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Seoul National University’s School of Engineering... 2014-04-16
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On March 28, Seoul National University’s School of Engineering and Hyundai Heavy Industries held a ‘2014 Seoul National University’s School of Engineering R11; Hyundai Heavy Industries Cooperation Agreement and Research Presentation’ with Dean Kun-Woo Lee and Hyundai Executive Jin-Soo Park.
The School of Engineering and Hyundai Heavy Industries agreed to work together in industrial cooperation, technology exchange, and human resources development to improve the output of the two institutions.  SNU will also contribute to the competitiveness in skill and future projects produced by Hyundai Heavy Industries.  This year, shipbuilding engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, chemical engineering, materials engineering, industrial engineering, and others will work together on 25 projects.
Dean Kun-Woo Lee stated, “Hyundai Heavy Industries and Seoul National University’s School of Engineering cooperation means that Professors of this university will be able to contribute to industrial projects.  This will be a new industrial model and will have great meaning for the future.” 
Hyundai Executive Jin-Soo Park continued, “Hyundai Heavy Industries believes that we can become even more competitive in the future with the outstanding research and manpower present at Seoul National University.”

The attendees at this meeting between Seoul National University’s School of Engineering and Hyundai Heavy Industries were Hyundai Executive Jin-Soo Park and 10 other executives and researchers from Hyundai as well as Dean Kun-Woo Lee and 11 other Vice-Deans and professors.

▲ SNU’s Dean Kun-Woo Lee, Hyundai Heavy Industries Executive Jin-Soo Park

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Crossroads of 3D Printer and Nanotechnology R... 2014-04-07
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▲ Seoul National University Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Ho-Young Kim

A Korean research team developed a technology that involves 3D printing and nanotechnology.  On the 27th, Seoul National University’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering announced that Professor Ho-Young Kim successfully came up with technology that would allow 3D printing to occur at nanoscale.  The paper was printed in the March issue of “Nature” as the research highlight.
“3D printing is the buzzword among the industrial and technical world.  For a Korean group to be competitive in the world arena, we had to come up with a higher precision nanoscale 3D printing technology.  This technology will allow for the expansion of nano-bio-scaffold, nano-filters, nano-robots, and next generation smart nano technology,” stated Professor Kim.
Professor Kim conducted basic research into 3D printing that is done layer by layer in nanoscale.  Through electrospinning, polymer nanofibers were created that were used to place them in the desired location one at a time.  Thus, the world’s first nano-fabricated walls and other structures were created.
If this research is utilized in 3D printing, then it will make nanoscale 3D printed methods much easier.  In particular, complex chemical processes and optical processes will not be necessary when producing such nanostructures.  This method will also allow for various structures by building upon already existing objects.
Professor Kim stated, “When the 3D nanoprinting equipment is developed further, various industrial and academic advances will be made.  We will be able to make various nanostructures with different types of materials that are environmentally friendly like smart materials.”

▲ 3D nanowall produced through electrospinning (a) Experiment set-up (b) Nanowall manufacture process (c) Nanofibers stacked at the end (d) 200 μm nanowall through electron microscope (e) 98 nanofibers stacked to 1mm nanowall through electron microscope

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Agreement to allow online courses by Seoul Nation... 2014-04-07
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Seoul National University will further its online courses offered by the School of Engineering.  On the 17th, SNU Engineering stated that it will be conducted through an agreement with Continuing Education and Global Engineering Education Center.

 Dean Kun-Woo Lee of SNU Engineering stated, “This will support major required classes through the School of Engineering by allowing students to take classes through a new online course system.  The outstanding education offered by the school will allow more people to acquire knowledge through online courses.”

 This type of free online courses, called Open Courseware, are offered by MIT, Harvard, and other famous universities.  The trend is to improve Distance Learning education for matriculating students as well as to the general public.

 Seoul National University’s School of Engineering is following this worldwide trend to provide next-generational education to the public through the online course system. 

  The online course system will allow students to take courses outside of their major and open up the quality and diversity of their courses.  The general public will be able to take advantage of the high quality education offered at SNU, which will help the social community at large.  This will provide a close relationship between the academic world and the general public.

The courses presently offered through this system are Signals and Systems (Byung-Gi Lee), Physical Chemistry and Materials (Won-Ho Cho), Understanding Finance for Engineers (Ha-Young Park), Analysis on a Project’s Competitiveness (Ha-Young Park), Semiconductors (Hyung-Chul Sheen), and Advanced Technology Marketing (Jong-Soo Lee).

 In May of last year, SNU also joined a project collaboration between MIT and Harvard called edX, which is called SNUx at SNU.  There will be a minimum of 4 courses offered this semester through this program, of which Professor Jong-Woo Park’s courses will be included.

  [Picture Summary] Continuing Education Director So-Won Jang, Engineering Dean Kun-Woo Lee, Global Engineering Education Center Director Seung-Yeop Kwak

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Kim Tae Young Scholarship Award Ceremony of the... 2014-03-28
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There was a ceremony on March 19 for the Kim Tae Young Scholarship given out by SNU’s Engineering school for the 1st semester of 2014.  Kim Tae Young was a Nuclear Engineering Ph.D student who died in an accident while conducting experiments for his study.  The scholarship was set up to acknowledge his passion and drive for his work.  This year, the scholarship was given to Seung Chul Lee of the Amateur Astronomy Club, Byung Jun Kang of the Nuclear Engineering department, and Jae Hee Son of the Materials Engineering department.

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Seoul National University’s Professor Ki-Suk Kang... 2014-03-24
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▲ (left) SNU’s Materials Science and Engineering Professor Ki-Suk Kang (right) SNU’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Yong-Hyup Kim


 On the 11th of this month, SNU announced that the research teams of Professor Ki-Suk Kang from Materials Science and Engineering (Researcher Hee-Dae Im) and Professor Yong-Hyup Kim (Researcher Hye-Rin Song) worked together to develop an environmentally-friendly lithium-air battery. This will help cell phone batteries last longer and allow for cars to use environmentally-friendly batteries.


 Cars that presently use lithium or nickel-metal hydride batteries have shorter driving mileage compared to comparable gasoline engine cars. The new lithium-air battery has a capacity 5-10 times greater than the lithium battery.  However, the lithium-air battery had a horrible lifespan and awful energy efficiency that meant the need for new cathode materials and catalysts was urgent.


The two research teams worked together to develop a lithium-air battery that used new cathode materials and drastically improved the battery.  They lined up carbon nanotubes and other materials in order to achieve their desired goals.
The used a new liquid catalyst in order to improve the energy efficiency and ended up improving it significantly.
SNU’s Materials Science and Engineering Professor Ki-Suk Kang stated, “This research into environmentally-friendly lithium-air batterials improved the efficiency significantly as a next-generation energy storage device.  This will lead to a new paradigm in this market.”

This research was lauded internationally and was included in the AngewandteChemie, and was even chosen as a VIP (Very Important Paper), which less than 5% of all papers included in the journal are given.


This research was led by SNU’s Materials Science and Engineering Professor Ki-Suk Kang with Ph.D student Hee-Dae Im.  Professor Yong-Hyup Kim of Mechanical Engineering and Professor R.H. Bofman of the University of Texas, who are authorities in the field of carbon composites, helped in this research.
◆ Researchers
SNU’s Materials Science and Engineering Professor Ki-Suk Kang
1994-2001: Seoul National University Materials Science and Engineering B.S.
2001-2007: MIT Ph.D, Post-doctoral fellow

2008-2011: KAIST Materials Science and Engineering Professor
2011-Current: Seoul National University Materials Science and Engineering Professor

SNU Materials Science and Engineering Researcher Hee-Dae Im
2006-2010: Hanyang University Materials Science and Engineering B.S.
2010-2011: KAIST EEWS M.S.
2011-Current: SNU Materials Science and Engineering Ph.D
SNU Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Yong-Hyup Kim
1975-1979: SNU Aerospace Engineering B.S.
1984-1986: University of Maryland- College Park Aerospace Engineering M.S.
1986-1989: University of Maryland- College Park Aerospace Engineering Ph.D

1979-1984: Korea Institute of Aeronautical technology, Korean Airlines Researcher
1984-1989: Dept. of Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland- College Park, Graduate Research Assistant
1989-1991: Computational Mechanics Section, Structure Dept. Lockheed Palo Alto research Lab, Research Scientist
1991-1995: Center for Computational Structures Technology, University of Virginia, NASA Langley, Research Scientist
1995-Current: SNU Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor

SNU Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Researcher Hye-Rin Song
2008-2012: Jeonbuk University Aerospace Engineering B.S.
2012-2014: SNU Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering M.S.
2014-Current: SNU Mechanical and Aerospace engineering Ph.D


