Laura Smoliar is a graduate of Columbia College, where she majored in Chemistry. She also holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, where she worked with Prof. Yuan T. Lee. Prof. Lee brought Laura to Taiwan in her final year of graduate school, opening up her world to opportunities in Asia. She has collaborated with, raised funding from, and developed technology for companies in Japan and Taiwan throughout her career, especially as an entrepreneurial CEO in the manufacturing hardware sector. (http://www.linkedin.com/in/laurasmoliar/).