WHAT I DID ON MY SUMMER VACATION - DEAN LARRY STAUFFER
During the first two weeks of June I toured China and Singapore with Fred Barlow, Micron Professor in Microelectronics and Tao Xing, mechanical engineering professor. Our first stop was Shanghai and we were joined by one of our PhD students, Bingxing Wu, who is from Shanghai. We toured the city and learned first-hand about local Chinese culture. We then traveled to nearby Suzhou, the 10th largest city in China. It is known for its canals, bridges, and natural beauty and home to Shoochow Universtity. Hosting us was Lynn Xiaoling, from their international programs office. We visited the Humble Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and widely considered one of China’s most famous gardens.
We have begun a new program in electrical engineering in cooperation with Wenzheng College of Soochow University (WCSU). Students will spend their first three years studying in WCSU in Suzhou and fourth year at the UI in Moscow. The first class of freshmen will start this fall. Besides these students studying at the UI, some of our faculty will teach a class at WCSU in the future and we anticipate some of our students will study there as well.
We then traveled north to Xuzhou, home of China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT). Joining us was Jie Chen, UI dean of the graduate college, who was already in China. We signed an agreement to collaborate and expand graduate education opportunities. We are developing a collaboration whereby students several engineering fields will come to the UI in their fourth year, finish their course requirements for their BS degree from CUMT, and then stay to earn their master’s degree from the UI. After this visit to CUMT, Fred and I flew to Singapore.
The first day in Singapore we toured the city with Gerard Guadio, a former student who moved there three years ago and works for Micron Technology, Inc. Joining us was Doug Chambers, another Micron engineer and former student who was there on a business trip. We toured one of three Micron manufacturing facilities and met with several of their engineers. We also met with faculty at the National University of Singapore. I was reminded of home, when we saw their 2011 Hybrid Formula car on display.