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“Future of Manufacturing” Forum held to discuss... 2015-03-20
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A “Future of Manufacturing” forum that discusses Korea’s manufacturing future was held on March 4 from 9AM to 6PM in the Soeul Grand Intercontinental Hotel’s Orchid Hall.  This forum was held through a cooperation between Seoul National University’s School of Engineering, MIT, National Economic Advisory Council, and the German Fraunhofer Research Center.

Korea’s manufacturing competitiveness can continue in the future, but there are risks with the developing technology and unstable economy.  The risks to the cell phone, shipbuilding, steel, and chemical products are becoming even greater in recent years.  Korea’s shipbuilding technology gap with other countries has narrowed with countries like China and other competitors having a “nutcracker” effect.
Last year, the American White House produced a report on the “American Manufacturing Entrepreneur’s Mindset and Innovation” that looked at the manufacturing future of several countries.  In Korea’s case, the future is not as bright as is wanted.
In the past, Korea was involved in the G7 project, next generation growth, and led in the automobile, shipbuilding, semiconductor, cell phone, display, and T-50 fields.  However, there must be more to increase competitiveness either through design or innovation.  This will be the driving factor behind the competitiveness. 
This forum is held with MIT, who wrote the report with the White House, and Seoul National University’s School of Engineering with internationally prominent speakers in manufacturing.  They discussed the direction of manufacturing and how Korea can maintain competitiveness in the future.
The main topics discussed at the forum were ▲ maintaining economic growth in manufacturing ▲ Korea’s manufacturing status ▲ manufacturing’s future technology ▲ improving manufacturing competitiveness ▲ Korean manufacturing’s future goals and suggestions.

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Seoul National University Professor Sung Hoon K... 2015-03-20
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▲ From left, Seoul National University Electrical and Information Engineering Professor Sung Hoon Kwon, Dr. Ho Won Lee, Celemics Dr. Hyo Gi Kim, Yonsei University Chemistry Professor Doo Hui Bang

A Korean research team developed a DNA laser printer that will artificially combine living organisms to a nucleotide sequence.  Seoul National University’s School of Engineering announced on the 24th that Professor Sung Hoon Kwon’s research team developed a next-generation nucleotide sequence analyzing substrate that can extract DNA at high speeds with no errors.
The DNA nucleotide sequence contains information for all organisms.  Recently, this field has received considerable attention with the goal of producing new organisms or combining existing organisms.
However, existing research methods are faced with difficult research processes and high costs.  If there is even one error in a DNA nucleotide sequence, then the ability to combine onto a surface or function correctly may be compromised.
Seoul National University’s Professor Kwon stated, “To find the most effective organism, there must be a method to quickly and cheaply find the perfect DNA nucleotide sequence.  This technology will help us achieve our goals.”
The research team used a DNA microlaser method that would work with tens of nucleotide sequences at once instead of the existing method that works with one at a time.  Here, they developed a way to find only the perfect DNA sequence that will be printed through the laser method.  It is almost as if a computer is printing what is on a word document in that only the wanted DNA sequence is printed.
Furthermore, the time and cost have also decreased.  This type of experiment used to cost many years with millions of dollars in costs.  Now, the experiment will only take a couple days and several thousands of dollars to complete.  This research was published in the international Nature Communications journal in the February 2 issue.
This research was a combination of biotechnology, optics, and electrical engineering.  Seoul National University’s Electrical and Information Engineering Professor Sung Hoon Kwon worked with Yonsei University Chemistry Professor Doo Hui Bang as well as Dr. Ho Won Lee (Electrical and Information Engineering) and Dr. Hyo Gi Kim (Celemics).
Professor Kwon stated, “This technology was produced in Korea, but will help us bridge the gap with countries like the United States and other developed countries.”

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Seoul National University’s Industrial Engineerin... 2015-03-20
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Seoul National University’s Industrial Engineering graduate Jae Joong Yoon (Year 07) won the silver prize in a medical device idea contest. 


This award-winning idea was one that he had submitted as a class project for Industrial Engineering Professor Woo Jin Park’s “Creative Thinking for Engineers” class.  Seoul National University stated, “Through Seoul National University’s high-quality lectures, students are able to creatively and realistically provide results to their research.”


Yoon’s idea is a sleeping device that would improve the sleep quality of spinal disordered patients.  It is a device that would help move paralyzed patients into a more comfortable position automatically throughout the night.


