PAN-ASIA ALUMNI REUNION

The 2020 U-M Pan-Asia Alumni Reunion will take place in Taipei on May 22 – 23, 2020. More information will be made available soon.

Pan-Asia is an annual event open to all U-M alumni, family, and friends. Guests 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 alumni 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 and 2015), Shanghai (2011 and 2017), Seoul (2012 and 2018), Taipei (2013 and 2020), Hong Kong (2014 and 2019), and Tokyo (2016).

U-M PAN-ASIA ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP

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, over $250,000 has been raised from more than 500 gifts and pledges.

Past Recipients

2019 – Bao Ngo Gia Vo, Vietnam
2019 – Sim Yi Lin, Malaysia
2018 – Bach Nguyen, BSE ’22, Vietnam
2017 – Abrar Iqbal, BSE ’21, Bangladesh
2016 – Ivory Yang Sijie, AB ’20, Singapore
2015 – Pricilla Mukudan, BSE ’19, Malaysia

“With the continuous support of U-M alumni in Asia, the Fund will evolve into a tradition, providing the benefits of the U-M 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, MBA 2004

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Speaker Bios

Our speakers for 2020 Taipei Pan-Asia Reunion

Mike Solomon

Mike Solomon is the dean of Rackham Graduate School and the vice-provost for academic affairs–graduate studies at U-M. He is a professor of chemical engineering and a professor of macromolecular science and engineering, and he has been a member of the Michigan faculty since 1997.

From January 2013 to June 2017, he served as an associate dean of Rackham, where he focused on academic programs and initiatives—including working with the school’s faculty-led, cross-campus initiative on graduate-student mentoring—in addition to his work with programs in engineering and the physical sciences.

Solomon has received the College of Engineering 1938E Award (2002), the University of Michigan Henry Russel Award (2003), the U-M ASEE Outstanding Professor of the Year Award (2006), Rackham’s Faculty Recognition Award (2008), and the College of Engineering Education Excellence Award (2010). He has been a recipient of the NSF CAREER award, 3M’s Non-Tenured Faculty Award, and the 2011 Soft Matter Lectureship from the Royal Society of Chemistry’s journal Soft Matter. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Physical Society.

He received his B.S. in chemical engineering and economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1990 and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1996.

Steve Grafton

As CEO and President of the Alumni Association since 1994, Steve Grafton has always believed that you must be relevant to your audience in order to have value. It is that belief that guided him in creating an organization that is today focused on connections and success for all 575k+ alumni, as well as a supporting partner of the University. From the LEAD Scholars program to developing upcoming online communities organized around interests, identities, etc. to launching an education portal that puts U-M educational resources at alumni fingertips, Grafton is transforming the Alumni Association to be one that is of utmost relevance for U-M’s Leaders & Best. Hailing from Mississippi State University where he earned a BS in Political Science and a Masters in Public Policy, Grafton has been a past President of the Council of Alumni Association Executives (CAAE); Chair of the Advisory Council for the U-M Museum of Natural History; and a member of the Provost’s Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. He has also served as executive director of the Mississippi State University Alumni Association, and as legislative director for U.S. Sen. John Stennis, D-MS. Grafton and his wife, Carol, are proud parents to two Michigan alumni.

Lori Ploutz-Snyder

Lori Ploutz-Snyder is a Professor of Movement Science and Dean of the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology. She received her Ph.D. in Physiology, with an emphasis on skeletal muscle and exercise, from Ohio University.

Prior to her time at U-M, Dean Ploutz-Snyder was Lead Scientist for the Exercise Physiology and Countermeasures Project at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, where she received multiple awards for her work, including the Directors Group Achievement Award; Software, Robotics and Simulation Division’s Elite Team Award; and Life Sciences Recognition of Excellence. She also held adjunct full professorships in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch and in the Department of Health and Human Performance at the University of Houston. Before moving to NASA, Dean Ploutz-Snyder held several positions at Syracuse University, including Professor and Chair of the Department of Exercise Science.

Dean Ploutz-Snyder has received more than $10 million in grant funding from organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of Education. She has published more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, the Journal of Applied Physiology, and the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Dean Ploutz-Snyder is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Physiological Society and the American College of Sports Medicine, and is a National Academy of Kinesiology Fellow.

Dean Ploutz-Snyder’s research is focused on how to counteract the negative effects of unloading muscle and bone on muscle function and bone composition. She is considered a thought leader in this area due to her innovative models and significant findings of mechanisms that can improve the physiologic function of astronauts during space flight. Dean Ploutz-Snyder’s prominence in her field has led to speaking engagements around the world, from the United Nations to the European Space Agency to universities and hospitals.

