Meet the Nominees

Thanks for all the nomination received. Here are the final nominees list. Have a look and get to know them before you put in your vote this Saturday at our annual BBQ meet!

Cannot make it to the BBQ – no worries you may also vote here in the link below


Deadline for the vote – mid night 19 November 2016 (Saturday)


Octavian CHEUNG – running for President
Octavian graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 2009 in the field of Liberal Arts Studies and serves as CEO of Immersive Education Academy.

Working in the education industry, Octavian’s responsibilities include designing and providing education programs to the public schools and Universities in Hong Kong and China. He serves on the American Chamber of Commerce’s Education and Education Affairs Committee with a vision of promoting and developing the education industry in the region.

Octavian Cheung was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.

Chris CHOI – running for Vice President
Graduated with a B.S and M.S in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign. For the past 5 years, I have worked in the aviation industry designing large commercial jet engines for Rolls Royce and General Electric Aviation. Currently I am studying for an MBA at Hong Kong University and hope to meet connect with the UIUC Alumni at different events. In my spare time I like to race motorcycles and play guitar. I look forward to meeting everyone soon.
Adrian AW – running for Treasurer
Adrian Aw graduated from UIUC with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (2002) and a Master of Accounting Sciences (2003).  He has been working in Chicago, Shanghai, and New York since graduation and relocated back to Hong Kong in 2014.  Adrian was involved in HKSA during his four years in Champaign and would like to continue contributing to and strengthening the Hong Kong UI alumni community.  He was a VP for UIAAHK from 2014-2016.
Carol CHU – running for Secretary
Carol Chu graduated from UIUC with a Bachelor of Science in Finance in 2011. She returned to Hong Kong and join Jones Lang LaSalle and currently a manager with the JLL’s Valuation Advisory Services department. She has been heavily involved in the diversity and inclusion committee within the firm and is part of other professional body’s diversity initiative committee for women empowerment and workplace diversity.

Carol served on the board of HKSA during her years at UIUC. She is currently the secretary for UIAAHK from 2014-current. She is also the contact person for UI within the Hong Kong Big Ten Group.

Second Annual Shanghai IL Forum – Engineering Showcase

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Second Annual Shanghai Illinois Forum: Engineering Showcase

We are pleased to invite you to Shanghai, China for an afternoon of interactive discussion with world-renowned University of Illinois faculty, university leadership, and prominent alumni. Our notable experts will lead us through an exploration of technology disrupters and the new face of innovation changing our world and growing the global economy.

The outstanding program includes preeminent Illinois alumni, decorated faculty researchers, and the distinguished Deans of the College of Engineering and the College of Business. The showcase will conclude with a celebratory dinner and a chance to network with fellow Illini from across the region. For more information, visit


December 3, 2016
12:30pm – 8:00pm

Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Center
555 Xi Zang Zong Road (Middle)
Shanghai, China


12:30pm Registration
1:00pm Opening remarks by Yang Zhang, CEO, Palm Plus, Engineering ’07
1:05pm Welcome by Andreas Cangellaris, Dean, College of Engineering
1:15pm Keynote speech by Dr. Xiangli Chen, President, GE China Technology Center, Engineering ’94 – “GE’s Evolving Role in China Innovation”
1:45pm Panel moderated by Dean Andreas Cangellaris – “Role of Technology in Modern Life”

  • Xiangli Chen, President, GE China Technology Center, Engineering ’94
  • Alan Lu, Executive Vice President, Sirnaomics, Inc, USA, LAS ’96
  • Frank Shi, CEO & Chairman, Skyrock Inc., Engineering ’04
  • Tami Bond, Nathan M. Newmark Distinguished Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering
2:45pm Coffee break
3:15pm Presentation by Professor Tami Bond “Energy Transitions and The Road to Clean Air”
3:45pm “Flying in UAV Industry”co-presented by:

  • Yifan Li, Co-founder and CEO, Hesai Photonics Technology Co., Engineering ’13
  • Jason Duan, CEO, Daguanghua Education Group, Business ’88
4:30pm Panel moderated by Jeff Brown, Dean, College of Business – “Leadership”

  • Helen Yang, Managing Director, DuPont China, LAS ’88
  • Jay Lin, Consultant/Investor Jay Lin Enterprises, Media ’89
  • Feng Ling, Founder & CEO, Xpeedic Technology, Inc., Engineering ’00
  • Yang Zhang, CEO, Palm Plus, Engineering ’07
5:30pm Break
6:00pm Dinner
The dinner program begins with a captivating keynote on Virtual Reality by renowned University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Professor Steve LaValle (Engineering ‘95), a leading researcher and expert on Virtual Reality. The evening will continue as we hear from the president of the UIAA Shanghai Chapter and alumni representatives. Dean Andreas Cangellaris will conclude with an insightful look at the deep connection between UIUC and China and the important partnerships that built our relationship. The evening is sure to be joyful and informative and is not to be missed!
8:00pm Program concludes


Register Now to Attend

Special thanks to our Planning Committee.

Directions: Guests can take metro Line No.1, Line No.2, Line No.8 and get off at Station People’s Square. Car Parking: Basement Level 1 and Basement Level 2. Click here for map.

For questions, please contact Brooke Eisenmenger via email or Wechat beisenmenger or Patty Lam via email or Wechat 1 781 975 9574.


517 Swanlund Administration Building
601 East John Street, Champaign, IL 61820

Calling for NOMINATIONS!

