Dr. David C. Chang was named the ninth President of Polytechnic University, now known as Polytechnic Institute of NYU on July 1, 1994, and was appointed Chancellor in July 2005. In addition to being a full professor at his home institution, Dr. Chang also holds honorary professorships at five major universities in China.
Previously Dr. Chang was Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at Arizona State University and Chairman of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 1981 to 1989 at the University of Colorado. Dr. Chang holds a Master's and Ph.D. in applied physics from Harvard University and a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from National Cheng-Kung University in Taiwan. He was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 1985, is a past President of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, and Chairman of the U.S. National Committee of the International Scientific Radio Union.
Dr. Chang has a distinguished record of academic achievements in electromagnetic theory, antennas analysis, microwave & optical integrated circuit. He was awarded the IEEE Third Millennium Medal in 2000. He co-founded in 2009 the Joint Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship in 2009 between Nanjing University and Polytechnic and served as chair of its governing board, 2009-2011.
Apart from his academic activities, Dr. Chang has actively involved in a number of civic and not-for-profit organizations including serving on the Commission on Independent Colleges & Universities (CICU), a member of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Transition Team and Mayor's Committee on Appointments. He was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg to serve on the Panel for Educational Policies, which is the governing board for New York City's school system, and has served in 2009-10 as its chairman. Dr. Chang is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; was on the National Advisory Council for the Bill & Melinda Gates Millennium Scholars, 2001-2010, and is a member of The Committee of 100, a Chinese American organization dedicated to better Sino-American relations and is currently serving as a co-chair for its international programs.
Dr. Chang is a board director of two public companies, i.e. American XTAL Technology and Time Warner Cable.
He co-founded in 2011 g-MEO and has been serving as its Chairman of the Board.
Mr. Daniel Lou started his career in the United States as a journalist, first as an intern to Institutional Investor's Newsletter Division, then as a reporter covering New York City's Chinese community with the World Journal - the largest Chinese language daily newspaper in the United States, then as a reporter at its business and finance desk covering Wall Street, US and China business and trade as well as high-tech industry and those high-tech firms started by Chinese Americans in the United States.
In May 2001, Mr. Lou joined New York Life's Cultural Market Division, moving up from senior market management associate, to market management consultant and director specializing in marketing and communications. Over the past 10 years, he has helped develop and execute this Fortune 100 company's overall strategies for developing the Chinese American Market in the United States and helped the Company establish a dominant position in the market.
With an entrepreneurial spirit in his blood, Mr. Lou has participated in numerous start-up companies.
Daniel graduated from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism with a Master of Science degree in 1994. He was a graduate of Peking University with a BA majoring in Philosophy in 1988. Before he came to the States to pursue his graduate studies in journalism, he worked as a reporter, translator and editor for Beijing Review in China.
Mr. Lou has been active in the professional and business community. He co-founded Chinese Investors Association in February 2001 and served as its President for over seven years. He also reorganized Peking University Alumni Association of Greater New York in early 2008 and served as its President for two years.
Mr. Lou is a co-founder of g-MEO and is currently serving as its President.
Dr. Sherry Sun has a combination of 25 years of industrial and academic experience, across financial services, consulting, software/IT, and the higher education industries in the US and China. After 15 years of US corporate practice, Sherry returned to her favorite educational industry in 2008. As an Adjunct Professor at Peking University and a Senior Fellow at Fudan University in China, she has designed and lectured in executive programs for Chinese bankers and corporate leaders and advised students’ research. She is also designated lecture professor for MBA/EDP programs at several Chinese universities. From 2003 to 2008, Dr. Sun worked as Vice President of Risk Management at Citi Card, Citigroup in New York, to lead the credit policy group to manage North American E-Business Credit Card underwriting policy and a co-brand portfolio. Prior to that, she served three years as Vice President of Decision Science at JPMorgan Chase, to manage major credit card marketing channels with analytical strategies. Before that, she held technical head and executive positions at consulting and software companies in the Greater Washington DC area. In late 1990, as a co-founder and Vice President of Wintechi Inc., Dr. Sun worked on fund raising and “Multiversity” projects.
