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Love Charcoal Distributed for a Warmer Winter 2014-01-13
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Electrical and Computer Engineering performs community service in the summer and in the winter.  This community service event marks the fifth consecutive seasonal event, third annual event for winter. 


Charcoal was distributed to seniors who live alone in the Guhyeo 2-dong, Songpa-gu.  This year, with help from the Red Cross organization, a total of 50 undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, teachers, and professors were led by Professor Suhwan Kim. 

[Photo: Group Photo Before Volunteering]

The “Love Charcoal” event ran on the snowing morning from 9:00 to 12:00 on December 19th, 2013.  Due to the light snowing that morning, several volunteers were worried of the weather.  But as the volunteers donned their work gloves, rubber gloves, raincoats, and masks provided by the Red Cross, they were prepared for the hard work. 

[Photo: Students helping each other prepare]

After preparations, the volunteers arrived at the first home.  After unloading the trucks, the volunteers helped move the charcoal to the desired area.  Originally, the volunteers expected long distances to distribute the charcoal.  Fortunately, because the volunteers only had to travel short distances, the task became much easier. 

[Photo: Professor Suhwan Kim Advising other Volunteers]

Professor Kim advised the volunteers that the first and last individuals in the delivery line would have the most difficult tasks.  Due to the narrow storage space, the last volunteer had a difficult time stacking each charcoal briquette and later ended up with an aching back.  However, the volunteers endured the hardships and quickly continued to stack the charcoal briquettes. 


After storing the first home, the volunteers ventured to the second home without rest.  As the volunteers began storing the charcoal in the second home, the stacks of charcoal almost collapsed.  Fortunately, one of the volunteers was able to prevent the collapse and only a single charcoal briquette fell. 

[Photo: All the volunteers storing charcoal at the last home]

All the volunteers gathered together for the final home, due to the long distance from the trucks to the storage area.  Even though the distance was quite far, all the volunteers applied their “know-hows” from the other homes to smoothly and effectively finish the final home. 


After finishing the last home, the department provided lunch for all the volunteers.  As the volunteers were enjoying their lunch, they reflected on how there were more seniors to help than expected, but helping them all were not as difficult as expected. 


Generally, most individuals utilize their time for themselves and do not volunteer their time to help others.  Therefore, the department organized this volunteering event and taught the students the meaning of volunteering.  As alumni, friends, and families, it is highly recommended to take the time to volunteer. 

[Photo: Group Photo at the End of the Event]

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The National Academy of Engineering of Korea Re... 2014-01-06
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The National Academy of Engineering of Korea announced on December 19th the “Republic of Korea’s Technology Industry Leaders of 2020”.  Out of 217 leaders, 56 were professors, and 17 were professors at Seoul National University.  Therefore, Seoul National University has the second largest concentration of leaders. The largest selection overall of the most talented leaders were in the Samsung group with 18 individuals. 

Out of 56 honored professors, 17 were from Seoul National University, eight were from KAIST, seven were from Yonsei University, five were from Hanyang University, four were from Korea University, and three were from POSTECH. 

At Seoul National University, the most recognized department was the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with eight professors (Sunghoon Kwon, Jaeha Kim, Sungroh Yoon, Yong Tae Yoon, Byoungho Lee, Jongho Lee, Sunghyun Choi, Seongsoo Hong).  Samsung and LG Electronics were represented by seven members while KAIST were represented by eight members. 

The eight professors recognized at Seoul National University, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering were leaders in the gene synthesis technology, ultra-low power eco-friendly semiconductor circuit technology, big data application technology, energy storage systems technology, interactive 3D autostereoscopic display technology, large hyperfine semiconductor device technology, Super WiFi technology, and network robot technology. 

The National Academy of Engineering of Korea selected and evaluated leaders from 100 different technology with 120 industry professionals from August 2012 through December 2013.  217 leaders were selected out of the 100 technology fields.

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Seoul National University Department of Industri... 2014-01-06
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Seoul National University PhD student Eun Jung Park (Advisor: Sungzoon Cho) and three other students from other universities received the highest honors, the Future Sciences Minster’s Award, from the Tomorrow Solutions Competition. 

