"Mission Statement"

CIE/USA Seattle is a 501(c)(3) non-profit promoting professional and academic excellence in the Asian American community through annual programs across the Greater Seattle area:

Inspiring Leadership

- “Seattle Luminary Award” recognizing the global impact of local leaders

- Student & Young Professionals Mentoring Programs

Enriching Education

- Asian Pacific American Youth Scholarship Program

- APA Youth Math & Science Programs

- “Bridging the Gap” University and College Lecture Series

Developing Professionals

- Annual CIE/USA - Seattle Convention and Speaker Series

- Professional Development Seminars

- Technical Professionals Social Events

Our Programs

Seattle Luminary Award

The Seattle Luminary Award recognizes the impact of an outstanding local professional in the international community. The 2007 award was presented to Dr. Harry Shum, Corporate Vice-President of Microsoft Research who has been a distinguished role model in our community.

Dr. Harry Shum, Corporate Vice-President Microsoft Research 2007 Seattle Luminary Award Honoree Dr. Harry Shum oversees the research activities at Microsoft Research Asia and the lab's collaborations with universities in Asia Pacific. Recently, Dr. Shum has taken the additional responsibility of driving the long-term and short-term technology investments in search and advertising at Microsoft. Dr. Shum is an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow and an American Computational Machinery (ACM) Fellow. He serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Computer Vision, and is a Program Chair of the International Conference of Computer Vision (ICCV) 2007.

Dr. Shum has published more than 100 papers in computer vision, computer graphics, pattern recognition, statistical learning, and robotics. He holds more than 50 U.S. patents. Dr. Shum received a doctorate in robotics from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball, rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and spending quality time with his family.

CIE Seattle President Michael Chang (left) presents Seattle Luminary Award to Dr. Harry Shum (right)

Professional Development Series

Opportunities for learning from distinguished local professionals are supported by the CIE Seattle Professional Development Seminar Series. Topics range from financing new businesses, to cross-cultural leadership, to understanding recent innovations in renewable energy

Speakers for the 2007 CIE/USA Seattle Professional Seminar Series include:

John Clyman, Co-founder of SiteScout, former Editor at PC Magazine

John Clyman has over 15 years of experience evaluating innovations on behalf of publications, venture capital firms and leading technology companies. His new company, SiteScout, aims to make the web safer through the automated identification of malicious websites.

Dr. Elaine Chan, Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch

Dr. Elaine Chan received her Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University and is a frequent speaker on the financial services industry. Her past professional experiences include service at the World Bank, General Motors, Nextel Communications and Cendant Corporation.

Dr. Lewis M. Fraas, Scientist, Author and Entrepreneur

Dr. Fraas has over 25 years of experience at Hughes Research Labs, Chevron Research Co., and the Boeing High Technology Center working with advanced solar cells. He has authored over 100 publications, holds over 40 patents and is an Affiliate Professor in Materials Science at the University of Washington.

Chee Chew, Engineering Director, Google

Mr. Chee joined Google in 2007 where he is an Engineering Director in the Kirkland office, responsible for client efforts in Kirkland and Kirkland-China projects. Before Google, Chee was a General Manager at Microsoft in charge of Games for Windows LIVE, prior he was the General Manager for Windows Mobile.

Youth Math and Science Program

In collaboration with Puget Sound Area Chinese Schools, IBM Corporation and Nintendo, each year the CIE/USA - Seattle holds a youth contest for students grades 3 to 8 to recognize and promote excellence in math and science.

The objective of the CIE/USA – Seattle math and science contests programs is to promote achievement in the fields of science, engineering, technology and education among the Asian Pacific American community. MathComp is an annual math competition for students from 3rd to 8th grade where no calculators are allowed. The program is held in conjunction with ScienceFun, a 60-minute paper airplane construction competition where students compete for airplane flying distance and target accuracy. Through a lecture at the beginning of the program, students learn four forces of aerodynamics for flying and how to design and create different paper airplanes. Partner Organizations include: Bremerton Chinese School, Chong Wa Chinese School, Episcopal Chinese School, Evergreen Chinese School, Seattle Chinese School, South Puget Sound Chinese Language School, Washington Chinese School, Northwest Chinese School