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Achilles, Heather

Heather Achilles, IBM Distinguished Engineer, has been in the networking and computing fields for over 25 years. As an early member of three successful start-ups, Alliant Computer, Wellfleet Communications and DataPower Technology, she has developed a broad technical and business background in parallel computing, networking, and web services. Heather joined IBM in 2005 with the acquisition of DataPower Technology and has worked for the Next Generation Computing Research team since 2008. Her current area of research is focusing on how technology can help optimize the waste/resource management cradle-to-cradle supply chain.

Albert, Brian

Brian Albert is currently a fourth year doctoral student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. His research involvement in the Electronic Materials Research Group at MIT focusses on Ge-on-Si heteroepitaxy and filter design for photovoltaic applications. He previously received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University in 2010.

Au, Samuel

Samuel Au received the B.Eng. and M.Phil degrees in Mechanical and Automation Engineering from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China in 1997 and 1999, respectively. He completed his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering at MIT, USA, in 2007. During his PhD study, he and Prof. Hugh Herr invented and developed the robotic ankle-foot prosthesis, which mimics the action of a biological ankle and, for the first time, provides transtibial amputees with a natural gait, was named one of TIME magazine’s Best Invention of Year in 2007.

Bennett,Elizabeth Reian

Elizabeth Reian Bennett is the first woman to be certified a Grand Master of the shakuhachi, which she has studied with Living National Treasure Aoki Reibo for over 30 years. Since her debut recitalin Tokyo in 1984, Reian Bennett has performed in Japan and worldwide, from Australia and Europe to Mexico, Afghanistan and the United States. Tokyo appearances are planned for every other year; notable venues include Tokyo National Theater and NHK TV.

Bonato, Paolo

Paolo Bonato, Ph.D., serves as Director of the Motion Analysis Laboratory at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston MA. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA, a member of the Affiliated Faculty of the Harvard–MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Cambridge MA, an Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston MA, and an Associate Faculty Member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. He has held Adjunct Faculty positions at the University of Ireland Galway and the University of Melbourne. His research work is focused on the development of rehabilitation technologies with special emphasis on wearable systems and robotics.

Bozzano-Barnes,Francisco

Francisco Bozzano-Barnes, is the Founding President and Managing Director of Tenure and Ecology, LLC. Francisco is an ecological economist with a background in sustainable urban and rural development and a focus on land tenure, energy and food production and access. He is associated with other enterprises to develop distance education, modelling and sustainable planning capabilities. Francisco also works with the Center for Media and Peace Initiative as Director of International Projects, which has created a Center for Media and Democratic Governance at Rutgers University. His diverse international experience and his studies on the impacts of world dynamics on development in urban/rural settings, provides an enriching context to his local activities, which in the last years have been focused on Africa and on Nigeria iand West Africa in particular.

Broggi,Alberto

Prof. Alberto Broggi received the Dr. Ing. (Master) degree in Electronic Engineering and the Ph.D. degree in Information Technology both from the Universita` di Parma, Italy. He is now Full Professor at the Universita` di Parma and the President of VisLab, the Artificial Vision and Intelligent Systems Laboratory.

Chen,Michael

Michael Chen (PhD Candidate, Department of Chemistry, MIT).Michael graduated from Chu Kochen Honors College in Zhejiang University with a B.S. in physics. Now he is a Ph.D. Candidate studying computational chemistry at MIT. He has 5 papers published. In 2013, Michael co-founded a clean tech startup, PolymerGreen, which was sold.

Cheng, Tim

Have solid professional Materials Science and Engineering background and over 30 years research and engineering working experience in industrial companies, research institutes, and universities in Canada, England, Germany and China. Have worked in automotive fuel cell area in Ballard Power Systems and AFCC (Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation, owned by Daimler and Ford) as Senior Product Development Engineer and Senior Research Scientist respectively in recent 10 years. Have led and worked on many projects related to design, testing, processing and materials of various automotive PEM fuel cell components and systems leading to 102 internally published technical reports. Was invited to write a Chapter in books of "Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells - Materials Properties and Performance" (2010) and Encyclopedia of Chemical Processing (2012) respectively published all by CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group.
Currently work in part time as Technical Consultant in Vancouver Clean Energy and Advanced Materials Technology Co. The work is mainly focused on fuel cells, integration of renewable energy and related materials & processing after took early retirement from AFCC in 2013.

