Dean Mary Boyce of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) on Columbia Entrepreneurship




The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Columbia Alumni Association present the tenth program in a series designed to showcase the vibrant Columbia entrepreneurship ecosystem. We invite you to join Dean Mary Boyce and Columbia entrepreneurs for a conversation about the life cycle of entrepreneurship followed by a demo night with Columbia alumni and student entrepreneurs.


Mary C. Boyce

Mary C. Boyce is Dean of Engineering at The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University in the City of New York and the Morris A. and Alma Schapiro Professor of Engineering. Prior to joining Columbia, Dean Boyce served on the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for over 25 years, leading the Mechanical Engineering Department from 2008 to 2013.

Her research has been documented in over 170 archival journal articles spanning materials, mechanics, and physics. She has mentored over 40 M.S. thesis students and over 25 Ph.D. students. She has been widely recognized for her scholarly contributions to the field, including election as a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering.

Fermi Wang

Mr. Wang is co-founder of Ambarella, Inc., a company that produces low power, high definition video compression and image processing semiconductors. Prior to founding Ambarella in 2007, he was CEO and co-founder of Afara Websystems, a startup that pioneered throughput computing for servers. Afara was acquired by Sun Microsystems in July 2002. A seasoned leader, serial entrepreneur and and a video compression technology expert, Mr. Wang holds several digital video-related patents and his team was responsible for developing the world’s first MPEG CODEC chip.

Mr. Wang received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University and an MS and PhD in electrical engineering from Columbia University. Mr. Wang established the Wang Fong-Jen Professorship at SEAS in honor of his brother who received an MS and PhD in mechanical engineering.

Sonny Wu

Mr. Wu is a founding partner and managing director of GSR Ventures, a venture capital fund that focuses primarily in early stage, start up, and growth stage investments in technology companies with substantial operations in China. Mr. Wu focuses on investments in the semiconductors, new materials, and new energy sectors and he has made extensive investments related to LED technology and electric vehicles. Prior to founding GSR, Mr. Wu was founder and chairman of Asia Wireless Technology and he was a managing director at Nortel Networks, where he set up and managed several joint ventures in China.Born and raised in China, Mr. Wu received a BS in engineering physics from the University of British Columbia in 1990 and an MBA from MIT in 2001 where he was a Sloan Fellow. Mr. Wu's son is a member of the SEAS Class of 2018 and his daughter will be joining Columbia in the fall as a member of the College's Class of 2020. Demo teams include: AOS24, GatecoinInternational Center for Veterinary ServicesGreen MondayMettaARCH Education, and more!

WHEN:  Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (HKT) 

WHERE:  Conrad Hong Kong - 88 Queensway, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong 

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June 25, 2016 at 6:30pm - 9pm

Conrad Hong Kong

88 Queensway
Hong Kong