Triangle Area Chinese American Professional Society

Past Events  

Program of 2009  

  • Seminar "Starting a Biotech Business" by Dr. Anne Stomp, NCSU, the Founder of Biolex Inc on Feb 28th

  • China Environment Forums on Feb 20th, and more to come through the year

  • Seminar "siRNA Therapeutics: Delivery and Entrepreneur Opportunities" by Prof Leaf Huang, UNC, March 28th

  • Seminar "Bioenergy Production from Renewable Biomass" by Dr. Jay J. Cheng, NCSU, April 25th

  • Seminar on NC technology development and opportunities for scientist and entrepreneurs by Dr. Hardin from North Carolina Board of Science and Technology, May 30th, MCNC auditorium, 2-4:30 PM

  • Seminar on drug formulation development by Dr. Zhaowei Jin, May

  • CAST-NC Picnic, May/June

  • Seminar on application of nanoparticles in drug delivery May/June

  • WuHan International Environment Conference in WuHan, China, June 27th-30th

  • Roundtable discussion on career development, July/August

  • Seminar on computer and data security, June-Aug

  • Seminar on setup/configure secure wireless network at home, June-Aug 

  • Seminar on networking/data communication fundamentals, June-Aug

  • Seminar on turf grass management, Sept-Oct

  • Seminar on herbal medicine development by a FDA officer, Sept/Oct

  • Seminar on active pharmaceutical ingredient business in China by Dr. Jerry Wang, October

  • CAST-NC Annual Meeting, December, 5 2009, NCSU, Raleigh, NC

CAST-NC Annual Meeting and Dancing Party 2004 

Time: Saturday October 16 7:30-11:00 pm
Location: Walnut room, 4th floor of NCSU Talley Student Center 2610 CATES AVE. RALEIGH
Please join our CAST-NC annual meeting and dancing party this Saturday Oct. 16, from 7:30 to 11:00 pm at the Walnut room at NCSU student center.
The keynote speaker for the annual meeting will be Professor Chao Xiuli of NCSU, who have recently participated the Chinas national planning for Science and Technology. Please see his Bio below and his photo with Premier Wen in the Great Hall of Beijing.
This is also the opportunity for members to renew their membership and new members to join the CAST-NC. A short business meeting will include the annual election of officials. Most importantly, this is the time for members and friends share their friendship and have a wonderful dancing party.

Keynote Speakers:
Prof. Li, Bailian; Prof. Chao, Xiuli
Program: 7:30-8:30 CAST-NC Annual meeting.
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Chao Xiuli on "Some thoughts on China's recent economic development"
Annual report by CAST-NC president
Election by Fen Jushen
Dancing: 8:30-11:00 please dress nicely for the dancing party!


Xiuli Chao is a Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at North Carolina State University. He served as the Director of the Interdisciplinary Operations Research Programs from 2000 to 2003, and has previously held faculty positions or visiting faculty positions at New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of California at Irvine, Columbia University, Tokyo University of Science, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Adelaide University in Australia. Xiuli Chao received his Bachelor's degree from Shandong University 1983, he was a Graduate Student with Institute of Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences from 1983 to 1985, and he received Masters' and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University in 1986 and 1989. His main research interest includes supply chain management, logistics and inventory control, stochastic scheduling, queueing theory and queueing networks, decision analysis, and financial engineering. Chao received the 1998 Erlang Prize from the Applied Probability Society of Institute of Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS), and he received the Outstanding Overseas Young Scientist Award from National Natural Science Foundation of China in 2002, and the Outstanding Chinese Scientist Award from Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2003.

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.

ball CAST-NC annual picnic 2004 

Time: 10:30am-2:00pm  Sunday, October 10
Location: Morrisville Community Park from

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.

Morrisville Community Park is located in the corner of Davis Drive and Morrisville Parkway. Address: 1301 Morrisville Parkway (off of Davis Drive), Morrisville, NC 27560.  

ballManaging a Growing Bussiness

Speaker: Dr. Li Li Bovet
    Vice Prisident, Cirrus Pharmaceuticals, Inc
Time: 9:45 AM--11:20AM,  Saturday 5/15/2004
Location: RACL room 350 (See below for directions)

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 customers 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 ( ) at (919) 541-4898 if you have any questions.

From Downtown Raleigh.
Take Hillsborough Street and go west. After passing the bell tower at NCSU, go 0.7 miles. Take a right on Dixie Trail. Go 0.2 miles. Church is on the left.

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 rightn:


ballForeign 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 ( ) 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:


China On Tour: Visiting Masters of Ancient Innovation

Dear 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:

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 . Please contact Ms. Margaret Nuyten at 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!

Bailian Li


Seminar/discussion:  The Status for Energy Utilization and Environmental Protection in China

Speaker: Dr. Xiaodong Li
Date:      Saturday, 12/6/03    
Time:      9:45 - 11:00
Place:     Room 350,Raleigh Academy of Chinese Language (RACL)( )
Address: Forest Hills Baptist Church, 201 Dixie Tr. Raleigh, NC 27607 


  1. The Status of Energy Utilization and Environment in China

      The structure of energy resources in china

      The general conditions of environmental pollution in China

      The technological levels in the exploit of energy utilization

  1. The Research Hot Spots in the development of energy resources and environment in China

     The control of air pollutants

     New energy resources

     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

  1. The main R & D fields conducted in the Institute for thermal and energy engineering in Zhejiang University

     Clean coal combustion technology

     The thermal processing technology of wastes

     Related environmental protection technology

     The direct digital simulation of complex thermal physics and burning process

     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 China

Date: Saturday, November 1, 2003
Time: 10:00am-11:30 am
Place: Room 260, Raleigh Academy of Chinese Language(

Forest Hills Baptist Church
201 Dixie Trail
Raleigh, NC 27607

Dear CAST Members and RTP Professionals,

The 1st of the technical seminar series, organized by CAST-NC 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.
Jiang, Wei, China Petroleum Technology & Development Co.
Feng, Xia, Shanghai Advertising Limited
Xi, Yi, Ogilvy & Mather (Public Relation firm)
Michael Chen, Beijing Jiaming Real Estate Development Co. & Red Hat, Inc.

From Downtown Raleigh. Take Hillsborough Street and go west. After passing the bell tower at NCSU, go 0.7 miles. Take a right on Dixie Trail. Go 0.2 miles. Church is on the left.

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 NC

Speaker: David S. Robinson
Date: October 16, 2003
Time: 7:30pm-9:00pm
Place: Campbell University, Raleigh Campus, RTP CENTER

Directions: 808 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560. Phone: 919-468-0323

From I40, take the AVIATION PKWY exit- exit number 285- toward MORRISVILLE. See the map for reference.


More about the Sminar:
(1) The mechanics of starting a business in North Carolina (corporate law, employment law and some tax considerations)
(2) Financing strategies for a new business
(3) A list of resources available in this area
(4) Q&A


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 Peoples 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:

  • North Carolina Japan Center, Board of Visitors and Adjunct Member
  • US and China Foundation, Executive Committee Member
  • North Carolina Small Shared FSC Association, Director and Officer
  • American University of the Middle East, Amman, Steering Committee Member
  • North Carolina Nippon Club, President and Director
  • City of Raleigh Grants Committee, Member (Inactive at present)
  • NC Bar Assoc., International Law Section, Executive Council Member, Past Chair

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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