◆ Funding by
Ministry of Trade, Industry, & Energy, GET-Future Project

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Center of Research to Site of Industry, SNU’s SNU... 2014-03-24
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On March 10, SNU Engineering opened its doors to “SNUe Consulting Center,” which will be used as a “one-stop” location to address the issues of companies.  1600 electrical, computer, chemical, and other engineering professors and graduate students will be “troubleshooters.”  For example, if a chemical firm wants to know why their product continually comes out as defective, SNU materials, mechanical, chemical, and computer engineering researchers will come together to try to figure out the problem.  SNUe consulting center will focus on the problems the firms face as well as work on technology evaluation, new technology education, and technology commercialization.
Dean Kun-Woo Lee stated that “SNUe consulting center will combine the academic aspect of research with the commercialization and industry-level work.” He continued, “SNUe consulting center will take a bottom-up approach in addressing all of the issues the companies face, which means that a fresh new approach may be taken.”


SNU engineering will take the evaluations given through the consulting center and include it in professor evaluations.  Dean Lee stated, “We will make sure we can evaluate how the process is working, which is different theses or patents where it is easy to evaluate progress.”  He continued, “The government is granting vouchers to small and medium sized companies in order to allow them to utilize these facilities.  The small and medium sized companies will use the vouchers and later the consulting center will receive payment for the services from the government.” The consulting center will provide a variety of services for these small and medium sized companies.


The consulting center will not focus on the large companies, but on the weaker small and medium sized companies.  SNUe consulting center chair Professor Jong-Hoon Han (Chemical and Biological Engineering) stated, “These companies will look through the portal site and peruse the professor profiles on the university homepage but could never find the information they wanted.  This is why the consulting center is great in that it can connect the industry world to the academic world and improve synergy between the two groups that is often seen as separate. Through this work, we can be more like the United States in that people with great ideas can prosper through their research.”


Professor Kyung-Woo Lee stated, “We have only evaluated by looking at the education and research abilities, so professors were always writing SCI-level papers.  However, this venture will allow professors to also show their abilities in a practical manner.”

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Improvements needed for the Professional Research... 2014-03-12
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President Geun-Hye Park stated that “science and technology is crucial for national operation” even when she was running for presidency.  She emphasized that agriculture, medical, welfare, and the energy industry should be based in technology.  This is to further emphasize that the future of the nation lies in science and technology.  This development in science and technology has always been interlinked to humans and nurturing the next generation of scientists and engineers in the national duty.  A portion of the military personnel are assigned to foster the development and competitiveness in this field.  In 2012, the number of Ph.D professional research personnel increased from 600 to 700 people and the selection process increased from once a year to twice. This was evaluated to improve research effectiveness and minimize researcher burden.
However, due to negligence, the program is again facing cuts.  The professional research personnel program’s negligence issue must be addressed in order to improve and change the downfalls.  Merely decreasing the number of personnel will not improve the program, nor is it beneficial toward technological advancement.  This can only hurt the national progress toward improving competitiveness. 
The advancement of technology can only come from a high quality of research and development, so there must be a method to achieve this ideal.  In the present and future society, the science and technology industry is ever increasingly interconnected, so inter-disciplinary developments will be closely looked at as important toward improving technology.
Ph.D students studying science and engineering usually conduct research under the supervision of their advisors through nationally-funded research, and are already helping advance national development in science and technology.  Even after graduation, they will help push along Korea’s development and society, so they are the future of the nation.  Therefore, it is important that the program itself is expanded rather than minimized.
The most important factor for a science and engineering researcher is to provide them with a good environment perfect for research.  In particular, the environment should be adequate for researchers in their 20s and 30s.  This is because many Nobel Prize winners expand upon the research they conducted in their 20s and 30s into their later years to come up with their award-winning achievements. 
The professional research personnel program for Ph.D students will help prevent an outflow of students to international institutions as well as maintain their research from their undergraduate studies all the way through the graduate.  Through this program, many researchers have improved their self-esteem and look forward to future research.  Thus, the government should look toward expanding the program to admit more students so that they can become future leaders in science and technology.  There should be measures taken to prevent further negligence of the program so that they can be overcome.  The program should be evaluated and improved for the betterment of society in the future. 

