MAY 27-28


The eighth annual U-M Pan-Asia Alumni Reunion will be in Shanghai, China, this coming May 27-28. Similar to previous years, we expect more than 300 alumni and friends from a dozen countries to attend. In addition to receptions, a luncheon, and a school/college oriented dinner, the reunion will feature afternoon presentations on a range of topics, with discussions led by preeminent faculty members and deans.

Pan-Asia is an annual event open to all U-M alumni, family and friends. Alumni generally attend to connect with each other, renew friendships and reignite the Michigan spirit while learning how to engage more deeply with U-M. Started by a small group of friends in Singapore who simply wanted to remain connected to each other, the gathering has turned into a major U-M event that celebrates our alumni and donors in the region.

Past events were held in Singapore (2010), Shanghai (2011), Seoul (2012), Taipei (2013), Hong Kong (2014), and again in Singapore (2015), Tokyo (2016).


The U-M Pan-Asia Alumni Scholarship provides important financial aid in support of outstanding undergraduate students from across Asia attending U-M. Established by our Hong Kong alumni in 2014 to honor the Pan-Asia Alumni Reunion, the Pan-Asia Alumni Scholarship unites the U-M family around Asia, deepens connections to U-M, and builds esprit de corps. Each year alumni and friends in Asia and around the globe contribute to the U-M Pan-Asia Alumni Scholarship in celebration of each other and future generations of students. To date, nearly $250,000 has been raised in gifts, pledges, and matching funds.

Past Recipients
2015 – Priscilla Mukudan, Engineering, from Ipoh, Malaysia
2016 – Ivory Yang, LSA, from Singapore

“With the continuous support of UM alumni in Asia, the Fund will evolve into a tradition, providing the benefits of the UM experience to more students from the region.”
-Richard Yang, JD 1999

“I was supported by many warm hearts for me to be going to Michigan. I believe it is now my turn to return the favor to the future leaders and best. Join me!”
-Makoto Ariga, MBA 1993

“The Pan-Asia Reunion is something that we all look forward to every year, and we remember how Michigan has changed our lives. This feeling is something we want to pay forward by contributing to the Pan-Asia Scholarship fund. We hope to be able to help deserving students to realize their dream, the dream that we’ve lived and the one they aspire towards. This is truly the heart of the scholarship.”
-Choon Peng Ng


Saturday, May 27

Three on the Bund
3 Zhongshan East 1st Rd
WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China 20000

19:00 – 21:00 Welcome Reception

    • Welcome, Steve Grafton
    • Greetings, Prof. S. Jack Hu, Vice President for Research
    • Barbour Scholars Centennial message, Dean Carol Fierke

Sunday, May 28

Fairmont Peace Hotel
20 Nanjing Road East
Shanghai 200002, China

11:30 Registration

12:00 Lunch

    • Kick-off, Steve Grafton
    • U-M update, Dean Mark West
    • Pan-Asia Scholarship, Rich Rogel B.B.A ‘70, LL.D Hon ‘09

13:45 – 15:15 Seminar Session # 1

    • Sino – U.S. Relations
      • Host: Andrew Martin – Dean, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
      • Speakers: Mary Gallagher – Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Chinese Studies; Kenneth G. Lieberthal – Professor Emeritus, Political Science and Business Administration; Lester Ross – Partner, WilmerHale
      • Description: A discussion of the current political, economic, and social relations between China and the United States with three renowned experts: Professor Emeritus Kenneth G. Lieberthal, Professor Mary E. Gallagher, and Dr. Lester Ross (AM ’72, PhD ’80). The session will be introduced by Andrew Martin, Dean of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
    • Precision Health
      • Speakers: Marschall Runge – Dean, University of Michigan Medical School, Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, U-M, CEO, Michigan Medicine; James Dalton – Dean, College of Pharmacy; Alec Gallimore – Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, College of Engineering; Martin Philbert – Dean, School of Public Health.
      • Description: U-M is at the forefront of sweeping change in health care, with new research, understanding, and tools for developing personalized treatment and wellness strategies. U-M’s approach is unique in part because the teamwork of four distinguished deans who are leading the initiative—James Dalton, Alec Gallimore, Martin Philbert, and Marschall Runge—who will all present.
    • Science is Not Enough
      • Host: Amy Conger – Assistant Vice Provost & Director of Global Engagement
      • Speakers: James Holloway – Vice Provost for Global Engagement and Interdisciplinary Academic Affairs; Elizabeth Cole – Associate Dean for Social Sciences in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts; Chris McLaurin – Commissioner of the American Football League of China
      • Description: James Holloway, Vice Provost for Global Engagement and Interdisciplinary Academic Affairs and Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, will explore how the future development of our world’s societies depends on the humanities and social sciences in addition to science and engineering. Elizabeth Cole and Chris McLaurin will join Professor Holloway and share their own perspectives. Michigan’s rich history in athletics, internationalism, entrepreneurship, humanities, and the social sciences will serve as a backdrop for the conversation. The session will be moderated by Amy Conger, Assistant Vice Provost & Director of Global Engagement.

