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US-Asia Technology Management Center joins the Center for East Asian Studies

Sep 7 2017

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The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) is expanding its connection to research on business and technology with the addition of the US-Asia Technology Management Center (US-ATMC) as of September 1, 2017. 

Established in 1992 in the School of Engineering as the US-Japan Technology Management Center, the US-Asia Technology Management Center (US-ATMC) conducts research and education on international strategic technology management, along with analysis of research trends in selected areas of leading-edge technologies.  US-ATMC educational programs provide Stanford students and the engineering and business communities at large with information and analysis about emergent technologies in Asia through public lecture series, seminars (including live teleconferenced events between the United States and Asia), sponsorship of faculty research projects, development and delivery of new university courses, and major internet website projects. Some specific project areas to-date include:

  • High-Tech Entrepreneurship in East Asia
  • Internet Access Modes & E-Commerce in East Asia
  • R&D in Japan and East Asia
  • Digitization in the 21st Century
  • Joint alliances for R&D
  • Nanotechnology

This addition brings with it a new staff member, Mrs. Briana Burrows, Assistant Director of US-ATMC, and strengthens our connection with US-ATMC Program Director and long-time supporter of area studies, Professor Richard Dasher, who will be housed in the department of East Asian Languages and Cultures; their bios are below.  In addition to enhancing our two programs, CEAS also hopes that the US-ATMC can serve as a resource for other Stanford Global Studies programs and centers interested in emerging technologies and business and engineering research.

We are happy to welcome Briana and Professor Dasher to the CEAS and SGS community!

Briana Burrows spent her formative years in Germany and Japan before moving to the U.S. to attend the University of California, Santa Barbara where she received her bachelor’s degree in Business Economics and East Asian Studies.  Prior to becoming the US-Asia Technology Management Center’s Assistant Director in April 2016, Briana was the Program Director at the Japan Society of Northern California for nearly 4 years.  At Japan Society she coordinated the Japan-US Innovation Awards (in partnership with the US-Asia Technology Management Center), the Big in Japan lecture series, and their largest fundraising event, the Award of Honor Gala.  Before moving to the bay area, Briana lived in Los Angeles where she worked as a Program Manager for the Natural History Museum.  There she organized a majority of the museum’s public programs including their gardening workshops, fossil hunting field trips and science festivals.  Her past experience also includes chasing U.S. news stories for Japanese television network Nippon TV.  Briana lives in San Jose with her husband and their new baby boy.

Dr. Richard Dasher has directed the US-Asia Technology Management Center since 1994, and he has been Executive Director of the Center for Integrated Systems since 1998. Beginning September 1, he will be an Adjunct Professor with East Asian Languages and Cultures, and has held Consulting Professor appointments in the Departments of Electrical Engineering and the Asia-Pacific Research Center. He is also faculty adviser to student-run organizations such as the Asia-Pacific Student Entrepreneurship Society and the Forum for American/Chinese Exchange at Stanford.  From 1990–93, Dr. Dasher was a board director of two privately-held Japanese companies in Tokyo, at which he developed new business in international licensing of media rights packages and other intellectual properties. From 1986–90, he was Director of the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute advanced field schools in Japan and Korea, which provide full-time language and area training to U.S. and select Commonwealth country diplomats assigned to those countries. He received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Linguistics from Stanford University and, along with Prof. Elizabeth Closs Traugott, he is co-author of the often-cited book Regularity in Semantic Change (Cambridge University Press, 2002). He received the Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet and orchestra conducting from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he served on the faculty from 1978-85.