▣ Chul-Ho Lee: Assistant Professor at KU-KIST Graduate School of Converging Science and Technology (TJ Park Science Fellowship Recipient, Donation of 3 million won)
Prof. Chul-Ho Lee, an alumnus of POSTECH MSE, was selected as the recipient of TJ Park Science Fellowship that is created by POSCO TJ Park Foundation to help Korean young scientists grow into world’s leading researchers. Prof. Lee is one of the recipients in physics with his research on “energy conversion in atomically controlled two-dimensional quantum structure” and won a research grant of 70 million won to be paid over two years. The recipients of TJ Park Science Fellowship in each field are decided through a three step selection process that includes document screening, peer review evaluation and interview by the selection board. Every year, the most talented young researchers apply for the fellowship, and a total of 31 recipients came through a high competition of 12 to 1 this year.
Prof. Lee also donated 3 million won to his alma mater POSTECH MSE. He said, “I took my courage to be helpful for the department. I’ve always wanted to repay MSE and its students with a small donation.”
Prof. Chul-Ho Lee was admitted to POSTECH in 1999 and obtained a Ph.D. in 2011, and afterward he worked as a post-doctoral researcher in the department of physics at Columbia University in the U.S. and currently is an assistant professor at KU-KIST Graduate School of Converging Science and Technology. The TJ Park Science Fellow Program was established in 2009 and has the mission that Korea with scarce natural resources needs to actively discover and forster talents in basic science. Under the fellowship program, excellent junior professors, post-doctoral researchers and Ph.D. students in basic science including mathematics, physics, chemistry and life science are selected and financially supported.
▣ Kangwon Lee: Assistant Professor at Seoul National University’s Graduate School of Convergence Science and Technology (September 1, 2015)
Dr. Kangwon Lee, an alumnus of POSTECH MSE who was admitted in 1994, was appointed as an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Convergence Science and Technology of Seoul National University. After graduating from POSTECH (academic advisor: Prof. Sunggi Baik), he received a master’s degree at Seoul National University and a Ph.D. at Michigan University and worked as a post-doctorate researcher at Harvard University. Also, he was a visiting researcher at both Samsung Electronics and MIT and from 2013 until August this year was a senior researcher at the Center for Biomaterials under Korea Institute of Science and Technology.
Dr. Lee was recognized for his research achievements in synthesis of nano- and bio-polymer and their use for regenerative medicine, and broke through tough competition to become a professor. He has won prizes from American Chemical Society, The Polymer Society of Korea and others.
▣ Nokeun Park: Appointed as Assistant Professor at Yeungnam University’s School of Materials Science and Engineering (March 1, 2015)
Dr. Nokeun Park, a POSTECH MSE alumnus who entered the master’s program in 2007, was appointed as an assistant professor on March 1, 2015. After obtaining a master’s (academic advisor: Prof. Soon-Ju Kwon), Park received a Ph.D. at Kyoto University in Japan and published a number of papers in materials science and engineering. Upon being appointed a professor, he is actively conducting research on the development of multi-component alloys.
▣ Hak Ki Yu: Appointed as Assistant Professor at Ajou University’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering (March 1, 2015)
Dr. Hak Ki Yu who entered the undergraduate program in 2000 and MS-PhD integrated program in 2003 at POSTECH MSE was appointed as an assistant professor in the department of materials science and engineering at Ajou University on March 1, 2015.
Dr. Yu obtained his Ph.D. in 2010 (academic advisor: Prof. Jong-Lam Lee) and worked as a post-doctoral researcher at POSTECH MSE (from September 2010 to October 2011) and Max Planck Institute (from November 2011 to February 2015). He published his outstanding research outcomes about synthesizing large-area, low-temperature nanostructures and developing energy-related devices in prestigious foreign academic journals including Advanced Materials and ACS Nano; about growth of two-dimensional highly crystallized graphene with fewer defects and molecular dynamics on the surface of graphene in Science and ACS Nano. Upon being appointed as a professor, he has been actively carrying out research activities.