Judith Grant Long

Judith Grant Long is an Associate Professor of Sport Management and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. She is Co-Chair of the Smart Venues Leadership Board of the Sport Innovation Lab, sits on the Strategic Committee for the international Coliseum conference, and serves as academic advisor to the National Executive Forum on Public-Private Partnerships in Canada.

Dr. Long is an internationally recognized expert on the planning and finance of sport and tourism venues. Her first book, “Public-Private Partnerships for Major League Sports Facilities”, considers the financial arrangements for over 120 major league venues. Dr. Long recently completed a forthcoming two-volume series entitled “Olympic Infrastructures”, which provide graphic inventories the construction of venues, villages, and ancillary venues for the summer and winter Olympics. Her current book project, “Olympic Urbanism: Rome to Rio”, analyzes the promises and legacies of building for the Olympic Games. Dr. Long speaks on these topics at universities and conferences around the world, and her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic Monthly, NPR, BBC Radio, and other media outlets.

Dr. Long is a certified city planner, with extensive experience working as a land use planner in her native Canada. Prior to the University of Michigan, she was on the faculty of Harvard University, where she also served as Director of the Urban Planning program. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, among other awards. Dr. Long holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from Harvard University, and a Master of Design Studies in real estate development from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Elizabeth Moje

Elizabeth Birr Moje is dean, George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Education, and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Literacy, Language, and Culture in the School of Education. Moje teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in secondary and adolescent literacy, cultural theory, and research methods and was awarded the Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize with colleague, Bob Bain, in 2010. A former high school history and biology teacher, Moje’s research examines young people’s navigations of culture, identity, and literacy learning in and out of school in Detroit, Michigan.

Moje has published 5 books and numerous articles in journals such as Science, Harvard Educational Review, Teachers College Record, Reading Research Quarterly, Journal of Literacy Research, Review of Education Research, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Science Education, International Journal of Science Education, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, and the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. Her research projects have been or are currently funded by the National Institutes of Health/NICHD, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, National Science Foundation, William T. Grant Foundation, Spencer Foundation, International Reading Association, and the National Academy of Education. Moje chairs the William T. Grant Foundation Scholar Selection Committee and is a member of the National Academy of Education.

In September, 2018, together with several partners, including the Detroit Public Schools Community District and the Kresge Foundation, Moje announced the School of Education’s participation in the development of a cradle-to-career education system in a northwest Detroit neighborhood, on the Marygrove College campus. The first classes of early childhood and Grade 9 students began in 2019, and the school will continue to add grades each year.

Kenneth Lieberthal

Kenneth Lieberthal is a senior fellow emeritus in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. From 2009 to 2016, Lieberthal was a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy and Global Economy and Development programs; from 2009 to 2012, he also served as director of the John L. Thornton China Center. Lieberthal was special assistant to the president for national security affairs and senior director for Asia on the National Security Council for 1998 through 2000.

Lieberthal is professor emeritus at the University of Michigan, where until 2009 he was the 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, and on May 15, 2014, the university’s board of regents renamed the center as the Kenneth G. Lieberthal and Richard H. Rogel Center for Chinese Studies. He earlier taught at Swarthmore College from 1972 to 1983 before joining the University of Michigan faculty in 1983.

Lieberthal has authored, coauthored, and edited 24 books and monographs, and authored about 75 articles and chapters in books. His books and monographs, many of which are also available in Chinese editions, include, inter alia, “China’s Political Development: Chinese and American Perspectives,” contributing co-editor with Cheng Li and Yu Keping (Brookings Institution Press, 2014); “Bending History: Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy,” with Martin Indyk and Michael O’Hanlon (Brookings Institution Press, 2012); “Addressing US-China Strategic Distrust,” with Wang Jisi (Brookings China Center, 2012); “Cybersecurity and US-China Relations,” with Peter Singer (Brookings, 2012); “Managing the China Challenge: How to Achieve Corporate Success in the People’s Republic” (Brookings Institution Press, 2011); contributing co-editor, “Chinese Politics: New Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies” (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010); “The U.S. Intelligence Community and Foreign Policy: Getting Analysis Right” (Brookings China Center, 2009); “Overcoming Obstacles to US-China Cooperation on Climate Change,” with David Sandalow (Brookings China Center, 2009); and “Governing China: From Revolution Through Reform” (W.W. Norton, second revised edition 2004).

Lieberthal has consulted widely on Chinese and Asian affairs and has advised 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 a bachelor’s from Dartmouth College, and a master’s and doctorate in political science from Columbia University.

Anne Curzan

As dean of LSA, Anne Curzan is committed to advancing the college as the leading model for the power of a liberal arts education within a top-ranked research university. She is deeply invested in people and fostering a diverse and inclusive college where all can thrive. The academic excellence of the college is, in the end, all about people. Curzan aims to promote a culture based in purpose and contributing to the common good, the power of learning, the value of play, and the importance of well-being. She encourages students to explore the remarkable breadth of LSA to find the subjects and questions that genuinely excite them, with the confidence that the college will support students in connecting their liberal arts education to their aspirations and goals for life post-college.

