PIRE-ECCI: Science Crossing Borders.

The PIRE-ECCI began in 2005 after a PIRE (Partnership in International Research and Education) competition hosted by the National Science Foundation prompted Alec Wodtke, then a Professor of Chemistry and the Department Chair at UC Santa Barbara, to submit a proposal based on a research education project between UCSB scientists and like-minded researchers in Dalian, China. It became one of the most successful PIRE programs, has expanded to include institutes all over China, and was one of just a handful to be renewed after the five year grant ran its course in 2010.

Susannah Scott, IAB member Dan Auerbach, and PIRE student Rob Savinelli enjoy Hot Pot dinner during the 2007 workshop in Dalian.

PIRE student Russ Cooper bonds with Chinese and TMP students during the 2009 CTTST in Shanghai.

The PIRE-ECCI Accomplishments in Phase I:

  • Two international research workshops held in Dalian in 2007 and 2009.
  • Two international research workshops held in Santa Barbara, in collaboration with the International Center for Materials Research in 2006 and 2008.The first, a summer school, with slides and lectures that can be viewed here.
  • Two Chinese Technology Transfer Study Tours, one in Beijing/Shanghai and one in Shanghai/Suzhou, in collaboration with the Technology Management Program following the Dalian workshops in 2007 and 2009.
  • 13 one-three month long student extended research visits to China in Dalian, Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Hefei in China.
  • Multiple cultural events with the MultiCultural Center on campus, including musical performances, lectures, and dinners featuring cultural cuisine.
  • On-going research collaborations and their resulting publications in scientific journals.
DICP workshop banner
DICP announces the workshop site on campus in Dalian, China in 2007.
Lab tours at DICP
Xueming Yang leads lab tours at DICP in 2007.
Goleta Beach BBQ following Grand Challenges workshop
A group of international participants enjoy the beach barbeque in Santa Barbara following the 2008 summer workshop.