The Tomorrow Solutions Competition is a new competition sponsored by the Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning and Samsung Electronics, and focuses on nurturing creative ideas.   3,591 teams applied during the preliminary in June.  The final awards ceremony was held at the Samsung Electronics Seocho Building on December 18th. 

Eun Jung Park begin on 2004 as an Industrial Engineering undergraduate student in the Data Mining Laboratory (Advisor: Sungzoon Cho) and received her Masters degree.  She is also currently pursuing her PhD in the same laboratory.  The members of Team Popong, which consisted of Eun Jung Park, Joo Hee Yoon (Ewha Womans University), Yoon Gyu Soon (KAIST), Eun Gwang Joo (UC Berkley), all had diverse backgrounds and were in different majors.   

Team Popong submitted the exhibit “All About Politics in the Republic of Korea” ( which focused on collecting data from sites like the Congress and NEC and presenting the user with the tailored political information.   Team Popong received the grand prize of 50 million won from the Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning. 

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International Scholars’ Night & International Pos... 2013-12-24
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On December 13th at the College of Engineering Professor Hall, the international students and their families enjoyed the evening.  The 7th Annual International Scholars’ Night and the 6th Annual International Poster Competition was sponsored by the Seoul National University.  International graduate students from the College of Engineering presented their academic achievements for the year of 2013 and participated in a festive celebration. 
Approximately 200 international students, faculty, families, student mentors, tutors, and staff attended this year’s event. 
Muhammad Shaikh, from the Graduate School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, said, “I wish there were more opportunities like this,” and added, “many universities in Korea use internationalization as a buzzword, but we do not feel actual globalization.” 
Dean Kunwoo Lee emphasized, “Engineering is not limited to domestic competition, therefore we must focus more on globalization than in other fields,” and also stated, “recently, we focused on employing more full-time faculty from foreign countries.  Therefore, we have hired Bernard Egger from Switzerland as the Chairman of International Affairs.” 
Today, there are over 400 students, professors, researchers, and families in the College of Engineering at Seoul National University. 

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Seoul National University Professor of Electrica... 2013-12-24
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Professor Kyu Seok Shim

Seoul National University College of Engineering Dean Kunwoo Lee stated Professor Kyu Seok Shim was elected as the world’s best Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)’s distinguished fellow on December 19th. 
Professor Shim is the first individual to be elected from Seoul National University and second in Korea as the ACM Distinguished Fellow.  Through the development of data mining algorithms, database system query processing and optimization algorithms, the Association for Computer Machinery recognized Professor Shim’s academic leadership abilities. 
ACM was established in 1947 as the world’s largest academic computer science organization.  Headquartered in New York City, United States, approximately 100,000 experts are members of this organization.  Among these members, less than 1% received this honorable achievement. 
Professor Shim completed his undergraduate from Seoul National University in Electrical Engineering, and completed his Masters and Doctorate at University of Maryland, College Park.  Since graduate school, Professor Shim received various experiences from Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, the Federal Reserve Board, IBM Almaden Research Center, Bell Labs, and the various Microsoft research institutes. 
Professor Shin was also an assistant processor of Computer Science at KAIST, and since March 2002 became a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Seoul National University.  Professor Shim handles data mining and database analysis for Big Data as the focus of his research.  According to Google Scholar, papers authored by professor Shim have received over 10,000 citations. 
In addition, professor Shim participates in external activities.  Professor Shim was an editor of VLDB Journal and IEEE TKDE journal, in addition is on track to become the program chairman of the WWW 2014 conference ICDE 2015 conference. 

