Mr Gao established Trina Solar in December 1997. His success in developing Trina Solar over the past 10 years originated from his experience with his two former companies. Prior to founding Trina Solar, Mr Gao set up and managed Wujin Xiehe Fine Chemical Factory for five years. Before that, he spent four years establishing and managing his first company, Guangdong Shunde Fuyou Detergent Plant. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the China Renewable Energy Society Solar Power Construction Committee and executive Vice Chairman of New Energy Chamber of Commerce of All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce. Mr Gao graduated from Jilin University with an MS degree in physical chemistry in 1988. He earned his BS in chemistry from Nanjing University in 1985.