The idea won great praise for its belt-type vest, geared motor, motor support, device controller, and smartphone app.  If the idea is made into a viable product, he will receive royalties in the future.


Yoon stated, “The class was enjoyable and I am happy to have finished with great results.  This will open up great opportunities for me.”

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Seoul National University Mechanical and Aerospa... 2015-03-09
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▲ Seoul National University Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Sung Hoon Ahn


Seoul National University Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Sung Hoon Ahn (45) was chosen as the 9th Director for UNITEF. 


UNITEF was established in 1996 so that small- to medium-sized companies could receive university support for technology development.  Currently, there are 3500 university professor with scientific backgrounds and 2500 industrial members in the group.  The group provides networking opportunities as well as support for these companies from the university professors in matters pertaining to technology development.


Professor Ahn graduated with a bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering from University of Michigan and a Ph.D in Aerospace Engineering from Stanford University.  Since 2003, he has been a professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Seoul National University.


Additionally, he has gone to developing countries and utilized his knowledge to provide renewable energy technology.  He has made an impact not only domestically, but also internationally. 


Professor Ahn is also a visiting editor at IJPEM-GT.


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Seoul National University Architecture Researche... 2015-03-09
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▲ Seoul National University Architecture Researcher Ju Dong Lee


Seoul National University’s Architecture Researcher Ju Dong Lee (Advisor: Hyung Koo Kang) won the Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Engineering and Natural Science 2015 (ICENS 2015).


The conference was held in Bangkok, Thailand on January 21.  The conference is held annually and of 86 papers presented this year, Researcher Lee’s paper was chosen as the best.


Researcher Lee’s paper was called “Viable Options as Possible Concrete Floor Systems for Basement Parking Structures.”  In particular, this paper used half-freecast concrete and post-tensioning as a new method. 


The method was to support a strand that was already stressed by placing plastic over existing concrete and then adding additional concrete.  This method simplifies an existing method while at the same time strengthening the support. 


Researcher Lee stated, “By winning this award, I realized the need for a new method in the real world, and I will continue to conduct research into parking structures.” 

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Professor Byung Tak Jang’s Research Team Develops... 2015-03-09
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▲Seoul National University Computer Engineering Professor Byung Tak Jang


Professor Jang’s research team asserted that they developed an artificial intelligence technology using cartoon big data.  Professor Jang’s research team announced on the 4th that they developed an imagination machine using the cartoon’s illustrations and language. 


They scanned 183 episodes of Pororo, or 1,232 minutes of the cartoon to the imagination machine.  Afterwards, they found that the machine formed brain neural networks that resembled associative memory structures.  Through testing, they found that through images they were able to come up with discussions and vice versa. 


This imagination machine can be used in a variety of industries.  For example, the machine can be used in the education industry to teach a foreign language.  By reading the student’s body language as well as verbal language, the machine can teach more effectively. 


By scanning different types of videos, the machine can learn information from different domains. 


Professor Jang stated, “Until now, there has been a lot of research into big data.  Technology that utilizes cartoon big data has not been seen before.  I believe that this is an arena that has great potential.” 


Professor Jang’s research team will attend the 29th Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-2015) held in Austin, Texas on January 28 (Wed).   AAAI is the top artificial intelligence conference that only invites the top 12% in the field. 


Professor Jang graduated from SNU in 1986 with a bachelor’s in computer engineering before received a Ph.D. from Bonn University in Germany.  He has conducted research at Seoul National University since 1997. 

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Seoul National University Magnesium Technology... 2015-03-09
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On the 4th, Seoul National University announced that its Magnesium Technology Innovation Center (MTIC) and Kumamoto University’s Magnesium Research Center (MRC) signed a MOU. 


Last 21st at 3 PM, a MOU signing ceremony was held at Seoul National University’s New Material Research Center.  Those in attendance were MTIC’s Materials Engineering Professor Kwang Sun Shin, Kumamoto University Professors Kawamura Yoshihito, Jong Hyun Kim, East Coast Free Economic Zone Authority Chair Dae Kyung Chun, Man Ho Kim, and others. 


Professor Shin stated, “We will conduct even greater research through our MOU with Kumamoto University, which holds the worldwide standard for magnesium as a new material.” 


Professor Shin, who has led MTIC since 2006, graduated from Seoul National University’s Metallurgical Engineering department and received  Ph.D from Northwestern University in Materials Engineering.  He was an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University before becoming a Professor at Seoul National University.