Dean Curzan, a trained linguist, studies the history of the English language. She describes herself as a fount of random linguistic information about how English got to be the way it is—information she shares every Sunday on the show “That’s What They Say” on Michigan Public Radio. She has also dedicated one major strand of her career to helping students and the broader public understand linguistic diversity as part of cultural diversity, and language change as a natural part of living languages. Curzan has received university awards for outstanding research and undergraduate teaching, including the Henry Russel Award and the John Dewey Award. She is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and the Geneva Smitherman Collegiate Professor of English Language and Literature, Linguistics, and Education.

Prior to becoming dean in 2019, Curzan held multiple administrative roles, including Associate Dean for the Humanities for LSA, Faculty Athletics Representative for the University of Michigan, and Director of the English Department Writing Program. She teaches courses on the history of English, English grammar, language and gender, and the dynamics of conversations. She earned her B.A. in Linguistics from Yale University and her Ph.D. in English language and literature from the University of Michigan.

Scott DeRue

Scott DeRue is the Edward J. Frey Dean of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He is also the Stephen M. Ross Professor of Business.

Scott has been named among the 50 most influential business professors in the world for his work on leadership, team performance, talent management, and organizational transformation. His book Experience-driven Leader Development provides organizations with the strategies and tactics for developing leadership talent in the new world of work, and his award-winning research has been published in top academic journals.

Scott is an accomplished adventurer and mountaineer, with successful summits of mountains such as Everest, Denali and Aconcagua, the tallest mountain in the Southern and Western Hemispheres. He has also led University of Michigan students and alumni to the highest point in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Dr. Alec D. Gallimore

Alec D. Gallimore is the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, the Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Professor of Engineering and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering. In 2019, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering–among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.

From 2011 to 2016, Alec served first as the associate dean for research and graduate education and then as the associate dean for academic affairs at Michigan Engineering.   Alec served as an associate dean at U-M’s Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies from 2005 to 2011. He is a leader in the field of advanced spacecraft propulsion and heads a laboratory that is developing the plasma drive system that may ultimately propel humans to Mars.

Prior to joining Michigan’s faculty in 1992, he boosted his credentials as a rocket scientist first at Rensselaer (RPI), where he received his BS degree in aeronautical engineering, and then at Princeton, where he received his MA and Ph.D. degrees in aerospace engineering with a focus on plasma physics and advanced spacecraft propulsion.  He is the author of over 360 publications, has worked at NASA (JPL and GRC) and has been the advisor to 40 Ph.D. students and 14 master’s students.

Mary E. Gallagher

Mary E. Gallagher is the Amy and Alan Lowenstein Professor of Democracy, Democratization, and Human Rights Professor at the University of Michigan where she is also the director of the Kenneth G. Lieberthal and Richard H. Rogel Center for Chinese Studies. Professor Gallagher received her Ph.D. in politics in 2001 from Princeton University and her B.A. from Smith College in 1991. She was a foreign student in China in 1989 at Nanjing University. She also taught at the Foreign Affairs College in Beijing from 1996-1997. She was a Fulbright Research Scholar from 2003 to 2004 at East China University of Politics and Law in Shanghai, China. In 2012-2013, she was a visiting professor at the Koguan School of Law at Shanghai Jiaotong University.

Her most recent book is Authoritarian Legality in China: Law, Workers and the State, published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. She is also the author or editor of several other books, including “Contagious Capitalism: Globalization and the Politics of Labor in China” (Princeton 2005), “Chinese Justice: Civil Dispute Resolution in Contemporary China” (Cambridge 2011), “From Iron Rice Bowl to Informalization: Markets, Workers, and the State in a Changing China” (Cornell 2011), and “Contemporary Chinese Politics: New Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies” (Cambridge 2010).

Andrew Wu

Andrew’s research develops and applies machine learning and automated textual analysis methods to extract and quantify new financial and operating information from large-scale unstructured data, such as corporate disclosures, news reports, government documents, and social media. He also conducts extensive research and industry collaboration in FinTech, particularly in blockchain, cryptocurrencies and robo-advisors. Recently, he started a parallel research stream in precision medicine, focusing on the use of big data techniques to increase cure discovery and reduce treatment complications for rare diseases. His research has received many awards such as the BlackRock Applied Research Award and the National Science Foundation Award. 

Andrew holds a Ph.D. in Finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Yale University.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact the University of Michigan at PanAsiaRSVP@umich.edu or call us at 866.799.0002.

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