• Mike Peng, PhD
    Mike Peng, PhD, one of the world's most influential scholars in global strategy-the United Nations and the World Bank have both cited his work - is published, read and respected around the world. He holds the
    first O.P. Jindal Chair of Global Strategy at the Jindal School of Management. Peng holds a natural and always-evolving affinity for the Asia-Pacific region.

    "Born and raised in Shanghai, I have maintained very active scholarly and professional interest in Asia," Peng says. "Asia is the most economically dynamic region of the world, and Texas is the most economically dynamic state of the United States. The connections are obvious, Texas is the country's export champion. In 2011, one-sixth of the nation's exports ($250 billion) came from Texas.

    "And it goes far beyond business. As UT Dallas aspires to become a Tier One research university, it is imperative that we strengthen our Asia-focused programs. Texas and UT Dallas bot have a great story to tell. But both need to tell the story better, throughout the United States and around the world-especially in Asia.

    A strongly supported Asia Center will enable both UT Dallas and Texas to accomplish that, disseminating our story to wider audiences, attracting more trade and investment dollars from Asia, and facilitating more business and cultural exchanges."
  • Steve Lyle, CDO, TI
    Diversity and education are core elements of Steve Lyle's job description. As the chief diversity officer and director of education & workforce development for Texas Instruments, Lyle's role covers everything from diversity and inclusion in the workplace to collaborating with universities worldwide on research, recruitment and more.

    Given that TI's objective is to become the global leader in analog and embedded semiconductor processing technologies, and given that China is the world's largest and fastest-growing semiconductor market, Lyle spends a lot of time thinking about Asia in general and china in particular.

    "The entire Asia region is highly important to TI from a business growth perspective," says Lyle. "As one example, although the global economy is slowing, China continues to grow. The country is expected to boast 40 to 50 percent of the world's semiconductor market within the next decade. This is pretty impressive and cannot be ignored. The business opportunities are significant.

    "Bringing this closer to home, the growing population of Asians in North Texas is compelling from a workforce perspective. Most Asian families that are in this area are not here for the short-term; they are here to build a future for themselves. In turn, they build strong communities, strong companies and a stronger economy in North Texas. That is the tide that fits all boats."

    Lyle believes that the Asia Center will be one of the forces helping that tide to rise. "Better and deeper understanding of and connection to Asia is vital," Lyle says, "and the Asia Center will be an engine for that. The impact of the Center will be major in helping us to grow both locally and globally."