You are invited to nominate the UIAA-Hong Kong Board to represent you!


We are pleased announce that our 1st UIAA-HK election will be held on 19 November 2016 (Saturday) during our annual BBQ gathering. Again we are inviting your families and friends to the BBQ!

Date            | 19 Nov 2016 (Saturday)
Time            | 4 – 9 pm
Address       |Birchwood Place (96 MacDonnell Road, Mid Levels) Clubhouse
$160 per person

RSVP HERE >> link to form

Each member is invited to nominate other registered members of UIAA-Hong Kong to represent the alumni group. There is no forml nomination forms to be completed.

Simply email us the names, email addresses (or contact numbers) and positions of your nominees at by 4 November 2016 (Friday). YOU are also welcome to run for the board. Here is a list of the positions on the board 2016.

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

Be there or NOT. Stream online!


Can’t make it to Urbana-Champaign, Ill., for the University of Illinois Alumni Association’s 2016 Alumni Leadership Conference? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered! Mark your calendar for the Alumni Leadership Conference livestream.

Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 (all times are Central Standard Time)

Streamed sessions will include:

10 a.m.: Conference Welcome
Speaker: Loren R. Taylor, president and CEO for the UI Alumni Association

10:30-11:30 a.m.: Workshop 1: The Ins & Outs of the Club/Group Scholarship Program Presenters: Jamie McFarling, director for scholarship stewardship and donor relations for the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement, and Jenny Carroll, director of gift planning operations for the University of Illinois Foundation

11:30-Noon: Guest Speaker Chris Tuttle, associate director of development/Varsity I director for the I FUND

Break for Lunch

1:30-2:15 p.m.: Workshop 2: How to Get More Action on Your Social Media
Presenter: Caryn Giznik, digital/social media coordinator for the UI Alumni Association

2:15-2:45 p.m.: Workshop 3: Secrets From Award Winning Clubs
Open discussion

2:45-3:45 p.m.: Workshop 4: What Do Young Alumni Really Want?
Presenters: Matt Wilson, associate vice president, alumni community development for the UI Alumni Association, Chelsea Hamilton, marketing coordinator for the UI Alumni Association, and Hugo Herrera, business intelligence for the UI Alumni Association

3:45-4 p.m.: Conference Closing

View the entire conference or pick and choose your sessions. Simply click “Join Livestream” below.

Questions? Contact Allison Henning, alumni community development coordinator for the UI Alumni Association, at or 312-585-9018.

Alumni Leadership Conference & Homecoming 2016. BE THERE.


***Please share with your fellow board members!

You’re invited to attend the University of Illinois Alumni Association’s 2016 Alumni Leadership Conference.

Alumni leaders from near and far will return to campus to network, share best practices and hear the latest news from the UI Alumni Association.

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Homecoming Weekend
Oct. 27-29, 2016

Highlights will include:

Thursday, Oct. 27
Campustown Food Tour
Dierks Bentley Concert *

Friday, Oct. 28
Networking Breakfast
Workshop 1: The Ins & Outs of the Club/Group Scholarship Program
Annual Leadership Luncheon & Awards Presentation
Workshop 2: How to Get More Action on Your Social Media
Workshop 3: Secrets of Award Winning Illini Clubs/Groups
Workshop 4: What Do Young Alumni Really Want?
Mix & Mingle Social
Homecoming Parade

Saturday, Oct. 29
UI Alumni Association Homecoming Tailgate *
Homecoming Football Game: Illinois vs. Minnesota *

Please register by Oct. 21.

* Additional registration fees may apply.

Who was in town? William Stratton

UI Alumni Assoc (UIAA) Board Chairman, William Stratton (Bill) was in town for a few days and met up with us on Aug 26 for a quick TGIF drink at Zentro IFC. The night was highlighted by the outdoor heat  and some amazing stories and updates from Bill including one about the history-making around-the-world flight by an Illinois alumnus, Dr. Bo Zhang  (full story here). Share with us your photos from the night!

The University of Illinois Alumni Association (UIAA) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that strives to enhance the Universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield by connecting, inspiring and celebrating more than 700,000 University of Illinois alumni.

2015 Madhuri & Jagdish N. Seth Int’l Alumni Award


On 31 May 2016, we are honored to attend the 2015 Madhuri & Jagdish N. Seth Int’l Alumni Award Ceremony, honoring  Dr. Geoffrey Yeh, an Illinois alumnus.

Dr. Yeh attended UIUC in 1950 and received a B.S in Civil Engineering (Illinois). Since then the Yeh Family has supported the school for many years, including  M.T. Geoffrey Yeh Graduate Research Fellowships in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), the M.T. Geoffrey Yeh Endowed Chair in CEE, and the M.T. Geoffrey Yeh Student Center at the CEE.

It was an intimate event where our recent graduates get to spend time with Dr. Yeh and also Dean Cangellaris. We would like to congratulate Dr. Yeh again for all his support to the univeristy.

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UIAA Happy Hour x Jinjuu

Imagine everyone had a great start of 2016, while we will sail right into Q2, lets meet before we farewell this cold March! On this coming Thursday at Jinjuu, the contemporary Korea restaurant right at the heart of Central, alumni & friends will be here to greet those familiar faces and to meet new ones. It’s Thursday we are here to wrap up the week good (and early).

Where| Jinjuu, UG/F, 32 D’Aguilar Street, Central, HK
When| 17 March 2016, Thursday (7 – 10pm)

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Drop in anytime!