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Nick Wang fully enjoys promoting cultural and educational exchanges between China and the US. Nick founded Real China in 2005. The company specializes in organizing faculty-led study trips for US schools to Asian areas including Greater China and Southeast Asia. Over the last a few years, Nick and his team have helped set up many K-12, college and MBA level China study trips for clients such as Stanford, Columbia, Dartmouth, UPenn, Harvard etc. In addition to tour sites, the trips focus on language immersion, cultural learning and business education via engagements, services and exchanges.

Nick helped found GCAA in 2019 with a passion to enhance ties among GC alumni and help everyone better succeed with career and personal life.  Nick graduated from University of Science and Technology of China with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, and University of Colorado at Boulder with a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics.  He currently lives in Boulder, CO and enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, history, traveling and spending time with family during his personal time.

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Shine is currently an Engineer Manager at VMware Tanzu Data Service team. He is currently building the next generation multi-cloud database based on Greenplum on top of vSphere. In the past decade, Shine was also a seasoned former Microsoft SQL Server engineer focused on performance and data warehousing features from 2005 to 2016.

Shine graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute as M.S. in computer science with thesis on data warehousing. As a PhD candidate, he published 11 papers in the areas of data warehousing and XML query processing on top database publications like ACM SIGMOD, IEEE journals, and VLDB journals.

Shine is passionate of serving others. He believes "Do What Works, Do the Right Thing, and Be Kind!". As a reborn Christian, he believes under all situations, there are always Faith, Hope, and Love, and become a channel of blessings to others.

Shine hope his contribution to GCAA can build healthy life-long relationships between GCAA members and grow GCAA like a flourishing tree with strong roots and dense branches, and fruitful for all the years to come.

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Frances graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Master's degree in Software Systems. She has over a decade of experiences in software engineering and is passionate about technologies regarding artificial intelligence, security, and image processing. Outside of work, Frances is passionate at learning different cultures. She provides translation services in Chinese and English, enjoys traveling and trying out different cuisines. Frances has been helping organizing Alumnus annual reunions since 2014.

Frances hopes her contributions to GCAA can strengthen the ties between GC alumnus, cultivate and empower them for both professional excellence and personal development.

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Alumni Relations and Development

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Zi Ding works in the quant trading industry and focuses on macro & relative value trading in fixed income, equity index, commodity, and FX markets. Before starting a career, Zi took bachelor’s education in mathematics at Peking University and Stony Brook University, and finished with a PhD in applied math and statistics at University of Maryland College Park.

Zi is a GCC 8th class alumni, and hosted GCC’s north America 2016 annual gathering in NYC. Zi is also very active in GCC’s finance/trading/personal-investment activities and events. Apart from passion in trading/investment, Zi is also a wine enthusiast at life.

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Hanyan graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Master's degree in statistics. He has over 4 years of professional experience in higher education data and he currently serves as a data scientist at UCLA. Hanyan enjoys reading, cooking, playing board games, and unproductive writing. His latest hobbies include visiting National Wildlife Refuges (usually in the wrong seasons) and watching comedy performances with different cultural backgrounds (and Chinese subtitles).

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Limeng Cui has a strong passion for helping others through nonprofit work. She used to serve on the board of the Penn State Chinese Student Council (CSC). She works well in teams and has good interpersonal skills, as well as organizational abilities.

Limeng currently works at Amazon in Palo Alto, CA as an Applied Scientist. She received her second Ph.D. degree in Information Science from Pennsylvania State University in 2022. She received a Ph.D. degree in Computer Applied Technology from University of Chinese Academy Sciences in 2018 and a Bachelor degree in Software Engineering from Beijing Institute of Technology in 2013.

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Online Events

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Han Zhang is a Berkeley-based researcher in music technology and a self-proclaimed composer. She received her Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University, IL, and her Bachelor’s degree in Automation from Tsinghua University in China. Han is passionate about developing methods and concepts for audio technology and creating new music. She also enjoys outdoor activities including mountaineering, rock climbing, skiing, scuba diving, and sky diving. As an alumni of the 18th class, Han is a new member of the board, and she hopes to make her contributions to help connect GCAA members and make the bond stronger through online and offline events.

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