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1 A Research Career Bosco Powai Ho aka Dr. Bosco P. Ho Chinese pinyin He Bao Wei born Ho Po Wai 1A Research Career Foreign Expert English Instructor for Ph. D. Candidates (2010 – 2011) South China University of Technology (SCUT) 21 Oct 2010 Lecture 40 minutes long, answer questions. Students rate presentation

2 A Reflection "Those who fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it." – Sir Winston Churchill 2A Research Career

3 Title: A Research Career For SCUT Ph. D. candidates dedicated to my lovely wife Linda, my parents, mentors, supporters, family and dear friends 3A Research Career

4 Hometown Hong Kong English high school St. Francis Xaviers College Mentored 9 th grade Bosco after St. John Bosco forerunner of vocational school a modern mentor 4A Research Career

5 Leaving Family & Friends A Research Career

6 …with feathers and wings… 6A Research Career

7 to the University of Minnesota 7A Research Career

8 …and found 8A Research Career

9 California Institute of Technology 9A Research Career

10 Wedding Bells A Research Career

11 First Job 11A Research Career Ph. D. Degree1975 Recommended by research advisor Union Carbide – plastics extrusion Big company Top job Top pay

12 Polyethylene Gas Phase Reactor 12A Research Career New gas phase reactor reduces manufacturing cost significantly New multimillion dollar facility cannot produce products

13 Screw Extruder Largest extruder worldwide 13A Research Career Dedicated Japanese workers

14 Problem of Extruder Solved 14A Research Career New multimillion dollar facility cannot produce products 1.5 years, 50 staff, consultants Dr. Ho solved problem

15 Second Job A Research Career Union Carbide downsized Laid off after 3 years Hired by previous coworker Small company Service company – industrial water treatment

16 Reactor for Flocculants 16A Research Career Companys waste treatment business survived

17 Coagulants & Flocculants 17A Research Career Companys waste treatment business survived Used in waste water treatment to remove solids from waste water

18 Belt-Filter Press 18A Research Career A dewatering equipment Flocculants added in belt press inlet Clean water runs through filter cloth

19 Filtration Monitoring Device 19A Research Career 1987 Innovation Serendipity

20 Commercialization 20A Research Career Commercial success

21 Clarifier 21A Research Career Coagulant added in clarifier inlet Clean water leaves clarifier

22 Laboratory Test of Coagulant 22A Research Career 1989 Second Innovation Serendipity

23 Dr. Hos Tube-Clarifier 23A Research Career 1989 Second Innovation Serendipity Inlet Outlet

24 Commercialization 24A Research Career 1989 Second Innovation Serendipity

25 Second Job 25A Research Career Technical & management ladder Five patents and publications Many commercial success Merck & Company Innovation Award Twenty-two years…

26 Third Job A Research Career Nalco and Calgon merged Nalco largest water treatment Calgon distant third Recommended by Calgon coworker, a previous Nalco employee

27 Nalco New Chemical Sensor 27A Research Career Chemical performance sensor Fluorescence signal change by interaction of chemical with target species Commercialized 3D TRASAR ® 2004

28 Nalco in the Word Scene 28A Research Career Over 300 Ph. D. worldwide North America growth rate flat Growth in Asia, Middle East, East European, South America Tough worldwide competition

29 Nalco 11 years 29A Research Career Contributed to automation Eight patents New non-water treatment areas Start-up new research laboratory in China 2005 – 2006

30 Nalco Suzhou China 30A Research Career

31 New Laboratory Suzhou 31A Research Career

32 R&D Manager China 32A Research Career Hired 10 Ph. D. Chinese Nationals Expanded facility two times Recruiting, training, project management Learned language, culture, new friends, multi-country, talk to 1.3 billion more people

33 R&D Manager China 33A Research Career

34 Increased Presence in China 34A Research Career

35 Technical & Commercial Success Good environment Fair competition Team work Proper rewards Hard work Innovation Serendipity 35A Research Career

36 Company Philosophies System focused or manager focused Marketing focused or Research focused Task focused or people focused Customer focused or company system focused 36A Research Career Company re-design Mergers, acquisition, buy-out

37 Retirement Consideration Asia versus North America People and culture Life style and opportunity The research career People versus tasks Self versus community 37A Research Career Reflection Decision What is most important

38 Significant Contributions Technology Impact A Research Career38 1. Discovery & Design – Larger extruder can pump Design – Reactor for flocculants 1981 Game-changing plastic production facility not shutdown Waste treatment business not eliminated Production capacity Asia – polyethylene PE & water treatment chemicals

39 Significant Contributions Technology Impact A Research Career39 3. Invention – Filtration monitoring device Invention – Coagulation monitoring device 1989 Cost reduced by 40%. Waste treatment business expanded Papermill color reduction improved. Coagulant business expanded

40 Significant Contributions Technology Impact A Research Career40 5. Measurement – scale inhibition chemical Measurement – scale inhibition chemical in reverse osmosis process 2001 Accuracy improved. Method became suitable Measurement cost reduced. Economical to use

41 Significant Contributions Activity Impact A Research Career41 7. Startup – Research & Development Laboratory in China 2006 China becomes companys growth platform in Asia and worldwide

42 My Research Career Career Attitude & Outlook A Research Career42 Promotion Patents, awards… Publications, reputation… Salary increase Satisfaction Honor Immediate family Extended family and friends Contentment Thankfulness Reflection – experience, life lessons, history, discussion

43 Retirement Consideration People Mother-in-law Sister and brothers family Mentoring 43A Research Career

44 Story of Three Movies My Father and My Mother (The Long Road Home) – To Live – Not One Less – 44A Research Career

45 Independent Children 45A Research Career

46 Retirement Decision 46A Research Career Foreign Teacher – Scientific English Instructor for Ph. D. Candidates at SCUT

47 My Career as Teacher A Research Career47

48 Rewards A Research Career48

49 Where am I? A Research Career steps at SCUT South Gate steps at SCUT South Gate Oct 2010

50 Where am I? A Research Career steps at SCUT South Gate steps at SCUT South Gate Oct 2010

51 Who am I? A Research Career51 Flowers fading Vapor in the wind Is there somebody catching when Im falling?

52 Who am I? A Research Career52 Performance by Children at Suzhou International Fellowship Christmas 2007

53 Another Beginning A Research Career53 Thank you for listening and attending! Thank my dear wife, Linda for the assistance, and the 40+ years of support


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