15:15 – 15:45 Tea Break

15:45 – 17:15 Seminar Session # 2

    • Dream of the Red Chamber with Bright Sheng
      • Speakers: Bright Sheng – Leonard Bernstein Distinguished University Professor of Composition, School of Music, Theatre & Dance
      • Description: Award-winning composer and Michigan Distinguished Professor, Bright Sheng, will share his latest opera, based on the classic Chinese novel, Dream of the Red Chamber. This presentation will include performance and storytelling.
    • Internet, mobile, and the changing landscape of global business and education
      • Speakers: John Wu – Founder and Chairman of FengHe Group; Winston Ma – Managing Director of the China Investment Corporation (CIC); James Hilton – Vice Provost for Digital Educational Initiatives, University Librarian, and Dean of Libraries
      • Description: Winston Ma (MBA ’03), John Wu (BS ’89), and U-M Vice Provost for Academic Innovation Professor James Hilton will offer a first-hand look at ways in which internet and mobile are disrupting business and education, and leading to new models for delivering products, services, education, and credentials.
    • ​Leadership and Legacy: How Our Pursuit for Purpose Defines Who We Are As Leaders
      • Speaker: Dean Scott DeRue – Edward J. Frey Dean of Business, Stephen M. Ross School of Business
      • Description: A noted expert on leadership, Scott DeRue, dean of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, will share insights from his research and experience. This will be an interactive session.

17:15 – 18:30 Reception

    • Closing, Steve Grafton
    • Toast, Dean Andrew Martin

19:00 – 21:00 Dinners for Alumni and Friends

    • College of Literature, Science, and the Arts & Rackham – RSVP
    • Ross School of Business – RSVP
    • Law School – RSVP
    • Michigan Medicine and Medical School – RSVP


To Alec Gallimore, it is rocket science.

At the University of Michigan, he is the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering the Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Professor of Aerospace Engineering and, an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, an honor for the university’s top undergraduate teachers.

After earning his bachelor’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he received both his master’s and doctoral degrees from Princeton University.

He co-founded ElectroDynamic Applications, Inc., a high-tech engineering firm in Ann Arbor.

In 1993, he received the NASA Faculty Fellows Award, and in 2004 he received recognition for Outstanding Achievement in Academia from the National GEM Consortium.

He has also won multiple awards at the U-M: the Faculty Fellowship Award, the Trudy Heubner Service Excellence Award, the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award and the Faculty Career Development Award.

Gallimore has published numerous articles in professional journals, holds three patents and serves on various committees and advisory boards. He is also a Fellow at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, among other professional honor societies.

Amy Conger is the Director of Global Engagement and Assistant Vice Provost. She supports international platforms for multidisciplinary research and student programs, as well as institutional partnerships and legal agreements for student mobility.

Conger has extensive experience in program development for STEM education abroad, internships, and co-curricular design/service learning projects, and she continues to teach ENGR 260: Engineering Across Cultures.

She earned her Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Michigan, concentrating in comparative higher education and public policy. She earned her M.A. and B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Andrew Martin is the dean of the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA); and a professor of political science and statistics who teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary, and he received his doctoral degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

An expert on judicial decision-making, he co-created the widely used Martin-Quinn Scores, which help gauge the range of ideologies held by Supreme Court justices. He also co-wrote the book, An Introduction to Empirical Legal Research.

As dean of LSA, Martin emphasizes the importance of scholarships, experiential-learning opportunities like internships and study abroad, and increased access and inclusion for all students. He also makes efforts to connect with students on a personal level via social media and informal gatherings on campus.

Bright Sheng is a composer, conductor, pianist, and the Leonard Bernstein Distinguished University Professor of Composition at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

In 1999, Sheng was commissioned by the White House to compose a new piece for a state dinner, hosted by the president, honoring the former Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji.

