellow. He served as Chairman of the ASME Dynamics Systems & Control Division Robotics Panel. He was an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems Measurement and Controls, the International Program Committee Chairman for the 2010 IFAC Symposium on Mechatronic Systems, and an Associate editor of the ASME's Dynamic Systems and Control Division (DSCD) Conference Editorial Board. He has served as Editor of several symposia/conference proceedings. Professor Youcef-Toumi is the author of over 320 publications, including a textbook on the theory and practice of direct-drive robots. He holds over 48 registered/pending patents. Professor Youcef-Toumi has been an invited lecturer at over 180 seminars at companies, research centers and universities throughout the world.

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Shuguang Zhang
Principal Research Scientist
MIT Center for Bits and Atoms
Shuguang Zhang is at Center for Bits & Atoms, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his B.S from Sichuan University, China and Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from University of California at Santa Barbara, USA. He was an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow and a Whitaker Foundation Investigator at MIT. He was a 2003 Fellow of Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS fellow). His work of designer self-assembling peptide scaffold won 2004 R&D100 award. He and his colleagues’ work for direct harvesting biosolar energy was selected one of the 10 finalists of the 2005 Saatchi & Saatchi Award for World Changing Ideas. He won 2006 Wilhelm Exner Medal of Austria. He was an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow. He is a Fellow of American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and Fellow of US National Academy of Inventors. He is a Foreign Corresponding Member of Austrian Academy of Sciences. He published >160 scientific papers that have so far been cited over 24,000 times and with h-index 75. He is also a co-founder and board member of Molecular Frontiers Foundation that encourages young people to ask big and good questions in order to win Molecular Frontiers Inquiry Prize.

Shuguang Zhang made a serendipitous discovery of a repetitious and ionic self-complementary peptide segment in yeast protein Zuotin in 1990. This is discovery of the first self-assembling peptides that eventually led to the development of a new field of peptide nanobiotecnology. Furthermore, his discovery inspired numerous people around the world to design a variety of self-assembling peptides for wide spread uses including peptide hydrogels in materials science, 3D tissue cell culture, 3D tissue printing and tissue engineering, nanomedicine, sustained molecular releases, clinical and surgical applications. He co-founded a startup company that has made significant contribution to bring the self-assembling peptide materials to human clinical and surgical uses. He founded a biotech company 3DMatrix in 2002 that went to IPO in October 2011. It had US$1 billion market capitalization in 2013.

Shuguang Zhang in 2011 invented a simple molecular QTY Code to engineer proteins particularly membrane proteins and perhaps other aggregated proteins as well. Not only these engineered membrane receptor proteins become water-soluble with little changing molecular weight and pI, but also these detergent-free (water-soluble) membrane proteins retain their biological function, namely bind their natural ligands. His invention of the elegant QTY Code technology will likely have a big impact in engineering a variety of membrane proteins and perhaps some water-insoluble and aggregated proteins. He is a co-founder of a biotech company OH2Laboratories that commercialize the technology. It will likely transform many aspects of drug discovery and new therapies.
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Xuanhe Zhao
Robert N Noyce Career Development Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Head, Soft Active Materials Laboratory (SAMs)
MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
Xuanhe Zhao received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Harvard University. He is now an associate professor in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. Dr. Zhao’s current research goal is to understand and design soft materials to address grand societal challenges. Zhao is a recipient of the young investigator or early career awards from National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, Society of Engineering Science, Adhesion Society, and American Vacuum Society. He held the Hunt Faculty Scholar at Duke University and d'Arbeloff Career Development Chair and Robert N. Noyce Career Development Professor at MIT.
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