Brian Yen

Executive Director, MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node

Brian Yen received his BS in Physics from Cornell University in 1986 and his MEng in Electrical Engineering from Cornell in 1989.

A veteran of tech-based startups, Brian’s love of technology has taken him from video games to electronic medical records to scientific instruments. He was the co-founder of Any Channel, the developer of the world’s first consumer video games with full six degrees of freedom in real-time 3D, which was acquired by Micron Technology. In addition, he worked as VP of product develo­pment at iMedica, a leading electronic medical record supplier, and was a VP of business development at Rock Internet Corp, the new media arm of Rock Records, the largest Chinese record company at the time. He was also a co-founder of Sculpture Network, a low latency video link developer.

Since moving to Hong Kong in 2005, Brian has been a private consultant to US technology firms looking for strategic investment and partnership in China as well as investors requiring in-depth due diligence work done on Chinese technology firms. From 2010-2014 he consulted for Intellectual Ventures developing and acquiring high- value intellectual property with partner research institutions in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Most recently he was the COO of Nano Bio Imaging, a spin out startup of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) commercializing the super resolution microscopy technology developed at HKUST.

Charlie Sodini

LeBel Professor of Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Faculty Director, Hong Kong Innovation Node

Charlie’s research interests are focused on medical electronic systems for monitoring and imaging. These systems require state-of-the-art mixed signal integrated circuit and systems with extremely low energy dissipation. He is the co-founder of the Medical Electronic Device Realization Center that is revolutionizing medical diagnostics and treatments by bringing health care directly to the individual and creating enabling technology for future information-driven healthcare systems.

Charlie has acted as a consultant for many top technology companies in the U.S. In 1999 he co-founded SMaL Camera Technologies, which develops digital imaging solutions for a variety of business and consumer markets, including ultra-slim digital still cameras and automotive vision systems. SMaL’s Ultra-Pocket digital camera was selected the best new product at the 2001 Consumer Electronics Show and is in the Guiness Book of Records as the World’s Thinnest Camera.

Throughout his career at MIT, Charlie has published extensively, winning best paper awards from International Solid-State Circuits Conference, in addition to the Darlington Award from the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. He and Roger Howe co-authored the widely used textbook Microelectronics: An Integrated Approach.

He was elected Fellow of the IEEE in 1995 for contributions to the development of over-sampled A/D converters, DRAM devices and circuits, and integrated circuits process technology. Charlie has been very visible in professional leadership roles, serving as President of the IEEE Solid-State Circuit Society, as well as General Chair of the IEEE VLSI Circuits Symposium and the International Electron Devices Meeting.

Charlie started his career at Hewlett Packard where developed state-of-the-art silicon integrated circuit image sensors and memories. He is a graduate of Purdue University and holds Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Marina Chan

Director of Strategic Initiatives, MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node

Marina Chan began her career in banking at Merrill Lynch for the Asian equity business before earning her master’s degree in education from Harvard University. She has worked with students from K-16 and young professionals across Asia and the US through her experiences in teaching, advising student startups, and leading professional development workshops. With a grant awarded by the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fund, Marina founded Alpha Commons in 2015, an educational program cultivating creativity in children through engagement with technology.

She is a board member of the Hong Kong Red Cross Hospital Schools and is a CFA Charterholder.

Elaine Chen

Curriculum Director and Instructor, MEMSI
Senior Lecturer, Sloan School of Management, MIT
Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

Elaine is a startup veteran and corporate innovation and entrepreneurship consultant who has brought numerous hardware and software products to market.  As Founder and Managing Director of ConceptSpring, Elaine works with executives and leaders of entrepreneurial teams in established businesses to help them craft new innovation processes, and to set up and run new ventures with the speed and agility of a startup. Clients span diverse industries, including healthcare IT, industrial automation, robotics, consumer electronics, retail innovation, FinTech and more. She is the author of the book, “Bringing a Hardware Product to Market: Navigating the Wild Ride from Concept to Mass Production”.

