We seek to be the catalyzing and synergizing agent for RPI alumni and friends who put China in their “changing–the-world” map. We believe this will create a snow ball effect for RPI’s recognition and impact in China.
We look beyond traditional information providing or social network site. By interviewing our alumni and friends on their stories and insights, we pass down information proved valuable. The topics of articles and the editing of articles are both done by our alumni. RiC provides such a platform to screen those most popular topics; and ensure the quality of content.
Rensselaer in China is developed and managed by the RPI Greater China Business Club (GCBC) which is a non-profit Union Club operated by RPI students with advisors of RPI professors and alumni from various industries . However, because the RPI alumni and friends are the true content provider, all of those contributors are team member of RiC.
Club Advisors (Alphabetical Order)
As a seasoned entrepreneur with 16 years experience, I have developed deep expertise in forming, managing, and marketing new ventures.
I have been part of several start-ups from Internet to technology and have raised millions of dollars from Angels. In addition to working with two start-ups, I serve as both an EIR and Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at RPI.
Rob Chernow is currently the Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship and Clinical Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY, a position he assumed in Jan. 2006. The year before, Rob was awarded an “Atlantic Fellowship” by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the United Kingdom to develop recommendations to help the UK become a more enterprising (entrepreneurial) nation. He worked directly for the Chancellor and traveled extensively throughout the UK, Europe and Asia.
Before going to the UK, Rob was the Senior Vice President of Entrepreneurship at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (the largest foundation in the world dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship), where he was responsible for directing all entrepreneurship programs worldwide. Rob has consulted with more than fifty colleges and universities (including directly with more than 20 college presidents) on entrepreneurship both here and abroad, as well as with the OECD and the United Nations.
Rob has over thirty years of entrepreneurial and business related experience, both in the domestic and international arenas. Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, he was the founder and president of two major health care IT companies, one domestic and one international (Corporate Health Strategies and World Specialists Online – both companies grew into multimillion dollar entities); President of two major health care companies (MetLife’s Managed Care Group, one of the top 3 managed care companies in the U.S. at the time, and The New York Presbyterian Health Care System, the largest nonprofit hospital system in the nation). Later, he was a Partner for PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he directed their international health care operations, many in developing countries and Latin America. Rob was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in Brazil.
Rob did his undergraduate work at Colgate University; his Master’s at the University of California, Berkeley; and his doctorate work at Yale in Epidemiology and Public Health. Rob has lectured extensively in the U.S and around the world and has published numerous articles on health care and entrepreneurship. Besides a residence inTroy, Rob also has a home in Westport, CT. with his wife Pat, a musician. They have two grown children, Justin who lives in CA, and Hillary who lives in NYC.
Board Member at Upstate Venture Association of New York
Gina Colarelli O’Connor, Professor of Marketing, Director of the Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship, and Academic Director of the Radical Innovation Research Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lally School of Management & Technology.
She researches, teaches and consults on the topic of managing for breakthrough innovation in large established organizations. She has served as the Director of the Lally School’s MBA/MS programs, Associate Director of the Severino Center for Technology Entrepreneurship, and as Director of the Executive MBA program at RPI. Professor O'Connor's teaching and research interests lie at the intersection of Corporate Entrepreneurship and Radical Innovation, Marketing, and Commercialization of Advanced Technology. The majority of her research efforts focus on how firms link advanced technology development to market opportunities and how they build capabilities for breakthrough innovation. She has published more than 50 articles in refereed journals and books. Four of her papers have won the Best paper of the year award in the Journal of Product Innovation Management and IEEE Transactions in Engineering Management. She is co-author of the book Radical Innovation, How Mature Firms Can Outsmart Upstarts, published by HBS Press in 2000, and is lead author of Grabbing Lightning: Building a Capability for Breakthrough Innovation, published in 2008 by Jossey-Bass and named one of the best business books of the year by Business&Strategy magazine. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carl Pavarini, Ph.D.
Carl Pavarini is an adjunct professor of Engineering and Information Technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a distinguished service professor in the School of Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology.
He is also an advisor to technology-based start-up companies in the telecommunications, internet infrastructure, optical and communications components, and applications software markets. He works with angel investors and venture capitalists, and has served on the boards of numerous start-ups.
Previously, Dr. Pavarini was a vice president and a corporate officer of Lucent Technologies and AT&T. He spent 10 years at Bell Laboratories in applied research and product development. Subsequently, he held numerous business management positions at AT&T and then Lucent, most often with profit and loss responsibility for global products and services. His responsibilities ranged from 1 billion USD+ existing businesses to internal start-ups in new market and new product areas.
He holds BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering and a PhD in systems engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Carol Yvette Thorney, MBA RPI, Lally School of Management & Technology, G03’
• TA Solutions, President & CEO, Global Consulting & Technology Services
• WNS Global Services, SVP and Head of Healthcare Services
• InsigmaUS, VP, Global Delivery Services
• CSC, Global Services, Health Plan
CEO at DualAlign LLC
Vic Provost, Entrepreneirship at Rensselaer polytechnic Institute
Director, Emerging Ventures Ecosystem at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Professor at Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship
Adjunct Professor, Engineering and IT
Management Consultant - Strategy & Transformation at TA Solutions
Michael Michelini is the CEO of Shadstone Limited, a China-based E-Commerce consulting company.
Built for E-Commerce and Web Design firms.
Worked on supply chains with international businesses - the world is flat - trend to continue and development opportunities.
Experienced in International Cultures, Business Consulting, as well as Import and Export businesses.
Gang Lu is the Founder and Chief Editor at Technode.com, a leading China tech blog that targets to bridge the Chinese technology sector and the English speaking world.
He is the guest editor of the world's top web2.0 blog ReadWriteWeb.com. Technode was known as Mobinode.com, his personal blog, which covered the Internet market news in Asia especially in China and was also voted as the best China Tech Blog in 2007 and 2008.
Gang Lu has MSc, PhD in wireless communications. He is Internet expert, China Internet Strategist, known speaker, co-founder of OpenWeb.Asia Workgroup. OpenWeb.Asia is the first independent workgroup focusing on Asia Internet industry, and is also the organizer of OpenWebAsia conference which is the first truly pan-Asia web technology event bringing together executives, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists from throughout Asia.
With strong academic background in wireless communications, years of research and development experience in mobile industry and international business management in web industry, Gang Lu is very passionate about the Open Web concept and plays very active role in building efficient channels among Asian local markets as well as between Asia web and global industry.
CEO at Shadstone Limited
Founder and Chief Editor at TechNode.com