Natural Science & Environment

Natural Science & Environment

Simon Koo 古嘉文
Simon Koo 古嘉文Ph.D. Purdue University

Executive Director

Based in Beijing


Dr. Simon Koo joined TBC in 2017, bringing over a decade of teaching, research, and administration experience in higher education. He is currently the Executive Director of TBC.

  • International Education
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • STEM Education
  • Data Science
Yazhen Gong 龚亚珍
Yazhen Gong 龚亚珍Ph.D., University of British Columbia

Dr. Yazhen Gong is currently an associate professor and an executive vice department chair at the School of Environment and Natural Resources, Renmin University of China. She received her doctoral degree from University of British Columbia and her master degree from University of the Philippines. Her major research field is environment and natural resource economics, particularly focusing on studying the governance of natural resources from economic perspectives. She has strong expertise on conducting household surveys and field experiments to study human behaviors in natural resource management. She has published more than 20 papers in high-quality journals such as PNAS, Land Economics, Ecological Economics, Agricultural Economics, Climatic Change, Science of the Total Environment and among others.

  • International Education
  • Data Management and Analyses
Tian Xiang 向田PhD, Tulane University

Tian Xiang is currently an associate professor in the Institute For Mathematical Sciences (IMS) at Renmin University of China. Previously, he received his PhD in mathematics from Tulane University in June 2014. From September 2014 to August 2016, he was a postdoc in IMS at RUC. Since September 2016, he was promoted to be associate at RUC, and he has been a master advisor since September 2018. His research interest mainly lies in analysis of partial differential equations and their applications, nonlinear analysis and dynamical systems; so far, he has published 33 papers in international journals like CVPDE, JDE, Nonlinearity etc. His research has been supported by several funds. He has taught more than 10 courses at RUC since 2015, including Mathematical Analysis II and III, Calculus, Ordinary Differential Equations etc.

  • Partial Differential Equations
  • Nonlinear Analysis
  • Dynamical Systems
Ying Deng 邓莹
Ying Deng 邓莹PhD, Syracuse University

Ying Deng is an associate professor in the School of International Trade and Economics (SITE) at University of International Business and Economics (UIBE). She has been working at UIBE since graduated with a PhD in Economics from Maxwell School at Syracuse University in 2013. Her primary research focuses on Spatial Econometrics and Applied Econometrics. She has taught courses for students at different levels, including Introduction to Econometrics for undergraduates, Financial Econometrics, Econometric Methods and Applications Using Stata for masters and Spatial Econometrics for PhDs.

  • Playing Badminton
  • Skiing
  • Traveling
  • Home Organizing