As the VP of engineering and product management at several startups, including Rethink Robotics, Zeo, Zeemote, and SensAble Technologies, Elaine has built, grown, and nurtured several technical organizations from the ground up. She is a co-inventor on 22 patents to date, and has managed IP portfolio strategies for numerous organizations. Elaine’s experience spans multiple industries, including consumer electronics, robotics, industrial automation, IoT, CAD/CAM, retail and supply chain software, and healthcare IT.

Elaine has been working with students at MIT since early 2011.  She has served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Professional Advisor and Senior Lecturer at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and the MIT Sloan School of Management. She designs, develops, and teaches courses and programs in entrepreneurship and primary market research, coaches students on a one-on-one basis, and develops systems and processes to scale up the support to entrepreneurial students.  She built the Trust Center’s First Time Founder Knowledge Base from the ground up. In June 2016, Elaine received the Monosson Prize for Entrepreneurship Mentoring from the MIT Sloan School of Management in recognition of her contributions to foster entrepreneurship education at MIT.

Elaine is a thought leader and speaker who has been featured in  XconomyTechCrunchHuffington PostForbes and Fortune.  She covers topics in entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship, leadership, hardware product development, technology trends and more.  She serves on the Board of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge, a non-profit organization serving all entrepreneurs in the greater Boston area. Her most recent speaking engagements include a speech on finding and following one’s passion at the American Academic for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a panel discussion on key components that make up a sustainable innovation ecosystem at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JSNN) in Greensboro, North Carolina, and a keynote address for the Tourism Innovation Conference 2nd Edition – International Conference in Lisbon, Portugal. She was selected by the American Academy for the Advancement of Science and the Lemelson Foundation to serve as one of eight Invention Ambassadors for 2017-2018 to inspire, inform and influence thought leaders and global community about innovation and invention via speaking engagements.

Elaine holds a BS and an MS in mechanical engineering from MIT.

Teaching Assistants

Shawn (Xiang) Zhang

MIT, PhD in Mechanical Engineering

Shawn is a current PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering at MIT and he works on medical device research with Dr. Brian Anthony. He completed his Masters and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and the University of Maryland-College Park, respectively. Shawn has competed in the SpaceX Hyperloop competition with the MIT Hyperloop and is currently an active mentor and VP at the MIT MakerWorkshop. He is broadly interested in machine design, medical devices, and robotics.

Sauce (Xiaoge) Wan

Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Computing & Management, 2018
Co-Founder, MineCos

Sauce is a pro-active computer scientist who is pursuing an entrepreneurial dream on the ICT field. She is the co-founder of MineCos, a company that recommends cosmetics to people based on their different skin types using text mining. She was also the winner of Cyberport’s FinTech competition last year. To broaden her horizons and enhance her global exposure, Sauce joined Clinton Global Initiative University conference, as well as a two-month Culture exchange in Brazil. Her passions lie in creating new things using her programming skills, that would potentially benefit society for the better.

Wei-Xun He

MIT, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, 2018

Wei Xun is a senior at MIT studying Mechanical Engineering, Design, and Entrepreneurship. His academic and industry experiences contributed to his fascination with the process of bringing ideas to the market. His dream is to develop products that disrupt the conventional world for the better. During his free time, Wei-Xun enjoys working with his hands and crafting new material, biking throughout the city, trying new foods, playing basketball, or pensively wondering about the world.

Davon (Tsun Kit) Hui

Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Industrial & System Engineering and Marketing, 2018
Co-Founder of the first student-run clinic in Hong Kong

Davon aspires to become an influential entrepreneur who co-founded the first student-run clinic in Hong Kong. He is currently in his final year at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where he is focusing on a double major in Industrial and System Engineering and Marketing. His versatile background equipped him with technical skills in both programming and product design, in addition to other business skills such as marketing and pitching.

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