CIE/SF Scholastic and Special Achievement Award -2017

美洲中國工程師學會(CIE/USA) 學術及特殊成就獎

The Chinese Institute of Engineers (CIE/USA) San Francisco Bay Area Chapter is now accepting applications for the Scholastic and Special Achievement Award. The names of the winners will be announced and awards will be presented at the CIE/SF Annual Conference (Date: TBD. will be in March , 2017).
Following a long-standing tradition of pursuing excellence, CIE/SF has established this award program to encourage and recognize the outstanding scholastic and special achievements of the children of its members. Selection criteria will be based on a balanced achievement of applicants' outstanding academic accomplishments, participation in extracurricular activities and involvement in community service. Each award winner will receive a Certificate of Merit and a check of two hundred dollars and shall attend the CIE/SF Annual Conference.
All applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  1. A CIE/SF member's children
  2. Currently a Junior or Senior (11th or 12th grade) in high school 
  3. Has never received the award from the CIE/SF Chapter before

All applicants must submit the following documents in softcopies

  1. A completed application form (download template).
  2. A passport type personal photo (to be published in the CIE publications) 
  3. A high school Transcript
  4. A personal essay (no more than 300 words) which includes information such as:  honor and awards received, offices of student organizations held, extracurricular activities, community service involved, volunteer work experience, etc.
  5. An information page (use the template on next page)
  6. (For Non-CIE/SF member only) A completed CIE/SF membership application form (download)  or online from HERE and annual membership fee.    

The deadline for the application is February 1st , 2017  For 12th grade student, please send in your application ASAP for possible early decision. 

Contact Person: Patrick Lam 

Application material please email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Education Workshop

Don’t miss this rare, valuable seminar on Education.  Feel free to invite your children, colleagues, friends and other parents to attend this informational seminar.

Time: 1:30pm-6:00pm, Nov 12th, 2016

Place: Cadence Auditorium Building 10, 2655 Seely Ave, San Jose



Talk 1: 21st-Century Education & Career Skills for Engineers


The rapid advance of technology and increased economic competition require engineers and employees in the 21st Century to have the skills needed to survive and thrive in a complex and connected world.  These skills fall into three categories: learning and innovations skills; digital literacy skills; and life and career skills.  

21st Century Skills includes the basic core subjects of reading, writing, and arithmetic-but also emphasizes global awareness. Seven job skills essential for future employees include: The three R’s (reading, writing, and Arithmetic); and

the four C’s (Critical thinking and problem solving, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity and innovation).

In this two hour Career Skills Seminar, besides discussing the seven 21st Century skills, Dr. Kao will also present and discuss: The new educational model (T,N,M) with emphasis on broad interdisciplinary knowledge. The importance of ‘soft’ interpersonal skills (reading, writing, leadership, team work, setting priorities, etc). 5 essential skills/literacies needed in the current ‘social media era’: attention, participation, collaboration, critical consumption, and network smarts. The role of curiosity (CQ) and passion (PQ) in lifelong learning.

Bio of presenter: Dr. William Kao

Dr. William Kao received his BSEE, MSEE and PhD from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He worked in the Semiconductor and Electronic Design Automation industries for more than 30 years holding several senior and executive engineering management positions at Texas Instruments, Xerox Corporation, Cadence Design Systems.

Dr. Kao has authored more than 40 technical papers at IEEE Journals and Conferences, and holds eight software and IC design patents. He was an Adjunct Professor at UCLA Electrical Engineering Department where he taught courses in computer aided IC design.

Dr. Kao is a Senior Member of IEEE, and was one of the founding members of IEEE-Circuits and Systems - Silicon Valley Chapter, where he was Chapter Chair in 2005 and 2006.

Dr. Kao currently teaches Renewable Energy, Clean Technology and Business Sustainability courses at the University of California Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley Extension.

Dr. Kao current interests include the subjects of Energy, Environment and Education.

He teaches and is a frequent lecturer on various Emerging Technologies including Clean Technology, Renewable Energy, Business Sustainability, Big Data, IoT, Smart Cities, Innovation, Augmented reality, Robotics and 3D Printing.

Talk 2: College Planning


The parents have been working so hard with taking care of their kids and wishing that their kids will have a bright future. Some of us are already in the stretch of completing the kids college prep and some still have long way to go. But it's never too early or too late. For all of the parents, any tips and tricks they can learn to preserve their hard working money and be able to help their kid future is a great deal. The speaker will cover the following area: How do colleges assess your assets? What are the resources for college financing? How should I prepare for college expense? What if my child’s academic performance is not very competitive? How to select the fit college?

Bio of presenter: Dr. Jia Li

Dr. Li obtained her PhD from University of Virginia in Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics, MS from University of Alberta, Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Nanjing University.

