Presidential Message in 2003

Dr. Alan Luo

General Motors Corporation

I am honored to serve you as your 2003 President. DCEA has continued its success in the past couple of years under the leadership of Drs. Jie Du and Zach Fu. As I see it, DCEA has been and will be dedicated to advancing technical skills, professional networking and career development for our members. I will do my best to strengthen this tradition and make DCEA an even greater organization for our members and our community.

DCEA is one of the oldest Chinese organizations in Metro Detroit area. It was founded in 1980, by a group of engineers from the Big Three auto companies. The mission of DCEA is to provide a challenging forum for our members to pursue the technological excellence, business leadership, career development, and contribute to the well-being of our society. With about 300 members, we are certainly not the largest Chinese organization in town. However, our members and our board have decided to strengthen our uniqueness in scientific excellence, technical advancement and career development for our members and the local Chinese community.

2002 was is productive year. Under the leadership of Dr. Jie Du, our 2002 President, we had a very successful Automotive Technology Conference, participated in other Chinese organizations in the summer picnic, and organized a very interesting Fall Event with a keynote speech on Ancient Chinese Bronze.

For 2003, we are off to a great start. In collaboration with the Chinese Association of Greater Detroit (CAGD) and SAE China, we organized a very successful "Automotive Materials Seminar" with several of our board members being speakers. The seminar was very well received and it broadened our technical exchange across the Pacific Ocean.

Our 2003 Automotive Technology Conference, held at Lawrence Technological University (LTU) on April 5, was a great success. As a major sponsor of the event, the President of LTU – Dr. Charles Chambers personally delivered the welcome speech to the audience. A "Technical Overview" presentation session and a "China Experience" panel discussion session were offered for this year's conference. Both sessions were well received by roomful audience of about 100 people. The luncheon keynote speech was given by Mr. Ping Lee, Director – Advanced Product Finance and former Director of Finance of DaimlerChrysler's Beijing Jeep Operation. During the lunch session, "Ford Future Engineer" Award was given to Jack Chao of the University of Michigan and "DCEA Outstanding High School Student"Awards were given to Christopher Tien and Yicheng Chen of Troy, for their extraordinary performance in academic and extra-curriculum activities.

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge our corporate sponsors: General Motors Corporation, Ford Motor Company and Lawrence Technological University. Without their generous support, we couldn’t have organized so many events for our members and community. This year, we have strengthened our relationship with General Motors Chinese Affinity Group (Chairman, Dr Tai Chan), Ford Chinese Association (President, Mr. Guangman Meng) and DaimlerChrysler Asian Network (President, Dr. Connie Yao).

Finally, I would like to introduce our officers and board members:

Dr. Alan Luo of General Motors Corporation, President

Dr. Jie Du of J.D. Power & Associates, Past President

Dr. Ming F. Shi of US Steel, Vice President

Dr. Hua He of General Motors Corporation, Secretary

Prof. Kingman Yee of Lawrence Technological University, Treasurer

Dr. Chor Wong of General Motors Corporation, Legal Counsel

Dr. Paul Lin of Ford Motor Company, Board Member

Dr. Sheng-Dong Liu of National Steel, Board Member

Dr. Lifeng Xu of Ford Motor Company, Board Member

Dr. Connie Yao of DaimlerChrysler Corporation, Board Member

Ms. Hong Yuan of Ford Motor Company, Board Member

Dr. Tai Chan of General Motors Corporation, Advisor