A passionate social entrepreneur, Fanyu Lin serves as the Chief Executive Officer at FLUXUS LLC. Ms. Lin leads a winning team of professionals and entrepreneurs to take FLUXUS SYSTEM, an innovative building system through proof-of-concept and into commercialization. She works with key stakeholders to form strategic partnerships and to create sustainable and scalable business models.
Ms. Lin has demonstrated excellence in management, business development, public relations and fundraising while working at George Maciunas Foundation. She led R&D and re-positioning FLUXUS SYSTEM in the context of today’s urban setting, arguing for an alternative of human habitat, where urban efficiency and social welfare play the leading role. She also works as architecture designer, researcher, curator, and has been curating and lecturing internationally. Her research was featured in several international exhibitions including 14th Venice Architecture Biennial. An exhibition she co-curated was awarded the Excellent Project for Promoting Smart City Construction by Beijing International Design Week Organizing Committee.
Ms. Lin received Master of Science degree in Advanced Architecture Design from Columbia University in the City of New York, Bachelor in Architecture from China Central Academy of Fine Arts. Ms. Lin was honored with a certificate in Business Administration and Management from Baruch College – The City University of New York, and participated in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Columbia Business School.
Mr. Stendhal is chairman of George Maciunas Foundation. The foundation aims to facilitate greater access to information and materials about Fluxus founder George Maciunas while ensuring intellectual property protection. Since Harry Stendhal re-introduced Maciunas’ work to the contemporary art world through the foundation, the artist has seen a rebirth of interest by critics, scholars, and the public. George Maciunas and Fluxus exhibitions have recently been presented at Straatsgalerie Stuttgart, Cooper Union, Rutgers, and MoMA, among other institutions.
Mr. Stendhal is also playing a key role in the advancement of FLUXHOUSE, a prefabricated modular building system designed by George Maciunas.
Mr. Schwab is a patent attorney specializing in intellectual property litigation, licensing, Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”), and advertising law. He was Chairman of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association subcommittee on ADR for 3 years. He has been lead counsel in a number of jury cases resulting in multi-million dollar awards for the Firm’s clients. He is an AV rated attorney by Martindale Hubbell, and has been selected for listing for 2013 Top-Rated Lawyers in Intellectual Property by American Lawyer Media and Martindale Hubbell.
Prior to his current position, Dr. Shen was a Senior Member of Technical Staff at the research division of AT&T Services. He had also conducted research at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bell Communications Research, now part of Ericsson), Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology and Singapore’s Institute for InfoComm Research (A*STAR). He authored numerous articles and technical reports, including peer-reviewed publications at top journal and conferences sponsored by Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP). He also developed several Internet standards and specifications, published by Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). In addition, he is an inventor of 3 awarded and 8 pending United States patents.
Dr. Shen received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and did postdoctoral research in Computer Science, both at Columbia University. He also holds Master and Bachelor degrees in Computer/Electrical Engineering from National University of Singapore and Zhejiang University, respectively.
Mr. Weinkle earned his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at the University of Florida, and Master of Arts in Architecture in from the University of Florida.
An international collaboration with National University of Ireland and Queens University of UK sponsored by NSF focuses on next generation Bridge Weigh-In-Motion (BWIM) System to effectively manage the nation’s aging bridge infrastructure, and national collaboration with University of Florida and Tuskegee University supported by NSF focuses on flood and hurricane resistant design. He has served as principal or co-principal investigator on research projects whose cumulative funding exceeds $6.0 million, and directed numerous Doctoral and Master’s theses based on the sponsored research projects.
Dr. Uddin has been actively involved in all aspects of the Department including ABET Assessment and Senior Design Projects. Dr. Uddin is the author/co-author of 4 books, over 150 publications, and received NSF Grants to organize 1st international workshop on wind storm and Storm Surge Mitigation Construction, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is a Faculty Fulbright Scholar, a fellow of ASCE and Chair of the Executive Committee of the ASCE Council on Disaster Reduction Management (CDRM). He is the Engineering Editor of the ASCE Journal of Natural Hazards Review.
Dr. Xia is an expert in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, with focuses on medical robot, multi-functional intelligent service robot, hotel-service robot, restaurant-service robot, super-capacitor module, standing medical-service robot, etc. He is leading the research and development to apply advanced AI and Robotics to the Fluxus Prefabricated Building System.
Dr. Xia is a faculty member and senior scientist of Department of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts, leading the AI Lab to continue developing, applying, and evaluating computer vision and machine learning technology.