Seoul National University’s Ph.D Student Jae-Young Park from the Department of Energy Resources Engineering

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Seoul National University 2014 Entrance Ceremony 2014-03-06
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On March 3rd, the 2014 Seoul National University Entrance Ceremony was held in the Gymnasium of building 71.  University Faculties, Incoming Freshman, and Parents attended the ceremony to welcome the 3,436 new students to Seoul National University. 

The ceremony began with an introduction to the University, Freshman oath, welcoming speech, and the school anthem.  The University Board of Directors, faculties and members of the Academic Board, the President of the Professors Council, Alumni Chapter President, the Executive Vice-President of the Alumni Chapter, the Development Fund contributors, and the District Director, ROTC Coordinator, etc. attended the ceremony. 

Emeritus Professor Seong Do Heo, Department of Chinese Language, said, “Leaving the library late at night is a memorable experience only available right now.  Read many books to develop objective thinking skills.”  Then the All-Men Choir sang. 

Incoming Freshman Representative, Chang In Choi (Department of Materials Science and Engineering) stated, “Starting at Seoul National University in my 20s, I am excited to fulfill my adult and student responsibilities.”  Incoming Freshman, Do Young Kim, (Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering) said, “After passing through the first milestone of my life, I’m going to continue to work hard.” 

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Seoul National University College of Engineerin... 2014-03-06
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On February 26th, Seoul National University at the Engineer House, the College of Engineering Alumni Association President, Woosuk Yoon, the Dean of College of Engineering, Kunwoo Lee, the department heads, and 28 distinguished students attended the 2013 Best Graduate Awards Ceremony. 

Woosuk Yoon greeted the graduates and Kunwoo Lee delivered a speech followed by presenting the valedictorians of each department an award. The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering valedictorian, Sang Wook Lee, who is also the best graduating student, presented the farewell speech. 

Parents and family members attended the degree ceremony with pride and enjoyed lunch with the graduates. 
The valedictorians from each engineering department of the 2013 school year is shown below:

○ Valedictorians (28 Graduates)
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering R11; Sung Ki Min, Chung Woo Heo, Chan Woo Chung, Ji Ho Hong, Hyoung Rak Choi, Young Joon Suh
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering R11; Hyoung Cha Gang, Seng Won No
Department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering R11; Bam Su Kim
Department of Materials Science and Engineering R11; Hag Young Lee, Dong Hyuk Jeon, Dong Ha Kim
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering R11; Sang Wook Lee, Tae Myoung Hu, Young Hwan Chung, Hyoung Un Man, Sung Hwan Chung
Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering R11; Eun Cheong Park (Architecture), Suh Ho Cheong (Architectural Engienering)
Department of Industrial Engineering R11; Na Youn Kim
School of Chemical and Biological Engineering R11; Mu Seon Hong, Dong Yun Chang, Ho Jae Lee, Chung Ook Kim
Department of Nuclear Engineering R11; San Hae Choi
Department of Computer Science and Engineering R11; Joon Hyuk Oh
Department of Energy Resources Engineering R11; Chung Ho Lee

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Seoul National University 68th Graduation Ceremony 2014-03-06
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On February 26th, 2014, Seoul National University’s 68th Graduation Ceremony was held at the Gwanak Campus gym.  Graduation began with a farewell speech from Seoul National University President, Yeon Cheon Oh.  Yeon Cheon Oh’s filled the graduates with pride as he stated, “Open your eyes wide, continue to broaden your academic horizon, and share your knowledge.  As you continue on, you will become leaders of your generation.” 

After the farewell speech, the Chapter President of the Alumni Association, Kwang Su Im, and Emeritus Professor (and former Prime Minster), Hong Guk Lee also gave their speeches.  Kwang Su Im stated, “With the help of our Alumni, Seoul National University will rank in the top 10 universities world-wide.  The alumni association is there to support any and all of our alumni.”  Emeritus Professor Hong Huk Lee also said, “As all of you begin your career, keep your integrity in mind and maintain proper judgment.  In addition, with your diplomas, support the reunification of Korea.” 

After the speeches, President Yeon Cheon Oh presented the valedictorians of Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorial degree candidates their diplomas.  Joo Yeon Chae, the first female officer cadet of ROTC, then presented her own speech.  From the podium, Joo Yeon Chae encouraged the graduates and stated, “Never forget the feelings you felt today as we graduate from our campus.”  Then the Seoul National University All-Male Choir sang celebration hymns. 

On that day, 2,591 Bachelors, 1,917 Masters, and 624 Doctorates, totaling to 5,132 graduates, received their degrees. 

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