 

Duan,Xiaoman

Dr. Xiaoman Duan is a Research Scientist in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. Dr. Duan is also appointed as a “Chang-Jiang Scholar Professor” by the Ministry of Education, China, and awarded a Visiting Professor by the Chinese Academy of Science. She received her M. S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Science and Technology, Beijing (USTB), China in 1985, and received her Ph.D. in the same field from USTB/MIT in 1992.

Ekwo,Uchenna

Three pillars of sustainability – environment, economy, and society are discussed exhaustively in the literature on sustainable development. But the role of a media system that supports peace is often ignored in management, policy and development discussions. The paper argues that an unfettered media can be an effective tool for development in a continent challenged by incessant conflicts, natural disasters, poverty, and disease.

Fiuczynski,David

Iconoclastic and prolific microtonalist, jazz-rock guitarist and RareNoiseRecords artist David ‘Fuze’ Fiuczynski, a jazz player who “doesn’t want to play just jazz,” and has been hailed by the world press as an incredibly inventive guitar hero, who continues to deliver with music that is unclassifiable, challenging and invigorating. An innovative musician who has released 10 CD’s and a double live DVD; Fuze is best known as the leader of the Screaming Headless Torsos and has played with MeShell Ndegeocello, Hiromi, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Stewart Copeland and most recently Jack DeJohnette.

Gong,Chen Chen

Chen Chen Gong has been a research associate in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department, MIT, since 2005. She is a Visiting Professor at Beijing Normal University and an honorary Associate Professor at Hong Kong University.Chen Chen Gong is a classically trained pianist. She is interested in the effects of early piano learning on the development of the brain and cognitive abilities in children. She developed a method for teaching young children piano and has authored a series of 40 books for piano education.

Guo,Yazhi

Widely known as “THE” best suona player in Asia, Mr. Guo was the winner of the 1998 International Pro Musicis award, and the 2012 Hong Kong Award for Best Artist. A graduate of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Mr. Guo invented the “Flexible Core of Suona” that solved the problem of suona playing complicated modulations and temporary inflexions, allowing suona to play in orchestras and significantly broadening the expressive force of this instrument.

Hamada, Toshimitsu

Dr. Toshimitsu Hamada got a master degree at Waseda University, and worked for Production Engineering Research Laboratory and the Headquarter of Hitachi Ltd. His main job in Hitachi was on image processing. Now he is a professor in the department of Business and Informatics at Tsukuba Gakuin University. His present research focuses on robot therapy for the elderly people and the pediatrics.

He,Jessica Junyan

Dr. Jessica Junyan HE received her doctoral degree in 2006 from Department of Architecture, the University of Hong Kong. Her Ph.D research topic is Sustainable Residential Landscaping: A Conceptual Framework and Its application in High Dense Urban Context of Hong Kong. After graduation, she worked as research assist in HKU, landscape designers in world top architecture firms. Now she is an associate principal landscape designer in Atkins and in charge of sustainable landscape planning projects.

Hu, John

Dr. John Hu has over 20 years of research and development experience in robotics and control systems. He performed research for the Human Machine Systems Lab at MIT, where he integrated a master-slave telerobotic surgery system with a pair of Phantom robots. He also participated in simulated laparoscopic surgery experiments with an MGH physician and developed algorithms for the successful force feedback control of a telerobotic surgery system. In 1996 he joined the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab, where he worked on leg locomotion and stable walking of legged robots with biological inspired control approaches like central pattern generator (CPG), as well as conventional control approaches.

Jack,Peter Olu

Peter Olu Jack is the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), an organ of the Federal Government with the mandate of regulation and development of information technology in Nigeria. He is a Development Consultant in the areas of Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships (MSPs), Entrepreneurship, Information Technology for National Transformation, Job Creation and Poverty Alleviation.

