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Denis Fred SimonDenis Simon
Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Denis Fred Simon is a tenured Full Professor of International Affairs and one of the founding senior faculty at the new School of International Affairs at Penn State University. (see www.sia.pus.edu)  He also serves as Director of the Program on US-China Technology, Economic and Business Relations. 

Prior to joining Penn State, Dr. Simon served as the founding Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs of the Levin Graduate Institute of International Relations and Commerce under the State University of New York in New York City.  He also served as Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation in China at Levin.  Previous to his tenure at the Levin Institute, from July 2002-August 2004, Dr. Simon served as Dean of the Lally School of Management and Technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.

Among his key publications are:  /Technological Innovation in China/ [with Detlef Rehn] (Harper Books, 1987), /Science and Technology in Post-Mao China/ [edited with Merle Goldman] (Harvard University Press, 1989), /The Emerging Technological Trajectory of the Pacific Rim/ (ME Sharpe, 1995), /Corporate Strategies Towards the Pacific Rim/ (Routledge, 1996), /Techno-Security in an Age of Globalization/ (ME Sharpe, 1997), /Global R&D in China/ [edited with Yifei Sun and Max Von Zedtwitz] (Routledge, 2008), and /China’s New Emerging Technological Edge: Assessing the Role of High-End Talent (with Cong Cao) (/Cambridge University Press, 2009/)./  

Dr. Simon received his M.A. degree in Asian Studies in 1975 and Ph.D. in Political Science in 1980 from the University of California at Berkeley.  He received his B.A. degree in Asian Studies and Political Science from the State University of New York in 1974.

In recognition of his extensive work in China, Dr. Simon was selected among only 20 foreign experts to receive the Liaoning Province Friendship Award in Shenyang in September 2006.  In October 2006, he was awarded China’s highest medal given by the Chinese government to a “foreign expert”—the /China National Friendship Award/—by Premier Wen Jiabao in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing..