U-Combination TechnologyOUR TEAM
U-Combination Technology is proud to be associated with outstanding men and women of diverse personalities and skills who serve our clients and partners every day. Our team of experts utilizes all of the tools necessary to provide outstanding services to each of our clients. U-Combination has staff members who are certified in Microsoft, Cisco, CompTIA, EMC, and IBM technologies.
Jeff Ji is the co-founder of U-Combination Technology. His professional passion is to bring technology used in the corporate world to the classrooms of K-12 schools. He cares about urban school children and works hard to provide improved learning opportunities for under-privileged students. He is very proud of the technologies that he has helped bring into schools – technology that has brought music classes from Ireland and language classes from China into West Philadelphia classrooms.
Jeff is also a specialist in tourism marketing. Using Google and Facebook, he promotes Shandong, China and the City of Philadelphia as international destinations. Visit www.travelshandong.com and www.discoverphl.cn to learn more!
One of Jeff’s hobbies is riding motorcycles. As CEO of Knighthawk Tours, he helped Harley Davidson promote their brand and culture in China. Through Knighthawk Tours, he brings international riders into the beautiful land of Pennsylvania. His story is featured with two documentaries and aired in 70 countries by Voice of America, Fox News, and CBS News. Visit www.knighthawktours.com to learn more!
Learning Management Specialist
Melissa Chia joined the U-Combination Technology team as the System Network Support intern in 2016. She developed the passion to help elementary and middle school students when she was finishing high school. Her enthusiasm in helping others develop a strong interest in technology gives her even more motivation to drive students of a young age. The profound knowledge and understanding in learning management while in the network analysis environment have given her an in-depth understanding of the duties of incorporating K-12 education with technology, which is called blended-learning. Her expertise are in project software management, Windows 7/8/10, OS 10.x, and support for printers, desktops, and networks. And with certifications in SafariMontage, Ruckus, and Cisco Meraki. She has a BS Degree in Information Systems & Technology from Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock, TX.
Jason Meng is our Systems Engineer who would frequent your schools/offices to help you in your computer needs. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Computer Science and a Master’s in Computer Networking. He is still new, but works hard to achieve and solve your issues. He is well-trained in the areas of computer hardware repair, networking, virtualized cloud-computing, etc.
VP of Finance
Michelle Kuo, CPA is our VP of Finance. She was certified in Public Accounting back in 1991. That same year, she was certified as one of the only 2 candidates in the US, as China CPA. Michelle has over 26 years of experience from corporate accounting, tax, and audit to business management. Michelle is also an expert on E-rate. Michelle has a BA degree in Banking from National Cheng Chi University in Taiwan and a Masters in Arts Management from American University and a MBA from Drexel University.
Director of Business Development
Lelian Tan is our Director of Business Development and has been with U-Combination Technology since 2008. She obtained her BA degree in Information System and Marketing from the University of Singapore and holds many professional certifications from EMC to Cisco, NEC, and IBM. With a specialty in education technological system analysis, design, and project management, Lelian has helped more than 30 schools design and execute campus-wide networks. She orchestrated arts education via distance learning and set up many international sister school programs between United States and China. These programs have been motivating numerous children to become high achievers.
Lelian’s second passion is in tourism marketing. She has developed many tour products for international destinations. She has led many projects in tourism destination marketing and is an avid traveler and motorcycle rider. Her dream is to ride a Harley Davidson across Route 66.
Chief Technology Officer
Jun Tao is our senior network/system engineer and Chief Technology Officer. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Sichuan University, and two Master Degrees from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Over the 18 years of his IT career, Jun designed, implemented, and supported numerous telecommunication, networking, virtualized cloud-computing, and network security projects. He acquired extensive experience and expertise in networking solutions and systems where he has been accredited with many professional certificates including Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE) & Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP). With his advanced certificates & hardware experiences, Jun is competent in resolving client issues thoroughly & efficiently. Not only do the same clients value his resources, but more importantly, true peace of mind to concentrate in their business. In-between projects, Jun enjoys playing soccer & tennis.
1993: U-Combination Technology is founded as an importer of cutting-edge network technology and equipment.
1994: The company expanded its services to PC Manufacturing and Call Center operations. U-Combination becomes certified as an IBM Business Partner.
1995-1998: U-COM serves key educational institutions, including York College, NJIT, and more.
2000. U-COM transitions into software and provides corporate clients with document management solutions from Minolta (now owned by EMC) and hospitality clients with Point of Sales systems by IBM and Compuwave.
2002: U-Combination begins serving the educational infrastructure needs of K-12 schools in Philadelphia and surrounding counties. Since that time, U-COM has designed, implemented, and serviced over 12% of the Pennsylvania charter school market.
2006: U-COM wins a five-year contract with the Shandong Tourism Administration of China to provide international tourism marketing assistance to the second largest province of China, which contains 90 million people.
2006: U-COM’s first overseas office opens in Jinan City, China.
2007: U-Combination Technology becomes the 29th Pennsylvania company to export technology to China. (Pennsylvania is the third largest importer of goods and services to China). U-Combination joins many trade missions organized or funded by the Department of Community and Economic Development of PA.
2011: Wins a 5-year contract with Shandong.
2013: U-COM becomes an AAA member and partnered with them to lead the first AAA tour group into Shandong.
2015: The U-COM team receives the first PEPPM Award.
2016: Received recognition as one of the 3 “preferred” IT vendors for the entire Archdiocese 126 K-8 Philadelphia schools in Philadelphia and 5 other surrounding counties.
2017: U-COM was selected by SafariMontage as the sole vendor for the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the 5th vendor in the entire nation. U-COM was also selected by NEC Corp. of Japan to co-develop facial recognition to improve in-class learning efficiency for K-12 schools.
2018: Wins contract to serve Shandong again.