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Jiang Mianheng (Chinese: 江绵恒; born 1 April 1951) is a Chinese academic and business executive. He has served as Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the first President of ShanghaiTech University. He is the son of Jiang Zemin, former paramount leader and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, and his wife Wang Yeping.
Jiang is one of the co-founders of the Shanghai-based Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation, which gained some coverage in the US press for their employment of Bush family member Neil Bush as a general consultant. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University with a dissertation titled Point contact tunneling study of the high transition temperature superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 in 1991, where his father went for a visit in 1997. Jiang also served as one of the head researchers for the Chinese space program. In 2007, he failed to win nomination as a delegate to the 17th Party Congress. Reuters indicated that this was a sign that the Shanghai Clique under his father's auspices had lost its power.
He served as one of the Vice Presidents in the Chinese Academy of Sciences up until November 2011, when he became President of the Academy's Shanghai branch. In 2014 he was appointed president of the newly established ShanghaiTech University.
Jiang Mianheng has headed a number of national research programs in alternative energy and other technologies: "coal liquefaction, electric cars, mobile phone networks, particle accelerators, spaceships and lunar satellites," and liquid fluoride thorium reactors.
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