Program of 2009
CAST-NC Annual Meeting and Dancing Party 2004
Time: Saturday October 16 7:30-11:00 pm
He is the co-developer of Lekin Scheduling System, is a member of Chaired Professor team at Tsinghua University in the area of Operations Research and Management Sciences, and is a member of International Research Team on Complex Systems of Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is the co-author of two books, Operations Scheduling with Applications in Manufacturing and Services (McGraw-Hill, 1998), and Queueing Networks: Customers, Signals, and Product Form Solutions (John Wiley & Sons, 1999). He serves as department editor or associate editor for many leading international journals, including Operations Research, IIE Transactions, Naval Research Logistics, Operations Research Letters, Queueing Systems: Theory and Applications, Probability in the Engineering and Informational Sciences, Journal of Systems Science and Complexity, Journal of Industrial Engineers of Korea, International Journal of Quality Technology and Quantitative Management, and International Journal Journal of Information Technology and Decision Making.
CAST-NC annual picnic 2004
Time: 10:30am-2:00pm Sunday, October 10
All CAST-NC members and friends including your family members are welcome to join this event. For food and drink preparation propose, we need to have head counts. You can simply go to the following link to sign up for the picnic. Register here. More details of the picnic program will be following up later by email.
Managing a Growing Bussiness
As many of people know, starting a business is easy, but sustaining it and growing it can be very challenging. The survival rate for new firms, reported by SBA, is that two-thirds of new employer firms survive at least two years, and about only half survive at least four years. In this presentation, some of the challenges facing to grow a small business will be discussed. I will also share our experience in managing our growth for Cirrus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. - a growing contract pharmaceutical product development company
Li Li Bovet, Ph.D, M.B.A. Vice President, Research and Development
After receiving her doctoral degree in Physical Chemistry from the University of Michigan in 1989, Li Li spent two more years there as a postdoctoral fellow at Pharmaceutics Department of Pharmacy School, where she carried out research projects on nucleation and crystallization mechanisms of amino acids and proteins.
Li Li worked at the inhalation product development department at Glaxo SmithKline and the formulation department at Schering-Plough research institute for more than 6 years before joining Cirrus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in 1998. Dr. Li Li Bovet has participated in a full range of research and product development activities.
Her industry experience also includes business development, project management, human resources administration and consulting. Her current functions at Cirrus include: develop and maintain sponsor contacts and relations, as well as evaluate customer’s needs; establish and implement the company's strategy and plan for moving products through the development process; direct research and product development work and oversee related activities, such as regulatory affairs, process development, manufacturing and human resources
Please contact Hui Hu (firstname.lastname@example.org ) at (919) 541-4898 if you have any questions.
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Foreign Investment in China
Speaker: Mr. DONG Tao
Shanghai Foreign Investment Development Board, Shanghai, China
Time: February 3, 2004, Tuesday, 7:30 pm
Location: NCSU Campus, 1101 Partners Building I, Centennial Campus. Main Campus Drive, Raleigh
Mr. Dong is currently in the Triangle Area as part of his visit of major U.S. cities to examine large-scale U.S. municipal government management. Mr. Dong is closely involved with Shanghai's efforts to develop into a modern, international city. Mr. Dong works within the semi-governmental agency's Foreign Investment Development board (FID) and Shanghai Overseas Investment Development board (OID) established by the Shanghai Municipal Government in 1999. FID provides "one-stop" service to foreign investors to facilitate their investment processes, helps them work with relevant government agencies in Shanghai, and assists them to solve problems or difficulties they face while starting their business. OID provides consulting services to Shanghai local business people interested in overseas investment projects, assists them to get approvals from central or municipal governments in China, and helps them to work with the relevant government agencies in host countries. His interests include rule of law/judiciary development, private-public partnerships, and other drivers of economic development. Mr. Dong would like to meet with officials and research institutions to learn about their respective management and investment strategies.
Please contact Hui Hu (email@example.com ) at (919) 541-4898 if you have any questions.
Direction: The address for the meeting room: 1101 Partners Building I, Centennial Campus. Partners I is the building across street from Textile building in Main Campus Drive. Direction see: http://centennial.ncsu.edu/text/howtogethere/htgh.htm
China On Tour: Visiting Masters of Ancient InnovationDear CAST-NC members and Friends,
CAST-NC is a proud sponsor of the special exhibition on "China On Tour: Visiting Masters of Ancient Innovation" from April 1 through July 31, 2004 in Exploris, Raleigh.
"China On Tour: Visiting Masters of Ancient Innovation" is a major international exhibition from the Science and Technology Museum of Beijing, China, which enchants as well as informs. This 7,500 square foot exhibition takes you on a journey through ancient China, where artisans created innovations that continue to shape our world today. Hundreds of artifacts and hands-on exhibits reveal Chinese contributions to astronomy, navigation, paper making, printing, textiles, and ceramics. Eight artisans will come from China to do live demonstrations throughout the exhibition. "This is the most important exhibit" since Exploris opened four years ago, and will be a great event to promote Chinese history and culture.
The specific information on the exhibition can be found at the museum web site: http://www.exploris.org/learn/exhibits/china/index.htm
Invited by Exploris, CAST-NC will be actively participate in helping with the event, acting as translators, volunteers, and promotion of the exhibition before and during the event.