Dr. Xia is the author of many patents and publications. He is the founder and CEO of Boston PT Info LLC, Shanghai PT Info Co., Ltd, Shanghai Passiontech Technologies Co., Ltd., founder and Manager of Technology Department at Beijing Jingle Hirain Technologies Co, Ltd. Dr. Xia received Ph.D. in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University in China, MEng and BSc in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science Dual Degree from School of Mechanical Science and Engineering.
Peter Knitzer is on the Advisory Board of Columbia University Business School’s Lang Center for Entrepreneurship, and is advising FLUXUS LLC which was part of Columbia University Business School’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship program. Mr. Knitzer has extensive experience of running big financial institutions. He spent 14 years at Citigroup in many roles including the Chairman & CEO of Citibank North America. He was on the Board of Directors and served as President at the E*TRADE Bank. He was the Executive Vice President at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) in Toronto, CA. He is a Board Member of Regional Management (NYSE: RM), and Managing Director at Carldan Capital LLC.
Mr. Knitzer is on the Board of Directors, and was the former Board Chair of Habitat for Humanity New York City – an organization that transforms lives and communities by building quality, affordable homes with families in need, and by uniting New Yorkers around the cause of affordable housing.
Peter Knitzer received his M.B.A. in Marketing and Finance from Columbia University and completed his undergraduate work at Brown University.
John Hamilton serves as Chief Business Cdvisor at FLUXUS LLC, providing ongoing supports towards building the business. Mr. Hamilton is an accomplished executive with over 25+ years experience managing early stage startups to large company IPOs.
Hamilton has vast sales and marketing expertise that has spanned several well known Boston based companies from Stratus Computer, EMC, FTP Software, Concord Communications, Phase Forward, XKoto and Viewfinity. His ability to prepare companies for acquisition and or IPO has yielded significant returns for shareholders across the board.
Ms. Pam Frigo is an expert in investment origination and financial strategy. She has over 20 years experience working in financial services at Goldman Sachs and Bank of America Merrill Lynch trading emerging market foreign exchange currencies, and working closely with a broad array of institutional investors. Ms. Frigo is a serial entrepreneur, and most recently, she has been investing in Blockchain, Renewable, and Real Asset Investments. She has an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Mr. Redfearn was the creator of Y:Cube Housing – a ground-breaking approach to delivering a genuinely affordable and aspirational housing product using modern methods of construction. He formed a partnership with world renowned architects, Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners, along with the international consultants, Aecom, and leading European manufacturer, SIG plc, to develop a new, volumetric housing product that out-performs traditional forms of construction in both quality and performance. The first of many schemes has recently opened in London, UK. Mr. Redfearn is seen as a leader in this field of work, speaking at many national events. In 2015, Y:Cube was awarded the silver award by the Edison Awards in New York, a global initiative that promotes innovation and creativity.
Mr. Redfearn has developed significant knowledge, experience and partnerships within the housing development sector, with focus on the use of modern methods of construction to deliver housing products that meet the huge need of affordable housing both in the UK and globally.
Angela Topacio is the co-founder, Managing Partner at G Y R O Creative Group. Ms. Topacio is advising FLUXUS LLC on business strategy and development.
G Y R O is a team of strategists, designers, researchers, writers, technologists, and account managers. They engage with executive teams to strengthen clients’ brands through the integration of business strategy, brand storytelling and design. The result is brand and business clarity—internally and externally—leading to sustainable and manageable growth. As a specialist in B2B and B2C brand development, they have partnered with companies like Delphi, Olympia Development – The District Detroit, Aborlight, Shinola, Detroit Athletic Club, M1-Rail, Detroit Future City, Comerica Bank, GKN Automotive, Clek Inc, Magna International, MacLean-Fogg.
Mr. McGregor is a creative consultant and producer specializing in bringing a human touch to all things digital. As Vice President of Communications, Mr. McGregor oversaw Kickstarter’s global communications initiative and shared Kickstarter’s unique story in over 17 international markets — developing it into the foremost source of crowdfunding for artists, producers and creatives, in any timezone. Mr. McGregor now works out of Mexico City as an international creative consultant working to better create a better future for all.
Ms. Galilee is the Chief Curator of the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Close, Closer. She was co-
Ms. Galilee’s writing has been published in a number of international magazines and books as well as daily newspapers, including Domus, Abitare, MARK, Tank, Pin-
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