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iPACE Origins

Wangs

This USU partnership with Taiwan originated with efforts in 2011 by retired banking executive and USU alumni, Don J. Wang (left) who later partnered with USU Professor Shi-Yu “Simon” Wang (right) in 2014. Together they began the long road to establishing academic connections between USU and institutions in Taiwan. Don and his wife, Ming, of Houston, TX, contributed funding to support iPACE through their charitable E&M Foundation.

Simon and other members

In May 2015, Simon, Don and Ming were accompanied by USU College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences Dean Kenneth White and Ag Econ Department Head Dillon Feuz on a weeklong trip to Taiwan. They visited National Taiwan University, National Central University (Simon’s alma mater) and National Chung Hsing University (Don’s alma mater). Subsequent visits included a March 2018 visit by 15 USU faculty to establish research and teaching collaborations with faculty at Taiwanese institutions as well as to coordinate student exchanges.