Jia Chen

Dr. Jia Chen is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University in the Wofsy-Munger Group on Biosphere-Atmosphere Exchange. Her research is focused on urban greenhouse gas and pollutant emissions. She is working on a method to determine the pollutant emissions in cities by measuring the column-averaged gas concentrations in the atmosphere, using the sun as a light source. This work involves the development of compact sun-tracking spectrometer, atmospheric modeling and network design. She is Co-Investigator of the National Science Foundation Project ”MRI: Acquisition of Mesoscale Network of Surface Sensors and Solar-tracking Spectrometers. Urban-to-regional scale measurements of greenhouse gas and pollutant emissions in Metro Boston.” Jia Chen received her PhD degree in electrical engineering at Technische Universitaet München in collaboration with Siemens, where she developed hand-held laser-based gas sensors for industrial/household applications. She also worked on transmission method (CDMA) for powerline communication systems in automobiles for her diploma thesis at Universitaet Karlsruhe. She is a recipient of ITG dissertation award of the German EE society VDE and holds several patents related to her PhD and Diploma work.

Kimerling,Lionel C.

Lionel C. Kimerling is the Thomas Lord Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. He is the founding Director of the MIT Microphotonics Center where he conducts an active research program in the design and processing of semiconductor materials and devices. He was Head of the Materials Physics Research Department at AT&T Bell Laboratories, when he joined the faculty of MIT as Professor in 1990. He has authored more than 350 technical articles and more than 50 patents. He leads the MIT-­‐Industry team of the Communication Technology Roadmap.

Kimura,Yasunori

Mr. Kimura joined Fujitsu Limited in 1981. Throughout his career, he has been engaged primarily in computer system design and development. Some of the projects he contributed to include: the development of a compiler for parallel inference machines used on the Japanese fifth generation computer system, energy efficient server systems, and supercomputers. He spent a summer at Stanford University as a visiting scholar in 1995, and served as a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo for four years from 2002. Mr. Kimura transferred to Fujitsu Laboratories of America in November, 2009, and in 2011, was appointed as president & CEO. His personal interests include reading and walking.

Klein, Barbara

Barbara Klein is professor for organization and management in social work at the Fachhochschule Frankfurt am Main – University of Applied Sciences in Germany (FH FFM) and Visiting Professor at Northumbria University in Newcastle, UK. Her research focusses on assistive technologies and service development in the healthcare sector. She developed and implemented an independent living center displaying assistive technologies such as innovative light concepts, sensor-based assistive devices and emotional and social robots.

KOHTAKE,Naohiko

Ph.D. Associate Professor, Graduate School of SDM, Keio University.Naohiko Kohtake is an associate professor and current director of Smart System Design Laboratory (http://www.ssdlab.org/) at Keio University where he is responsible for space system engineering and intelligent systems. He has worked in research and development on avionics systems for the H-IIA rocket at Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, ubiquitous computing systems at Keio University, and on-board software at European Space Agency. He was a visiting researcher of user interfaces at Sony Computer Science Laboratories and an associated senior engineer at Digital Innovation Center in Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency working on software independent verification and validation for satellites and the international space station.

Li, William

William P. Li is a PhD student in computer science at MIT. He works on applying data science to solve meaningful problems, most recently in the domains of healthcare and civic participation. William co-founded the MIT Assistive Technology Club, a student group that serves as the starting point for engaging with students, faculty, and staff about assistive technology (AT) for people with disabilities. He also led a 2011 MIT IDEAS Global Challenge Team that was a top prize winner for focusing on making smartphones accessible. Website: http://www.williampli.com

Mensah,Thomas

Dr. Thomas Mensah, is Chairman and CEO of Lightwave Corporation USA a leader in Large Scale infrastructure Development projects on the Continent of Africa. He is one of the four original inventors of Fiber Optics in the United States, and was awarded 7 pioneering patents in Fiber Optics in six years. He is a Fellow of AIChE and Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics), and serves as Chairman of the Scientific Council for the United Nations Energy Forum. He is the recipient of many awards including the Percy Julian Award, Golden Torch Award from NSBE, AIChE Eminent Engineer Award, Turner Trumpet Award, and was named member of the AIChE 100 in 2008.