Sheng’s music is performed worldwide by prestigious orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, among many others.

He has appeared as a conductor and solo pianist with a number of groups, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, China National Symphony Orchestra and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

Sheng has been recognized widely as a musician and an academic. He has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Naumburg Foundation. At the university, Sheng has been awarded fellowships from the Rackham Graduate School and the Institute for the Humanities at the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

At the University of Michigan, Carol Fierke serves as the dean of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies and vice provost for Academic Affairs – Graduate Studies. She is also the Jerome and Isabella Karle Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry and a professor of biological chemistry in the Medical School. Dr. Fierke joined the U-M faculty in 1999.

An award-winning world leader in her field, she is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and has published over 200 articles.

Guided by her leadership, the Fierke Research Group explores complex biological problems through the careful integration of several disciplines: enzymology, biochemistry, cell biology, physical organic chemistry, and structural biology.

Dr. Fierke holds a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College. After receiving a doctoral degree from Brandeis University, she completed postdoctoral training at Penn State University before serving on the faculty of Duke University’s biochemistry and chemistry departments.

Her work as a scholar, teacher, and leader is recognized by the university through the most prestigious faculty award, the Distinguished University Professorship.

Former Michigan Football tight end Chris McLaurin graduated magna cum laude with honors in 2009.

After traveling to South Africa on a Fulbright Scholarship, he earned his master’s degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science, worked in Parliament, and interned at the White House.

Eventually, he traveled to China for work, but football remained a cornerstone in McLaurin’s life, and he decided to return to the game.

American football teams are popular in urban areas of China such as Shanghai, which has three teams. He eventually became the commissioner of the American Football League of China, in addition to playing, coaching, organizing, and winning the country’s first American football championship.

Currently, McLaurin serves as the CEO and founder of the American Football Academy (AFA) as well as the co-founder of the Gridiron Leaders Foundation, using American football as a vehicle for sustainable friendship and cultural understanding between China and the United States.

Elizabeth R. Cole is Professor of Women’s Studies, Psychology and AfroAmerican & African Studies and Associate Dean for Social Sciences in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. She earned her doctorate at the University of Michigan in Personality Psychology and taught at Northeastern University before joining U-M in 2000. She served as chair of the Women’s Studies Department between 2010 and 2014. She is a fellow of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and a consulting editor for Psychology of Women Quarterly. Her scholarship aims to bring feminist theory on intersectionality to social science research on race and gender identities. Her current project examines young African American women’s experiences of gender, sexuality, and the body.

James Dalton became the dean of the U-M College of Pharmacy in 2014 and is a professor of pharmaceutical sciences there.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati before completing a doctoral degree and postdoctoral fellowship at The Ohio State University.

After studying at OSU, he began his academic career as a professor at the College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee before returning to OSU as a professor and chair of the Division of Pharmaceutics in the College of Pharmacy.

Most recently, he served as vice president of preclinical research and development; and development and chief scientific officer at GTx, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company in Tennessee.

James Hilton is the vice provost for academic innovation and dean of libraries at the University of Michigan. He is also a professor of information in U-M’s School of Information, a faculty associate at U-M’s Research Center for Group Dynamics and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, an honor for the university’s top teachers of undergraduates.

Hilton earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and a doctoral degree from Princeton University.

Prior to his current position, Hilton served as vice president and chief information officer (CIO) at the University of Virginia.

He has also previously served as special assistant to the Provost for Media Rights, associate provost for academic information and instructional technology affairs, and interim university librarian, all at the U-M.

James Holloway is the vice provost for Global Engagement and Interdisciplinary Academic Affairs, the associate dean for undergraduate education for the College of Engineering and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, an honor for the university’s top teachers of undergraduates.

As a member of the provost’s senior staff, he is focused on the ways the U-M engages with the world through education.

Since 2007, Holloway has managed The University of Michigan – Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute (UM-SJTU JI), which offers specialized degree programs in China in an English-language format.

Having spent most of his childhood in Thailand, Holloway became a citizen of the world at a young age before earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois, a certificate of advanced study in mathematics and a doctoral degree from the University of Virginia.

John Wu is the founder and chairman of FengHe Group and also directs their venture capital business.

Wu earned his bachelor’s degree with high distinction from the University of Michigan.

An accomplished technologist, entrepreneur and investor, Wu began his career in Silicon Valley in 1989 and eventually led Yahoo! Inc.’s search and e-commerce technology engineering team. After Yahoo!, he served as an angel investor, a private investor who provides seed funding for a start-up venture, and chief technology officer (CTO) for Alibaba Group, transforming the business into China’s largest technology company.

