Dear members and friends:

It is our honor to welcome all of you to the US-China Summit on Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Collaboration, and the 25th Annual Convention of Chinese Association for Science and Technology, USA (CAST-USA), in New York City.

Ever since the founding of CAST-USA in New York City in 1992, one of its missions is to bring together industrial and academic professionals to the advancement, exchange and collaboration in science and technology, education and culture, business and trade. The four forums in this convention, Biopharmaceutical and Medicine, Information Technology, Renewable Energy and New Materials, and Educational Technology, are generated to fulfill this and other missions of CAST-USA.

The theme of the convention is Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Collaboration. We are honored to have several significant keynote speakers committed at our convention, including 2001 Nobel Prize Laureate in Economic Sciences Dr. Joseph E. Stiglitz; Members of the United States National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Shoucheng Zhang, Dr. Xiaoliang Xie, Members of the United States National Academy of Engineering, Dr. Mischa Schwartz; MacArthur Fellowship Laureate Dr. Yitang Zhang; Consul General of PRC in New York Ambassador Zhang Qiyue; Vice Chairman of All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese Mr. Zhuobin Li; Science and Technology Counselor of the Consulate General of PRC in New York Dr. Xing Jijun; Science and Technology Counselor of China Mission to the United Nations Mr. Liu Jun; Columbia University Executive Vice President Dr. Lee Goldman, US Congressman Mr. Adriano Espaillat; and NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez.

Three awards of excellence will be honored in this convention to the successful Chinese American professionals in either industry and/or academics to recognize their long time and extraordinary contribution to the world, who are the outstanding model for the members of CAST-USA. One of the highlights added to this convention is the Young Elite Award to the highly achieved high school students in the states. The outcome we would like to accomplish is to motivate more young students think seriously on pursuing STEM in the states and build a pipeline for the future development of CAST-USA.

The convention continues the startup competition. We believe it is a process of learning. It should not mean the ending, rather the beginning of a new journey. We are glad that the CAST-USA can provide such a platform to promote innovation and entrepreneurship, and most importantly, it can seed such ideas to many young professionals as well as students.

On behalf of the organizing committee, we greatly appreciate all the sponsors, distinguished keynote and panel speakers, guests, media reporters, and in particular, our members, and volunteers. Together, we wish a great success of the 25th CAST-USA annual convention.

Chair: Bill Jiang, President of CAST-USA
Co-Chair: Xinghua Pan, President-elect of CAST-USA
Co-Chair: Charles Shen, President of CAST-GNY