Drexel In China
Part 5 – Official Opening of the Drexel – SARI Center in Shanghai
June 7, 2012
Article: Heidi West and Niki Gianakaris
Photos by: Karl Seifert
Collaboration – Innovation – Dedication - Cooperation. These were the guiding themes expressed in both words and actions during the momentous inauguration of the new joint research center in China. Leaders John A. Fry and Jiang Mianheng marked the official opening of the Drexel-SARI Center in Shanghai on June 6 with a celebration at the Center that included a unique international performance by musicians from The Philadelphia Orchestra. Drexel signed an agreement with the Shanghai Advanced Research Institute (SARI), Chinese Academy of Sciences to launch the Drexel-SARI Center last October. Founded in Beijing in 1949, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) is a leading academic institution and comprehensive research and development center in natural science, technological science and high-tech innovation.
Drexel alumnus and President of the Shanghai branch of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Dr. Jiang Mianheng, who was instrumental in the formation of this partnership, joined the festivities and—together with diverse group of over 70 guests—toured the new facility. Dr. Jiang received a doctoral degree in electrical and computer engineering from Drexel’s College of Engineering in 1991. His father, Jiang Zemin, former president of the People's Republic of China, made a major international visit to Drexel during his presidency in 1997.
Drexel Provost Dr. Mark Greenberg, Vice Provost for Global Initiatives Dr. Julie Mostov, Sr. Vice Provost for Research Dr. Deborah Crawford and Daniel Tedesco, a 2011 Drexel graduate and 2012 China Fulbright Fellow, were among the Drexel representatives. Other distinguished guests included United States Consul General Robert Griffiths and CEO and President of The Philadelphia Orchestra, Allison Vulgamore. Drexel alumni, students, faculty, industry partners, and friends enjoyed speeches, music, a presentation of the biography of Anthony J. Drexel and opportunities for engagement with colleagues new and old.
Located in the Shanghai Pudong Science and Technology Park, the Drexel-SARI Center will be a home for Drexel’s research collaborations and educational partnerships with SARI and other institutes of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, offering Drexel faculty insight into the latest technology and innovation in China. The Center will also serve as a base in Shanghai for other Drexel educational endeavors including internships, co-ops, and symposia.
Among the first research collaborations at the Drexel-SARI Center will be a joint research initiative led by Dr. Wei Sun, Albert Soffa Chair Professor in Drexel's College of Engineering and School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, and scientists from SARI’s Life Science Department to apply 3D cell assembly technology to generate in vitro cellular cancer models used for drug screening testing.
Engineering professor Dr. Yury Gogotsi, director of the A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, plans to expand his study of nanomaterials for biomedical applications with SARI colleagues at the Drexel-SARI Center. Two of Dr. Gogotsi’s students have already begun research at SARI: Undergraduate, Amanda Pentecost and PhD. Candidate Ioannis Neitzel.
If you are interested in learning more about the Drexel – SARI Center or other Drexel initiatives in China and around the world, please contact The Office of International Programsat firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-895-6372.