As a scholar in Management Science and a practitioner in the banking industry, Dr. Sun has authored 40+ publications and spoken at over 40 conferences and forums, and served as an Overseas Senior Adviser and Column Author for Chinese financial magazines since early 2000s. Sherry has received numerous awards, including Citigroup Global Talent Development Program; Citi Stars; Chase Service Stars; Asia Leadership Award from Bergen Community College; Outstanding Teaching-Research Award from China Management Modernization Association.
Dr. Sun has also served non-profits and on their boards. She is one of the founders and served as Executive Director of the Chinese American Bankers Association (CABA) since 2002. She was a founding member of the Chinese Association of Science and Business (CASB) in NY and the Washington Chinese Professional Forum (WCPF) in Washington, DC. Sherry is an active member of the International Association of Finance Engineering (IAFE), Professional Risk Management of International Association (PRMIA), the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), the Asian Financial Society (AFS), and the Chinese Economist Society (CES).
Sherry received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Management Science from University of Maryland, where she was honored with the Paine Doctoral Award for Academic Achievement. Sherry also earned her M.S. Certificate and B.S. in Physics from Yunnan University and Nankai University in China, respectively.
Dr. Sun is currently serving as President, Greater China Operation at g-MEO.
Mingzheng Shi is currently Executive Director of Duke Kunshan University Initiative. Born and raised in China, he earned his undergraduate degree at Peking University, his Ph.D. in Chinese History at Columbia University and a master's degree in American Studies from the University of Connecticut. He built a successful academic career at U.S. institutions including the University of Houston and University of Hawaii, Manoa, before returning to China in 2000. Dr. Shi has taught extensively in the areas of Chinese history and culture and urban studies at NYU's campuses in Shanghai and Abu Dhabi and at the Council on International Educational Exchange Study Center in Shanghai. He has also held senior management and program administration roles with CIEE and NYU Shanghai. He has served as a research fellow with the National Program for Advanced Study and Research in China, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Dr. Shi is currently a Senior Advisor to the Chairman at g-MEO.
Cecilia Chang started her career in the US as a public school teacher in the Boulder Valley School District in Colorado for over twenty years, specializing in teaching gifted and talented students in primary grades. She has received numerous recognitions, including being nominated for the Westinghouse Best Teacher's Award in 1992. Cecilia took early retirement and came to New York when her husband David assumed the Presidency at Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, NY in 1994. She was active in school, community and international University affairs. She received an award from CTUAAA, the North American Alumni Association for all five Jiao Tong Universities in 2005 for her dedication and contributions. She served for many years as Director for International Development at Polytechnic and later on the Promise Fund Board. The latter was dedicated to raise scholarships for economically disadvantaged college-age students, raising an average of over one million dollars annually. She was instrumental in raising over $750,000 initially to establish the Joint Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship in 2009 between Nanjing University and Polytechnic Institute of New York University, followed by securing the pledge of $1M in scholarship funds to support students from both universities to work on collaborative projects in Nanjing.
Cecilia received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from National Taiwan University in Taipei and her M.Ed. in Child Study from Eliot Pearson School at Tufts University, Medford, MA.
She is currently Director, External Relations at g-MEO.
Frances Fremont-Smith is one of the first Americans to teach as a Foreign Expert in Northeastern China in 1978, and has lived in Greater China for over 30 years. Fluent in Chinese, she received her Masters degree from Harvard University in the 1985. From 1978-1982, she worked as a Foreign Expert teaching English in Jilin Province and as a translator for Agricultural Mechanization Sciences in Beijing. In 1985, she initiated the Chinese Department at Milton Academy in the US and founded the first high school homestay educational program for foreign students in Beijing. In 1992, she became the first westerner to coordinate the Chinese as a Second Language Program at the Chinese International School of Hong Kong where she also carried on her educational exchange programs adding on an environmental application to the program.
