Chinese Technology Transfer Study Tours

PIRE-ECCI: Science Crossing Borders.

kodak demonstration
The group visits a Kodak printer manufacturing plant in 2009, where everything is put together by hand.

The Chinese Technology Transfer Study Tour (CTTST) is a student organized tour through industrial regions of China that focus on science and technology businesses as they function in China. The idea of the tour is to give science education students perspective on the industry side of the science, as opposed to academia, and specifically science businesses in China. Past tours have visited steel factories, Dow Chemical, Hendrick and Struggles, and Kodak to name a few.

The tour is organized in collaboration with the Technology Management Program (TMP), and is held in the summers following the workshops in Dalian. The tour is preceded by coursework designed by TMP adjunct professor, Karen Bogart, and focuses on technology and business development in China. PIRE-ECCI students who take the course join TMP undergrads in designing and planning the tour, complete with company profiles to be visited. In China, they will be joined by Chinese researchers who attended the workshop as well.

Huangpu River Cruise
Students enjoy a river cruise down the Huangpu River in Shanghai, with spectacular views of the Pudong side of the river.

This unique opportunity for science and business students to experience the operations of companies in China, with both the science and business aspect jointly investigated, should not be missed. Companies visited range from start-ups to multi-nationals. As the dates for the individual tours near, information will be posted on how to apply for this outstanding experience.

The first CTTST of Phase II is planned for the summer of 2013, following the workshop in Dalian. The next one will be in the summer of 2015. Those who wish to be a part of the tour must apply to attend, and be accepted at both the workshop and the tour, and complete the courses designed and taught by Karen Bogart through the TMP. Application is open to graduate and post- doctoral researchers in the general field of surface chemistry. Participants will include an equal mix of PIRE students enrolled at a US institute (usually UCSB), TMP students from UC Santa Barbara, and Chinese surface science students based in China.

After tour dinner in China
TMP student, Courtney Walker, tour leader Karen Bogart, PIRE student Russ Cooper, and DICP student Jin Li, enjoy a dinner together following a long day of touring businesses in Shanghai.

The group in 2007 watched a demonstration at Accelergy.
CTTST 2009 Itinerary (Suzhou and Shanghai)

    Sunday, 6-21-09
  • Tour of Suzhou
    Monday, 6-22-09
  • Perkins Coie
  • GSK
  • Novartis
  • Wison Bioengineering
  • Hutchison Medipharma
    Tuesday, 6-23-09
  • Dow Chemical
  • Flextronics-Malau
    Wednesday, 6-24-09
  • Heidrick and Struggles
  • Kodak
  • Goodyear
  • Huangpu River Cruise
    Thursday, 6-25-09
  • Suntech
  • Mead-Westvaco
    Friday, 6-26-09
  • MPS
  • ZCNI

Hardhats are required attire for visiting the Shoudou Steel company in 2007.
The group has fun together in the evenings after the day of touring is completed in 2009.
CTTST 2007 Itinerary (Beijing and Shanghai)

    Sunday, 7-01-07: Beijing
  • Tour the Great Wall of China
    Monday, 7-02-07
  • Microsoft
  • Tsinghua University
  • BP Clean Energy Research and Education Center
    Tuesday, 7-03-07
  • Shoudou Steel
  • U.S. National Science Foundation, Beijing Office
    Wednesday, 7-04-07 (Shanghai)
  • Kodak Electronic Products
  • Accelergy Shanghai R&D Center
    Thursday, 7-05-07
  • GE China Learning Center
  • Heidrick and Struggles
  • UOP Honeywell zeolite plant
  • Huangpu River Cruise
    Friday, 7-06-07
  • BP Secco