▲SNU MTIC Professor Shin (first row, third from left) and Kumamoto University Professor Yoshihito first row, fourth from left)

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Newsletter_spring 2015 2015-03-02
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Spring 2015

Welcome to our Newsletter

Smart Artificial Skin

Creative Design Fair 2014

Efficient Hybrid Energy Storage

Baby Carriage Belt Wins Awards

Kimchi Making Event

Forum on the Future of Manufacturing

Smart stretchable artificial skin developed by researchers from the
Chemical and Biological Engineering department... >>more

Recognitions and Awards

Safe Waist Belt for Baby Carriages Wins International Awards >> 

ECE Professor Wonyong Sung Named IEEE Fellow >> 

Distinguished Member Award - Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Ilwon Seo >> 

Ph.D. Candidate Hyegyeom Kim Wins American Electrochemical Society's Best Graduate Student Award >> 

Ph.D. Candidate Saerom Park Wins APIEMS Best Student Paper Award >> 

Around the College

Kimchi Making Event >> 

69th Graduation Ceremony >> 

Spring 2015 Admissions >> 

Upcoming Events

Forum on the Future of Manufacturing >> 

Study at the College of Engineering! >> 

Welcome to our Newsletter!

Greetings from the College of Engineering at Seoul National University. We welcome you to the first issue of our quarterly newsletter where you will find the latest news about our College of Engineering. We look forward to keeping you posted on our progress, the remarkable accomplishments of our students, faculty, and alumni, and upcoming events around our college. We hope you enjoy this newsletter and welcome any feedback!

Prof. Kunwoo Lee
Dean of Engineering, Seoul National University 

Smart Artificial Skin

Professor Daehyung Kim from the Chemical and Biological Engineering department succeeded in placing small sensors inside soft silicone rubber to assess pressure, temperature, humidity, and even force. Professor Daehyung Kim’s research team developed a smart artificial skin by using polyimide (PI) walls and silicone nanoribbon (SiNR) sensors that can feel temperature, humidity, and pressure. Gold (Au) nanoribbons are also placed inside transparent silicone rubbers to achieve this effect. The internal sensors can figure out a foreign object’s temperature and humidity when it is touching the artificial skin. It can also find out the amount of pressure exerted on the skin and the artificial skin can also emit heat so that if an artificial skinned hand is holding a real hand, the owner of the real hand will be able to feel the heat. The research team was able to verify this by using heat-sensing cameras.
Because the research team developed the artificial skin to act like real human skin, the sensors will still act normally even when the skin is stretched 30% such as when a hand is in a fist or shaking someone else’s hand. The sensor and heat can function even when stretched to 50% and this includes areas like the wrist where flexibility is very important. In addition, the research team was able to send the signals sent from the artificial skin sensors to a mouse’s brain. After attached the artificial skin sensors to a live mouse, they found that the EEG revealed the mouse was able to feel whenever pressure was placed on the artificial skin. Therefore, this has the potential for the artificial skin to be used on artificial legs and hands for amputees to allow them to feel. Professor Kim stated, “We were successful in conducting an experiment with an artificial arm, and in the upcoming years the artificial skin can be used on artificial limbs so that touch may be possible.”
This research was published on the online version of “Nature Communications” on January 9, 2015. 

Creative Design Fair 2014

The Creative Design Fair was held between September 16 and 19, 2014. This was the third time the Creative Design Fair was held, through the School of Engineering's Education Innovation Center and other contributions. The examinations were held on the 16th on the 4th floor of the Academic and Cultural Center. On the 17th and 18th, an exhibition of the products were displayed in booths and stages at the main square. In detail, the program involved 35 teams from architecture, materials engineering, industrial engineering, and naval architecture and engineering to compete in 5 different areas. In particular, the contest showcased the products from Eyecong, Moonghwan, SNUSAT, NCSTEM, Emotimopter, and others. Executives from the Dongbu Group attended the award ceremony, as they are sponsors. The School of Engineering festival was held on the 18th at the same main square and involved a game competition and singing competition. On the last night, the 19th, there was a marketplace at the main square as well as basketball and soccer competitions in the gym and field. The winners of the soccer competition were the Computer Engineering, followed by Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. The basketball competition was won by Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, followed by Industrial Engineering and Architecture. A rock festival was held at night in the main square. The winners of the 2014 Creative Design Fair received funding from the Dongbu Group and have been able to attend an overseas training program in Stanford in the United States and an electronics show in Japan this January. 