Frances joined Future Generations in 2004 and was responsible for community development programs throughout the Tibet Autonomous Region, acted as a consultant to the Qomolangma (Mt. Everest) National Nature Preserve, coordinated the task force for the creation of the Four Great Rivers Conservation Management Plan, and created the Green Long March youth conservation movement in cooperation with Beijing Forestry University and the China Youth League.
In 2010, Frances returned to her educational roots, becoming the Resident Director for School Year Abroad in China. In this position, Frances ran a small school of 50 students and 12 faculty members. Students come from high schools across the US in their Junior or Senior year and spend an academic year living in a family and attending intensive language classes, math, history and English at SYA, which is affiliated with Beijing Normal University #2 High School.
Frances serves on several Boards - The Board of Trustees at the Western Academy of Beijing where she chairs the Development Committee; Jump! International; and the Jane Goodall Institute China. In 2009, Frances was made an Honorary Professor at Beijing Forestry University and received the award for Outstanding Contribution to the Green Long March from the State Administration of Forestry.
Frances is based in Beijing and lives with her husband, LJ Jia who is a Senior Principal at The China Greentech Initiative and her daughter Grace, an 11th Grader at Western Academy of Beijing. Her son Eliot, graduated from Middlebury College in 2010 and now works in New York City with Urban Green Energy.
Ms. Fremont-Smith is currently Senior Advisor, Program Development, Assessment and Quality Assurance for g-MEO.
Jay McKeage has over 25 years of experience in the areas of M&A, corporate finance, equity analysis and investor relations. Currently Mr. McKeage is a Managing Director in the New York office of Clairfield International, a cross-border M&A advisory firm with a presence in 15 countries worldwide. Prior to joining Clairfield, Mr. McKeage was Vice President of Corporate Development for Digital Angel Corporation and its affiliated companies, where he coordinated acquisitions and divestitures and served as in-house investor relations manager for this RFID and GPS technology group for seven years. Prior to that Mr. McKeage was a Managing Director in the Corporate Finance department of Dominick & Dominick LLC, where he was involved in a number of domestic and international M&A and equity funding assignments and also led European roadshows for US clients in conjunction with Dominick’s European branch network. Mr. McKeage began his investment banking career with Morgan Grenfell Inc., the New York office of Morgan Grenfell plc, the British merchant bank, where he participated in a number of domestic and cross-border M&A transactions.
Mr. McKeage holds a BA degree from Rice University, MA and PhD degrees from Harvard University and a Certificate in Business Administration from The Wharton School.
Mr. McKeage is currently Senior Advisor, Strategic Planning and Finance for g-MEO.
Stephanie Szitanyi was educated in both Europe and the US and has over five years of experience from the public and private sectors of global higher education. Most recently, Ms. Szitanyi was appointed the University Relationship Manager and Senior Academic Counselor for an international higher education consulting firm, where she was responsible for university partnership building and management in the Northeastern region of the US, as well as student counseling for those planning to attend universities and colleges in the region. Stephanie previously spent four years as Director of Recruitment and Program Manager for a university-sponsored study abroad program that provided advanced undergraduate students with the opportunity to take graduate level courses in Budapest, Hungary. She specializes in international student recruiting, higher education program marketing and management, and international admissions counseling.
Ms. Szitanyi holds a BA degree in International Relations and French from Adelphi University and an MA in International Relations and European Studies from Central European University. She is currently a PhD candidate in Political Science at Rutgers University.
Ms. Szitanyi is concurrently Director, College Division for g-MEO.
Prior to join g-MEO, Jingyu Wang was the East Asian Studies Research Associate and worked for Undergraduate International Education & Foreign Language (UISFL) project at University of Notre Dame, USA. She was responsible for researching best practices of Asian Studies programs at Title VI NRC institutions and other peer universities, benchmarking Notre Dame's current programs, and making recommendations on enhancing Asian Studies at Notre Dame. She also helped with curriculum development, innovations in language learning and assessment, co-curricular programming, library and language learning resources, as well as K-12 outreach programming. During the summer, Jingyu Wang also worked for the Notre Dame Asia Office (Beijing) as a program manager on academic programs including internship programs as well as exchange programs with local stakeholders.