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Deans’ Roundtable Meeting with Seoul National Uni... 2013-12-24
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On December 6th and 7th at Seoul National University, a Deans’ Roundtable meeting was held with the three deans from Seoul National University, Tsinghua University, and Tokyo University to discuss on three major issues. 
From the College of Engineering, Dean of College of Engineering Kunwoo Lee, Vice Dean of Academic Affairs Kyung Woo Yi, Vice Dean of Research Affairs Chang Hee Lee, Vice Dean of Planning and Strategy Jeong Dong Lee, Vice Dean of Public Relations Suk Won Cha, Vice Dean of Educational Affairs Myoung Souk Yeo all participated in Roundtable meeting.  Dean Noboru Harata and Vice Dean Koichi Maekawa from Tokyo University, and  Dean Wei Pan and Vice Dean Hong Lin represented Tsinghua University also participated in the Roundtable meeting. 
The deans from the three universities presented international activities from their respective universities and discussed on international development cooperation. 

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Seoul National University’s Computer Engineering... 2013-12-24
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It has been 40 years Daedeok has been established.  It was founded in 1966 by the KIST to start South Korea’s development in science.  It has been at its current location since 1973. Since then, over 1000 institutes have combined and now Daedeok has over 50,000 employees with a budget of 7 trillion won annually to become a world-class institute.  Recently, it has constructed a new science business belt.
Last month on the 29th at the anniversary of Daedeok’s opening, the President congratulated notable individuals like Nobel Prize winners who came for the event.
If the Daedeok of the 1970s and the current status are compared, then there is a clear difference.  At the beginning, they had the best employees with the best ideas and plenty of funding.  It was the first workplace as well as the dream job for many.  At that point in the Korean economy, scientists received the highest praise.
On the other hand, it is hard to find the same type of pride in 2013.  From developing countries to developed nations, scientists are losing their status as the best job.  Why is this?
We visited ETRI 1, which has been here for more than 14 years since 1991 to see how the current place is still an amazing place to work.  It just may not meet the global standards for culture and customs.
What to fix? First, creativity should be maximized to fix all the systems.  Now our country is like other developed nations in terms of private corporations, universities, education, research, and technology venture development.  We must be one step ahead of research.  In addition, the results must be published so that everyone can see how they are conducted.  The funding should not be used to compete with the private sector and should be careful of incentives.
Second, we must start a culture of moving research.  Now national research institutes have a corporate culture unlike before.  100% of the researchers are older and are set in their ways so it is difficult for them to conduct new research.  As a researcher after the doctorate degree, the percentage of visiting researchers should be greatly increased and even regular researchers should be scouted from fun and vibrant corporate cultures.  In many world class institutes, full-time researchers constitute less than half.
There should be no more competition on research funding.  There can be no pride for scientists who always have to go find annually changing public officials and always changing project program.  Above all, national research project cannot be burdened by government policies.  It is burdensome to always have to change every 5 years according to new policies.
When I presented at the 40th anniversary conference of the Daedeok establishment I said that for Daedeok to develop, there must be an increase in personnel, maximization in creativity, flexible and autonomous research management, and collaboration.  There were citizens, students, and foreigners in the audience who shared their opinions and discussed to say that creativity is one of the biggest things missing from Korean national research institutes and was one of the biggest issues.
Creativity does not just appear from the establishment of an organization or the setting of a budget.  This is a cultural problem and issue with the structure.  The most important problems in the world must be identified and history must be utilized to see how creativity should be included in such an organization.
SNU Computer Engineering Professor YangHee Choi

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Seoul National University Engineer House held th... 2013-12-24
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On December 11th the Engineer House at the College of Engineering at Seoul National University held a ceremony for the Sinyang Engineering Academy Award. 
The 9th Annual Sinyang Engineering Academy Award was founded and funded by Seok Gyu Jeon in 2005 who is an alumni of the College of Engineering at Seoul National University and the founder of Tae Sung Rubber and Chemical Co., Ltd.  The name Sinyang originated from Seok Gyu Jeon’s nickname.   The award honors young associate professors and professors younger than 49 years old who work hard to promote and improve the University.  A total of 51 awards have been presented since its establishment.   The award inspires young professors to continue their research. 
This year, the 2013 awardees were Professor Chan Park from the Department of Material Sciences and Engineering, Professor Suhwan Kim from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor Kyoung Phile Nam from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Professor Byung-Soo Kim from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and Professor Myoung Souk Yeo from the Department of Architecture.  In addition to the award, each awardee received a grant. 
Seok Gyu Jeon graduated in 1952 from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Seoul National University.  For 50 years, Seok Gyu Jeon operated Tae Sung Rubber and Chemical Co., Ltd. until 2001, where he sold the company and founded the Sinyang Cultural Foundation.  The Sinyang Cultural Foundation sponsored the Sinyang academic information center building I, II, and III, which contained reading rooms and state-of-the-art information centers.  In addition, since 2005, the Sinyang Cultural Foundation moved in to the Sinyang Academic Information Center and delegated their scholarship operations to Seoul National University. 

