Mike Cheng ('77)
is an adjunct professor and a member of the Advisory Board of Golden Gate University's Ageno School of Business. In 2007, he and a group of Asian American executives co-founded an organization to help Asian American professionals develop their leadership skills and prepare them for career advancements. After leaving his Corporate Vice President/Division President position at Communications & Power Industries Inc. (CPI), a successor company to Varian Associates, in 2007 he became active in academic settings around the Bay Area. He was appointed Faculty-in-Residence at the College of Science in San Jose State University where he developed and taught a course on business skills for technology students. He is currently working with CNR staff and faculty in the newly launched Masters of Development Practice on the topics of public/private sector interactions and Corporate Social Responsibility. Since 2008, Mike has been serving on the "Free Radicals" steering committee to help raise funds for the College of Chemistry to upgrade the undergraduate chemistry laboratories and establish an endowed chair for a junior faculty member. In the Spring of 2013, he launched a seminar series on career development for undergraduate Chemical Engineering students in the College of Chemistry. Mike and his wife, Ruth are active participants at CNR's Beahrs' Environmental Leadership Program. Both Mike and Ruth graduated from Cal in 1977.
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