Increasingly Efficient Hybrid Energy Storage Device Material Developed

Professor Kisuk Kang from the SNU's department of Materials Engineering, POSTECH Professor Jinwoo Lee (Chemical Engineering), Researcher Eunho Im, JoongAng University Professor Sunghoon Yoon, and their research team developed a hybrid supercapacitor to improve the storage capacity and recharge speed as well as increase the lifetime of the device. A hybrid supercapacitor acts like a battery to store energy.
The research team used Niobium Oxide (Nb2O5), which is superior to titanium for coating the material in use in the hybrid supercapacitor. In approximately one minute, 60% of the total storage capacity can be charged. Compared to titanium, this is approximately 1.5 times faster. Additionally, after 1000 charges, the storage device still maintains 90% of the original capacity, which is again better than titanium-based batteries. Professor Jinwoo Lee will conduct additional research for use in hybrid electricity cars. This research has been published online in ACS NANO. 

Recognitions and Awards

Safe Waist Belt for Baby Carriages Wins Four International Awards

Juniors from the Mechanical and Aersopace Engineering Department Dongyeon Han, Soongsil University Computer Engineering Junior Dongeun Kim, and Dongduk Women's University Business Senior Jihye Lee developed "Carry Wear," a safety belt for baby carriages. It has won a total of 4 international awards: the Italy Invention Award at the Vietnam International Invention Fair, Thailand Invention Award, Qatar Energy AGRI GREEN Award, and Vietnam International Invention Award. The waist belt will prevent the baby carriage from rolling down a sidewalk and increase safety. One one end the product is attached to the baby carriage's handles and the other is attached to the waist. This means that the carriage can be pushed without the hands and solely from the waist energy. The carriage can be pushed around even while using a smart phone or holding a grocery bag. Heavy carriages made for twins can be more easily pushed with the additional power from the waist. There is an LED light attached to the belt so that people will be able to see the carriage at night. Han stated, "You do not need to buy a whole new carriage; you just need the carry wear to improve safety, so this is a great product for moms." 

Selected Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow

Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Wonyong Sung (59) was named Fellow for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Professor Sung received a bachelor's from Seoul National University's Electronics Engineering, master's from KAIST's Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and doctorate degree from University of California Santa Barbara. He has been a faculty member of Seoul National University's Electrical and Computer Engineering department since 1989. His research includes digital signal processing for real-time systems. 

Distinguished Member Award

Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Ilwon Seo won the Distinguished Member Award at the International Association of Hydro-Environment Engineering & Research (IAHR) held between September 21 and 24 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Professor Ilwon Seo founded the Jounral of Hydro-Environment Research under IAHR in 2007 and as a visiting editor of the journal, is the first Korean to win this award. He also won the Best Paper Award at IAHR in 2012. 

Ph.D. Candidate Hyegyeom Kim Wins American Electrochemical Society's Best Graduate Student Award

Materials Engineering Ph.D. candidate Hyegyeom Kim (Advisor: Kisuk Kang) won the Best Graduate Student Award from the American Electrochemical Society. Researcher Kim has worked on lithium and sodium rechargeable batteries to drastically increase the amount of chargeable energy and was also able to validate that lithium and sodium could be used in that manner. Researcher Kim will receive the award in May 2015 at a ECS ceremony in Chicago, United States. Every year, 1-2 students are picked for this award that highlights energy related research. 

Ph.D. Candidate Saerom Park Wins APIEMS Best Student Paper Award

Seoul National University Industrial Engineering Researcher Saerom Park won the 15th 2014 APIEMS Best Student Paper Award. APIEMS is an international society focused on industrial engineering systems. Researcher Park has recently worked on credit risk models and her paper has received considerable praise for the methods. 

Around the College

Kimchi Making Event

The annual 김치 ("kimchi") making event was held at the School of Engineering on November 13, 2014. The kimchi making even is a cultural experience for students, staff, and faculty alike, and also aims at supporting people in need in the local community. The kimchi will be distributed to the elderly, handicapped, single parent households, and others around the Seoul National University area. 

69th Graduation Ceremony

SNU held its 69th graduation ceremony on February 26. A total of 1,038 undergraduate and graduate students - 583 undergraduates, 266 Masters and 189 Ph.D’s - were awarded their degree at the College of Engineering. Congratulations - we are proud of you! 

