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Viterbi Alumni Tour: Two weeks, Five Asian Cities

Dean Yortsos visits over a thousand alumni, friends in Hong Kong, Taipei, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing.
James Hansen
November 09, 2011 —

Viterbi Dean Yannis C. Yortsos traveled to Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Taipei, Shanghai and Beijing last month to renew friendships and to share news of progress and plans with alumni, parents and friends of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

On the eve of the 2011 USC Global Conference in Hong Kong (October 13-15), Dean Yortsos attended a private kick-off dinner hosted by USC President C. L. Max Nikias and Niki C. Nikias, including alumni, industry leaders and friends of the Viterbi School. Distinguished guests included Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Koo, chairman and CEO, Tai Chong Cheang Steamship Co. (H.K.) Ltd.; Mr. and Mrs. Yang Ho Cho (MBA '79) chairman and CEO of Korean Airlines; Mr. and Mrs. Ming Hsieh (BSEE '83, MSEE '84) co-founder, CEO and chairman of Cogent, Inc.; and Feng Deng (MSEE '93), founder and managing director of Northern Light Venture Capital.

Dean Yannis C. Yortsos articulated a call to action to
achieve the NAE's Grand Challenges and reach “Fas
Regna Trojae: The Destined Reign of Troy.”
The dinner was a chance to celebrate the strong ties between the Viterbi School, its alumni, friends and broader international community and explore ways these partnerships may tackle the National Academy of Engineering's Grand Challenges.

Dean Yortsos was delighted to share his message to a wide array of groups and individuals, including Mr. Charles Chong, deputy managing director of Chungnam Corporation Ltd.; Tony Choi, chairman of the USC Alumni Club of Hong Kong; and Yun Liang Zhao, president of High Power Holdings Limited.

Between individual meetings and his conference panel titled "The Grand Challenges of Engineering", Dean Yortsos shared the impressive trajectory of the Viterbi School as well as the vision for his second term as dean. His message articulated a call to action in attacking the NAE's Grand Challenges by means of Engineering+ as well as a means to fund his vision and reach “Fas Regna Trojae: The Destined Reign of Troy.”

Dean Yortsos' conference message was enthusiastically received at a Viterbi alumni dinner in Hong Kong and Viterbi parent breakfasts in Hong Kong and Shanghai. Dean Yortsos also partnered with Dean Rochelle Steiner of the USC Roski School of Fine Arts to share their broad vision of the university to an eager group of Trojans at a USC reception in Shanghai.

More than 1,000 alumni, students and friends were engaged with the Viterbi School delegation's travel to Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Taipei, Shanghai and Beijing between October 10th and 24th. The trip featured panel talks, keynote speeches, events and an extensive agenda of more than 40 additional individual appointments, small group meetings, campus and commercial enterprise tours, ceremonial visits and signings and private lunches and dinners.

Participating Viterbi representatives included Executive Vice Dean John O'Brien; Senior Associate Dean Kelly Goulis; Senior Associate Dean Louise Yates; Associate Dean Matthew O'Pray; Dr. Terrance Sanger; Dr. Ewa Deelman; Dr. Iraj Ershaghi; Dr. Kristian Jessen; Dr. Behnam Jafarpour; Dr. Fred Aminzadeh; Stella Li, director of China Initiatives; Angus McColl, executive director of corporate affairs; James Hansen, executive director of advancement; Meagan Bataran, executive director of alumni relations; and Ray Xu, director of the Shanghai office.

Sponsors included the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost and the Viterbi Alumni Association.