In 2005, he also founded the Southwest Public Safety Technology Center (SWTC) and serves as the Executive Director. In 2002, Dr. Pei co-authored the white paper, which led to the creation of the Texas Energy Center at Sugar Land, Texas.
Dr. Pei has been advising private companies, NGOs, and governments in China and Taiwan on wind energy projects and holds an honorary professorship at the Hainan University in the province where the Company will build the world’s first floating windfarm at sea, using the Floating-VAWTs.
Dr. Pei has been actively commercializing technology since moving to Houston in 1994. One of the spin-off companies from his research group is AOI (www.ao-inc.com), based in Sugar Land, Texas. It was founded in 1997 to manufacture optical communication lasers and systems and is now operating manufacturing facilities in Texas, California, China and Taiwan with over 750 employees. It was recently recognized as one of the fastest growing technology companies in Texas.
In 1994, Dr Pei joined the UH faculty as the Associate Director of the Wake Shield Facility (WSF) program. WSF is a free flying satellite for advanced materials experiment and was the major payload on the Space Shuttle flights in February 1994 (STS-69, Discovery), September 1995 (STS-69, Endeavour), and November 1996 (STS-80, Columbia).
Prior to moving to Houston, he was a department head at the AT&T Bell Laboratories at Murray Hill, New Jersey, where he managed several major development projects including leading the AT&T, Hughes Aircraft and McDonald Douglass team to transfer technology to the DARPA pilot production facility in Reading, Pennsylvania in 1987.
Dr Pei received his Ph. D. and BS in Physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and the National Taiwan University in 1978 and 1971, respectively.