Spring 2015 Enrollment

We welcome all newly enrolled students to the Spring Semester 2015 at the College of Engineering. A total of 835 (20 international) undergraduates, 170 graduate, and 120 doctoral students were admitted.
SNU holds its annual matriculation ceremony on March 2, at the University Main Gymnasium. After the ceremony, the College of Engineering's orientation for Korean and international students are held separately. 

Upcoming Events

Forum on the Future of Manufacturing

The College of Engineering at Seoul National University invites distinguished scholars to the forum and shares the vision on the future of manufacturing in order to suggest initiatives for the Korean economy. This forum will provide an opportunity for the key experts in this field to acknowledge together the importance of manufacturing and build a consensus on a strategic action agenda. This forum is hosted by the College of Engineering, Seoul National University, Korea and sponsored by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Energy of Korea; Chosun Daily. It will run for three days from March 4, 2015 to March 6, 2015. 

Session overview 
Session I : The role of manufacturing for sustainable economic growth 
Session II : Status of manufacturing and areas to be improved
Session III : Future technologies for manufacturing 
Session IV : Agenda for the future of manufacturing 
Session V : Prospects and recommendation for the future of Korean manufacturing 

Study at the College of Engineering!

Are you interested in a unique cultural experience in the heart of Korea at a top university? Then we encourage you to enroll for the regular degree program or as an exchange student.

Degree Program 
The degree program is for students who wish to attend the regular undergraduate, Master's, or doctoral program. The application deadline for fall semester of 2015 has already passed; for Spring Semester of 2016 the applications are due in the middle July. 

Exchange Program
The exchange program is for students enrolled at one of SNU’s partner universities and who wish to study at SNU for one or two semesters (with transfer of credits to their home institutions). Candidates must be officially nominated by their home institution and pay the tuition fee at their home institution. The application deadline for the Fall Semester 2015 is April 20 for the Fall Semester of 2015, and that for the Spring Semester of 2016 is October 20.

Please visit the link below for more information.

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MOU signed between Seoul National University Sc... 2015-01-14
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On the 29th, it was announced that Seoul National University School of Engineering (Dean Kun Woo Lee) and Korea Institute for Shared Growth (President Un Chan Jung) signed an MOU.
This MOU between Seoul National University School of Engineering and Korea Institute for Shared Growth reflects that assets will be shared between the two to help solve technical problems faced by small and mid-sized companies.  It will try to minimize the gap between large companies and the small to mid sized ones.
To reduce this gap between large companies and the smaller ones, they will try to develop policies and provide technical support to small and mid-sized companies to improve their technology and corporate culture.
This past March, Seoul National University School of Engineering opened the SNU Engineering Consulting Center to address this pressing issue to help domestic small and mid-sized companies solve technical problems that they may be facing.  Through such MOUs, they will be able to effectively help solve the pressing problems.
▲ Seoul National University School of Engineering Dean Kun Woo Lee (left) and Korea Institute for Shared Growth President Un Chan Jung (right)

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Seoul National University Chemical and Biologica... 2015-01-14
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▲ Seoul National University Chemical and Biological Engineering Dr. Gye Hyun Baek

On the 24th, it was announced that Seoul National University Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering Dr. Gye Hyun Baek (Advisor Professor Jong Hoon Han) won the Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B’s 2014 award for Key Scientific Article in Advances in Engineering.
Advances in Engineering used the more than 150 years experience in academics and the engineering industry to establish in 2005 as a Canadian institute that assesses papers and patents in more than 9 fields like chemical, computer, nanotechnology, and more.
Dr. Gye Hyun Baek’s paper is in the chemical engineering field but uses the technology in semiconductors of the electrical engineering field to use the semiconductor manufacturing plasma control.  By normalizing the optical properties of the plasma and analyzing comparatively, he developed an algorithm to optimize the plasma operating conditions and control plasma.  This paper has been met with praise since it can be used practically in semiconductor manufacturing.
Dr. Gye Hyun Baek graduated recently and works in the Samsung Electronics Semiconductor Research Center.  He stated, “I am thankful that I could conduct such deep research and am appreciative of the support from my company as well as my advisor and colleagues.  I was able to get great results thanks to their help.  I hope our country’s semiconductor field will blossom even more in competitiveness.”

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