Later, he co-founded and invested in Huazhu Hotels Group, one of China’s largest hotel chains, and funded various technology and e-commerce companies in China.

Kenneth Lieberthal is a senior fellow emeritus in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution, where from 2009 to 2016 he was a senior fellow in both the Foreign Policy and the Global Economy and Development programs; from 2009 to 2012, he also served as director of Brookings’ John L. Thornton China Center.

Dr. Lieberthal is also professor emeritus at the University of Michigan. He joined the U-M faculty as Professor of Political Science in 1983, and in 1995 was named Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Political Science and William Davidson Professor of Business Administration. He was director of the University of Michigan’s Center for Chinese Studies from 1986 to 1989. Lieberthal authored, coauthored, and edited more than 20 books and monographs, many of which are also available in Chinese editions, and authored about 75 articles and chapters in books. His publications focus particularly on China’s elite politics, domestic and foreign policy decision making, and political economy and on the evolution of U.S.-China relations.

Lieberthal took leave from the U-M to serve as special assistant to President Clinton for national security affairs and senior director for Asia on the National Security Council from 1998 through 2000.

Lieberthal has consulted widely on Chinese and Asian affairs and has advised, inter alia, the U.S. Departments of State, Defense and Commerce, the World Bank, the Kettering Foundation, the Aspen Institute, the United Nations Association, and corporations in the private sector. He has served on numerous academic, NGO, and advisory committees and boards and on the editorial boards of six scholarly journals.

In China, Lester Ross is a leader within the American business and legal communities. He is a partner at the WilmerHale legal firm in Beijing and serves as chair of both the Policy Committee and Insurance Forum of the American Chamber of Commerce in the People’s Republic of China. Previously, he served as vice chair of the Board of Governors and is a former General Counsel.

A two-time U-M alumnus, he earned both his master’s and doctoral degrees from Michigan before graduating cum laude from Harvard Law School.

Ross’ practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, helping foreign companies grow and navigate Chinese business regulations. He has also helped Chinese companies expand in the United States.

In addition to contributing to a variety of academic and professional journals, he is the author of Environmental Policy in China and co-author of Environmental Law and Policy in the People’s Republic of China.

Mark West is the 17th dean and the Nippon Life Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School. He is one of the leading American scholars of the Japanese legal system.

During his deanship, Dean West has focused on enhancing student life and the broader intellectual community at the law school through initiatives related to 1L summer funding, clinics, and curriculum reform.

Dean West’s research interests lie primarily in Japanese law. He is the sole author of three books and has co-authored two other books, including the leading casebook on Japanese law. Dean West’s early work focused on economic organization and corporate governance in Japan. He then turned to the role of law in Japanese society. His most recent research examines the norms and constructs that are revealed in Japanese judicial opinions.

Dean West joined the Michigan Law faculty in 1998. He was the Law School’s associate dean for academic affairs before becoming dean in 2013. Before entering academia, Dean West practiced law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York and Tokyo.

Dr. Marschall Runge has been the executive vice president for medical affairs and chief executive officer (CEO) of Michigan Medicine since March 2015. He has also served as dean of the Medical School since January 2016.

After graduating with bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from Vanderbilt University, he earned his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He completed a cardiology fellowship at the Harvard Medical School Massachusetts General Hospital and subsequently served on the faculty at Harvard University.

Before coming to Michigan, Runge was executive dean for the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and he also served as the principal investigator and director of the National Institutes of Health-funded North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute.

A physician-scientist his entire career, Runge focuses on combining translational research with patient care and education.

He has authored over 200 publications and holds five patents for innovative approaches to healthcare.

Martin Philbert has served as dean of the School of Public Health since 2011, having previously served as the senior associate dean for research at the school.

He earned an undergraduate degree from the Cambridge College of Arts and Technology in England, now called Anglia Ruskin University, and he earned his doctoral degree from the University of London.

The National Cancer Institute, the Department of the Air Force and the National Institutes of Health help fund Philbert’s research, which focuses on experimental neuropathology, the study of nervous system tissue disease.

Philbert’s work on neurotoxicology, the study of the effects of poison on the nervous system, has appeared in numerous research publications and journals.

Mary Gallagher is a professor of political science at the University of Michigan, where she is also the director of the Center for Chinese Studies and a faculty associate at the Center for Comparative Political Studies at the Institute for Social Research.

She graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Smith College before earning both her master’s and doctoral degrees from Princeton University.

Gallagher researches Chinese politics and the relationships between capitalism, law and democracy. She teaches authoritarian politics, Chinese politics and social sciences.

In 1989, she studied at Nanjing University. Later, she taught at the Foreign Affairs College in Beijing, and she was a Fulbright Research Scholar at the East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai. As an expert on Chinese politics, she was part of a program convening academic leaders and policy-makers involved with U.S.-China relations.

Rich Rogel graduated as the valedictorian of his 1970 class at what is now the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business. In 1982, he founded the Preferred Provider Organization of Michigan (PPOM), and eventually became a successful investor.

In 2009, he received an honorary law degree from U-M.

Mr. Rogel’s notable leadership roles across the university include chair of Michigan Medicine’s Victors for Michigan Campaign, vice chair of the Victors for Michigan Campaign, and chair of campaign fundraising for student support across the university. He also serves on various advisory boards for both the president and Michigan Medicine.

Mr. Rogel and his wife, Susan, are generous supporters of Michigan Medicine, the Medical School, and numerous programs across the university, including the Ross School and the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies in LSA.

Dr. S. Jack Hu was appointed as the vice president for research at the University of Michigan in January 2016. In this role, Dr. Hu has overall responsibility for nurturing the excellence and integrity of research across the entire campus.

He is also the J. Reid and Polly Anderson Professor of Manufacturing, a professor of mechanical engineering, and a professor of industrial and operations engineering in the College of Engineering.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Tianjin University in China, he earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from U-M.

He has won multiple awards, including the William Enner Manufacturing Technology Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the Gold Medal from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

Dr. Hu is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a fellow of the International Academy for Production Engineering, and member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.

His research interests include manufacturing systems design and operations, assembly modeling, and statistical quality methods.

With a background in private equity, management consulting, and academia, Scott DeRue, the Edward J. Frey Dean of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, is a widely published thought leader in business education and action-based learning as well as an award-winning researcher and instructor. He believes that business is the most powerful force for economic and social impact — and it is the responsibility of Michigan Ross to develop the next generation of business leaders.

DeRue joined Michigan Ross in 2007, taking on multiple leadership roles over time. Prior to his deanship, DeRue served as the associate dean for Executive Education, professor of management, director of the Sanger Leadership Center, and faculty director of the Emerging Leaders Program. He also led the creation and launch of Alumni Advantage, a new initiative connecting Ross alumni to the school and university. Offerings include free tuition for executive education programming, access to livestreamed school events, and the opportunity to attend #ROSSTALKS, a series of global events where faculty present TED-style talks on hot-button business topics.

Prior to joining Ross, DeRue worked at the Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte). He received his PhD in management from Michigan State University and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Winston Ma Wenyan is a managing director of the China Investment Corporation (CIC) , the sovereign wealth fund of China. He joined CIC at its inception in 2008 and was a founding member of both the CIC’s Private Equity Department and the Special Investment Department for direct investing.

Prior to his role at the CIC, Wenyan was the deputy head of equity capital markets at Barclays Capital in New York, and also served as a vice president at JPMorgan Chase and a corporate lawyer at the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell.

He earned bachelor’s degrees from Fudan University, a law degree from New York University, and a master’s degree from University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business. He was selected a 2013 Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, and in 2014 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from New York University (NYU).

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Visa Information

All attendees will need a Visa to travel to China. Please see information below regarding obtaining a Visa from your country.

AfghanistanAustraliaBangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong KongIndia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, MacauMongolia, MyanmarNepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Singapore, ThailandTimor, Vietnam

List of Overseas Chinese Embassies and Consulates

2017 Shanghai Pan-Asia Committee

​​Jane Chen​ – MBA ’10​:
Benjamin Chiao​ – Ph.D. ’10:
J​erry Liu​ – MBA ’02​:
Zach Mueller​ ​- AB ’10:
Bridget O’Donnell​ – AB ’09​:
​​Ivan Pan​ – MBA ’09​​:
​​Dalu ​Qi – AB ’10​:
​​Suzanne Shi – MBA ’11​:
Sophie Wong​ ​- BSE ’97:
​​David Wang​ – MBA ’15​:
Melody Zhang​ – MBA ’08​:
​Peng Zhang​ – MBA ’16​:
​Yu Zhang​ – AM ’11:

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