MIT’s Undergraduate Association Sustainability Committee

Students at MIT have the passion and energy to change the world for the better, and, as the UA Sustainability Committee, we want to help point that energy and passion toward environmental solutions. The three categories below are a few of our current efforts to put environmental issues into the student body consciousness. Most of our projects have dual practical and educational purpose, and as their success grows, a positive feedback loop of awareness and action will help MIT forward as a leader in sustainability. Rebecca Sugrue attends Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). As a rising sophomore he plans to major in Civil and Environmental Engineering focusing on atmospheric chemistry and mechanics. She hopes to minor in Public Policy as well as Energy studies. Throughout her freshmen year, she served on MIT’s Undergraduate Association Sustainability Committee. The UA Committee on Sustainability is the undergraduate student government organization that promotes sustainability awareness and sustainable lifestyles through events, awareness campaigns, and projects on campus.

Mizukawa, Makoto

DMakoto Mizukawa is the Dean of College of Engineering and professor in the department of Electrical Engineeringat at Shibaura Institute of Technology. He is the fellow of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, the fellow of the Society of Instruments and Control Engineer, and fellow of The Robotics Society of Japan. His main works include: 1. De-facto Standard API for Open and Networked Industrial Robots", Proc. 30th International Symposium on Robotics (ISR), pp. 455-462, 1999 2. Robot Technology Ontology Targeting Robot Technology Services in Kukanchi "Interactive Human-Space Design and Intelligence", Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics, Vol.21 No.4,pp 489-497,JSME RMD, Fuji Publishing, 2009 3. Trung Ngo Lam, Haeyeon Lee, Makoto Mizukawa, Automatic Building Robot Technology Ontology Based on Basic-Level Knowledge Network, Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics, Vol.23 No.4 pp. 515-522, 2010 4. Mohd Azizi Abdul Rahman and Makoto Mizukawa, Model-based development and simulation for robotic systems with SysML, Simulink and Simscape profiles, International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems (IJARS), vol.10(112), pp. 1-12, 2013

Moustakas,Theodore D.

Dr. Moustakas is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boston University. He is also a Professor of Physics and Associate Head of the Division of Materials Science and Engineering. Dr. Moustakas’ research contributions cover a broad spectrum of topics in opto-electronic materials and devices, including nitride semiconductors, amorphous semiconductors, III-V compounds, diamond thin films and metallic multi-layers. Intellectual property that resulted from his work has been licensed to a number of companies, including major manufacturers and users of blue LEDs and lasers. Dr. Moustakas is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Electrochemical Society and the IEEE.

Ondo,Greg

Greg Ondo is the Field Marketing Manager for Steinberg North America and has done over 2,000 seminars on music technology. He has worked with many high profile clients including NPR, Electronic Arts, Hans Zimmer, Stevie Wonder, Peter Frampton, Grandmaster Flash and Phil Ramone. Greg Ondo has worked on many projects and was awarded a prestigious TEC award for his audio engineering on Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival DVD. He graduated James Madison University with a Bachelor of Music Industry where he was also an accomplished bassist.

Peterson,Thomas A.

Thomas A. Peterson has a diverse and unique background that has provided him with a wide base of knowledge that enables him to speak in broad terms about energy efficiency housing matters. He is a native New Englander, who now resides in Southern Maine. He earned a BSBA in Business Management from U. Mass. – Dartmouth in 1971 and an MBA in Marketing from Tulane University – New Orleans in 1973.

Ruiz,Juan.Blanco

I have a lifelong fascination with and dedication to the architectures of humanity. This has fostered firm foundations in architecture, historic preservation as well as civic history and design. My dedication to the built environment has given me a knowledge about the intimate ties between building as sustainable forms of habitation and energy. Indeed the gathering and preparation of building materials as well as their subsequent assemblage into the multitude of architectures that have graced as they have defined the history of humanity are all expressions of energy.

