April 20, 2016

The spring 2016 Industry Advisory Board (IAB) Meeting of the Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute (TBSI) was held on April 13-14. This successful meeting took place at the Faculty Club at University of California, Berkeley. A total of 15 members from industry and 60 TBSI core Principal Investigators and UC Berkeley faculty and leadership participated in this meeting.

During the meeting, TBSI IAB members heard reports from UC Berkeley and Tsinghua University officials, TBSI Co-directors, faculty, and students. “TBSI’s vision is to build a bridge connecting different disciplines, academia and industry, and researchers from diverse cultures across the Pacific,” said Professor Connie Chang-Hasnain, TBSI Founding Co-Director, “and we are making great strides towards this vision”. Co-Directors Connie Chang-Hasnain, Feiyu Kang, and Co-Deputy Directors, Liwei Lin, and Lin Zhang presented institute overviews and updates on three interdisciplinary research centers on the environment and new energy, information technology, and data science, as well as precision medicine and healthcare. Board members and Principal Investigators enjoyed lively break-out discussions on industry partnership, dual degrees, executive education, and summer teaching plans.  

“Our annual board meeting is a chance to bring the members together to tell them about the latest trends and events at TBSI, to share our goals and aspirations.” Said Connie Chang-Hasnain, TBSI Co-Director.

The Board members also heard remarks from Vice Chancellor for Research Paul Alivisatos and from Dean of College of Engineering S. Shankar Sastry. On the second day, board members toured labs of Profs. Connie Chang-Hasnain and Liwei Lin, visited the new Jacobs Institute of Design and Innovation, and toured Marvell NanoLab donning cleanroom apparel. That afternoon, board members visited Autodesk and Accel Partners to further experience the Bay Area’s innovative maker culture and entrepreneurial spirit.   

“The members of the advisory board are a remarkable group of leaders from a wide variety of industries who offer a diverse set of opinions and insights. Said Dean Sastry, “UC Berkeley and Tsinghua University greatly appreciate that Board members assist TBSI to confirm its strategic direction and chart its future in TBSI’s inaugural year.”

TBSI Board members include alumni of UC Berkeley and executives from different industries in China, and U.S. Members who attended the meeting include Chenming Hu (Professor in the Graduate School of UC Berkeley), Luhua Rao (President of Shenzhen Clou Electronics), Brian Shieh (Corporate VP of Applied Materials), Hong Tian (Chairman & CEO of SAE Magnetics), Juhong Wang (VP of Tencent), Veronica Wu (Co-President of China Science and Merchants Capital), Dongfang Yu (CEO of Shenzhen Waiveguider), Mervin Zhou (Partner of Soft Bank China Venture Capital), and Xiaoxun Zhu (SVP of Siemens China).

Leadership from Tsinghua University also shared their vision of Tsinghua’s growth plans. “In order to prepare our students to be global citizens, Tsinghua University provides their students opportunities to study abroad, and at the same time we would like to develop a global campus in China.” Said Hong Gao, Vice Provost of International Education at Tsinghua University. “TBSI is the most important program within Tsinghua’s expanding international strategy.”

Other participating UC Berkeley and Tsinghua leadership include UC Berkeley Vice Provost of Strategic Academic and Facilities Planning Andrew Szeri and Tsinghua University Vice Provost Xiqin Wang.