Currently, Exploris needs volunteers to serve as translators between Chinese artisans and Exploris staff; these translators will translate Chinese characters on shipping containers as well as packing and shipping documents. The application form is available at http://www.castnc.org/Exploris_applicationform.pdf . Please contact Ms. Margaret Nuyten at firstname.lastname@example.org or 834-4040 if you're interested.
The application for immediate volunteers can be downloaded at
I would encourage each of you to fill the application form to help with this. This is the perfect opportunity to show our support to local communities and to promote our heritage and history.
Thank you for your attention and support!
Seminar/discussion: The Status for Energy Utilization and Environmental Protection in China
Speaker: Dr. Xiaodong Li
Ø The structure of energy resources in china
Ø The general conditions of environmental pollution in China
Ø The technological levels in the exploit of energy utilization
Ø The control of air pollutants
Ø New energy resources
Ø The improvement and application of technology in waste treatment
Wastewater treatment technology
Municipal solid waste thermal treatment technology
Industrial and hazardous waste treatment technology
Related measurement and monitoring technology and instrument
Ø Clean coal combustion technology
Ø The thermal processing technology of wastes
Ø Related environmental protection technology
Ø The direct digital simulation of complex thermal physics and burning process
Ø Advanced measurement technologies
Biography of the speaker
Dr. Xiaodong Li is a professor in the Institute for thermal and energy engineering in Zhejiang University, advisor of Doctorate students. He has coauthored a book and published more than 40 papers in various national and international scientific journals. He was the winner of various scientific rewards and was selected as one of the Zhejiang new centenary 151 talent researchers. He is currently a visiting scholar to US EPA.
Seminar/discussion: How to do Business in ChinaDate: Saturday, November 1, 2003
Time: 10:00am-11:30 am
Place: Room 260, Raleigh Academy of Chinese Language(http://www.racl.org)
Dear CAST Members and RTP Professionals,
The 1st of the technical seminar series, organized by CAST-NC http://www.castnc.org/ on "How to Start a Business in NC" by David Robinson, was a great success with over 80 people at Campbell University's RTP site. The second seminar for RTP professionals will be this Saturday on doing business in China.
A panel of 5 MBA students from UNC will present a seminar/panel discussion on China's business environments, development, investment and how to do business in China. This group of young and talented leaders has very dynamic backgrounds and business experience in China's current business environment: representing 3 foreign investment companies, 2 private companies, and one state-owned company. They also represent the business environments in several major cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Hangzhou. They will share their experience on the culture and business differences in doing business in China and US. The pannelists are:
Ye, Jianfei, Founder and CEO, Bizants, Inc.
From the West: From I-40, take the Wade Ave. exit. Go 4.1 miles. Turn right on Dixie Trail. (3rd light from the I-440 beltline) Church is on the right.
From the South/East: Follow signs for I-440 North to Raleigh. Go 3.5 miles to Exit 4 ("Wade Ave. and Cameron Village.") Follow Wade Ave. to Dixie Trail (3rd light.) Turn right on Dixie Trail. Church is on the right.
From the North: Take the I-440 West exit on to the Beltline. Follow this road to the Wade Ave. East Exit. Follow Wade Ave. to Dixie Trail (3rd light.) Turn right on Dixie Trail. Church is on the right.
Seminar: How to Start a Business in NCSpeaker: David S. Robinson
Date: October 16, 2003
Place: Campbell University, Raleigh Campus, RTP CENTER
Directions: 808 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560. Phone: 919-468-0323
More about the Sminar:
Speaker Bio: DAVID SPENCER ROBINSON
Mr. Robinson was born in Jacksonville, Florida in 1965. He received his B.S. Degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1987. From 1985 to 1986 he was an exchange student at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. Following his graduation from Georgetown University, Mr. Robinson received his J.D. Degree from the George Washington University National Law Center in 1990. During his undergraduate and law school studies, Mr. Robinson worked on Capitol Hill and for various private trade and business entities in the Washington, DC area.
Mr. Robinson owns his own law practice. He was also recently the part-time Deputy Director of the NC Japan Center. He was formerly with the firms of Graham & James (1990 - 1996: international trade attorney) and Moore & Van Allen (1996 - 1998: international and corporate M&A attorney and Of Counsel). Mr. Robinson practices primarily in the areas of joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, foreign corporate relocations, international trade and immigration, and venture capital finance. His corporate experience includes many M&A transactions in the healthcare, transportation, logistics and service sectors. His corporate start-up work has included the incorporation of a number of entities, both in the United States and in off-shore locations. His international experience includes corporate and trade transactions in the EU, Asia, Australia, The People’s Republic of China, the former Soviet Union, South America, and the Middle East. Mr. Robinson is proficient in Japanese and lectures frequently on Japanese culture and business practices.
Mr. Robinson is also a frequent lecturer on international trade and business start-up issues. He is active in many roles in the business community, including:
Mr. Robinson has also been active as both a lawyer and a consultant in the business start-up community of Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. He has successfully lobbied the NC Legislature for enactment of new international business laws and concluded a recent business reorganization of a foreign medical products company, has been working with area companies on raising business capital, and has been working in an operations role with several North Carolina-based companies. He continues to be active in international trade and is counseling several companies as they enter foreign markets.
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