Schachte,Steven

Dr. Steven Schachter attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed an internship in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a neurological residency at the Harvard-Longwood Neurological Training Program, and an epilepsy fellowship at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He is Chief Academic Officer and Program Leader of NeuroTechnology at CIMIT and a Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School (HMS).

Shah, Pratik

Dr. Pratik Shah is at the infectious Disease Initiative at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Department of Molecular Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Shah applies high-throughput Omics and nanotechnology to identify new pathways to design diagnostics, therapeutics and prophylactics against a variety of debilitating clinical conditions related to gastrointestinal and respiratory diseases. He discovered a new vaccine component to protect against bacterial pneumonia, novel pathways and metabolites associated with gastrointestinal infections and a rapid and low-cost water quality test. Dr. Shah is a honorary visiting scientist at the MIT Media Lab, where he instructs a course on prototyping low-cost and portable heath-tech solutions such as automatic stethoscopes, rapid otoscopes and non-invasive blood diagnostic sensors. He is also a cofounder of clean-water initiative based in Ghana, Tanzania and Nigeria that utilizes mobile technologies to connect large urban communities to safe drinking water.

Sugrue,Rebecca

Rebecca Sugrue attends Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). As a rising sophomore he plans to major in Civil and Environmental Engineering focusing on atmospheric chemistry and mechanics. She hopes to minor in Public Policy as well as Energy studies. Throughout her freshmen year, she served on MIT’s Undergraduate Association Sustainability Committee. The UA Committee on Sustainability is the undergraduate student government organization that promotes sustainability awareness and sustainable lifestyles through events, awareness campaigns, and projects on campus.

Suh,Nam

He is the Cross Professor Emeritus at M.I.T. and former President of KAIST. He was awarded the ASME Medal, the General Pierre Nicolau Award of CIRP, and many others. He advanced axiomatic design theory, wear theories, and microcellular plastics. He invented a large number of products and processes, including the OLEV, MH, and MuCell. He received 9 honorary degrees from four continents. During his tenure at KAIST, KAIST became the second highest-ranked university in Asia.

Takanishi, Atsuo

Professor of Science and Engineering,WASEDA University. 1982: Degree of Master of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Japan 1985: Research Assistant of the School of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Japan 1988: Full-time Lecturer of the School of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Japan 1990: Associate Professor of the School of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Japan 1997: Professor of the School of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Japan. Research Interests: Humanoid Robot, Medical/Welfare Robot, Educational Robot

Tang, Sai Chun

Sai Chun Tang received the B.Eng. degree (with First Class Honours) and the Ph.D. degree in electronic engineering from the City University of Hong Kong in 1997 and 2000, respectively, where he was a Research Fellow after he graduated. He joined the National University of Ireland, Galway, as a Visiting Academic in 2001, and then the Laboratory for Electromagnetic and Electronic Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, in 2002. Since 2004, he has been with the Radiology Department, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, for the developments of ultrasound diagnosis devices and noninvasive treatment systems using high-intensity focused ultrasound. In 2008, he became a Faculty in Radiology at Harvard Medical School. His current research interests include electronic medical devices, wireless energy transfer, and high-intensity ultrasound systems.

Tao,Fei

Dr. Fei Tao received the Ph.D. degree in Microbiology from the Shandong University, China. He is now associate professor at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, State Key Laboratory of Microbial Metabolism and Visiting scientist at MIT, Center of Bits and Atoms.As a young researcher in the biodegradation and biocatalysis, he authored of more than 40 publications on international scientific journals.

Trivedi, Mohan

Mohan Trivedi is a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in U. of CA San Diego. He is the recipient of the Pioneer Award and the Meritorious Service Award from the IEEE Computer Society; and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Utah State University. He is a Fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE). He is a founding member of the Executive Committee of the UC System-wide Digital Media Innovation Program (DiMI). Trivedi is also Editor-in-Chief of Machine Vision & Applications (http://link.springer-ny.com/link/service/journals/00138/index.htm).