Jingyu Wang earned an MA degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language at Beijing Normal University, China. Ms. Wang previously worked as a lecturer in Chinese at Princeton University, and head lecturer at Princeton in Beijing Program. She also served as Assistant Director at Council International Educational Exchange (CIEE) Beijing Office (Host university: Peking University, China). In 2009, she published A Kaleidoscope of China-An Advanced Reader of Modern Chinese by Princeton University Press. In fall 2010, she was invited by Beijing Capital Normal University to teach as a guest lecturer, and she taught a course on Chinese language teaching pedagogy for their MA in Chinese Language for International Education program.
Ms. Wang is concurrently Deputy Director, Chengdu American Center for g-MEO.
In the spring of 2011, Marisa graduated from The Pennsylvania State University, with a degree in Italian Language and Literature. During her junior year at Penn State she studied abroad for a semester in Siena, Italy. While in Siena, Marisa took full advantage of traveling throughout Italy and its neighboring countries. Her favorite parts about studying abroad were mixing with the local Sienese people, improving her Italian language skills and of course the delicious Italian cuisine. Upon returning from her semester abroad, Marisa became a Study Abroad Peer Advisor at the Penn State Study Abroad Center. It was here that she assisted students who wished to study abroad, and her passion for International Education grew immensely.
In her spare time, Marisa enjoys playing tennis, going to the beach and traveling. She plans to return to school to pursue a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, with a focus in International Education.
Marisa DiRocco is currently College Recruitment Specialist for g-MEO.
Adwoa Hanson-Hall received her BA in International Relations with an additional Concentration in East Asian Studies from Boston University. Ms. Hanson-Hall began her career in International Education at the Student Life Office of Boston University’s Center for English Language and Orientation Programs; a position that further developed her passion for intercultural exchange and communication.
As a long time spicy food aficionado, Bangkok, Thailand is undoubtedly her favorite of past travel destinations. Ms. Hanson-Hall studied abroad in Seoul, South Korea, an experience she credits for contributing to her personal development. She looks forward to assisting students discover new cultures and perspectives through study abroad.
Ms. Hanson-Hall is currently the Administrative Coordinator for g-MEO.
Karen Li is a graduate student in Chengdu, majoring in English Literature and interested in traditional Chinese culture and cross-cultural communication. Her first time studying abroad experience was in 2000 when she visited U.S. and attended 6th grade there, with merely knowing how to say "hello" "goodbye" and "thank you" in English! It’s not difficult to imagine she had many challenges but a lot more fun, when exploring new things she has never experienced in her home country. Up to now she has been living in Chengdu for more than five years and she loves the city and its laid-back life style. It is a city “never say goodbye to”, she said, and the wonderful Sichuan cuisine there is the top attraction for a foodie like her! So, If you are looking for a study abroad destination out of the beaten path and far away from the hustle-and-bustle, where you can experience city life as well as folk culture, and, spicy food, Karen is glad to see you in Chengdu!
Ms. Li is currently Office Manager, Chengdu American Center For Study Abroad for g-MEO.
As a Lithuanian-American, Julius Gylys is constantly reminded to appreciate and understand cultural and social differences. He grew up attending Lithuanian Saturday School, dancing and singing in a number of folk groups, and staying involved in various Lithuanian community organizations. Numerous travel abroad opportunities during his time at Augustana College allowed him to apply his interest in international relations. He and the Augustana Choir were granted opportunities to tour China in 2005 and Scandinavia in 2008. One of his fondest memories of the China trip was when audience members would randomly stand up and clap enthusiastically in the middle of a piece! That trip inspired Julius to pursue a degree in Asian Studies, Sociology, and Chinese language. In 2011, Julius made his way back to Asia to teach English in Taiwan. He concentrated on re-learning Mandarin and eating delicious Taiwanese cuisine. He is still unsure whether his taste buds will withstand the spiciness of Sichuanese food, though! He is currently obtaining his Master's degree in International Higher Education from Loyola University-Chicago as part of a newly-formed online cohort.
Julius Gylys serves as the Student Life Coordinator for the Chengdu American Center, g-MEO.