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The Department of Industrial Engineering and Bus... 2013-12-23
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A team consisting of students from the Department of Industrial Engineering and the Department of Business Administration received the grand prize at the 9th Annual KMAC innovation research paper contest.  The stakeholders’ team consisted of Jae Joong Yoon (Industrial Engineering), Gi Bum Park (Industrial Engineering), Sang Hyun Park (Industrial Engineering), Jin Hyung Kim (Business Administration).  

Hoinam Economic Science Institute and Korea Management Association organized the innovative research paper competition at the annual KMAC.  This competition encouraged students to create innovative ideas to rejuvenate the industry.  

Among the fierce 68 participating teams, the stakeholders team received the grand prize by writing a paper which applies the creating shared value concept to a large-scale hospital.  The creating shared value concept applies international strategies to domestic hospitals and received high marks during the contest. 

Jae Joong Yoon stated in his speech, “by reviewing case studies of domestic hospitals who have already adopted the creating shared value concept, we proved the effectiveness of the concept,” and also stated, “this award helped trigger a strategic victory”.   The stakeholders team donated a portion of their prize to sustainable development of the Seoul National University Hospital. 

※ Creating Shared Value: The Creating Shared Value is a concept developed behind the premise that the competitiveness of a company is mutually dependent to the health of the communities around it. 

(left to right) Gi Bum Park, Sang Hyun Park, Jae Joong Yoon, and Jin Hyung Kim

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Corporate Regulation Institute for Fusion Safety... 2013-12-10
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How will we make a safer society after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Gumi gas leak, and other accidents? To answer this question, national safety experts gathered to make the CRIFS a reality on November 29 (Friday) at Seoul National University.

CRIFS is an interdisciplinary effort between law, engineering, and social sciences.  Each brings their own skills to address safety related to accidents, so it can be seen as sort of a “Engineering CSI.” 

Seoul National University stated that they decided to establish CRIFS because there was no readily available group to discuss these safety issues domestically.  Therefore, there are a variety of reasons and purposes for the accidents that will be addressed as a result of discussion of these issues. 

Since December 2010, Seoul National University started with the backing from MOU to come up with several test research centers that would address many of the issues similar to this one.  Many groups like the National Institute of Scientific Association, Bar Association, Korea Electrical Safety Corporation, SK Engineering and Construction, and other related groups will join forces to address the multifaceted safety isues.

Additionally, regular accidents, traffic accidents, fire accidents, and many common accidents that face the individual will be addressed by professionals in the field.  Through this network of communication, the various industries like construction, power generation, electrical abilities, and others will provide training services.

Seoul National University’s Professor Dong Il Kwon from the Materials Science Department will act as the Chair for the group as he is a very famous expert in the field.  “Current large-scale accidents need to be addressed by experts in the law field, and we will do our best to come up with the best solutions to problems.”  Presidents and important guests from various organizations were represented at the opening ceremony.


[Note] CRIFS Introduction
Technology Activities: Research and evaluation will be conducted into the technicalities behind accidents as well as that for law-related issues.  The database and know-how will be used to consult on accidents.
Research: Research will be based on the interrelation and causes of the accident as well as evaluation and analysis. 

Policy management: The developed nations’ safety policies will be examined and compared to that of our own domestic policies.  The differences and similarities will be addressed and recommendations provided for discussion.

Education and Training: A curriculum will be made to help others in different fields understand the technicalities within each.  There will be accident prevention campaigns and programs developed for this specific issue.

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