Wagner,Cosima

Cosima Wagner studied Japanese Studies and History in Marburg, Berlin (Germany) and Kyôto (Japan). From 2003 to 2013 she was lecturer and research fellow at the Japanese Studies dept. of Goethe-University in Frankfurt, were she also received her PhD in 2008 with a dissertation on “Robotopia Nipponica – Research on the Acceptance of Robots in Japan” (published at Tectum Verlag in 2013). Her research and teaching activities focus on a cultural sciences approach to the analysis of the development and use of technology in Japan, a history of consumption and everyday life in Japan after 1945, Japanese histories of objects since the early 20th century and on the discourse of the global boom of Japanese popular culture (“Cool Japan”-phenomenon).

Wang,Lumin

Professor Lumin Wang, originally from Beijing, China, received his PhD in Materials Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988 with a thesis topic on radiation effects in nuclear engineering materials. He worked at Argonne National Laboratory as a post-doctoral fellow and University of New Mexico as a research scientist before joining the faculty of the University of Michigan in 1997. He is now a tenured professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences with a joint appointment in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Wen,Yimin

Yimin Wen is an associate professor in Huazhong University of Science and Technology. He has worked in Wuhan HUST Institute of Architectural Design and now is the CEO of Hubei Efar Urban Planning and Architectural Design Company. As a Practitioners in the Urban Planning or Architect or Landscape, he has nearly twenty years experience and has managed over more than ten projects of Urban planning every year. He served as Landscape Architect for the term 1996-2003; he served as Architect for the term 2003-2008. He served as Urban planner for the term 2009-2014.

Wu,Tony

Tony Wu is a third-year graduate student at MIT in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, focusing in Engineering Physics. He received a B.S. in both Electrical Engineering and Physics from National Taiwan University in 2011. His current research involves organic photovoltaics and OLED.

Xiong, Zhang

Xiong Zhang is a full professor in School of Computer Science of Engineering of Beihang University and director of the Advanced Computer Application Research Engineering Center of National Educational Ministry. During his academic career in Beihang University for more than 20 years, he has supervised over 30 PhD students and won a National Science and Technology Progress Award. He is now the chief scientist of “smart city” project supported by the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China.

Yi, Yasha

Dr. Yi is currently an associate professor at department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Michigan, Dearborn campus and also a faculty affiliate of University of Michigan Energy Institute. He received his Ph.D from MIT and worked as a postdoctoral associate at MIT electronic materials processing center the following year, focusing research on integrated nano optoelectronic materials and devices. He has worked in Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and 3M corporate research laboratory. He is also a research affiliate at MIT Microsystems technology/microphotonics center.

Yin, Jie

Jie Yin is currently a deputy chief planner of Shanghai Total Architectural Design & Urban Planning Co.,Ltd. Before that, he had worked as a principle planner at Shanghai Tongji Urban Planning & Design Institute for three years. As a Certified Planner and Certified Engineer in China, he has led or participated in a number of projects on land use planning, urban design, and rural planning. His prior researches mainly focused on Eco-city theories and practices, while he also developed interest in environmental policy and planning, as well as rural development in China. He is now researching on rural mobility and rural energy in urbanizing China.

Yuan, Minsheng

Dr. Yuan finished his medical education and got his PhD from SUMS (Zhongshan University) in China 1995. He did his postdoctoral training at Joslin Diabetes Center 1999-2005. His Science paper 2001 identified NF-kB as central target of high dose Aspirin to reverse insulin resistance and led an inflammatory theory of metabolic syndrome in more than 10 years. He was International Young Researcher’s Aspirin Award winner 2003 and Iacocca fellow at Joslin 2004-2005.

Zhao, Jinhua

Jinhua Zhao is the Edward H. and Joyce Linde Career Development Assistant Professor of urban planning at DUSP. He holds Master of Science, Master of City Planning and Ph.D. degrees from MIT and a Bachelor's degree from Tongji University. He studies travel behavior and transportation policy, public transit management, and China’s urbanization and mobility. He sees transportation as a language, to describe a person, to characterize a city, and to understand an institution. His current project examines the interaction between policy making by the governments and behavioral response from the public in the context of China’s urban development. He very much enjoys working with students.