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Dr. Pearl Chin, PhD, MBA

Dr. Pearl Chin, PhD, MBA

Business and nonprofit management consultant, business and social entrepreneur, nonprofit executive, strategist, change agent, innovator, educator, nanotech guru, creative problem solver. MBA Cornell University, PhD Materials Science-University of Delaware, B. Chemical Engineering-The Cooper Uni
 

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Dr. Chin is Managing Director of the Seraphima companies specializing in advising on managing diverse hi- and lo-tech businesses, with a focus on but not limited to nanotechnology investment opportunities, science and math education, and economic and workforce development and not-for-profit. Dr. Chin has extensive experience in strategy and marketing consulting, business and organizational analysis, management consulting, change management, business process re-engineering, operations, sales and marketing, and customer service, in diverse industries from small to large and startup companies, nonprofits and social enterprises to maximize their potential and bottom line. She is actively sought out to speak about and on her views on the business of nanotechnology focusing on the importance of people and management thereof, strategic management of resources, and business and market strategy as key drivers for creating successful businesses and nonprofit organizations in general. She has worked with and consulted for diverse businesses as investment banks and firms, nanotechnology companies, universities and research centers, nonprofits, EB-5 regional centers, restaurants, etc. She has 2 Nobel prize chemistry winners on her advisory board. She has lead and managed nonprofit organizations at the C-levels.

Dr. Chin also writes articles on nanotechnology, investing, business, management, leadership, social enterprise, innovation, community, and related social issues challenging the current status quo to improve impact of nanotechnology; she does marketing strategy consulting but is anti-hype. Her articles have appeared in the U.S. based “Nanotechnology Now” and Netherlands based “Nano-Tsunami” e-newsletters as well as for New York State’s “Tech Valley Times”. She authored a paper on “Assessing Venture Capital Returns to Efficiently Invest in Nanotechnology” in March 2005 issue (Vol. 2.1) of the “Nanotechnoloy Law & Business Journal and European based Alt Assets. Dr. Chin has featured interviews with Winter 2008 "At Cooper Union" issue, Spring 2006 issue of Cornell Enterprise Magazine of the Johnson School of Graduate Management and in Business Week Online, July 6, 2005 in their MBA Careers section.

In 2007, Dr. Chin was also the President of the Foresight Nanotech Institute which was founded in 1986 by Dr. K. Eric Drexler and which is the oldest nanotechnology think tank in the U.S. She was instrumental in managing their Productive Nanosystems Technology Roadmap project as Steering Committee and Project Management Team members. which was finally finished in October 2007. She is currently a Research Fellow with Foresight. She was Managing Director of the US offices and co-Managing Director of the London offices of Cientifica, a global nanotechnology consultancy providing business information, marketing analyses and business strategy consulting to Fortune 500 companies and investment firms. Dr. Chin is an invited member of Industrial Advisory Groups for University of Delaware, College of Engineering and Cornell Center for Technology Enterprise and Commercialization (CCTEC).

Prior to this she was a management consultant with Pittiglio Rabin Todd & McGrath (PRTM)'s Chemicals, Engineered Materials and Packaged Goods group optimizing Supply Chain operations and Change Management through Business Process Re-engineering efforts. Before that, she headed domestic Customer Support under Sales and Marketing for TA Instruments, Inc. (spinout from DuPont as DuPont Instruments) when TAI was number one in Customer Support in their industry;TAI sells thermal analysis and rheology instrumentation to a wide variety of industries. She has also worked with Lederle Laboratories (formerly of American Cyanamid Company now part of Wyeth) and also with the Colgate Palmolive Company. Dr. Chin contributed to National Nanotechnology Initiative's Grand Challenge Workshop 2004 for Nanotechnology in Space Exploration her views of the opportunities and needs for research and development in nanotechnology and what can be accomplished in the next 10 years; this was for a Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee report to serve as input to the new NNI strategic plan for the next 5-10 years, which was provided to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) as input for the PCAST’s ongoing review of NNI.

Dr. Chin also has extensive deep tech research expertise. She was a Guest Scientist collaborating with the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) government lab, with the Polymer Division's Electronic Materials Group under the US Department of Commerce. She received a NIST Fellowship for graduate study and a Henry Enders Graduate Study Scholarship from The Cooper Union. Her PhD research focused on characterizing nanoscale polymer films for electronics packaging applications and studying fundamental adhesion phenomena. She also studied nanoscale interfacial phenomena and effects on mechanical properties of graphite fiber reinforced epoxy composites systems for military, automotive, sporting goods and other high performance applications. To round herself out, she was an alternate finalist for a Congressional Fellowship with the Materials Research Society and has held a Series 7 license.

Dr. Chin is Board Treasurer of Episcopal Relief and Development and have been on both their Programs and Administration & Finance Committees and a Founding Board member of Transitioning Into Society, a nonprofit startup. She was an active member of Community Board 3 appointed by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and Co-Chaired their Economic Development Committee. As an adjunct professor, she teaches public affairs at Baruch College, City University of New York and taught entrepreneurship to engineering students at Cooper Union. She is also an educator and education consultant advocating for superior science and math education. She is an active member of Trinity Church Wall Street and St. Paul’s Chapel and a member of their adult education Discovery Committee.

 
 
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