Song Jian



Dr. Song is a distinguished researcher, educator, and public administrator. He is a former State Councilor (vice premier level) of the People's Republic of China and now newly elected vice chairman of China's People's Political Consultative Conference, a high-level advisory body. Just prior to his appointement as Vice Chairman, he held the posts of State Councilor, Chairman of the State  Council's Environmental Protection Commission, and Chairman or Minister of the State Science and Technology Commission.
Over the last four decades, he has made significant contributions to a diverse array of disciplines including optimal control and parameter control systems, engineering cybernetics, and population control theory. He supervised the program design of China's anti-ballistic missile systems and the launching and positioning of the country's telecommunication satellites. He initiated and successfully carried out the “Sparks Program”, which aimed at alleviating rural poverty and developing rural/township enterprises throughout China. He has also guided the “Torch Program”, which has spearheaded the development of high-tech industries through the establishment of some 53 science parks in key metropolitan arcas across China.
Fluent in Chinese, English and Russian, Dr. Song has engineering (1958) and PhD candidate of science (1960)degrees from MBTY, Moscow, and a doctor of Science degree (1990)from the Moscow National Technical University.
Dr. Song is also currently an academiciaN of both the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering; professor, Tsinghua University, Fudan University, and Harbin University of Technology; research professor, Institute of Information and Control; council member, China Association of Automation and China System Engineering Society; Doctor of Humane Letters, University of Houston; chief editor, Automatic Control and System Engineering and member of the Editorial Board, Encyclopedia of China.
He previously held posts including, head, Laboratory of Cybrnetics, Institute of Mathematics, Academia Sinica (1960-1970):designer-scientist and vice chief designer-scientist (1960-1980),head, Space Science Division (1971-1978),and vice president (1978-1981),Academy of Space Technology, Seventh Ministry of Machine-Building Industry; vice minister and chief commander of Communication Satellite Launching Operations, Ministry of Astronauts (1980-1984);and vice president, China Society of Demographic Science (1982-1986)and China System Engineering Society (1985-1987).
Dr. Song's international experience includes time spent as visiting professor at MIT, Harvard University, University of Minnesota, University of Texas, Washington University (St. Louis) in the United States and as a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.
He has authored, co-authored, or edited 11 books and has written and published 160 scientific articles. He has received numerous awards including the Albert Einstein Award (1987), which is the highest recognition of the International Association for Mathematical Modeling, for signal accomplishment in science.