In the odyssey of raising her daughter who graduated from Yale University June 2013 and is attending Harvard Law School, she developed deep understanding of American education system and strong belief that every child has the potential to reach excellence with quality coaching, encouragement and inspiration.

Besides actively serving in her church for the past ten years, she has also played a prominent role in the local community. She helped to organize the Annual San Ramon Valley Unified School District College Night event with over 120 participating colleges, and has served as the social life committee co-chair for the Chinese American Biopharmaceutical Society.

Her motto is “Let’s make it or die trying”.


Talk 3:  Intelligent Learning Programs


While technologies have been used in many disciplines and substantially changed how people used to do, not much technologies have been applied to the field of education. Afficient Academy, founded in 2014 in Silicon Valley, is devoted to develop a new generation of education programs leveraging modern technologies. This presentation will be mainly focused on after-school education for elementary, middle and high school students. Several popular after-school systems, both on-line and traditional off-line offerings, will be discussed. The exploration of Afficient Academy on intelligent computer systems to significantly enhance the learning effectiveness will be introduced.

Bio of presenter: Dr. Jiayuan Fang

Jiayuan Fang is the founder and CEO of Afficient Academy, Inc. since August 2014. Before that, he served as the Vice President of R&D at Cadence Design Systems for two years, responsible for developing signal integrity & power integrity analysis products for high-speed electronic systems. Prior to joining Cadence, Jiayuan Fang was the founder and President of Sigrity, Inc. which became an industry leading company offering software products for high-speed system solutions. Sigrity, Inc. was acquired by Cadence in 2012.

Jiayuan Fang received Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Region 1 Technical Excellence Award, National Science Foundation (NSF) Young Investigator Award, Silicon Valley Entrepreneur of the Year Award (by Chinese Institute of Engineers), and Entrepreneur of the Year Award (by Tsinghua Entrepreneur and Executive Club). Jiayuan Fang also served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Advanced Packaging (1994-1999).

Jiayuan Fang received his Ph.D. from University of California at Berkeley. From 1990 to 1998, he was an Assistant Professor and then an Associate Professor at the State University of New York at Binghamton. From 1999 to 2002, he was an Associate Professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz.


Talk 4: How to Appear Less Asian and Win the College Application


Asian students work very hard every day to get a high GPA and test scores. However, it's still very difficult to get into the top colleges. Every year, it only gets harder and harder, and some people are even introducing laws to limit Asians getting into college.

No matter what, colleges will still admit a certain amount of Asians every year. For example, Harvard's student body is 20% Asian. The big question now is how to get into that small amount of Asians who do get into the top colleges every year.

We have the answers, strategy, and secrets that you can use to break into these colleges.

Bio of presenter: Miss. Sherry Wang

Miss. Sherry Wang is the founder of SpringLight Education, a learning center officially accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. SpringLight's students have gotten into many top colleges with a variety of backgrounds. For example, only a handful of APs into Stanford, a 3.5 GPA into UC Berkeley, and many students with multiple Bs into Dartmouth, Brown, Stanford, UChicago, and more.



Soft Skill Training: Leadership and Personal Networking 10/29

Our speaker will come from CIE Dallas Chapter and will share with you on what she learned from years of soft skill coaching. Read her bio and you will be amazed at her achievements.

We will discuss the keys to successful leadership and personal networking that will lead to satisfying career planning and development:  how to build positive relationships, lead with influence, the model with value-based communications and actions, develop a network of C.R.I.M.P.S., and intelligent career planning.

This is a follow-up program from our 7/9 Leadership Symposium. Videos of that event can be found at the link.

On 10/29 you can learn some practical soft skills that can be used in your job every day.


Time:  10/29  1:30PM (Sat.)

Venue:    ITRI Conference Room   2870 Zanker Rd., Suite 140 , San Jose, CA 95134, CA



Elaine Kung, Director, AT&T

Board of Directors, VP of HR, Advisor to Young Professionals, CIE-DFW Chapter

Elaine Kung’s career at AT&T spans over 30 years, from technical R&D at Bell Labs, business marketing in a wide range of telecom products to operations. She has achieved millions in revenues and delivered profitability initiatives. Her recent career moves went from wireline, mobility, fiber broadband, analytics, and now to network on demand and service integration. She received AT&T-sponsored executive education from Columbia, Cornell, and Wharton. Elaine graduated from Cornell with B.S. in Electrical & Materials Science Engineering, from Princeton with M.S. in Electrical Engineering. She frequently speaks at conferences, universities, churches, nationwide events in the States and in Asia. She serves as board member and advisor to various organizations including CIE-USA/DFW. Elaine was recognized by such awards as the WOC (Women of Color) STEM Career Achievement Award, Successful Women in Business, Most On-Fire Manager. Elaine’s journey is a remarkable turn coming from a very poor family, living on the edge, then 30 years later, living the American dream.